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.

Mostly?

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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The grandchildren had their Christmas programs this past week. Tallica took some short videos and I got some photos later on. The twins were still dressed up; the boys were already changed to wrestling outfits…

The twins re-enacted “Oh Christmas Tree ” for me and as you can see they were having a blast :)

twins collage

While it is about 9 months old, this is a new kitty; a rescue that my son brought home from his workplace :

aise and alley cat kitty

Long ago, Tallica my DIL, did not want any cats. This is now their 3rd ! :)

aise kitty and tree black and white

She was forced into cats…first a relative had to find a home for one…a big fluffy black and white kitty whose fur is as soft as a bunny rabbit.

Then a friend needed a home for this one. My DIL posted a photo to Facebook the other day…she was putting away groceries and turned around and he had jumped into a box that she’d taken to Aldi’s (you have to bag / box your own there. ) I just cropped it a bit:

jonesy cropped

There is going to be a surprise puppy for the children’s Christmas. I can’t wait! :) I have seen his picture..he’s a little Rott-Lab Mix; super cute.

Does she look as if she can handle 5 kids, 3 cats, a part-time job, my son usually not there & working long hours, and now a puppy? :)

t bl and white closeup

Two of the children are shared custody, so sure she can, ha ha !

My little grandson Brent is of the age that whenever I tell him to smile I get a horrible fake face so I try to capture him impromptu :

Brent natural smile closeup

brent in profile

Brent, Kate and Javis :

Brent Javis and Kate

And Javis cheating here when I told them all to act silly :

group pic silly

We had very mild weather over the weekend but despite a forecast of some sun on Sunday, it never showed up. Days and days on end of grey skies. On Tuesday, late afternoon, after a rainshower,  I walked into the kitchen to see it suffused in soft golden light.  What was going on?  About 10 minutes of the sun trying to break through…which I captured in the sky and a rain puddle :

10 minutes of sun collage

Then it turned gray and gloomy and rainy again.  The only snowmen that  I’ll see this December are inside :)  Here are some packages arriving from the North Pole via Amazon and a few indoor snowmen :

snowmen packages arriving collage

snowmen decor collage 2

Starting on the cookies now…

starting on cookies

This season is a budget buster. Kate’s birthday at the end of November / Christmas to deal with / Javis’s birthday a week prior to Christmas ! :)  His party is on Saturday. My gifts for him are all involving Minecraft. The little ones just love it.

Those cookies taste fine but I ran out of regular flour and had an inner debate : Do I want to run to the store JUST for regular flour, or experiment and see if the bread flour would work with the recipe too? ( about half and half )  Yes it worked just fine.

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