Monthly Archives: December 2013

9 Kids and a Plate of Fudge

fudgeSo there are 9 kids in my house right now (we’re on day 11 of Christmas break…not that I’m counting).  The kids have friends over and one of the friends’ moms brought over a plate of fudge.  So all the kids are downstairs (its a wonderful mix of no screaming and yet not so quiet that you know they’re up to something) and I am eating all the fudge.  This is a great way to end the year.  A house full of happyish kids and more chocolate per square inch than should be legal.

Cheers to Fudge and Family in 2014 (quite possibly in that order…this fudge is REALLY good!)

-Cindy

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Family Christmas Card Project

Family Christmas Photo 014 - Copy (2)Here’s a Christmas project your whole family can enjoy!

1.  Print this photo

2.  Cut it out and glue onto a card

3.  Add Christmas Scrapbooking decorations (like sequins and glitter!)

4.  Write, “Merry Christmas from the Rasmussen’s” on the inside (in really nice handwriting)

5.  Put into an envelope and address it to your family

6.  Slide it into your mail box

7.  Wait a few minutes

8.  Open the mailbox, retrieve the card, “Hey look, our Christmas card did get to you in time for Christmas!  Merry Christmas!”

-Cindy

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My First Magazine Publication!

My article appears in the Laugh Out Loud column!

My article appears in the Laugh Out Loud column!

I am officially a published author!!  I wrote a humorous article for TWINS magazine and it was published in this months issue.  It is about Cassie and Callie’s first season of soccer.  You can check it out here in the Laugh out Loud column:
TWINS Magazine Holiday 2013 Issue I have another article that has been accepted for publication that will be coming out in January (Focus on the Family’s Thriving Family magazine) and I’ll have my new website which will host this blog, ready in January.  Stay tuned! -Cindy

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On the Stage

Lexi's Fourth Grade Family Breakfast Concert

Lexi’s Fourth Grade Family Breakfast Concert

Last Friday was the 4th grade Family Breakfast where all the fourth graders come in before school with their families, have breakfast and put on a short concert.  It is always super cute, they do it for every grade, and even though this was the sixteenth family breakfast I’ve been to (one for each kid, each year for the last 10 years or so) I had a good time.

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Johnny is a thief in Oliver!

Then last weekend it was opening weekend for Oliver! the community theatre production that Johnny is in.  On opening night I volunteered to work backstage as “Kid Corraler” and keep the kids (about 30 of them) contained in the dressing room.  Always be cautious of volunteer jobs that have the most vacancies, like when the kids were in hockey and I volunteered for the late shift at the concession stands…thats the person that has to clean the whole place, including the popcorn maker before they can go home.  You live and learn.  This job was kind of like that…well not that bad actually.  I admit I had fun and it made it more enjoyable the next day when I got to watch the performance and see the kids in action.  They were amazing!  I was really proud of Johnny, so glad he’s found his niche.  Another thing I learned about the theatre, that I quickly remembered upon arriving and taking off my jacket, is that backstage people are encouraged to wear black.  The crew, the helpers, the other moms, all in black…me?…bright pink half-zip fleece…oh yeah!

"Go tell it on the mountain!"

“Go tell it on the mountain!”

The third performance was the 3,4,5 year-olds at Wednesday night church.  I remember when the girls performed a few years back and they took their name tags off and stuck them over their mouths…so proud.  This year they sang.  It was really cute.  It doesn’t get much better than a bunch of little kids singing, “Go tell it on the mountain!”

Josh does not have any shows coming up but he did just start taking guitar lessons.  He is eyeing a “Beetles” song book to work his way up to.  Or maybe a garage band.

Joey doesn’t have any shows coming up either but I did learn from him that apparently our living room is an open stage to his friends on Xbox Live while he is playing his games.  “So they can hear what I’m saying right now?”  “Yes!” the TV answered back.  I’m not sure I want to be on speaker phone to the world in my own home.

So that is the crew.  Gearing up for winter “break”…all sixteen days of it…not that I’m counting.

-Cindy

 

 

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Christmas Crafts?

“Can I have the scissors?”  Cassie comes asks me while I’m eating my breakfast.  “Can I have some tape?” She asks a few minutes later.  I can tell she is busy at a project in the other room.  Based on her past track record with tape and scissors I’m a bit nervous, but I haven’t finished my Cheerios yet and quite frankly am still waking up.  I’m amazed by what a couple of five-year-olds can create with some paper, markers, and tape (and sometimes my dental floss).  We have been all fired-up about Christmas so I was sure Cassie was busy making a construction paper Christmas tree or bell-shaped ornament or cute reindeer.  But no, this is what I walked in on:

Minecraft Monsters

Minecraft Monsters

What mom wouldn’t be proud of these cute, little…”What are those honey?”

“The monsters, from X-Box, from Johnny’s game.”

Apparently these are from the Minecraft game, the game that has taken over our boys’ lives since being installed on our XBox over Thanksgiving break.  Apparently the game is having an effect on other family members as well?!?

Yes, I know, but I am the mom that had the girls in PINK car seats for the first year of their lives, so perhaps I am a little taken aback when their likes differ a bit from the preconceived ideas I had of having cute twin little girls.

Is is alright if the Minecraft Monsters are not displayed next to Christmas popcorn wreath we made last week?…Just asking?

-Cindy

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