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

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

a little up north

Ivy caught a big Northern fish up north this summer!

Saturday, September 12, 2015

G makes us laugh

A few G quotes from today ...

You know how we say "plug it in" and "unplug"?  Well G says "plug it in" and "plug it out".  "I'm going to plug it out again!" he said.

I was reading a Berenstein Bears book titled Down on the Farm ... and near the end the question is  asked whether farming is hard or fun.  "It's hard!"  G replied.  In the book, the answer actually turns out to be both ... "farming is hard fun".  "Is it fun?"  I asked.  "No.  It's hard!"  He might be right :)

H was going on a bike ride to pick up a chicken from Kowalski's and offered to bring G along.  So ... she asked G if he wanted to go for a bike ride.  "Are we going to Cup N Cone?"  he asked.  H said no so G said he didn't want to go.

We had a large kettle with a thicky layer of burnt chunky chili stuck in the bottom.  Yum!  Since it's summer ... I decided to take and hose it out in the yard.  As I was scraping it ... G was watching intently.  After a short while he said, "I wanna do that willy bad.  Please Mommy???"  So I let him have a turn scraping the gunk out :)

Saturday, August 22, 2015

a little homemade stuffed dolly

About 2.5 weeks ago, Foofie decided she wanted to make a stuffed doll.  Fabulous!  And she hoped to have it finished in about 3 days so it would be ready to give to a baby whose family was going to China for many months.  Not so fabulous!

Foofie found a doll to make online and watched a little video tutorial and then showed me what she hoped to create.  I tried to talk her out of it.  I told her this doll would probably take about 12 hours ... plus I would have to help quite a bit ... not to mention she was trying to read at least 4 hours per day for a reading contest.  So ... it didn't seem like the best idea given that she (WE) only had 3 days to work on it.  Foofie was undaunted ... and in her mind ... the doll just HAD to be made.  I went along with her ...

We searched around our house for fabric.  Foofie traced and cut out the pattern on paper.  Then, she cut out the fabric shapes and I explained to her about seam allowances and the right/wrong sides of fabric (and how things are often sewn on the inside).  I was happy that she was interested in sewing and was learning ... and I told her this was a "home economics" unit :)  She sewed a leg up first and stuffed it.  It was hard to flip and stuff because it was so tiny and Foof laughed about how she thought the leg would be so big ... but it ended up so small (because it gets rounded and because of the seam allowance -- which sometimes was too small and so I had to do a little surgery stitching up little holes in the legs). She asked me to sew the arms (as they are even smaller than the legs) and she inverted them and stuffed them.  We had a tough time figuring out what to do for the eyes.  First, I embroidered eyes on ... but they looked goofy.  So we ripped them out and searched for buttons.  The first set of buttons were too dark ... so those came off.  This was quite a process!  I sewed yellow eyebrows on ... and then took those off.  When we went out to dinner on Friday night (August 7) to celebrate my in-laws 50th Anniversary .... we brought the doll with and I sewed throughout the meal.  The doll was pretty much assembled on Friday night and Foof stuffed her and I stayed up late fortifying her arms and legs with tiny stitches on the outside.  I wanted this doll to be fairly durable after all of the time that had gone into it.  But she still wasn't done.  The head was still open and I wanted to restitch her mouth in the morning ... if there was time.

Saturday morning, Foofie and I got up early to finish and deliver the dolly.  Foofie was sewing the head while I was driving!  When we got to their house, we parked and I did a few more stitches to close a little gap where the head and neck didn't quite meet.
Foofie was thrilled that it was finished in time and delighted to present it to its recipient :)
One the ride home, I told her that the next time she gets an idea like this and I don't think it is very feasible ... she will need to take my word for it and think of something else :)  All in all though ... it was a good learning experience ... and I look forward to making another one someday ... in a more leisurely time frame however :)

Friday, August 21, 2015

a little more about G

One time today when I was checking on G, I found he had gotten into some lipstick and had swiped a couple of horizontal lipstick lines on one of his cheeks.  When I arrived on his scene, he was lifting his shirt up with one hand and was about to apply some deodorant.  I took the deodorant from him and put the cap back on.
"No," I said.  "You don't need deodorant.  This is for bigger people ... older people ..." I explained.
"I have armpits!" He declared.


This afternoon, G and I were sitting outside eating coconut popsicles :)  After a little while, I noticed that G was eating his exactly the same way I was eating mine!  Turning his popsicle on the side and then back to vertical ... he was intently studying me and copying me ... until I started laughing and he joined me :)  He is such an interesting little fellow ...

Saturday, August 1, 2015

a little lawn guy

Buddy is excited about lawn mowers.  So G is excited about lawn mowers.  Really excited.  And he is only 2.25 years old!  One of his favorite spots is on the seat of our riding mower.  When we were recently at Costco ... he was the first to notice a lawn mower in someone's trailer ... pointed it out to us and also told us that it had a bagger.  A couple months ago, he asked Daddy to show him how to use the regular mower ... the push mower ... I don't even know what the correct terminology is ... a walk behind?  Of course Daddy said no ... so he pushed it around some anyway!  And as you can see ... he wants to get in on the action {too close to the action usually!} and help out when someone else is mowing.  He even jammed a toy saw into his play mower so he would have something to use as a rip cord ...

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

a little hiding

A few weeks ago, Little G finally was able to lay down and go to sleep by himself!  The first time Daddy was successful in getting G calmly into bed, he hid under the sheets and waited for me to come and cuddle with him.  While he was hiding, he fell asleep ... and now this has become his bedtime ritual :)  This is what he looked like last night ...

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

easing back in

Just easing back into this.  I wish I could actually "catch up" on this blog ... this family scrapbook ... since my kids enjoy reading and remembering some bygone days ... but much has passed me by.  In any event, I am going to try and start filling in some of the gaps :)

Conversation with G tonight:
He was singing in the van ...
"Your love never gives up me.  Your love never gives up me.  Your love never gives up Gunnar."
(modified from Your love never fails ... never gives up ... never gives up on me)
"You're turning into quite a little singer," I told him.
"We're turning?"
"No, I mean you are getting to be a good singer," I explained.
"I just saw a cute house, Mommy!"

Yesterday my husband was called to clean up blood outside our 5-unit apartment building ... someone had been shot ... in the hip.  He told me he's tired of owning rentals and tired of this piece of land we recently bought.  Nonetheless, he googled how to clean up blood and went to take care of it {and mow the grass there} with our sheltered homeschooled teenage son :)  After that, they stopped by the aforementioned "piece of land" to cut the grass ... and lo and behold ... someone had dumped a hot tub and cover on our newly purchased land which we are already tired of!  Big frown face.  So, today, Husband spent the afternoon sawing up the hot tub ... getting fiberglass in his clothes and pores ... and hauling hot tub chunks to the dump (with a fifty-five dollar dump fee, which is somewhat cheaper, not considering the time however, than the $315 the city billed him for hauling away a couch which was dumped on the land).  I could go on about the heavy vintage televisions that he had to haul off and the puddle that someone complained about ... and how much the city billed for the puddle to be pumped out ... but I won't :)  I'm tired of it too :)

I think G has had the most interesting language development (to me) of all of my kids.  For several months now ... he has made every effort to immediately mimic pretty much every word or phrase he hears ... not just the words/phrases he thinks will be useful to him ... but EVERYthing.  I've teased him that he says all the words :)  I said to a friend, "Thank you for the offer."  And right away G copied me, "Thank you for the offer."

He is also very funny.  One of my favorite stories is from about a month ago.  I was changing his diaper on our front porch and didn't realize I was going to need wipes.  "Honey!" I called to my husband.  "Honey!  We need some wipes please!"  I finally decided to refasten the soiled diaper and I told G I was going to go get some wipes myself.  "I'M going to go find Honey," he said.  And he headed towards where Daddy was working and yelled, "Honey!  Honey!  We need some help here!"

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

unsuccessful hunt

E just returned from hunting in the backyard.  He was unsuccessful.  "I guess the only thing I can do is chase the bad guys."