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Siblings 2016: May


With the summer has come the sunshine, and with the sunshine, the chance to get out and about and have some adventures at the weekend.  And so yesterday with H off wielding a cricket bat in front of one solitary delivery as his team started their annual loosing streak, Kitty, Elma, Pip and I went on an expedition of our own.

Space for the Butterflies - Siblings in May

The woods are only down the road, and on a still day you can still hear the motorway but as soon as you turn the corner away from the car park you feel like you could be in the middle of nowhere.

Space for the Butterflies - Siblings in May

As we crossed the road Kitty turned to me with serious concentration to ask whether I thought mini beasts might like living in the forest, and when we decided that they probably would like it, it became our mission to see what we could find.  We saw butterflies, cabbage whites and the white ones with orange tips whose name I’ve forgotten, a couple of industrious bumble bees and as spider, as well as a very beautiful tortoiseshell butterfly that obligingly perched on a stone at the corner of the field and held quite still for us to watch, Pip found favourite stick after new favourite stick and would quite happily sit on the ground and start trying to dig up the path whenever the girls wanted to look at something more closely.

Space for the Butterflies - Siblings in May

All tree stumps were for sitting on and jumping off, and where Pip was concerned, all mud was to be played in – which was interesting considering that in a fit of optimism we’d all come out in sandals (one or more of which may have been pressure washed with the garden hose as soon as we got home!).

Including a few stops for Kitty to recover from a dog walking past us (she really really doesn’t like dogs) we were out for a couple of hours, just pottering around in the sunshine, and it struck me that although I did carry Pip for a bit whenever he asked for a cuddle, it’s probably the longest trip I’ve done out of the house with all three on their own two feet.  I’m not going to be mothballing the buggy or the sling just yet, but it’s another little milestone passed as my three grow older, that moment where even the youngest can manage a decent walk, even if he was all but asleep on as we pulled into the drive when we got back home.

Space for the Butterflies - Siblings in May

From the wide open bridleway we meandered down little paths into the centre of the wood, and found ourselves once more surrounded by bluebells.  It was only a couple of weeks ago that we were here for our Me and Mine photos for April, but where the flowers on the edge of the wood are starting to fade, the carpet in the very middle is as brilliant blue as ever, sprinkled with tiny white stitchwort.  We’re obviously not the only ones who think it’s the perfect place for photos; there was a well worn path to a tiny clearing in the middle of all that blue and the girls were happy to run off for a closer look at the flowers.  Pip bumbled after them, slightly bemused at finding himself in a dead end and giving them very puzzled looks as to why they thought it was so much fun before suddenly plopping down behind the nearest bluebell.

Space for the Butterflies - Siblings in May

He was in his element today, there was mud, and sticks and more mud and lots of paths to run down, and Mama to snuggle into when he got tired, and I think he enjoyed it the most of all of us.

Space for the Butterflies - Siblings in May

Space for the Butterflies - Siblings in May

Kitty’s highlight was probably seeing the butterflies, and jumping off the tree stumps, and Miss Elma’s was the “blowing flower” (dandelion clock) we found hiding behind yet another bluebell. And mine? Mine favourite moment was when we first got onto the main track, and with no one else in sight, watching all three of them sprint off into the sunshine together,

Space for the Butterflies - Siblings in May

Two little sisters, and their brother too, in May:

Space for the Butterflies - Siblings in May


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And in a break from my current fervent requests for votes in the MADs, I’m going to do a little canvassing on behalf of my lovely co-hosts today. So (deep breath): Lucy at Dear Beautiful is up for Best Baby Blog in the MADs, Katie at Mummy Daddy Me is up for Best Photo in the MADs and best Video in the BiBs, and Amber at Goblin Child is up for Best Pregnancy Blog in the MADs and Best Photo in the BiBs – all thoroughly well deserved nominations so vote now (especially for the BiBs shortlist which closes this week!)



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  • Louise | Squished blueberries 15/05/2016 at 7:50 am

    Beautiful photos as usual! You give me hope that maybe it will be easier to get photos of my three once Ernie is up and walking. I see Elma is still loving her dress, I don’t blame her, it is lovely! It must be great to be able to pop out for a little walk without a buggy or sling, we are still at the stage of having to take both a lot of the time because Greta is incredibly lazy, although I’m trying to encourage her to walk more.

    • Carie 15/05/2016 at 9:36 am

      Oh I think we’re far from done with the buggy – it’s pretty useful to be able to coral them as much as the littlest two not wanting to walk, but when we’re somewhere where they’re free to fun it’s lovely to see what they can do!

  • emilyandindiana 15/05/2016 at 7:51 am

    It really does sound like a lovely day out! I love going for adventures with my two as well, and I cannot wait until my youngest can toddle along after his sister. Gorgeous xx

    • Carie 15/05/2016 at 9:37 am

      It was a fun trip – and yes, it’s so much fun when they can all be a part of something isn’t it!

  • Katy (What Katy Said) 15/05/2016 at 7:54 am

    Aww you can really see how much he is loving it! It must be so lovely for them when they get to an age where they can properly join in an adventure you know? Gorgeous photos hun. xx #SiblingsProject

    • Carie 15/05/2016 at 9:37 am

      Thank you lovely – and yes, I quite agree!

  • Claire @ Clarina's Contemplations 15/05/2016 at 8:03 am

    Carrie, I think these are my favourite ever of your siblings photos and a sign of what’s to come! Sad as it is to say goodbye to those baby days, its lovely that your now get to go off for beautiful adventures with them and get lovely pictures! The buggy always makes for a photographic eyesore I think! What a gorgeous little gang you have!x

    • Carie 15/05/2016 at 9:38 am

      Aww thank you lovely – I hope it’s the start of lots of lovely adventures, especially with summer coming!

  • The Reading Residence 15/05/2016 at 8:27 am

    Gorgeous photos, they look to all be having so much fun exploring and playing. My boy always likes to find himself a stick, too! x

    • Carie 15/05/2016 at 9:39 am

      It’s definitely a boy thing – my girls were never that bothered by sticks unless it was for pooh sticks!

  • Louise (Little Hearts, Big Love) 15/05/2016 at 8:28 am

    Such beautiful photos of your little trio heading off on an adventure together and they look like they are having so much fun. How lovely that Pip is now able to manage a reasonable walk too (with the odd cuddle here and there when he gets tired). Your three do look like they have the most wonderful bond together. Those photos on the the tree stump and in amongst the bluebells are especially beautiful 🙂

    • Carie 15/05/2016 at 9:39 am

      Thank you – it is so much fun to see them exploring together 🙂

  • Emma Plus Three 15/05/2016 at 9:11 am

    Gorgeous photos 🙂 I struggle to get photos of my two, let alone three! There’s usually at least one of them thats blurry because they can’t sit still! x #siblingsproject

    • Carie 15/05/2016 at 9:40 am

      You should see the pictures that didn’t make the cut!!

  • Jenny 15/05/2016 at 10:22 am

    Oh the bluebells they are spreading across Siblings Project this month. I love it. These are probably my most favorite photos of your three Carie ever! Peaking around that tree and sitting on that stump so gorgeous definitely ones for the wall and frames. #siblingsproject

  • Laura @ LittleLadiesBigWorld 15/05/2016 at 10:49 am

    Such gorgeous photo’s of their adventures together, they always look like they are so engrossed with each other it really is adorable. We went for the bluebell shots this month too but it wasn’t quite as open as yours this looks like an amazing spot x

  • Gemma 15/05/2016 at 3:12 pm

    Lovely photos! Woodlands are fantastic opportunity for children to explore and use their imagination aren’t they? 🙂 I remember as I child the woods were my favourite place to be and all of the children I work with (I’m a nursery nurse) love playing in the woodlands we sometimes take them to too!

    Gemma x
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  • Cheryl 15/05/2016 at 7:26 pm

    Such great pictures, the kids are so cute.

  • LauraCYMFT 15/05/2016 at 8:44 pm

    These are such gorgeous photos. Looks like you all had a lot of fun in the forest!

  • Caroline 15/05/2016 at 9:17 pm

    Lovely photos. I am at the same stage, my youngest is getting more and more independent, not needing the buggy so much and its lovely to have a little more freedom, without the restrictions of a buggy. Although after 3 children and nearly 7 years of having a buggy its easy to miss having somewhere to put the bags isn’t it! x

  • Katie @mummydaddyme 15/05/2016 at 9:52 pm

    I think these are my favourite photos of yours ever Carie, they just capture the loveliness between your little people and you can just see their personalities come alive in these photos. That first one where they are on the gate is a framer I think. x

  • Mouse 15/05/2016 at 10:04 pm

    I love how they’re all dressed to match the flowers!

  • Clearlybex 16/05/2016 at 2:03 pm

    What gorgeous photos, and such a lovely way to capture Siblings photos. Lovely way to enjoy the outdoors. x

  • Brandi 16/05/2016 at 6:24 pm

    This looks like such a lovely day and such a lovely place for exploring! Yay for independent little boys!

  • Gemma - Heart Mammi 18/05/2016 at 11:04 am

    Oh Carrie, your three are absolute pro’s; from the first photo of them standing on the gate to the last photo of them sitting on the tree stump. Beautiful.

    We’re taking the buggy out a lot less for Martha now too, which in some ways it’s nice because it’s a lot less work – but also a bit sad because she’s not a baby anymore, she’s a proper little girl.


  • Sara | mumturnedmom 24/05/2016 at 4:51 pm

    These photos are such fun, so wonderful to see all three of them enjoying the woods together! Love them 🙂

    • Carie 24/05/2016 at 8:54 pm

      thank you 🙂

  • Sally 17/06/2016 at 8:34 am

    He looks so big in these photos! And they all look very in tune with each other. Sounds like it was a wonderful walk.