Elma Family Kitty Photography Pip {the ordinary moments}

Like a baby zombie with a sunshine on his head


My children have the amazing aunties.  They have aunties who push them on the swing, aunties who teach them baking, aunties who invite them for swimming and pizza, aunties who love them completely and utterly, and they know and adore their aunties in return.  But one auntie I think might just have earned herself more brownie points than would fit on your sleeves (I’m from the pre-sash era!) as far as my littlest two are concerned, because it’s not everyday that your auntie brings you face paints, and even rarer that she’d willingly let you paint her own face.

With a rare opportunity to have the whole Yorkshire family together, we headed north last weekend and my brother and sister in law arrived with a face painting set that was an immediate hit with all three little ones.  Both aunties have clearly got some serious skill in the face paint department and the girls were soon sporting rainbow masterpieces.

Space for the Butterflies - like a baby zombie with a sunshine on his head

Space for the Butterflies - like a baby zombie with a sunshine on his head

Pip, who willingly sat for decoration of his own, then decided to add a little extra of his own smudging so that he rather quickly began to resemble a baby zombie with a sunshine on his head.

Space for the Butterflies - like a baby zombie with a sunshine on his head

Space for the Butterflies - like a baby zombie with a sunshine on his head

And with his and his sisters’ faces and hands painted they looked around for another canvas, and found their aunt.

Space for the Butterflies - like a baby zombie with a sunshine on his head

This is love, pure and simple, and to give Pip and Elma their due, they didn’t do too badly – assuming your taste lies towards a very strong and sparkly blusher.

Space for the Butterflies - like a baby zombie with a sunshine on his head

It’s to the credit of both aunties that they stayed face painted for quite some time, even after the children had entirely forgotten that they were face painted and had gone outside to be run around in the wheelbarrow (Kitty and Elma) and to strong arm their cousin’s boyfriend into joining in an impromptu  back garden sports tournament, despite him never having played hockey ever before (Pip).

Space for the Butterflies - like a baby zombie with a sunshine on his head

It was just the loveliest way to spend a sunny afternoon, watching them dashing about.  Part of it of course is that I want my children to know and be close to their extended family; John and I are close to all of ours and try to see them as much as possible, despite living a hundred miles and more from almost everyone.  He grew up with a huge chunk of his family, if not on his doorstep then certainly in the neighbouring villages, and there are times I wish that our little trio got more of a chance to see their extended family in person, but it’s not just that.

Space for the Butterflies - like a baby zombie with a sunshine on his head

I know it sounds sappy, but there are moments in our every day when one of the kids does something incredibly cute, or really funny, or is just so sweet to a sibling, and my love for them just bubbles up and out and I want to squish them into the biggest hug ever and never let them go, although as they really wouldn’t appreciate a big squish hug in the middle of the performance of their latest ‘show’, all I can do is look over to John with the “did you see that!” parental telepathy.  He usually has the same look for me. I think it’s the natural pride of a parent, and the good sort of pride, if we’re allowed a good pride.  It’s not the competitive urge, the “look what my super special snowflake can do” bragging, but a joy in sharing and acknowledging the way in which they make our lives completely wonderful. A “look what we made!” sort of celebration.  When they make me so happy, why wouldn’t I want to share that happiness?

So when Pip decided that he was absolutely definitely playing hockey with the big boys, there were four of them there to play with him, and another seven people to look on adoringly.  It is blindingly obvious that my little three are adored from top to toe by all their family, and not just because they’re the only nephew and nieces, the only grandchildren, and the only ditto with a “great” on front of it.

On a sunny afternoon, with aunts and uncles in happy attendance, what could be more fun than to let them be scooped up and enveloped in that love.

Space for the Butterflies - like a baby zombie with a sunshine on his head

Joining Katie at Mummy Daddy Me for The Ordinary Moments

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  • Laura - dear bear and beany 02/10/2016 at 1:24 pm

    This is so lovely. What brilliant aunties they have, they are lucky. My girls would love face paints and to be the artist. My husband is an only child and we don’t have a big family. We make the most of what we have X #theordinarymomdmts

    • Carie 02/10/2016 at 8:36 pm

      We’re relatively small compared to the generation above us – John has 14 sets of aunts and uncles and I have five!

  • Anna-Marie 02/10/2016 at 1:37 pm

    Oh aunties are just the best! G and H have the most amazing aunties.. Love the pictures Carie, gorgeous xx #ordinarymoments

    • Carie 02/10/2016 at 8:35 pm

      Thank you lovely 🙂

  • Donna 02/10/2016 at 8:13 pm

    It sounds like you had just the nicest time. It’s wonderful that your children have so many lovely people around them x

    • Carie 02/10/2016 at 8:35 pm

      It’s something that I never take for granted – we are so very very lucky on that score 🙂

  • Rachel @ The Ordinary Lovely 02/10/2016 at 8:22 pm

    That is just so lovely, Carie. Being closer to family and friends was a huge reason for us moving back from Switzerland and is the reason why we’ve never regretted bringing the boys ‘home’. Your husband’s competitive bowling face really made me chuckle. Please tell me he wasn’t playing with the little ones then? 😉

    • Carie 02/10/2016 at 8:34 pm

      No he was bowling at his cousin’s boyfriend who’s in his early twenties – but if you’re going to play with John and his brother you’d better bring every last bit of competitiveness you’ve got!

  • Laura @ Little Ladies Big World 02/10/2016 at 8:40 pm

    I agree entirely with this, it’s the little moments that almost take your breath away as the love rises. Beautiful, and the face paints look so much fun x

    • Carie 02/10/2016 at 8:43 pm

      Thank you lovely 🙂

  • Heidi - @Cosmochicklitan 03/10/2016 at 10:39 am

    Aww – what cuties! Our little one is obsessed with face painting. We’ve got a kit at home and ever so often she will convince my husband to paint her face (he is much more talented at it than me :-)). Good on the aunties to have their face painted as well! #OrdinaryMoments

  • Mary Smith 04/10/2016 at 5:04 am

    I feel the same way with my kids and their extended family. I love to see them enjoying time with aunts and uncles and cousins on a regular basis!
    What fab ones yours have though and how sweet to do that with the face paints, I can see why it was such a hit. xx
    ps we’re from Yorkshire too – whoop

  • Emma Plus Three 04/10/2016 at 9:55 am

    That looks like so much fun! What a lovely family you have around you 🙂 x

  • Bex @ The Mummy Adventure 04/10/2016 at 11:14 pm

    What wonderful family you have and definitely worth visiting as often as you can. I think it is lovely when children get to grow up in a big family