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Siblings 2016: December


My post for this months Siblings took a bit of a detour; I felt very conflicted about writing about happy things, when the news from Aleppo was so desperate, and so this is really the second part of a blog that I posted earlier today.  It seemed to be pasting over the cracks to simply post a chatty sort of Siblings post when the “probably genocide” going on in Syria is in equal parts upsetting and frustrating.  But writing it out, and reminding myself of the reasons why three United Nations member states entirely taking leave of their humanity doesn’t make recording my story of motherhood stupid or trivial, I found that I can want to write about both Aleppo and about these three little monkeys on their playhouse.

Space for the Butterflies; Siblings 2016 December

And monkeys is the right word for these three little cherubs.

“Just lean on the fence and smile at Mummy”

I suspect that if you’re going to make a habit out of taking pictures of your children, it’s unreasonable to suppose that they will never be in a mischief mood and this was my photoshoot of mischief.  They were happy to have their pictures taken, I’ll always stop if they don’t want to be photographed, but were also in a very giggly mood.

And so they’re not perfectly posed, or even with a perfect backdrop – our playhouse is gorgeous, and well loved, but it is also in the corner of the garden next to the fence where the children make their mud pies with a view of our neighbours’ roof – but they are very real.

This is life for my three little ones; a little bit muddy, a little bit silly, a little bit squashed by your big sisters.

And yet for every time they all decide to fall out, or touch each other’s Lego, or some other heinous crime, there’s the moments when the girls meet up again at the end of the school day and they’re just so pleased to see each other, or when Pip ran after Elma into her classroom the other day because she hadn’t given him a hug yet.

These three know each others weaknesses, but have each others backs, especially when they think they might be winding up Mummy (even if Mummy is secretly loving it).

Two little sisters and their brother, in December:

So do go and say hi and Happy Christmas to my lovely cohosts; Lucy at Dear Beautiful, Katie at Mummy Daddy Me, Amber at Goblin Child,  and Keri-Anne at Gingerlilly Tea; and to show us your sibling photos just link up below or come and play on Instagram under the #siblingsproject and tag @siblings_project_


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  • Laura @ LittleLadiesBigWorld 15/12/2016 at 9:38 am

    I love the photo in the playhouse so cute. It is so hard sometimes to be thinking of the rest of the world and your own little world at the same time but like you say it doesn’t make recording your memories any more trivial x

  • The Reading Residence 15/12/2016 at 10:26 am

    Such a sweet backdrop for the photos and I love the faces on the windows! They all look so happy and utterly adorable. I think it’s important to focus on your kids at times like this, the next generation and hope in this world x

  • Sarah @runjumpscrap 15/12/2016 at 1:19 pm

    Horrible times but these little faces and their mischief is just so lovely. Love the window shots xx

  • Caroline (Becoming a SAHM) 15/12/2016 at 2:41 pm

    It is so horrible what is happening in Syria and it can be so hard to reconcile our happy day to day existence with the horror that is happening at the same time elsewhere in the world. Wish I had an answer other than never taking each day for granted. Lovely shots of your 4 having lovely innocent childhood fun, which is exactly what they should be doing xxxx

  • Katy (What Katy Said) 15/12/2016 at 8:12 pm

    Lils always runs after Gracie in the morning if she forgets to give her a kiss. So sweet isn’t it? Such fun photos Carie, love them xx #SiblingsProject

  • Laura 15/12/2016 at 8:52 pm

    Lovely photos! They look like they have such a great relationship.

  • Louise (Little Hearts, Big Love) 16/12/2016 at 10:07 am

    Lovely photos of your children having fun and enjoying their playhouse. What’s going on in Aleppo is awful beyond belief and I can understand that feeling of being conflicted and posting about the little moments of fun when there are such horrors happening in the world. I wish all children could be as happy as your little ones are in these photos and stay cocooned in that beautiful innocent bubble of childhood for as long as possible x #siblingsproject

  • Lauren Belle Du Brighton 16/12/2016 at 1:23 pm

    Love their little faces peeping through! I’m feeling so sad about Aleppo too and can’t comprehend that it is happening. I posted 2 unused slings off yesterday to help just a little x

  • Emma Plus Three 16/12/2016 at 4:54 pm

    Lovely photos. I love that they are being mischievous, just as kids are supposed to be! Have a great Christmas x #siblingsproject

  • Louise | Squished Blueberries 18/12/2016 at 3:52 pm

    I can’t believe how grown up Pip looks! I love these photos, totally natural happiness and love (and a bit of cheekiness thrown in for good measure) xx

  • Catherine 28/12/2016 at 5:03 pm

    I love the pictures! The playhouse too! It’s really fun to have siblings and I’m hoping I can have more kids because I’m an only child and I know how it feels to be lonely without a brother or sister to play with. My daughter’s age 10 and she’s been asking me for a baby sister almost everyday…since she was 5!

  • Sarah 31/12/2016 at 1:07 pm

    They just look like they are having so much fun together – just as brothers and sisters should! #siblingsproject