18 February 2017

2017 Goals - The List

Back at the start of the new year, we made a list of resolutions and goals for 2017. We asked for the kiddos input, and the following is a small sampling of what we came up with:


  • See woolly mammoth at the dinosaur museum (Craig's suggestion) 
  • Fun road trip vacation - Oregon trip?
  • Alberta National Parks (Jasper, Banff, Waterton, Elk Island) - we wanted to do every National Park in Alberta, and then realized that there is one [Wood Buffalo NP] that straddles the Alberta/NW Territories border and is 14+ hours away. Also, the entrance is in NWT, so it doesn't count as an Alberta NP, right...?
  • Caleb doesn’t choke (Calista's suggestion)


  • Read 24 new books (2/month) 


  • Play Clair de Lune


  • Non-church community engagement - volunteer at Distress Centre, Collingwood
  • Kill Kil’jaeden (Warcraft)


  • Swim without a life jacket or water wings
  • Bike without training wheels
  • Read a book en español
  • Count to 1000
  • Hold a baby really well while standing


  • Ride a bike
  • Learn to pray
  • ALL poop and pee in toilet
  • Write letters


  • Walk
  • Crawl

Be on the lookout for posts as these are completed!

29 January 2017

A holly, jolly Christmas

Our Christmas celebrations started with decorating our Christmas tree.
Predictably, we had a tight grouping of ornaments where Calista and Craig put them on (and where they could reach).
I had to rearrange them slightly because they were causing the tree to tip over!

Before school let out for Christmas, both Craig and Calista had concerts. Calista sang a song with her kindergarten class called "Invierno," all about winter (en español). She actually sang it all by herself at the Rasmussen Family Christmas program, which was awesome. There are no pictures of her singing either time, though, because... there aren't. Mommy fail.
Craig had a concert at his preschool. I was expecting him to just stand with his class, not singing, because while he knows the songs (I've heard him singing them at home), he doesn't usually perform on command. I was mistaken, however. He totally did sing!
And I totally did get pictures of his concert! Poor, neglected middle child. Oh, wait...
Santa came to Craig's preschool, too, and Craig loved standing next to him.
We invited Craig to sit on Santa's lap, but Craig declined and we did not force the issue.

I did get pictures of Calista playing Mary at the ward Christmas party, though.
She did an excellent job caring for her baby, looking properly scandalized when he was slid across the stage to her at the time of birth.

After school let out, we started preparing to head down to Raymond for Christmas. Amidst these preparations, Calista's friend and neighbor came to our door, telling me Calista had hit her head on his front step and there was blood everywhere and I had to come now! So, I quickly put on my boots and headed a few houses down... Calista has sitting in their kitchen, screaming and holding paper towels to her head, with blood on her jacket and more blood-soaked paper towels on the table. After a quick glance at her wound, I picked her up and carried her home.
Thankfully, Kyler was home that day, so we decided he would take her to get stitches and I would stay with the boys and pack for our Christmas trip.
4 stitches (and 4 hours) later, Calista told me all about the massive freezing needle and that she got a green Popsicle.

The next day, stitches and all, we left to spend time with Kyler's family. While we were in town, we got to see lots of family, watch movies, eat yummy food, and do a quick temple session with sister-in-law Rachel and niece Ivory.
And have my camera borrowed by Scarlett.

We also did some more picture-filled things. One of the days, we took a walk to go out the lunch at the burger place.
Well, some of us walked. Others of us went in the sled or stroller.
We obviously had to take a break to climb a pile of snow.
Because the residential roads don't really get plowed, just knocked down a bit, there was plenty of snow to sled on just out in front of Grandma Maria's and Grandpa Ken's.
We took advantage more than once.

Christmas, the whole reason we went down, was lovely as well. Christmas Eve we headed to Karina's, and nearly everyone performed in the program. Calista sang "Invierno," as I mentioned before, telling everyone, "I'm singing a song called 'Winter,' but in Spanish, but no one here speaks Spanish except Grandma Maria, so..." and then she got really nervous and forgot the words and asked me what comes next. Uh, something about a cold nose? Thankfully, my shoddy English translation jogged her memory of the Spanish words and she sang her song successfully.
Many people sang, played piano, a little violin... and Kyler and I played a saxophone/piano duet! It went well, and most happily is over.
Grandma Maria bought all the grandchildren pj's, so we tried to get them all together for a picture.
It was difficult but amusing.
Christmas morning, the kiddos got to get into their stockings as soon as they woke up, but had to wait until after church to open presents.
Maria thought they would give us grief over that decision, but they did just fine.
After church, they changed out of their Christmas Sunday best, and back into pj's. Of course. And, they finally got to open their presents.
They loved it all.

The last thing we did before coming home (literally, right before we drove home) was go to a trampoline place and then out to dinner with the whole Rasmussen gang.
I personally didn't join in the jumping, instead holding a Caleb and attempting to take pictures.
Kyler did, though, doing some fun flips and successfully not hurting himself.
Calista and Craig loved running and jumping around with cousins,
and both got very red in the cheeks before we were done.

All in all, a happy and successful Christmas!

19 December 2016

Rasmussen family, 2016 edition

Another year, another family picture. We took these back in September, with what we believe to be all of us.
We are complete!
Calista was really good for the photos.
And, surprisingly, Craig was mostly pretty good, too.
It helps that we promised them ice cream after.
The hardest ones were the pictures of all three of them.
Still, it could be much worse!
Caleb ended up being the most difficult child to work with. It was almost impossible to get a smile out of him.
No matter. Smile or not, he's adorable.

09 December 2016

Six month Caleb!

Caleb is still our happy, smiling, chill baby. He loves when people talk to him, especially Calista and Craig.
Calista and Craig love him right back.
Calista does this thing where she takes off her socks to let him play with her toes.
It's gross and adorable, all at once.
Craig loves to lay next to Caleb and give him kisses.
Again, adorable... and sometimes life-threatening.
Still the third child is still surviving. 
And sometimes, I see a glimpse of the future. I know they'll fight and get on each other's nerves, but I also know they will love each other.
It's a future that will have its ups and downs, but these three will always have each other.

Caleb will try and reach for anything he can, and if he succeeds in grabbing something, it immediately goes into his mouth.
Caleb currently has 2 teeth, which surprised us a little bit. We didn't realize he was teething because we all had colds and just assumed that's all it was until he grabbed Kyler's finger and bit it. Brand new baby teeth are sharp!
He loves to stick out his tongue to feel his teeth over and over.

Most of the time he spend on the floor is spent on his tummy.
Caleb can roll both ways, but seems to prefer to be on his tummy. Maybe that's because he's starting to turn like a clock and think about crawling.
My primary kids said he was doing push ups and swimming on the floor, and that's basically what it looks like. Soon he'll actually be able to go somewhere, I'm sure.

I'm hesitant to write this, but Caleb seems to be sleeping pretty well lately.
He often sleeps from 10:30 or 11 until 6:30 or 7, straight. Sometimes he wakes up once.
It isn't always easy getting him to stay asleep, with him waking up 15 minutes after I put him down all evening, but once he is actually asleep for the night, he's not doing too bad.
Getting a full night's sleep makes it easier for me to deal with the evening, so I'm not complaining too much.

We've had some chilly weather in the last few months, and so we've busted out the mittens, hats, and snowsuits.
Caleb doesn't mind them once they are on, though getting him all dressed up he's less pleased with.

Caleb has started to babble more, using some decent consonant sounds, like "ma," "ba," and "gug." I love listening to his voice, and can't wait until that "mama" actually means me!

We have pulled out the high chair again, finally, so Caleb gets to join us at the table for meals like a proper gentleman.
Soon he'll be eating our meals, too, but we haven't really done that yet.

While he isn't quite sitting up by himself yet, I'm sure Caleb will be soon. He kind of is in what I call the "Weebles wobble and they DO fall down" stage. If you sit him up, he'll stay for a moment or two, and the slowly tiiiiiip over until he's laying down again. Or he'll reach for his toes and end up folded in half, which starts to annoy him after a while.

There are relatively few things that annoy him, though. Caleb is a pretty easy going baby. Keep him well fed and he'll put up with almost anything I make him do.
It's rare for him to cry for very long. In fact, the other night, he was crying and I didn't know how to get him calm and I was starting to get concerned with how long he was crying... until I realized it was about 5 minutes. Total. I know, it's not long at all, but for Caleb, it was about 5 times longer than the longest he normally cries. I am so grateful for his demeanor and personality. He is such a joy to be around.
Happy half-year, baby boy!
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