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What Every Mother Wants to Hear

kitten 2We’ve been discussing getting a pet at our house.  Cat, dog, fish…rock.  The conversations have been going on for a while and we (the parents) are just not quite ready to pull the trigger on any big decisions.  So the other day we were driving home from church and I overheard the kids talking about getting a kitten.

Child 1: “Oh, kitties are so cute we have to get a cat!”

Child 2:”We can’t get a cat, mom is allergic.” <long pause>

Child 1 in a whispered conspiracy voice: “Let’s get a new mom.”

(I had to laugh!)

-Cindy

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What a Glorious Opportunity Today

What a glorious opportunity it is today that school has been cancled…again…due to cold weather.  I was just thinking that I really don’t get enough time with all six kids at home, at once, all in the same square footage, with the lucky break that it is too cold for them to go out to play or go anywhere.  Days like these are few and far between (except for last Monday…and next Monday for grading day…and President’s day…and the last Fri of Feb. for conferences…and oh yeah that 18 day stint of winter break…).  I think we will spend some quality time bonding:

Joey-laundry

Johnny-bathrooms

Josh-his room

Lexi-floors

Cassie-play room

Callie-dishes

Ah yes, what a beautiful day!

-Cindy

 

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You’ll Know Which Kid is Mine

undershirtMiddle School band concert tonight.  A week ago I asked my son if he had everything he needed (black pants, black shoes, white shirt).

“Yup!”

“You have a nice white shirt?”

“Yup!”

You know mother’s intuition?  It was created for a reason.  This morning I had him lay his things out so he would be ready to go.  That “nice white shirt” we talked about?  Oh yeah…white undershirt!

Anybody see that angry lady at Target today with the dress shirt in her cart…yeah, that was me.

-Cindy

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“Snow” Day (Again)

glass of wineCracked open a bottle of wine around noon today when I found out that school was canceled AGAIN tomorrow (perspective: the kids had 16 days off for winter break and then they had today off for extreme cold weather and now…now they have tomorrow off…need I say more?).  My very resourceful teenager called to say, “Hey mom did you hear we don’t have school tomorrow again? (long pause while I picked myself up off the floor) and if it is still too cold on Wednesday they will have to cancel school the whole week ’cause you can’t have a 2 day school week.” (Not sure if that’s true or not, but the thought of it made me pour another glass).

“Hey, yeah, thanks for that info JOEY!”  I could tell he was beaming at the other end of the phone.

You know that song “Heart and Soul”?  I taught Lexi and Johnny how to play that on day 2 of winter break.  They have been practicing…a lot.  So I am going to sit here with my glass of wine at noon, listening to Heart and Soul…go ahead and judge!

-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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Dalmatians at Thanksgiving?

Halloween 2013 2 003 - CopyThe other night we are all sitting around the dinner table and Cassie gets up, all of a sudden and disappears.  She comes back in a few minutes dressed in her Halloween costume, the dalmatian.  She goes about eating her dinner as if nothing happened.

The upside is we have definitely gotten our moneys worth out of Cassie’s costume.  The downside, she is still wearing it…EVERYWHERE!  Yes it’s cute, yes there’s really no harm being done, but what about Thanksgiving dinner?  Should the dalmatian be allowed at the Thanksgiving dinner table? (We are going out to eat this year with family.)

She hasn’t asked to wear it to school yet (Parenthood, Season 1, Max and the pirate costume?) and the dalmatian has not gone to Sunday School.

When it comes down to it, look at that picture, how can you say “No” to that cute puppy face…wait, maybe that’s her gig, maybe this is her new technique to persuade her parents to get whatever she wants?  Or maybe it is just a really cute phase and I will be longing for these days in ten years when my post may be “Noserings at Thanksgiving?”

-Cindy

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Johnny’s Play

We went to the theatre this weekend…at the middle school.  Johnny was in the production of “Adventures of a Comic Book Artist”.  It was a really cute play about super heroes.  Johnny played one of the four super heroes that comes to life after the comic book artist uses a magical pen.  His character was Triple Time (a really fast guy).  If you know Johnny you know he got cast in the best possible role.

I am amazed at how they can throw together a performance with acting, singing, choreography the works in just a few weeks after school.  The kids did great!  Johnny was eating up the autograph session after the final show.  It was really fun.  Next up is Oliver for the Community Theatre.  Johnny is a thief!  They will be performing 8 shows so that will be a great experience.  Look out Hollywood!

-Cindy

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What do People Do in the Evenings?

976588_hammockWe have four more days until soccer is over for the season. That means next week, starting on Monday we will no longer have to eat dinner at 4:30 to make sure everyone eats before eve. activities. We will no longer have to play Carpool Amazing Race. We won’t have to plan ahead for going to three different events making sure we have snack if we won’t be home before bedtime. We won’t have to remind anyone to bring anything, anywhere!

So what do people do in the evenings in summer after all the hoopla has settled down?

-Cindy

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I’ll Be Right Back

When we decided to have six kids I’m not so sure we thought everything through (that would be an understatement). I just finished the June calendar and there are several nights where we have to be in four different places at the same time. Even with our wonderful carpooling arrangements we may have to hire someone to drive and watch our kids at soccer or karate.
Last night I thought I had it all figured out. Jerad went to Joey’s game, I went to Cassie and Callie’s game BUT Johnny had to get to karate. I asked the coach if she wouldn’t mind to keep an eye on the girls while I drove him to karate and came right back. She said that would be fine, what could go wrong in 15 minutes?
So I get back and Callie is standing by the parking lot, waiting for the porta potty, the poor coach’s husband got roped into taking his daughter and Callie for a potty break.
“I had to go potty!”
“Of course you did.” Looking down at her knee I notice a band-aid.
“What happened to your knee?”
“I fell and got an owie!”
“In 15 minutes? I was only gone 15 minutes. You got hurt in the 15 minutes I was gone?”
Of course she did.
Not really a big deal, but c’mon I’m gonna need a little more cooperation from the universe next week when we have 3 soccer games, karate, and I’m supposed to be at a meeting (don’t think the meeting is going to happen.)

-Cindy

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