Elma Family Kitty {the ordinary moments}



One of the loveliest things about Kitty and Elma at their current ages is how they’ve started to play together.  I’ve written before about their seeming telepathy when it comes to picking up a game where it left off and their closeness and the fact that they can generally be relied up not to cause too much chaos and destruction if left without an adult in the room means that as Pip and I potter around the house getting the chores done and keeping everything in some sort of order, they can choose whether to stay and play with us or go off and play in their room.

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade life

And when they choose their room I can hear little moments of their play, usually enough to give me a pretty good idea what their up to and to check that all is well and happy and we’re not going to be spending the afternoon repacking all of the bags of grown out of clothes that live under their beds from a giant heap in the middle of the floor (not that that has ever happened of course).  I can hear the Sylvanian bus trundling up and down the carpet,  or vigorous use of “Frozen powers” on the stuffed teddies, and I get to hear their conversations together.

Sometimes they seem to have aged decades in minutes and be having full on little old lady chats’ Elma’s favourite is to wander up to Kitty and ask “how are you doing my darling?” to which Kitty will reply “I’m good, how are you?”, it’s all very civilised for two little people who moments before might have been fighting over possession of the toy tea kettle. Sometimes Kitty reads them both a story, her memory providing all the words as she turns the right pages, and sometimes it’s pretty much just “I’m Elsa, you’re Anna”.

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade life

But my absolute favourite of all the conversations, and possibly of any of the funny little phrases either of them has come up with, including the time Kitty told everyone we were going to the playstation to get her Daddy off the train, and her repeated insistence to tell figures of authority such as her nursery staff that after Daddy’s hockey match on Saturday she went to the pub and had a Daddy beer (with me mouthing “Club” and “Lemonade” in the background).

By way of background I should explain that the girls have chosen Tangled for our family film for several weeks running and it’s started to feature pretty regularly in their role play games.  Kitty is Rapunzel, in her official Rapunzel dressing up dress, and Elma is Eugene, who wears a purple pinafore and has long blonde hair and lives in a tower.  They’re both quite happy with the roles so we aren’t correcting that one just yet. You might also need to know that while the girls have maybe seen The Lion King once, they play the soundtrack at nursery occasionally and so we’ve played a few of the songs for tidy up time or to have a little afternoon dance party.

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade life

Most of their Rapunzel games involve “Mother” and “Rapunzel” and rather a lot of hair brushing and so it was that as Pip and I folded the laundry in our bedroom, I heard Kitty and Elma next door…

K: I’ll be Mother Gobbel, you be Rapunzel!
K: Rapunzel you have lots of knots in your hair!
E: Oh
Kitty starts brushing with their teddy bear brush
E: Oww Oww Oww Oww Oww!
K: Does Rapunzel say oww!? No she does not!
E: (sighing) Hakuna Matata!

It’s going to be hard to beat that one.

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  • preeta samarasan 03/05/2015 at 8:42 am

    Hahahahahahaha this gave me a good Sunday morning chuckle 🙂 . I also really enjoyed the bit about the contents of the big bag of grown-out-of clothes in a heap in the middle of the floor — we have had EXACTLY the same scenario in our attic. Every single bin bag/suitcase/box emptied, the contents used to dress every single softie/doll in the house in some truly fabulous outfit. Just yesterday when the girls were off playing quietly by themselves for ages my husband and I were having that familiar conversation/debate: Do we go and check on them, and risk disrupting their game and thereafter needing to amuse them ourselves, or do we stay put and perhaps have to clean up a very very very very very big mess afterwards? We went with option 2. We almost always do — partly for selfish reasons (oh so nice to get an uninterrupted hour to read/talk/faff about on the internet!) but mostly because they get so much out of playing together unsupervised, don’t they? Learning how to resolve their own conflicts is a huge part of it.

    • Carie 03/05/2015 at 10:28 pm

      Ah yes – that conversation! We tend towards option 2 unless we think they’ve got access to something a bit too grown up, got into our studio, or we hear the front door open!

  • Chantal Milk&Nappies 03/05/2015 at 10:07 am

    Hahaha so fantastic! Your little girls sound like so much fun, and very funny too 🙂 when my sister was about 3 or 4 she used to tell everybody who would listen that her favourite drink was champagne (orange juice) – it always made me giggle! xx

    • Carie 03/05/2015 at 10:26 pm

      Oh brilliant – your poor parents having to explain that one!

  • Natalie @ Little Jam Pot Life Blog 03/05/2015 at 4:02 pm

    This is lovely and reminds me so much of my girls! we always have the “im elsa, you’re Anna”! or the random little conversations about them going on trips to the moon to see my old doggy. so cute and magical to hear! xx

    • Carie 03/05/2015 at 10:24 pm

      I think they’d all four find they have a lot in common, particularly as our family make ups are so similar!

  • LauraCYMFT 03/05/2015 at 9:36 pm

    Aww bless them they sound so cute together. Two of my favourite films in there too!

    • Carie 03/05/2015 at 10:22 pm

      Mine too – I love Tangled – possibly more than Frozen!!

  • Claire @ Clarina's Contemplations 04/05/2015 at 12:02 am

    Just love Elma’s comeback!!!!!

    • Carie 07/05/2015 at 10:54 pm

      She has a great line in unintentional wit at the moment – and she loves it when we all start laughing even if she doesn’t quite understand why!

  • Kim 04/05/2015 at 12:04 am

    Oh my goodness too funny! I bet it is wonderful to see them playing together, and enjoying it.

    • Carie 07/05/2015 at 10:53 pm

      It always is – I hope they stay close friends forever!

  • Mary 04/05/2015 at 8:30 am

    Hahaha I love this! Kids are absolutely brilliant and I find great joy in hearing from people (or reading) of their kids convos and imaginative play. Its so much fun isn’t it?

    And I cannot tell you how relieved I was to read of the clothes been strewn everywhere…I was beginning to think it was just my kiddos that behaved in such a way haha xx

    • Carie 07/05/2015 at 10:49 pm

      Nope, definitely not just yours, or just mine – I think they think the grown out of clothes are giant bags of dressing up!

  • older mum in a muddle 04/05/2015 at 8:41 am

    How lovely that they are getting along so well as sisters – I’ll bet you are over the moon about this, and I hope their relationship continues to grow and deepen. I think tangled is a lovely movie too. I took Little A to see Cinderella over the Easter hols – it was brilliant – we both loved it! X

    • Carie 07/05/2015 at 10:48 pm

      Oh that must have been so much fun – only Kitty is really big enough to see it so we’re having to wait until it comes out on Sky and then we’ll had a proper family film time to watch it!

  • The Reading Residence 04/05/2015 at 8:44 am

    My kids are watching Tangled right now! My son’s obsessed with it this week, so we’ve had it on every day! I love the little chats my two have, too, so precious. Beautiful photos x

    • Carie 07/05/2015 at 10:47 pm

      I love Tangled, it’s such a great film!

  • Suzanne3childrenandit 04/05/2015 at 10:26 pm

    Ha ha that’s so cute! They sound just gorgeous Carie. I love that siblings can pick up where they left off and ignore the fisty cuffs just minutes earlier. Twas ever thus! x

    • Carie 07/05/2015 at 10:44 pm

      It’s great to see isn’t it – long may it continue!

  • Jess @ Picnics in the Rain 05/05/2015 at 9:01 pm

    Aw Carie, this is brilliant! Your girls are just the cutest xx

    • Carie 07/05/2015 at 10:41 pm

      thank you 🙂

  • Rachel @ The Ordinary Lovely 05/05/2015 at 10:02 pm

    Oh that’s so funny. It’s amazing how their brains work. I love listening to my two. They watched a Horrid Henry episode recently where Henry was putting together a home spa day for his mother. The two of them are now forever concocting plans for my home spa day, including lying in the bath (with no water), having a massage (with the wing off an old toy aeroplane, and then relaxing in a dark room (with two little boys sitting next to me continually asking ‘you relaxed, mama?’). I must video them at some point 🙂

    • Carie 07/05/2015 at 10:40 pm

      Oh I just love that – please please video it, it sounds brilliant!

  • Donna 05/05/2015 at 10:13 pm

    They are just the cutest!! LP currently loves Tangled and tells me that she’s Rapunzel before bed each night, insisting I say goodnight Rapunzel before she’ll say goodnight to me! It’s lovely that your girls can play together and embrace their imaginations – before long Pip will be joining in too! x

    • Carie 07/05/2015 at 10:39 pm

      Elma does that too – you call her by name and she turns round “I’m not [Elma], I’m Eugene!” – it’s so sweet and so funny!

  • sally 06/05/2015 at 8:44 pm

    That really made me laugh!

    • Carie 07/05/2015 at 10:13 pm