Elma Family Kitty Photography Pip Video {the ordinary moments}

From our special correspondents


Before I went back to work a very wise friend told me to go through in my mind exactly what a perfect day at work would look like, right from the trains running on time, to pulling perfectly reasoned arguments out of the ether and demolishing all my opposition in record time, to coming home, my welcome, the time I spent reconnecting with the family, and the time we spent together catching up on all our days.  The idea is that it creates a sort of mental muscle memory, a bit like Olympic athletes imagining themselves bringing home the gold in the build up to the event.

I thought about pulling into the drive, getting out of the car, having the girls come rushing up the front garden to meet me, and Pip trying to clamber over the doorstep, the big hugs and going inside, sitting down and holding them tight while Kitty told me about her day at school, and that’s pretty much how Friday went.  Except there were whisperings, mutters of a secret and a surprise.  A secret and a surprise that was a present that Elma had for me.  Did I want to see it? Well yes please, absolutely.

I was told to shut my eyes, pulled forward, pushed to the side, and, still holding Pip and evading his attempts to run off with my glasses, sat down on the arm of the chair.

A voice said “Play! Open your eyes!”

And that’s how I found out that on a whim, and to make the best of a day full of glorious sunshine, H had taken Elma and Pip to Hatton Country World, a sort of mini farm park north west ish of Warwick.  And so that neither Kitty nor I would feel as if we’d missed out, they made me a video of everything they’d done, from guinea pig spotting to slides and a very special chick, now named “Flying Chick”.

So for this week’s ordinary moments I’m turning you over to our special correspondents: H, Elma and Pip, and their moments from what looks like a wonderful day out.

By way of notes:

  1. Kitty started asking if we could go too within about the first millisecond.
  2. It looks awesome, I’m sure we will.
  3. H reckons that in the three hours they were there they only covered a fraction of the site; apparently there’s an amazing soft play but the children were so happy with tractors, sand boxes and the petting zoo that they never got any further.
  4. Pip thinks going down a slide like that is absolutely hilarious.  H also said he’d been down on his bottom three times and then when the camera came out decided to pull out all the stops!
  5. This may be one of the loveliest presents that I’ve ever ever been given.


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  • Anna-Marie 11/10/2015 at 8:38 am

    Oh I love it! and what a wonderful surprise to come home too! Elma and Pip are just so cute x

    • Carie 12/10/2015 at 9:50 pm

      Thank you – they are so much fun at the moment 🙂

  • Notmyyearoff 11/10/2015 at 10:18 am

    It sounds like a brilliant place and they are so cute. I wonder if it’s far from us, I’ll have to google it! I love the idea of thinking about your perfect day at work. I will have to do that!

    • Carie 12/10/2015 at 9:50 pm

      It’s between Warwick and Solihull, just south of Lapworth if that helps – and it’s definitely worth it 🙂

  • sustainablemum 11/10/2015 at 11:25 am

    Oh how wonderful, what a beautiful present to come home to 🙂

    • Carie 12/10/2015 at 9:49 pm

      yes indeed 🙂

  • Katie @mummydaddyme 11/10/2015 at 4:07 pm

    Oh Carie, how utterly wonderful. I bet that most definitely was the most special present you have received, and so thoughtful of them all to make it for you. I bet you were one happy Mummy when you received this. x

    • Carie 12/10/2015 at 9:49 pm

      H quite often takes little videos of them while I’m away and I do for him but this is the first time he’s turned them into anything and I love it!

  • Rachel @ The Ordinary Lovely 12/10/2015 at 10:39 am

    How absolutely amazing!!! You must have been overjoyed. Please pass on to H that he is beyond brilliant. The furthest my husband has ever taken our two on a solo outing is to the park opposite our house 🙂 I can’t believe how much Pip has grown recently too. He looks so big on the digger x

    • Carie 12/10/2015 at 9:44 pm

      Message duly passed along, he says thank you 🙂

  • Chantal Milk&Nappies 12/10/2015 at 12:57 pm

    Oh how amazing – what a fantastic present and it looks like they had the most lovely time there! How great that you are still able to share it with them. xx

    • Carie 12/10/2015 at 9:44 pm

      It’s never going to be quite the same as being there but for a next best thing it was awesome!

  • Yanic 12/10/2015 at 2:37 pm

    That just melted my heart! What a wonderful surprise!

    • Carie 12/10/2015 at 9:43 pm

      it was so sweet, it was just about the most perfect way to come home 🙂

  • Vickie 12/10/2015 at 9:12 pm

    Oh I love the video! What a wonderful present to come home to. I did have a giggle when Pip came down the slide face first and I was practically screaming “catch him!” at the screen when he came hurtling through that tunnel. My oh my he’s a fast crawler!

    • Carie 12/10/2015 at 9:40 pm

      He really is – but remarkably self aware too – we’re always there to catch him but we rarely actually need to, he’s got his head around stop, turn, wiggle on your tummy thank goodness!

  • sally 05/11/2015 at 8:47 pm

    What a lovely surprise to return to, and I bet they all loved it as much as you did.