Thursday, 28 November 2013


Halloween was a little different this year.  It fell on a Thursday night, so I had class that night.  We were invited over to dinner at Carrie and Jeff's with Dan's family as well.  We ate and then when I had to leave for class, they all headed out to trick-or-treat.  They all had a good time.

We had our ward trunk-or-treat the night before.  This year we were all super heroes.  PC and I just wore t-shirts to tie it all together.
Baby Girl was Hulk, Goofy was Spider-Man, Minnie was Super Girl, Bucko was Captain America, and Tink was Bat Girl.  I made a tutu for Tink's Bat Girl costume. She already had the t-shirt.  We already had Goofy's costume as well.  Minnie's I had made a few years ago for Tink, so we were able to reuse that one too.  
We also went to a Halloween party the weekend before.  The kids had fun decorating cookies and playing with friends.

Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Song for a fifth child

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.

I have always loved this poem.
I haven't discussed my schooling much here yet,so thought I would take the opportunity. In September, I began the Pathways Program through BYU-Idaho.  The first year is Academic Start. This semester I am taking the first half of the Book of Mormon and Life Skills. The first year is geared to prepare you for the rest of the program.  It has been really busy trying to juggle family and school and other responsibilities.  I have been learning so much though and can feel the Lord's help through it all. Baby Girl has made it a lot more difficult lately to get schoolwork done. For the past month, she has been teething and/or sick. She is also going through the stage of separation anxiety. She now refuses to sleep in her crib. If I get her to sleep, she will sleep maybe five minutes in her crib, then wake up and scream. She will not go back to sleep and just stands there screaming in sheer terror. So naps now consist of sleeping in my arms.  She does sleep through the night mostly, but only in our bed. I moved her crib mattress into our room and she will now sometimes sleep for maybe an hour on that.  I guess I forgot how every baby is different. This one sure loves being near Mom and Dad!  She is so stinking precious, though!  We seriously can't get enough of her, which is good since she apparently can't get enough of us either.
So every week we have a Gathering night where we discuss the things we are learning that week in class. A student leads the discussion and it is really nice. PC watches the kids, and I really enjoy the break. Last week, we were learning about work. I was scheduled to be the lead student for the discussion. However, we had ice and snow, so they decided to cancel. I had been working so hard to get everything planned, I was really pretty bummed that it was cancelled.  As I was preparing, and thinking about my work with my family, I thought of this poem, "Song for a Fifth Child."  Now I knew the poem, but had never heard the title of it before. It was perfect. Even more perfect, when I read about the author, Ruth Hulburt Hamilton.  I was surprised the title was "Song for a Fifth Child." I had always referred to it as the "Babies don't keep" poem.  As I read about Ruth Hulburt Hamilton, I was truly amazed at how similar her story was to mine.  She had four children, ages 11, 9, 7, and 5 when she had her fifth child.  These were exactly the ages of our children!  I read how it was so different for her having a baby with older children.  Having a five year gap, you sure forget a lot!  She loved how they all would run to the baby when they came home and they all loved the baby so much.  With older kids, it's hard to get everything done and still take care of and enjoy a baby.  I know this all too well. I needed to read this poem again and am so grateful for the things I've been able to learn and/or relearn with my classes.

Thursday, 21 November 2013

Tink's Celebrations

On Tink's birthday, we were driving home from our holiday in Granby.  We stopped in Denver at Ikea to get her present.  She has been wanting one of their super cool light fixtures for her room.  We stopped in Castle Rock at the outlets for a little shopping as well. We ate lunch there and headed home, only to get stopped due to a car accident.  It took much longer to get home than it should have.  I quickly made her cupcakes (which ended up burning on the bottom--I was so disappointed!) and we celebrated with some family over.  The kids loved playing with all the balloons.  The balloons were Goofy's present to her.  He insisted on having green balloons and made sure we got them and blew them all up for her.  They had a blast.

Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Family Pictures

 PCs sister took our family pictures a couple weeks ago.  We were so pleased with how well they turned out.  Here are a few.  They were all so good, I could post a ton more, but these will do.

Fall Break, part 2

The second week of fall break was spent mostly at the dentist and doctor's offices for check-ups.  No one had any cavities and everyone is growing and healthy.  Tink even got her braces on this week!  We went in for an evaluation and they said they could go ahead and put them on right then if we wanted.  We hadn't planned on spending all morning there, though, so the other kids were pretty antsy.  We had fun, especially when Goofy took Baby Girl's binky clip and clipped it to the crotch of his pants!  He stood with his legs spread open and swung it back and forth until I ran and snatched it off.  He thought it was hilarious.  I was so embarrassed!

Here is the run down of everyone's heights this time.  Tink: 5'2.8", Bucko: 4'5.8", Minnie: 3'10", and Goofy:  3'8.5".  Everyone grew at least two inches this year.  Tink grew the most, with a 3" gain.  They sure are growing fast.
We were "booed" one night.  The kids loved it!  They did later figure out who it was that booed us when we were at their house and we used the same plates. Good times.
 Baby Girl has to be held to sleep lately.  She's been cutting teeth, so has been super fussy.  I caught a sweet pic of her with Daddy one night.  Love those two.
 The last day of Fall Break, I took the kids to Skate City. I had promised them we would, so we finally made it there.  We had some friends meet us there too, so that was fun.  Then we stopped for ice cream afterwards.  I love school breaks!