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About Barren to Bonkers

About Barren to Bonkers
Barren to Bonkers A Mid-Morning Mommy Break

Slide_two_990x550“Barren to Bonkers” is a humorous blog about our life after infertility.  Over 9 years we “gathered” our family members and now are traipsing through life together.  After our first son was born very premature (at 27 weeks) we had multiple losses.  After it was all said and done our family is now:

Cindy (me): former elementary teacher, now stay-at-home mom and author/speaker

Jerad (my husband): finance guy

Joey (15): biological son, born premature at 27 weeks

Johnny (12): son became a part of our family through adoption from Ukraine at age one-and-a-half, adopted “twin” to Josh (we adopted them at the same time, they have the same B-day, they are not biologically related)

Josh (12): son  became a part of our family through adoption from Ukraine at age one-and-a-half,  adopted “twin” to Johnny (we adopted them at the same time, they have the same B-day, they are not biologically related)

Lexi (10): daughter became a part of our family through adoption at birth, domestic open adoption

Cassie (6): biological daughter (twin), born at 26 weeks, carried by a gestational carrier (IVF Surrogate)

Callie (6): biological daughter (twin), born at 26 weeks, carried by a gestational carrier (IVF Surrogate)

The quick timeline was we got married, had Joey 9 months later (3 months premature), had two more babies that passed away, worked with a surrogate, had two more losses, then adopted Josh and Johnny from Ukraine.  Two months later we adopted Lexi (Open adoption from Minnesota)!  So we went from 1 to 4 kids in 3 months, all under the age of 5.  Then we waited another 4 1/2 years and Cassie and Callie were born via IVF and a surrogate, also born 3 months premature!  (Our Mother’s Day is complicated!)  What a wild journey.  I hope you enjoy reading about how we are all learning to live a good life together!

-Cindy

Throwback Thursday Parenting: Room Cleaning 101

Throwback Thursday Parenting: Room Cleaning 101

Back in the day, all parents had to do was yell “Clean up your room or I’m going to throw everything away!” then, when their sweet child refused to comply, march into their room with a big black Hefty bag and toss everything that was on the floor. Parents usually only had to do this exercise once before the kid ... Read More »

What were ya thinkin’ Wednesday? Winter Wardrobe

What were ya thinkin’ Wednesday? Winter Wardrobe

The girls insist on wearing t-shirts and shorts to bed every night. But in the morning it is a wee bit chilly at the Rasmussen house. Monday they solved this problem by wearing their new winter jackets, hats…and shorts. Whatever works!       Today at 10:00 send a quick text to your teen/preteen, just to let them know you ... Read More »

Tip of the Day: The Morning Marathon

Tip of the Day: The Morning Marathon

Marathons are often divided into groups, or running divisions, with each having a different start time. The Boston Marathon has the following divisions: Mobility Impaired: 8:50 Wheelchairs: 9:17 Handcycles: 9:22 Elite Women: 9:32 Elite Men plus Wave 1: 10:00 Wave 2: 10:25 Wave 3: 11:00 Wave 4: 11:25 We run our mornings quite the same. We tried “Complete Chaos Free-for-all” ... Read More »

Thanksgiving Weekend Wrap-up

Thanksgiving Weekend Wrap-up

Highlights of my Thanksgiving weekend: -eating out at Timberlodge, forget turkey, I had a Juicy Lucy -chatting with my mother-in-law -my 3-year-old niece, “I want a hot dog, fries, and ketchup!” -my mom’s homemade Thanksgiving dinner (she is a fabulous cook!, home-ec teacher!) -playing Mystery Mansion with the girls and my brohter (3 years older than me) and not having the game ... Read More »

What Thanksgiving is All About

What Thanksgiving is All About

Cassie and Callie came home with their Thanksgiving project, a turkey picture that lists all the things they’re thankful for. Callie is thankful for food, her home, Tango her dog, her mom and dad (awh, see we’ve done something right) and then the last one…Mind Craft. Proud…so proud. Happy Thanksgiving!!   Read More »

WANTED: Snowman Makers

WANTED: Snowman Makers

At breakfast this morning Cassie says out of the blue, “When I grow-up, I want to be a horse back rider, skier, snowman maker and…an elf.” I know the elf gig is very seasonal, so we’re going to steer away from that one. But the snowman maker has a lot of potential. Saturday she had her friends over and they ... Read More »

Bring Back the Punch! Poetry and Punch

Bring Back the Punch! Poetry and Punch

The first graders had their poetry program on Friday. Each kid memorizes a short little poem and presents it to the class. Parents and grandparents show-up to listen to their star recite their 12-second poem. It is very cute. In the past (our four older kids all did this) the program was follwed by dixie-cup sized shots of punch, and maybe ... Read More »

What Were Ya Thinkin’ Wednesdays: Nametag Stickers

What Were Ya Thinkin’ Wednesdays: Nametag Stickers

I love finding the kids’ nametag stickers from church in all kinds of unique places. I’m pretty good about checking their clothes before sending a nametaged dress through the wash, but do you ever find nametags stuck to things you wish they weren’t? And the best part is when you ask, “Did you wrap this around our patio door handle?” ... Read More »

After-School Popcorn Club

After-School Popcorn Club

The 6th Grade Middle School play was this weekend, Charlie Brown. Johnny is in 7th grade so he couldn’t be in the play but he wanted to do something, so he joined the Sound and Lights Crew. For three weeks he stayed after school and learned how to do the sound board and run the lights. Thursday was opening night. ... Read More »

How to Install an In-Ground Fence in Four Easy Steps

How to Install an In-Ground Fence in Four Easy Steps

Tango (our dog) ate Australia. Not the whole country, but the nice (i.e. expensive)Lakeshore Learning Store laminated map that we had posted to the wall (it was a world map and now is missing a whole continent). “Big dogs need lots of exercise or they will resort to destructive behaviors.” Thanks Cesar. The daily walks a couple times a day ... Read More »