Thursday, October 25, 2007

October Update

This week is dominated by the Super Bowl World Series (like I care) and an upcoming church costume party and costume piano recital (to make it more complicated to make it more fun!)

Logan has added some new words to his repertoire: "go", "shoe", "ladder", "a-puw" (apple), "boy". Sometimes we find him standing in the corner behind the rocking chair. (The older children don't exactly think it is fun when they have to stand in the corner.) He likes to try to jump, but doesn't quite get airborne. Often after supper, Logan likes to walk a circuit waving his arms straight behind him. At times he nearly runs. He doesn't complain about getting wiped up after eating. In fact, he doesn't like being messy and presents his hand to get wiped if he gets food on it. The desire to be clean doesn't extend to his diaper, however. He cries pretty much every change.

I stumbled across this today...

Babies Don't Keep

Mother, O 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 shiftless as Little Boy Blue
(lullaby, rockabye, 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 his eyes the most wonderful hue?
(lullaby, rockabye, lullaby loo).

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

-- Author Unknown

...which choked me up for a minute. That poor moth.

Just kidding :)

Looking at recent pictures reminded me of the care that Evan and Matthew took to make Sophie's birthday special. They holed up in the basement weeks ahead of time, making special presents, cards and decorations for their little sister. To top it all off, they arranged a "treasure hunt" with clues hidden around the house leading her to the birthday bounty. I am so thankful to God for the love that our children have for each other.

Here is a slideshow of some October fun and take a look at some new video clips in the sidebar if you like.


Anonymous said...

Hey Melissa,
I like your sense of humor!

House Of Boy & Girl said...

You have such a neat family! It's really cool to see the boys' make gifts for their sister. Sophie looks a lot like how I remember you looking when I was little.


lynardlynard said...

"Where is the mother whose house is so shocking?" LOL

Man, I don't have the baby excuse anymore.

Gayle said...

Loved the slideshow!
I have heard that poem before and I had forgotten about it. It is a sweet one.
That picture is completely adorable of the kids below, and I especially enjoyed Sophie's story...LOL!

Anonymous said...

I LOVE that poem! LOL

LadyPoet33 (from Homeschoolblogger)

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Margaret said...

Hey Melissa,

What wonderful pictures. My favorites are Sophie with her brothers "decorating" her; Matthew's pumpkin, and Evan holding Logan.

Hey, Matthew, when did you plant that pumpkin?

Grandma Margie