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15/03/2016

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Siblings 2016: March

15/03/2016

With a with a mix of two girls and boys my opportunities to dress all three of them identically are perhaps even more limited than if I’d had all girls, and even then, it’s only a matter of time before Kitty decides that being dressed up the same, or even nearly the same, as her baby sister is just not on, so I have to take my chances where I find them.

Which this week included the birthday party of one of Kitty’s dearest school friends. And they weren’t exactly matching, but they were definitely themed!

Kitty and her friend have been buddies since the first week of school; they get on really well, Elma adores her sister’s friend, she thinks Pip’s cute, and we’ve found that as parents we share very similar views on a lot of things so it’s quickly become a whole family friendship. And so it was a real treat that the whole family was invited to celebrate this little girl turning five.  Her party theme was “Frozen with a magician” and the more Elsas the merrier.

On Saturday morning as we got ready, Kitty pulled out her Elsa dress, Elma immediately made a beeline for her Anna dress and then we all turned and looked at Pip. He continued to run around the room in his pyjamas looking for any hockey stick, or hockey stick equivalent that he could lay his hands on and utterly unaware of what all this fuss about parties and dressing up might be about.

And then H remembered that ages ago, when Elma was tiny, Grandma had given her an Olaf costume. It was the perfect size for Pip, and it’s quite cosy so he didn’t seem to mind being dressed up for once.

Space for the Butterflies - Siblings Project March

And so may I present my little Frozen trio, still proving that trying to persuade three children to sit down and have their photo taken is like pinning jelly to a wall.

Space for the Butterflies - Siblings Project March

Kitty’s Elsa dress only just about still fits; it won’t be long before she’s grown both out of it and possibly out of wanting to be Elsa (her most recent dress is from Brave and she loves it), and Elma probably won’t be far behind.  The photo of the pair of them in their new dresses two Christmases ago is one of my favourite from that day and so I’m glad I got the chance to capture them nearing the other end of their Anna-Elsa phase, especially with tiny Olaf in tow.

Space for the Butterflies - Siblings Project March

Space for the Butterflies - Siblings Project March

He incidentally, had a whale of a time at the party; all of the girls in Kitty’s class, especially the ones dressed as Elsa, wanted to hug him and pet him and take him for little walks, and bring him carrot sticks to make up for the fact that we couldn’t find his stick on carrot nose!Space for the Butterflies - Siblings Project March

And when I’d finished taking those photos I thought I’d found my Sibling capture for the  month.  I put down the camera, and helped them out of their costumes so that they could play in the garden some more without tripping over their hems.  Kitty and Elma, lulled into a false sense of warmth by the gorgeous sunshine, came back down in shorts and t-shirts and after a brief dalliance with the monkey swing they set to exploring what they have imaginatively christened “the muddy patch”.

I’m not quite sure why we have a muddy patch just there in the garden, I think it’s probably where the bottom of the slide landed in wetter days over the winter, or, knowing our back garden, the grass just decided it had had enough. But it was enough. Thanks to the rain earlier in the week, and the warmish afternoon it was just the perfect sort of squelchy; soft enough to get your fingers into, not so sticky you get stuck.

I watched, and played a bit of hockey with Pip, and as he became intrigued by the squeals of laughter from his sister, and wandered over to join in, I went to pick up my camera once again.

Space for the Butterflies - Siblings Project March

Space for the Butterflies - Siblings Project March

Space for the Butterflies - Siblings Project March

And for all that I love my Frozen themed trio, and couldn’t resist sharing them with you, it’s these that are my favourite pictures of my little three for this month.

Space for the Butterflies - Siblings Project March

Increasingly muddy, but oh so happy with it. I’m not sure they’d even come up with a particular story game, they were just loving getting stuck in, fingers and feet first.  And why not. (Ed note: they did get put straight in the bath when they’d finished though!)

Two little sisters, and their brother too, welcoming Spring, in March:

Space for the Butterflies - Siblings Project March

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