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    Saturday movie review: Little Boy

    Sometimes as adults and definitely as kids, we don't want to believe reality and think if we believe long enough and hard enough that the impossible can come true, that the inevitable bad will turn out to not be inevitable. If we have faith.

    Little Boy movie poster

    The 2015 drama (with a heavy dose of family friendly humor) LITTLE BOY carries the tagline "Believe the Impossible," which makes it pretty darn obvious it's gonna be about belief and faith and hoping for the impossible to become possible.

    The little boy of the title is 8-year-old Pepper Flynt Busbee...

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    Water log: Morro Bay and beyond

    morro bay

    I live in Colorado, where majestic mountains are many — and significant bodies of water few and far between. Nearly non-existant, to be honest.

    The scarcity of impressive lakes and such in our home state is a big reason why my daughter and I were so enchanted by the sights along California's central coast when we visited together in May. From Cayucos and San Simeon to Cambria...

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    Pinterest prize find: Build a Dinosaur

    What in the world did grandmas do before Pinterest? I'd be half the grandma I am — at least in terms of the eats and activities I share with my grandsons — if not for the food and fun pinned and promoted by folks far more crafty then me.

    Take for instance the super simple puzzle fun I shared with my dino-loving middle grandson, Mac. Without my stumbling upon a Pinterest pin leading to this post by a clever mama, Mac would have never had the opportunity to see how a few circles, triangles, and squares can be pieced together to create his favorite creature.

    Now, I surely could simply say: Check out that post cuz it's perty darn cool. But then I'd have to come up with a post of some other sort to fill this space today. More importantly, though, I'd have no reason to share the photos of Mac making his dinos, photos that prove how Pinterest-worthy this quick, easy, and inexpensive activity actually is.

    With that in mind, here are pics of the day Mac and I created the clever, captivating cutouts during my desert visit in April.

    build a dinosaur

    What you need:

    • 1 sheet of craft foam (green...

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    Hot dogs! Plus GRAND Social No. 212 link party for grandparents

    Hot dogs!

    Summer arrived to Colorado Springs packing heat this past weekend. In a house with no air conditioning, we all suffered. Jim and I — and Andrea when she visited for Father's Day — were pretty good about keeping our distress under wraps... for the most part.

    The dogs, though? Mickey was determined to soak up a little sunshine Sunday morning out on the deck, despite the sweltering heat.

    pit pointer mix 

    His suffering was unmistakeable. And assuaged moments after that photo when...

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    Saturday movie review: The Letters

    I can't imagine there's an adult out there who doesn't know Mother Teresa, the inimitable humanitarian and recipient of the 1979 Nobel Peace Prize for her endless charitable work caring for, comforting, and loving the sick and poor. Regardless of one's faith (or absence of), Mother Teresa — full name Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, MC — is universally admired for her compassion and kindness, particularly for the underprivileged.

    Many folks know Mother Teresa was a Roman Catholic nun and missionary who founded the Missionaries of Charity, a religious congregation that caters to the poor in more than 133 countries. Many may also know that after multiple illnesses, Mother Teresa died in 1997 and that soon after her death, the process of beatification and canonization began to have her named as a saint.

    The Letters film

    THE LETTERS, a compelling drama about Mother Teresa's life, is based on documents...

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    Three-word Thursday: Jak is TWO!

    Happy birthday, Jak!

    two year old


    11 ideas for free (or super inexpensive) summer outings with grandkids

    So you have the grandkids for the week. Or the weekend. Or every work day throughout the summer as you (generously) help cover childcare while school-age kids are on summer break.

    What to do, what to do?

    Here are 11 ideas that won't bust your budget. Some are free, some are low cost, all are great ways for grandkids and grandparents to make grand memories together this summer.

    free summer fun with kids 

    This one tops the list because fishing is fun. Mostly, though, it's because...

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    No preamble! GRAND Social No. 211 link party for grandparents

    No preamble!

    No beginning banter on this week's GRAND Social link party, just a sincere prayer for the victims of the heinous massacre in Orlando as well as continued prayers for their families and loved ones.

    GRAND Social No. 211

    Thank you so much for joining me again, sharing links, reading links, enjoying the diverse doings and writings of grandparents acrooss the web. I appreciate you.

    grand social link party

    How it works:

    • All grandparent bloggers are invited to add a link. You don't have to...

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