Ringing out

I have decided that blinking is a bad thing.  Every single time I do it, one of my kids grows 2 inches.  What is up with that?  A friend suggested I tie bricks to their heads to stop the insanity.

I just can’t believe that for the first time since I started this foray into childbearing and rearing, I do not have a kid in primary school anymore.  How is this to blow your mind…..my daughter rang the bell and graduated to middle school last week. Hooyah, yes she did. The BABY of And Baby Makes 6 is certainly not a baby anymore.  My kaboose is killing me, Smalls.


And to not be outdone by his sister, my youngest son rang the bell and graduated from middle school.  Yup, that is right.  My youngest son is a freshman in high school.  Mind! Blown!


And Baby Makes 6 has a Junior in college, a senior in high school, a freshman in HS and a 6th grader. WTH?????  Do you remember all those babies I had?  All the diapers, nursing, co-sleeping and…well, everything baby and toddler-ish?  It is a big Over and Out, good buddy.  Can we pleeeeeease hit the rewind button? OMG, I will spare you my angst, but seriously, if you have small children, live in the moment with them. I know you have heard how fast they grow, but the realization of it is quite shocking and you will not be prepared.  Over the years, I know you have heard me say this again and again but…just put the phones down, turn off the computers and be present 100% babies.  This is your one shot at loving these precious beings. Give it your all, okay?

Your proof that time does not stand still…..exhibit A.: The Baby.


Right.  She is huge.  And that is the front seat.  While I still make her sit in the back for long rides, she is a front seat rider around town.  This was a huge milestone for her, as she was so sick of riding in the back in her Britax.  Bye bye 5 point harness restraints a year ago …I swear, she is such a little bit, she did not meet the weight requirements by the DPS, so she was in a Britax until then…which, I gladly accepted as it kept her little self secure and safe, but she Did Not Like It At All.

With Thursdays bell ringing behind us, summer is now in full swing.  The ocean is flat right now, so we are swimming to keep arms in shape for a big trip we have on the books.




Also, Mia has decided she needs a new iPod for our trip.  She wants one with a camera because hers is ancient and the camera is blah. Oh, and it died, so there is that.  So, she is working non-stop doing chores to earn money to get the iPod before our trip.  To kick off the I Want A New iPod campaign, she has washed and detailed my car. Note the white stuff on the back of the seats….that is surfboard wax and it is impossible to get out.  At least it smells like coconut.


Bill has this change bowl on his dresser, and she asked him if she could have the change.  She counted it out, and then I took her to the bank and put it in a sorter.  $34 bucks. Bam!


One of my favorite things about the hot, hot weather here is running in it (not). Heat plus humidity is rough.  Sunday we took it slow and easy, having coffee outside, so my run was a bit late in the morning.  I got Bill to come with me on the bike and it made it go faster, but hooo-wee, was it warm, and it is only going to get worse.


Parting shot….summer dessert in a cast iron skillet.  This recipe is the best:

3  (I used 4-5 for the large skillet) cups blackberries
1/2 cup sugar, divided
2 tablespoons baking powder
1 cup flour
1 cup cornmeal
6 tablespoons butter, cold and cut into small pieces
1 large egg
1/2 cup milk
pinch of salt
Extra butter to butter the skillet

Mix berries together with sugar. Set aside.  Combine all dry ingredients.  Cut butter into flour mixture with a pastry knife.  Whisk together egg and milk, then add to flour mixture.  Butter the skillet, pour in berries, then put dough on top by spoonfuls.  Bake in 375 degree oven for 30 minutes.  Then gobble it up!

That is a large skillet, so I upped the berries a tad (dunno…maybe 4-5 cups?…just eyeball it) and mixed black berries with raspberries.  To die for!  Go make it.


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2 Responses to Ringing out

  1. Shannon says:

    It really doesn’t seem possible! Little Quinn with his curls and baby Mia. CRAZY. My boys are now 6, 3 and 1. Already it is changing and my oldest decided he didn’t want goodbye kisses halfway through his kindergarten year. 🙁

    Thanks for the reminder. We had two weeks of summer fun and now all of mine have been sick the past week, the older two with fevers up to 105. It is not fun times over here!

    • Jody says:

      I know, isn’t it insane how fast they grew???!! Quinn still has his curls but he likes his hair short now. 🙁 Enjoy your boys while they are little like that!! All too soon they just sprout up! Hope your boys are feeling better!

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