Wednesday, August 28, 2013

They grow so fast...

 I read this over at Heather Bailey's blog and was very touched by it and just had to share.  Whether you have 1 child or 10, this is a great poem! 

Song for a Fifth Child 
By Ruth Hulburt Hamilton

Mother, oh mother, come shake out your cloth!
Empty the dustpan, poison the moth,
Hang out the washing and butter the bread,
Sew on a button and make up a bed.
Where is the mother whose house is so shocking?
She's up in the nursery, blissfully rocking!

Oh, I've grown as shiftless as Little Boy Blue
(Lullaby, rockaby, lullaby, loo).
Dishes are waiting and bills are past due
(Pat-a-cake, darling, and peek, peekaboo).
The shopping's not done and there's nothing for stew
And out in the yard there's a hullabaloo
But I'm playing Kanga and this is my Roo.
Look! Aren't her eyes the most wonderful hue?
(Lullaby, rockaby, lullaby loo.)

Oh, cleaning and scrubbing will wait till tomorrow,
But children grow up, as I've learned to my sorrow.
So quiet down, cobwebs. Dust, go to sleep.
I'm rocking my baby. Babies don't keep. 

Tuesday, August 6, 2013


I made this in the slow-cooker today.  It turned out delicious!
I used 1T of liquid smoke vs 1/4 c and about 1/4 c of water.  
Recipe here.

 For coleslaw I make my dressing different each time.  Usually about 1/4 c mayo + maybe a T of white vinegar...then a pinch of salt, a bit of sugar and this time - dill, caraway seed, and celery salt.  I taste and adjust accordingly.  This dressing was tossed with some green cabbage, red bell pepper and a green onion.

We haven't had much "summer" this week.  Our highs are in the mid 80's, and down to the mid 50's at night.  I like this - good sleeping weather.  

Despite that, the kids have enjoyed some watermelon - the Costco watermelons have not disappointed this year!

Banished to the stoop - Quinn will get hers next year.

I think of my dad every time I cut the ends off of the my boys fight for the "bowls"!