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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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“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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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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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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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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Top 5 Signs Your Child Might NOT be Ready to Use Scissors Unsupervised

1.  Australia has almost been removed from the map

1. Australia has almost been removed from the map

2.  Little Olivia got a haircut...

2. Little Olivia got a haircut…

3. ...so did all the paintbrushes

3. …so did all the paintbrushes

4.  "Could you close the blinds?"  "Why no, I can't, someone CUT OFF the strings!"

4. “Could you close the blinds?” “Why no, I can’t, someone CUT OFF the strings!”

5.  "Look Mom, I have wireless headphones now!"

5. “Look Mom, I have wireless headphones now!”

 

I know, I know, you’re thinking what on earth were you doing while your kids ran around the house in a crazy cutting frenzy?  Well, these are cumulative findings that have been discovered over the course of time, however I am baffled that at my kids’ ages these still occur.  I don’t get it.  But maybe it’s like the urge some kids have to eat play dough or snap crayons in half…I know they will grow out of it.  I do want to reassure you that if your kids come over for a playdate we now keep the scissors in a lock box, so your kids should go home with the same amount of hair as they had when they arrived…hopefully…well, no guarantees.

-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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4th of July Week

We are back from a week at the cabin. I could seriously get used to lake life on a permanent basis. We had beautiful weather all week except for a few showers over the weekend. Our friends came up on Tuesday and our relatives were up for the fourth. A nice combination of visitors and just time by ourselves. Got some fun photos from the week so I’ll just give you the highlights:

4th of July 2013 002The week started last Saturday with Cassie and Callie’s soccer tournament. They played one game and won! (Although at this age they don’t keep score and everyone gets a medal at the end. The girls each scored a bunch of goals so that was fun. My parents came down to watch and we all had pizza for lunch.)

Sunday night we went up to the cabin for the week.  We did a lot of fishing, swimming and relaxing.  Tuesday our friends Terri and her kids (5th grade daughter, 3rd grade son) stopped by for the afternoon which was a really nice visit.  They caught a turtle in their fishing net.

Tuesday night we drove back home for two soccer games, Lexi played in Westonka and we picked up Joey after his game to bring him back to the cabin.

4th of July 2013 0064th of July 2013 015Wednesday, Jerad came up and took some of the kids to get a new canoe!  Now we can take the whole family to the Boundary Waters (of course you know I’m kidding, taking all six kids to the Boundary Waters…yeah I don’t think so).

Thursday (the fourth) we did venture to Quarry Park and went rock climbing.4th of July 2013 016

At lunch time my family joined us for the day.  My brother Tim, his wife Merrilee and their two little girls, Savannah and Chloe and my younger brother Bill spent the afternoon with us and stayed for the boat parade and fireworks on our lake.  Someone always puts on a professional style fireworks show that we can watch right from our beach!

The rest of the weekend was swimming, playing with the neighbors at the beach, biking, watching wildlife (check out the Crane on our dock), fireworks and a friendly game of “forks” (the spoons were all in the dishwasher).

Overall things went smooth and we had a nice time.  Next year we will have to get our canoe dollied-up for the boat parade.

-Cindy

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Fun on the Sidelines

So you know when you’re at a baseball game, or a soccer game and there is the big guy that sits in his lawn chair, munchin’ on sunflower seeds, occasionally giving a holler for the team he’s cheering for? After he leaves the game there is a big pile of chewed up, spit out sunflower seeds…right?

So you know when you go to a soccer game and you bring your two five-year old girls and they set up their blanket on the sidelines. They take out the bag of “stuff” you brought to keep them busy for an hour game, but it is boring stuff like toys. So they scurry around, pet some dogs, wrestle a bit and then find some “stuff” that is more fun.

You glance back at them (because it’s too quiet) and find what their new “toys” are. You are pleased to find they have taken out the Hotwheels cars and trucks…NOT pleased to find they are loading up their trucks with SUNFLOWER SEEDS (yes, the aforementioned spit out remnants). But it gets better! The other activity they are doing is filling old water bottles (please tell me they didn’t try to drink out of half-filled bottles they found on the ground)with said sunflower seeds AND what is that, is that MY water bottle (not the clear plastic bottled water, but the one you that you can’t see inside when the cover has been replaced and you think there is only WATER in there!)276697_red_sigg_water_bottle_2

I did not drink the tainted sunflower seed water but the thought that I could have…?  All the Purell in the world can’t solve problems like these.

(I know, I know, after these past few posts you are thinking I have got to keep a better eye on those kids…but they’re fast…and clever…and there’s six of them!)

-Cindy

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