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Beaver Day

beaverWhen you have twins it is interseting how they will back each other up.  Yesterday they were both going on and on about Beaver Day (Groudhogs Day).

“Are you sure it’s a beaver that sees it’s shawdow?”

“Yup!” they both agreed.  “Our teacher had a big black sheet of paper on the door and that was his cave.”

“The beaver cave?”

“Yup, the beaver comes out of his cave and sees his shawdow and now there’s 6 more weeks of winter.”

“Are you sure it wasn’t a groundhog?”

“Oh, yeah a groundhog!” they both agreed.

-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

-C

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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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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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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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Parenting Advice from my Frozen Lasagna

lasagnaSo I went to put in a frozen lasagna (usually I make homemade lasagna but life got in the way tonight) and the film cover that you’re supposed to remove ten minutes before it’s done was printed with one sentence, highly researched quips:

“Kids who have regular family dinners may get better grades.”

“Kids who have frequent meals together may be more likely to feel that their parents are proud of them.”

“Teens who have regular family dinners may be more likely to confide in their parents.”

I like how they’re really going out on a limb there and using the word “may” (thanks Legal).

My fourteen-year-old heard me reading these affirmations and chimed in, “You know mom, I feel like I can confide in you that I really like lasagna.”

Forget “Love and Logic”, I’m following “Stouffers” from now on.

-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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Family Photo Flop

In August I bought bright-colored sundresses for all the girls and bold colored polo shirts for the boys for our family photo.  I thought I’d haul everyone to a local garden and get some great shots of the family.  Now it is late October, it was 39 degrees and a picture of our family huddling together with windblown hair is not the look I’m going for.  I tried.  I really tried to find a day where everyone was first of all home and second of all not in a foul mood (do you have family photos that bring back bad memories of photo day, like when your kid made a stink about wearing something you picked out) again not what I was going for here.  So as of today we haven’t taken a family photo.  I know there is some time before Christmas cards need to go out but my “Happy Garden Family” may have to be only a dream.  Our Christmas card may be a picture of all of us eating pizza on a Wednesday night.  Reality I guess.

-Cindy

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Household Shutdown

Hey what a great idea!  I heard a certain government can’t agree on how to spend/make money or something like that so they just shut down.  What if I tried that?  I’m not getting lunch boxes back so I quit making lunches, laundry baskets can’t make the arduous trip from room to washer on laundry day, smelly clothes for the week (not that they would care).  Last minute carpooling?  No way!  When the toilet looks like this…

Not my problem due to the Household Manager Shutdown.

Not my problem due to the Household Shutdown.

not my problem.  5:30 will come around and the kids will sit down to dinner at the table and wait…and wait…and the magical trays full of food won’t show up, that is if they survive that long because I won’t be breaking up fights throughout the day and I’m not sure their negotiating skills are all that refined.

Ring-Ring  “Hello, this is your neighbor, it is 11:30 at night and all your kids are still out playing in your backyard?”  Yeah, because the Bedtime Enforcing Unit has shutdown.  (Although that’s not a realistic example due to the fact that although we have a huge, flat backyard with soccer goals, sports equipment and a sandbox you never find them playing outside…what is that?)

I know that big yellow bus will show up in the morning but I’m not sure if our kids will be on it.  I’m pretty sure it comes at the same time everyday requiring someone to monitor the progression of getting ready for school, eating breakfast and leaving the house when the clock says it is time to leave (some of our kids can do this, others…not so much.)  That no longer will be me.

With the Household Shutdown what will I do with all my time?

Oh, C’mon, you know it wouldn’t last for more than a day, whatever concession I was holding out for would have to be met.  They would realize what a valuable asset I am to the management of our home and the well-being of our family and they would beg me to return to my duties (right moms?) … OR they would skip school, order pizza, and lay around all day (in their dirty clothes) playing X-Box.  Hmmm?  Maybe the Shutdown is not such a good idea?

-Cindy

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