It’s the Little Things ( KIDS ) in Life…

There’s a saying about it being the little things in life…well sometimes those little things are kids, as in grandkids :)

Not too long ago I had posted about my grandson having a day off of school.

He spent it with me ( HERE

That grandson is in a different school district than the other three, who had their in-service day later on. They too spent their day here.

We started out with a movie and then moved on to baking cookies. Javis wanted to play a video game so it was just the girls and I. They shared measuring, mixing, and chopping duties. ( We were making chocolate chips + butterscotch chips + nuts cookies. )

It doesn’t get much better than having a fruit salad and cookies warm from the oven for a mid-morning snack…

Well…there ARE the beaters to lick :)

After lunch and cleaning up we headed off to let their dog out and play with him for awhile and go on to the local library.  It is just up the block from their house.  There the back room was set up for a boredom-buster day due to school being out.

There was a craft table set up to make St. Patrick necklaces with yarn, paper shamrocks and fruit loops, several tables with games and puzzles, and a Lego area set up.  They have a Lego club that meets twice a month for an hour….Javis goes when he can and one of his creations is in the front foyer when you walk in.

He beat me at Trouble.


We ate cookies :)

Late afternoon when they left for home, snow was swirling around and I was happy to anticipate staying in for the cold weekend ahead and getting a little more quilting done, among other things.

Most of the cookies went into a container for their house ( ” because you love us” , Mya observed ) but I kept a dozen here to go into the freezer.  You know…for energy :)

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My DIL took this phone photo of the children and Merle on Friday morning.

My son has shared custody and Brent is in another school district. Merle stayed home, Javis, Aiselyn and Mya went to school and Brent came here as it was an in-service day at his school.

It was cold and blustery…in the mid-twenties with gusty winds. I found a Zootopia movie for him to watch, we played Chinese checkers, and made cookies. Cookie baking took up quite a bit of time as I had him do just about everything.

We made oatmeal scotchies and added four different kinds of nuts to the recipe. They turned out moist and delicious. The recipe is HERE.  The only thing that we did differently is add about a cup of mixed nuts ( almonds, macadamia, pecan and peanuts that I had in tupperware to use with cereal.) This made them quite filling.

My son is on the tail-end of recovering from a knee injury that occured at work. While it has been difficult financially since he cannot do any heavy work and put in overtime hours, being on light duty means the ability to take a lunch hour. This is how the last 1/2 of it was spent : ) I snuck a quick photo with my phone.

Meanwhile, while “Zootopia” was on, I sat with Brent for awhile and got to the point in my latest quilt block where I just needed to finish the last round of sashing area prior to moving the hoop again.

By the time that Brent was fully immersed in the movie, I snuck off, went upstairs and prepped some applique pieces.

The color of the month for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge is red.

I started making Little Baskets as an accompanying project to the Airship Propeller blocks. While I had the fabrics out for the Airships, I could easily also use some for the baskets. Any smaller scraps are put away and used for berries and leaves for the Flower Basket Medallion project. My kitty Kanga inspected the progress thus far:

I have some applique to keep me busy for Slow Sunday Stitching at Kathy’s Quilts.  For the Winter Project link party with Jennifer at Thistlebear, I will keep on working on hand quilting Scrappy Granny during the winter.

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