Posts Tagged With: parenting

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!)


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Whoa, Hold On, Not So Fast!

Lost Tooth Callie 001The universe needs to stagger these things.  Yesterday Callie lost her first tooth.  My baby!  She’s growing up.  It got loose on Monday and by Tuesday it was gone.  We haven’t read any tooth fairy books, haven’t made anything out of a paper plate related to tooth fairies.  (She has seen the Rise of the Guardians so she wasn’t completely in the dark.)

I know, it’s just a lost tooth, so I was surprised how sad it made me feel that these type of milestones are almost over for my mothering years. 

But last night as I was reflecting on how few “firsts” I have left with my kids I looked out the window to see my oldest son getting out of the car.  He waved to his friend…who was in the DRIVER’S SEAT!  The preschool kid that grew up down the street is DRIVING!  His friend is a great kid and I’m sure will be a great driver but this makes their world so much bigger.  My radius for worry will have to expand…or maybe my radius of faith will have to.   

I’ve never been one to say, “Oh, they grow up so fast!” (Just spend five minutes in my house and you’ll know why.) But it was a wake up call yesterday that “my little ones” are all growing up and I get to be a part of that…and that is sweet.




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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.




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Help Bring Back Global Warming

March 18, 2013 002Yeah ,yeah, I know all about the importance of being environmentally conscious, the threat of global warming, and polar bear habitats but maybe we’ve gone too far?  (I live in Minnesota.  It was 12 below this morning.  Apparently other parts of the nation are having a bit o’ difficulty with oh, let’s just say, below normal temperatures and freaky weather patterns.)  Maybe all this conservationism has actually reversed global warming and we are all headed uncontrollably for some sort of global deep freeze (anyone concerned about the desert rat’s habitat?).

All I’m saying is maybe we need to reverse some of our conventional thinking to even-out the atmosphere (for the sake of the desert rat… and stay-at-home-moms who may no longer be a functioning part of society if school is canceled one more day this winter.)

Here is my 3 part plan (I’m taking credit for this plan however there was a part of Obama’s speech on Tuesday that I missed when I had to get up and supervise teeth brushing, so he may have already made these suggestions.):

flourescent lightbulb1.  We need all Americans to change-out their new flourescent bulbs for the old energy suckers.

2.  Leave the lights on and crank up your thremostat…to 80…for a week.

3.  If you drive a Prius…stop.

If we all pitch in together we should be able to warm this planet up!

Thank you for your time,


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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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“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!



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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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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!)


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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!”


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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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