Welcome to LOTS OF LITTLES ... a little blog about this and that.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

a little more Ezzie

Ezzie cracks me up -- almost continually :) He's at that fun age where they can say everything ... but their understanding is still pretty limited ... which makes for lots of funny quotes. If you could see and hear these comments ... they would obviously be more amusing. He is a master of facial expressions ... and his voice is usually high and squeaky.

Here's a little more Ezzie of late ...

When he wakes up in the morning, instead of asking me if he can go to church on Sunday ... he's now been calling, "Foofie! Come get me!"

Driving in the car on Sunday ... "Should I hang up my coat at Bible Study please? Should I???" This was immediately followed by, "Should I shoot a crazy deer?"

Pointing at the computer ... "Should I do dot com please, Mommy??? Dot com, Mommy?"

"You are such a nice little boy," said Mommy. "I'm a dump truck guy, Mommy! A dump truck guy!"

Daddy was cleaning him up in the shower ... and Ezzie managed to get his hair mostly standing up. "I'm a hawk, Daddy." Then, as he is getting rinsed off, "Don't rinse my hawk, Daddy!"

Ezzie was laying in our bed and talking about a deer and pointing to our chandelier. "Oh ... our chandelier," I said ... kind of getting the deer connection. "That's a chandle-deer," he said. "Does the chandle-deer walk around???" Then he told me ... "Daddy left me in the dark ... and there's a moose outside."

I was telling Little Honey that he's so warm ... he could be my heater. "I'm a fire," he responded. "You can sit by me."

I'm setting some things aside for an upcoming jaunt ... and Little Funny found one of Daddy's ties and hung it around his neck and said, "Should I bring my scarf??? Should I please???"

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

a little endearing

Little Sweetie's favorite Christmas song :)

Yesterday, I said to him, "You're just like a stick of butter!" {Yes, I'm full of funny endearments.} "I'm a robot," he replied. Then, he changed his voice into a mechanical sound and repeated, "I'm ... a ... ro ... bot."

"You're sweet as a caramel." I told him next. "A big caramel," Little Sweetie agreed. "A big BIG one!"

Shortly after ... "You're such a good potty trainer!" I encouraged him. "I'm like a snowflake," he responded ... while flailing his arms and legs about.

Later ... Ezzie was busy coloring ... "Look, Mommy! I'm making a star ... it's a horse-y ... or a hat." He paused briefly to color a little more on his doodle. "It's a mouse, Mommy! It's an airplane going zoom!" Another pause to add to his picture. "See my ... ... ... phingy, Mommy???" Yep, it's definitely a phingy (thing-y)!

I love two-and-a-half :)

Saturday, December 3, 2011

a little church-boy

You may recall that Little Dude loves being at church. I think I've mentioned this before ... but many mornings during the week ... he'll say to me, "Can I go to church, Mommy? On Sunday, Mommy?" I couldn't very well take photos just for blogging fun during a worship service ... but our church had a variety show recently ...
and so I snapped a few pictures of Little Dude in church :)
He likes to tuck a book under his arm -- any book will do :)

Friday, December 2, 2011

a little "thankful for everything"

Foofie's Thanksgiving list {and some fun artwork of Foof's for the sake of color} ...
P.S. She's still scribing :) I came across this sheet recently ...

Thursday, December 1, 2011

a little dozen

Halo and I celebrated our birthdays last month. Halo is now a dozen ... and I am three dozen :) Our church was having a meatball dinner on her birthday -- and we like meatballs -- so we dined there. This might be Halo's satisfied-with-supper face ...
This guy likes meatballs too ... especially meatballs at church :)
Here's Halo's official birthday picture {with approximately 1 and 1/3 of her cousins} -- looking so grown up! I should correct the red eyes. Maybe later ... I pretty much don't bother with editing -- just happy to get them on the blog ...
Waiting for cake ...
My official birthday picture :) I'm not a big cake lover -- although I do like frosting ... provided it's free of chemicals -- so my mom made some raspberry birthday tarts :)
The kids made cards for me while we were at G & G's -- kind of last minute :) Don't you love cards full of happy smiley faces??? I do. Please don't be offended if your card for me isn't pictured here ... this was just the cards I presently had in my possession at Mom and Dad's house -- taken mainly because I like the picture of Mom and I that she {Mom/Mum} used on the card she made :)

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

a little about the littles

Speaking of saving money -- the last post about Halo and a Kindle -- Foofie decided she wants money for Christmas ... "Because I'm saving up for an emergency ... or else a car!"

More Foofie fun ... I've noticed she sometimes writes little notes to her writing teacher on her assignments ... "HI! How are you? I can't wait to give you my assignment." And on her paper for next week titled "Last Thanksgiving" ... she wrote on the bottom "THE END. BY FOOFIE. THANKS FOR READING THE LAST THANKSGIVING." And then she put a little rhythm or such below the story ...


And speaking of fun quotes ... when Little Dude and I were on the way to pick up the kids from co-op yesterday ... he was holding Buddy's big nerf gun and he said, "The girls they always jump on me ... BUT ... I will keep them OFF ... with my SHOOT gun!" Then he began to list off the names of most of the girls he knows ... and it seems he wasn't talking about his sisters :)

Little Blondie likes church. Nearly every morning he asks me, "Can I go to church, Mommy, on Sunday?" Tonight, while we were driving he spotted a church and said, "Look at that cool church!" And then ... "There's a church at Disneyworld." He knows we are going to Disney sometime -- he has heard the bigs excitedly talking about it -- so apparently ... in his mind ... there must a church there if it's so wonderful :)

We also have plans to visit South Dakota on the calendar ... and the kids are all jabbering about that as well ... and so Little Darling has been talking about "Fouf Akota" too :)

Oh ... and one more thing ... when I tell Little Fellow that he can have only one of something ... he seems to think it means only one at a time. So ... he has his first one and then when he is wanting a second ... he often waves his pointer finger at me while he asks, "Just only one, Mommy?" He's hard to refuse :) Then ... he'll request a third thing ... "Just only one, Mommy?"

Saturday, November 5, 2011

a little app

Perhaps the most exciting thing this week -- for Halo and I at least -- was my discovery of the kindle app. Is that even how you spell app??? I don't know. I'm usually late to the party in terms of technology ...

Anyway, Halo is possibly saving up for a kindle ... rather unofficially though ... so we'll see. Nonetheless ... she knows she'd really like one if she could afford it ... and she truly has an unbelievable appetite for reading. In the meantime however ... we now have the kindle app. It's not quite as convenient or portable or nifty as a real live kindle ... but it was FREE :) Maybe you want to get one too ...

All I had to do was download the app from amazon -- and I was set to start selecting titles for our virtual library! Oooh exciting! And then I picked out a dozen or so books for Halo ... and they were all free as well! Can it get any better than that???

If you want any suggestions ...
here are some of our kindle picks so far ...

Teddy's Button
Probable Sons
The Lamplighter
Christy's Old Organ
Tales of Daring and Danger
Me and Nobbles
The Treasure of the Incas
Little Meg's Children
A Peep Behind the Scenes
Cobwebs and Cables

I'm eager to read some of these myself :)

Saturday, October 29, 2011

a little savings


Here's a new little online thing I just recently learned about. If you are going to buy something online ... first check the "shop at home" site and see if they have a "coupon" for that store. Most of the coupons are 3% "cash back". If they have a coupon for your desired store, all you need to do is click on it ... and it will direct you right to that online store. By going to the store THROUGH THE SHOP AT HOME site ... it will generate a trackback number. Then, if you purchase something (and do not return it) ... the store will credit shop at home -- and shop at home will credit your "account" with the 3%. Every time you have earned at least $20 ... they will send you a check! How's that for easy savings???

I was just checking to see what stores they have connections with -- and it turns out that they have "coupons" for most everything I already do online. They have coupons for Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Gap, Target, and Walmart. {I noticed Wal-mart only offers 2%.} L.L. Bean and Sierra Trading Post -- pretty much any store you can think of. Today they have a K-Mart hot deal offering a 10% cash back coupon ... and 6% at Home Depot. I cannot understand HOW K-Mart stays in business though ... whenever we drive by it {on the way to Sam's Club} their parking lot is always empty! Some of their offers have free shipping coupons ... Toys 'R' Us and many others.

So ... if you're interested ... please find SHOPatHOME through my special link below and BOTH of us -- YOU and I -- will get a $5 credit if you set up an account and make a purchase through SHOPatHOME within 60 days. Happy savings :)


Friday, October 28, 2011

a little fair

A couple of months ago ... we went to THE FAIR ... the state fair. We aren't regulars. It's fine if we go and it's fine if we don't. Personally, I would rather spend the money at a waterpark or out to eat at a favorite place -- in fact, you could probably do both considering how expensive the fair is. But since we did do the fair this year ... we opted to enjoy ourselves and be happy about it :)

The highlight for Little Bumper might have been the bus ride to and from the fair ...
"Look-eee dat, My-Mommy!"
After a bunch of fried stuff -- which didn't photograph well -- we headed off to the barns.

Hi Foofie :)
Its' fleece was white as snow ...
Riding on Daddy's shoulders is one of the benefits of being two :)
Isn't this a fun looking pig???
That pig has the right idea. Time for a little zzzzz ...
Okay, I'm back in action!
Of course we had ice cream! About every third blog post seems to have pictures of my kids with ice cream! Perhaps we eat too much ice cream???
This is his ice cream face ...
There wasn't much need for the umbrella ... but Buddy found opportunity to use it anyway. Did you know this kid is overly fond of umbrellas???
And then we checked out the horses -- and this young lady is overly fond of horses :)
One of the horses quickly started towards the kiddos ... and their heads are pretty large you know. Buddy was genuinely scared -- at least that's what it looks like. And Little Dude??? He appears to be more excited than afraid.
And we got some pig crowns. Oh, the things people will wear at the fair :)
Halo took a picture to document that I was indeed along :)
Little Fellow is excited to get back on the bus! Daddy is too :)
Oh, summertime ... we miss you already!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

a little blogger

Like mother -- like daughter. Halo started a blog :) Her plan is for it to be creation/evolution type of stuff ... because "that's my thing right now," she said.


Saturday, October 15, 2011

a little yoga

Yoga. It's growing. It is nearly a "mainstream" activity -- perhaps it already is. I'm pretty certain I never heard the word "yoga" in the eighties or nineties -- although it was in the United States back then. Now, however, it's everywhere -- many cities have one or more yoga studios ... most brands offer a "yoga pant" ... and there are even books for kids about yoga! Oh, and I noticed that the online government school provides yoga instruction for elementary students.

In spite of this spreading of yoga ... there still are many who don't really know much about it and where it came from ... and so they are rather indifferent about it. If yoga keep gaining momentum -- as it likely will -- a friend might invite you to a yoga class in the not too distant future. And ... if you are uneducated about yoga ... or undecided about the whole yoga business ... you might find yourself joining the yoga movement as well.

I've been researching yoga a bit for the past few months ... prompted partially by encounters with Christians who are pro-yoga. How is yoga different from stretching??? Is their really some benefit from yoga that cannot be gotten elsewhere??? And most importantly, what does the Bible indicate we should believe about yoga??? It seems like there is so much one could say about yoga and its roots ... on the other hand, it seems very uncomplicated and requiring only a simple explanation.

Yoga only surfaced in the West early in the twentieth century ... but it didn't really take off until the 1960s. Its increasing popularity in the sixties was largely attributed to some Indian yogis moving here to expand this movement and also to The Beatles music group. "Yoga" isn't mentioned in the Bible. Yoga, however, is part and parcel of Hinduism ... which would be a false religion -- to Bible-believing Christians anyway. "There is no yoga without Hinduism -- and no Hinduism without yoga," said Caryl Matrisciana, author and filmmaker who grew up in India.

And what does Scripture have to say about false religions? The first commandment is that we worship the one true God -- we shall have no other gods. There is story after story in the Bible warning about false gods or telling what demise fell upon those who worshiped false gods and participated in false religion. The Israelites were forbidden from marrying pagans because of their false gods. Doing a little bit of Baal worship here or there -- alongside worship of Yahweh -- simply wasn't allowed for God's chosen people.

What if some Israelites decided they didn't want to tear down the Asherah poles??? What if they discovered that it was good exercise to dance around them??? Perhaps they could even sing praise songs while dancing around the Asherah??? Would it have been okay then??? Of course not. We cannot borrow something from a pagan religion and try to claim it for God. We are to "examine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good; abstain from every form of evil."
1 Thessalonians 5: 21-22

Meditation, mantras, and emptying one's mind are also usually a part of yoga -- and these can open one up to demonic influences. How is it that this brings one to the demonic realm??? How exactly does this work??? I don't know -- but neither does anyone know how prayer works. What we can know is Ephesians 6:12 tells us that "we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places."

As I mentioned, there is lots more that could be said ... and these two sisters already said some of it ... and did a better job than I would anyway :) So ... I urge you to click over to their blog and read about how the yoga positions are prayer postures to hindu gods and are done in a certain order to open one up to an awakening ... and ultimately to union with Brahman. Also, they make an insightful comparison of yoga to Aaron and the idol from Exodus 32. Please read ... and "examine everything carefully" :)


Thursday, October 13, 2011

a little stewart

I am not too familiar with this Jon Stewart fellow -- and Jeff tells me he is liberal -- so I probably wouldn't endorse most of his stuff. Nonetheless, this short four-minute video does a good job of showing how the media can be biased and sometimes will use their position to achieve their own ends -- in this case trying to shape political outcomes.

Please NOTE: There is a bleep in the last few seconds of this video. I don't know what is being bleeped
:) But all you can hear is a bleep ... so I hope you will not find this offensive. Just stop it at about 3:50 if you like bleep-less videos ...


Friday, October 7, 2011

a little whatever

Hello :) It's been awhile again ... my apologies if you've been checking the blog only to see the sweaty mommies photo over and over. Here's a few random pix from the past buncha weeks ...

So happy together :)

So conked out together ...

And this is all I got for "first day of school" ... the oldest two had already connected with friends before I dug out the camera ...

This little guy thinks he'd like to go to school ... "Can I go to 'cool' too, my Mommy??? Can I go to 'cool'???" This is what he's been asking on Tuesday mornings when we drop the big three off at co-op. He started calling me 'my Mommy' a few weeks ago :)

We lost our kiddie pool in one of the recent windstorms ... as well as a croc and a couple of plastic bins I was going to hose out ... and who knows what else! Guess we need to pick up our yard a little better :) Anyway ... Halo put up a "missing" poster for the pool on the bank of mailboxes ... haha :)

Thursday, August 18, 2011

a little racing

Some friends of ours invited us to go to a race last night :) The mothers ~ my friend and I ~ did a six mile relay together. It was really fun -- but rather hard :) It was hilly and bumpy ... and on grass. There were six one-mile legs of the relay ... so each runner does three miles. I'll probably be sore tomorrow ...
There were quarter-mile and half-mile races for those fourteen and under ...
Foofie did her quarter-mile in 2:06 ... wow! I was surprised :)
Her competitive little self said to me afterwards, "I need to practice on my speed."
I didn't catch his time ... but he wowed me too :)
And this gal got third in the half-mile ... 3:40! More wow! I had no idea she could be so fast :) Our friends' son came in second!
Smiles and ribbons all around :)
And Little Spectator with some watermelon blush :) "I have a hoo-mongous one!" he said excitedly.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

a little firepit

Are you a Black Friday shopper??? Well ... this here firepit is my first ever Black Friday deal -- and we used it for the first time last week :)
I don't know if we've ever bought hot dogs before! Possibly when we were going camping once ... but that would be it ... so the kids thought this was pretty special :)
All were in good spirits ...
I had these colored flower-shaped marshmallows on hand ... so we did a little marshmallow roasting too ...
Halo said I should be on the blog more ... so she snapped a photo of me and Little Dude :)

Thursday, August 11, 2011

a little fiftieth

We recently went to a fiftieth anniversary party for an aunt and uncle of mine. Here's my middle two with Great-Grandma. She is largely Swedish and this is her "big smile" :)
Here she is visiting with her son-in-law {who was having the anniversary} ... and daintily nibbling a cracker. So poised! She is quite forgetful these days ... and sometimes thinks I'm an old classmate or co-worker. It's interesting that she doesn't seem to gather that she is six decades older than me. She was impressed with the food and said, "A party like this??? And all of these kinds of food??? Is this some new thing or is this the usual???"
My Mom and some of her homemade raspberry tarts ... delicious!
Halo is almost as big as me now! She surpassed me in her shoe size this spring ... her hands are a bit larger than mine now too! Crazy! It doesn't seem so long ago that she was 8.75 pounds ...
My husband monitoring Little Blondie ... and asking Great-Grandma what it feels like to have a child who has been married for fifty years ... "Oh, I don't know," she answered with a little laugh.