Elma Family Kitty Photography Pip {the ordinary moments}

Hide and Seek and Spontaneity


H set off back to the car to drop off our library bag and I turned to the two small daughters stood beside me; “Park while we wait for Daddy?”

It was always going to be a rhetorical question.

Space for the Butterflies - Hide and Seek and Spontaneity

There’s a lovely little green space just in front of our library.  It’s where they hold mini festivals and fun fairs and farmers markets, but most of the time it’s just grass and tall trees. Trees of the perfect girth to hide behind in fact.  So that’s what we did.  First the girls hid and then Pip and I snuck behind a tree, peeped out one side to lure the girls over and then started circling the tree at a hasty trot, never quite catching up and never quite being caught until the giggles got too much for Kitty and she stopped to catch her breath and be scooped up in a hug.

She and Elma ran off to hide again, this time behind a skinny tree that could only cover Kitty so Elma stood facing the tree, in clear view, with her back to me, perfectly disguised as a small piece of red and white flowery bark on the trunk of the tree behind her.

We took turns again and again and again until H came back, and then he joined in too and I snuck my phone out to capture just a little bit of our fun.

Space for the Butterflies - Hide and Seek and Spontaneity

And it struck me how it felt like it had been a while since we did something silly and impromptu and just played hide and seek.  We’ve been on lots of adventures recently and while they’re a lot of fun, they have a slightly different vibe about them.  Not better, or worse, just different.  And then when we’re at home I quite often spend my time with the girls or Pip doing a project sort of a thing; baking or playing ice cream shop or Duplo or something, not to mention the cooking and washing up and laundry and hoovering and making sure that we’re all clean, eating something vaguely appropriate, and sleeping somewhere cosy.

I think the silly play is the one that for me slips through the gaps the fastest.  Mainly because if you say “right kids, now we’re going to do something spontaneous and silly” it’s just not going to happen.

But I think it’s been a little nudge to be more conscious that in these summer days, with all the plans and adventures, we also need to balance it out with time to simply be, and not be batting around trying to fix the house and do a hundred and one other things at once.

Space for the Butterflies - Hide and Seek and Spontaneity

And if all else fails, there’s always more hide and seek.

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  • Beth @ Twinderelmo 26/07/2015 at 7:43 am

    My girls absolutely LOVE playing hide and seek but are still a little young as tend to jump out as you look for them but they absolutely love the concept and get SO excited shouting hide hide hide!

    • Carie 26/07/2015 at 11:09 pm

      It’s so funny when they just jump out again isn’t it!

  • Em @ snowingindoors 26/07/2015 at 8:00 am

    What a gorgeous looking park, looks like the pair of them were having lots of fun judging by those big grins xx

    • Carie 26/07/2015 at 11:08 pm

      Oh the giggles are fabulous aren’t they!

  • Anna-Marie 26/07/2015 at 8:19 am

    Hide and seek has to be an all time favourite childhood game.. I love the transition into not really hiding yourself to actually hiding. Looks like you all had a wonderful time whilst waiting for daddy to return! x

    • Carie 26/07/2015 at 11:08 pm

      It’s so fun to see isn’t it!

  • sustainablemum 26/07/2015 at 9:02 am

    It’s a balance isn’t? Spontaneity is good but I know we could not manage it all the time, but a little bit here and there does wonders, I agree 🙂

    • Carie 26/07/2015 at 11:06 pm

      And if it’s hide and seek, the more the better!

  • Helen | Wonderfully Average 26/07/2015 at 11:13 am

    Although I love days out, sometimes the most fun games are the spontaneous ones! My little boy is too young for hide and seek at the moment- he loves coming to look for me when I’m hiding but hasn’t quite got the hang of hiding himself yet 🙂

    • Carie 26/07/2015 at 11:05 pm

      Oh Elma does that, if you say “where are you?” she just pops out and says “I’m here Mama!”

  • Claire @ Clarina's Contemplations 26/07/2015 at 2:34 pm

    Just “being” is the best kind of family time… And I adore their little matching dresses!

    • Carie 26/07/2015 at 11:04 pm

      Definitely – and thank you – I think Kitty’s is barely long enough now but they’re just too pretty not to wear!

  • Colleen 26/07/2015 at 5:38 pm

    yes, it is all about balance. Spontaneity can’t be planned ;0 Your girls look so cute in their matching outfits. It sounds as though you are getting it right.

    • Carie 26/07/2015 at 11:03 pm

      True, I think it must be about trying to find space for there to be spontaneity and not just rattling through our days!

  • Mary 26/07/2015 at 5:50 pm

    Awwww look at their cute little dresses – brilliant! Lovely photos and looks like lots of smiles x

    • Carie 26/07/2015 at 11:02 pm

      Thank you 🙂

  • Katie @mummydaddyme 26/07/2015 at 7:10 pm

    There’s nothing better than a spontaneous game of hide and seek. And when did Elma start looking so grown up? That haircut is just adorable on her. x

    • Carie 26/07/2015 at 11:01 pm

      I think it was while I was sleeping – she’s suddenly so very much little girl!

  • Kim 26/07/2015 at 11:29 pm

    We have a hard time, in our world today, just being. Busy is glorified, and if you aren’t busy than you must not be accomplishing anything. Personally, I think it is important to have time to just be, to let things happen naturally, such as a game of hide and seek, and to just enjoy the space and freedom of being.

    The girls are adorable in their dresses 🙂

    • Carie 27/07/2015 at 11:43 pm

      It’s true – and as well as busy being glorified there’s a lot of busy just needed in keeping a family of five on an even keel – but we all pulled together today and got a lot done and it felt good!

  • LauraCYMFT 27/07/2015 at 7:47 am

    What a gorgeous looking park! So much space to run around and enjoy the sunshine.

    • Carie 27/07/2015 at 11:38 pm

      It’s lovely, we’re very lucky with our local parks – they win awards almost every year so they’re very very pretty!

  • Kate + 27/07/2015 at 11:01 am

    Loved this. I wrote a very similar post this morning. As you say, sometimes the best activities are the unplanned, spontaneous ones. Beautiful photos 🙂

    • Carie 27/07/2015 at 11:34 pm

      Hurrah for the unplanned expedition!

  • Rachel @ The Ordinary Lovely 28/07/2015 at 11:58 am

    I’m exactly the same. I’m often so focused on what we need to do or where we need to be or scheduling something fun that I forget that the best moments can just ‘happen’. They don’t need to be planned or prepared for. I think it’s hard with children as without some sort of routine, the day can fall apart. But there’s nothing wrong with being a bit more relaxed about things.

    • Carie 28/07/2015 at 9:31 pm

      Little pockets of empty time in the rhythm of the day maybe?

  • Mummy Vs Work 29/07/2015 at 6:59 am

    Such great picutres, I love it when you do something on the spur of the moment but it turns out to be amazing memories.

    • Carie 30/07/2015 at 12:10 am

      It’s the best isn’t it!

  • sally 25/08/2015 at 1:17 pm

    Perfect ‘ordinary moments’ moment, these are such precious moments to remember.

    • Carie 27/08/2015 at 10:42 pm

      thank you 🙂