30 November 2013

Bowtied Blessings

The first Sunday in November, we gave our baby boy a name and a blessing at church, with the help of some of our family, including Kyler's dad, brother, and brother-in-law, and my dad. 
Kyler said some really nice things, blessing Craig with love and charity for his parents, siblings, and those around him, and that he would be able to teach, lift, and grant assistance to those in need. Craig was also blessed to know truth from error, and to know which knowledge will be useful to him to grow into the man he is to become. It was sweet, and Craig was awake and quiet for the whole thing - what luck!
After the blessing, everyone came back to our apartment to chat, eat, and hold the baby (of course!). 
The four of us.

Paige holding Craig.

Grandma Maria holding Craig.

My dad holding Craig.

Oh, and the girls all sitting in one chair playing the computer. Silly girls.

A close up of our little man. We love him so much.

A plane, boss, a plane!

The real reason Mom and Dad came to visit at Halloween was for Craig's baby blessing. We took advantage of them being around to have some other fun, too.
Like going to the Calgary Aerospace Museum. Calista loves planes (and so does Dad, for that matter!), so we had a good time.
There were some planes you could climb up a set of stairs to look in.
Calista had to look in every one!
Of course, so did the rest of us. They were interesting!
She felt like such a big girl up there!
Looking at a cool helicopter.
And, since Grammie May likes to humor her grandchildren (even when they didn't know they wanted to be humored), Calista got to ride in a "helicopter."

We also took some fun portraits.
Kyler and I.
Calista didn't want to be left out!
And proof that Grammie and Grandpa were there, too!

We really enjoyed to museum, and I would definitely consider going again. I want to go to the dinosaur museum first, though...!

20 November 2013


A little skeleton action to get into the Halloween spirit.
Let me tell you, Halloween with a two-year-old is fun. Calista was young enough she didn't care what costume she wore or things like that, but old enough that she was able (and willing) to say, "Tick o teat!" or sometimes just, "pease?" and everyone thought she was adorable. 

Per our Rasmussen family tradition, we yet again carved a watermelon, rather than a pumpkin. The insides taste better, although it is really messy to hollow out.
Calista enjoyed it a lot more this year. She was fascinated with the whole process, and enjoyed stealing watermelon bits out of the tupperware we were putting them in.
She also helped Kyler carve it... and had to be told a couple of times to not reach for the knife. All is well, everyone came out of this adventure with the same number of fingers they started with.

On Halloween itself, we started the day by going to the zoo, not because it was Halloween, but just because it was Thursday. Regardless, we got some cute pictures of Calista, and she, as always, loved to be there.
With the penguins. I told her they wanted to eat her (because she's a fish).

She got to touch a cute little python (although she was too quick to get a picture of the actual touch). Calista loved it, and touched the python (named Bellatrix) a couple of times.

The stare down with the snowy owl. I am not sure who won.

After we got home from the zoo, while Calista "napped," we got Craig into his costume and took some pictures.
He's a mummy, in case you can't tell.
He slept all through taking pictures, even when we changed his position. Cute little mummy.

Then... my parents came! They were coming into town for Craig's baby blessing (post to come), and they decided to get here in time to see Calista go Trick-or-Treating. We went to a local mall and decorated a pumpkin for free (okay, for a food donation to the food bank, but close enough).
The pumpkin Calista picked out.
Kyler helped her decorate it.
Calista and the finished product. She loves it.

And now it's time to go beg for candy!
Calista was a lot more into it this year. 
Last year, she'd only go up to about 2 people, so she didn't get a ton of candy (not that she needs it, then or now). This year, though, she loved talking to people and by the end of our circuit through the mall, had a bucketful of goodies.
Checking out her stash, early in the process. A note on her bucket: she picked it out herself because it had a spider on it. Calista kept repeating, "Itsa!" and wanting us to sing "Itsy Bitsy Spider." It coincidentally matched the green on her costume.
Taking a little break from collecting candy to play on the car. Does she not look like Boo from Monsters, Inc?
Craig during the trick-or-treating festivities. He didn't get any candy, because we're mean parents.

Calista was also lucky enough to make a Halloween-themed gingerbread house with Grammie May.
No pictures if them working on it, but Calista loved making it.
And especially loved eating it.

Happy (belated) Halloween!

13 November 2013

2013 Family pictures!

Neither Kyler nor I had a ton of family pictures taken as kids, and that makes me a little sad. So, I've decided to try and take them every year, around our anniversary. This year, we took them a little late... I opted for Craig to actually be in the picture, not for me to be 8 months pregnant. 
A little comparison?
Rasmussen family 2007.

 Rasmussen family 2011.

 Rasmussen family 2012.

Rasmussen family 2013. Aren't we adorable? And gaining members at a pretty decent rate, eh?

Me and the chitlins.

Kyler and the kids... this is the only picture they got... Calista wasn't cooperating.

In fact, we had to sneak pictures when she didn't realize it.

And take pictures of Craig when she wasn't being helpful.

Calista just jumped into the basket meant for Craig. 

More retrospective. Calista 2011.

Calista 2012.

Calista 2013. Man, I love this picture!

Well, folks, this is us in 2013. What do you think?

04 November 2013

Happy Thanksgiving

This year, we were really low-key for Thanksgiving. Before Craig was born, we decided we were just going to stay home, not go to Kyler's parents, because it was possible I would've only had Craig less than a week earlier, had he been late. So instead, we ordered some yummy pizza and went on a hike.
Kyler and Calista walking up the hill.

Kyler and the kidlets (in our new-to-us double stroller)

Me (a little less than 3 weeks postpartum), Calgary skyline, and Calista. Craig is a little too short to see.

Calista loved the hike, and kept hopping around, bouncing and waving her arms.

And, my personal favorite moment:
Calista is running from shadow to shadow, saying "Momma dark. Daddy dark. Momma dark. Daddy dark." Oh man, I love that girl!

And I loved our Thanksgiving!
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