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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).


“You have a nice white shirt?”


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.


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Focus on the Family Article

Here is the link to the article I wrote for Focus on the Family’s Thriving Family magazine!

Thriving Family


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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?”


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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. 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.





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The Simple Things

A couple of weeks ago my mom came down to visit and brought me beautiful purple mums.  I put them right outside my window on the deck so I can see it from the kitchen.  The girls have been in charge of taking care of it and they have taken on their responsibility with gusto!  They check on it every morning, they water it every day, and when the wind blows it over they are out there putting it back up.  One morning we were surprised by a butterfly visitor.  They went out to watch it and they commented on how she likes our flowers too.  Sometimes it just takes some flowers and a butterfly to make your day.




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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.


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Are You Smarter than a 5-year-old

cloudsI was looking out the window of the van and noticed the clouds were unusually big and fluffy.
“Girls, look at the big white fluffy clouds!”
Very matter-of-factly Callie answers “Cumulus mom, cumulus clouds.”
“Oh, right, cumulus.”


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Sisterly Love

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Sometimes, every once in a while, there are moments like this.


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Mom’s Night at Preschool

Last night it was Mom’s Night at preschool. We did some projects, played with some of the classroom toys and sang some fun songs. With five kids going through this preschool this was my seventh and last Mom’s night. It was bittersweet. There is just something about the excitement that preschoolers exhibit that slowly fades as they get older. I soaked it up last night.

The other favorite part of Mom’s night is the posters they make about their moms. Here’s what the girls shared:

“My mom’s name is just Mom. She has brown curly hair like me and purple eyes. When I’m at school mom cleans up the house. For fun she likes to exercise. Her favorite food is apples. My mom and I like to play Legos. My favorite book she reads to me is a dinosaur book. I love my mom because she reads dinosaur books to me.” (That was Cassie.)

“I don’t know what my mom’s name is. She has brown hair and purplish-blue eyes. When I’m at school she reads books alone. For fun she likes to play with me. Her favorite food is spaghetti. My mom and I like to play toys. I love my mom because I just love her!” (That’s Callie.)

These are the things I want read at my funeral, so simple and sweet. This sums up the job of a mom and the appreciation that often goes unmentioned. I am so grateful for the joy my children bring me.


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