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    Monday
    Jun262017

    Matchy matchy! Plus GRAND Social No. 261 link party for grandparents

    Matchy matchy

    Jim and I went on a bike ride yesterday afternoon. This is how it started off:

    bike ride 

    Despite the matchy matchy apparel, we were delighted to get on our bikes and ride — and use our new bike rack (for the car) for the first time. The bike rack we bought for our anniversary last year. The bike rack which sat unopened for an entire year because Jim was hospitalized mere days after that anniversary, and we hadn't hopped on bikes since.

    Yesterday the bike rack was finally opened and put to use. It worked perfectly for...

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    Tuesday
    Jun202017

    Denver must-do: Water World water park

    Water World Denver

    Last week when middle daughter Megan and I discussed the fun my husband, Brianna, Patrick, James and I had at Water World in Denver the day before — courtesy free passes from the park to experience "unlimited fun in the sun" — desert-dwelling Megan told me how much she loves Water World. Her pronouncement was based on our (limited) family visits to the massive water park near downtown Denver when she was a kid and visits she made with friends as a teen.

    "Preston loves it, too," she said. Which surprised me. Because Preston never lived near Denver and Water World as Megan did growing up. He grew up in another state, in fact.

    "Oh, yeah," Megan said. "Preston and his family used to go to Water World all the time when he was a kid. They loved it."

    The Water World love from out-of-staters confirmed for me that Water World is indeed a must-see Denver attraction not only for folks who live in Colorado but for visitors from afar, as well.

    And how could the massive outdoor play area — a Denver icon since 1979 — not be...

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    Monday
    Jun192017

    GRAND Social No. 260 link party for grandparents

    GRAND Social No. 260

    There's no pre-party babble today as Jim and I are off on an adventure for our thirty-fifth wedding anniversary! You may have seen snippets of such on Instagram and/or Facebook over the weekend... if we have service where we've gone. (I'm prepping this post pre-departure, so what awaits has yet to be seen.) I'll share more on that later.

    For now, enjoy the GRAND Social link party! I'm delighted you're here and look forward to reading your links when I get back.

    grand social link party

    How it works:

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

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    Friday
    Jun162017

    No. 3 for No. 3

    Today is a special day at my grandsons' house: It's Declan's birthday!

    Today my grandson No. 3 celebrates birthday No. 3! Yippee!

    three year old boy

    My youngest grandson — who's 100-percent boy — continually makes me chuckle with his wacky, wonderful take on the world. A recent example: Declan told me over...

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    Wednesday
    Jun142017

    How to beat the heat: 5 steps to success

    Baby, it's hot outside!

    Always ready to lend a helping hand or hint, I'm here to offer you a sure-fire way to beat the summer heat in five simple steps.

     

    hot black squirrel up a tree outside my windowONE
    Find a tree and climb it.

     

    TWO
    Choose a sturdy...

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    Monday
    Jun122017

    Water World Wow! Plus GRAND Social No. 259 link party for grandparents

    Water World Wow!

    I recently received an invitation from Water World to spend a day at their park with my family for free. So that's what Jim and I — along with Brianna, Patrick, and my bonus grandson, James — did yesterday.

    grandparents at water world

    I'll be sharing details — and pics, of course — of our time at the thrilling waterpark just outside downtown Denver in the next week or so, so stay tuned for that. (Small spoiler: We had an amazing time!)

    In the meantime, thank you for...

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    Saturday
    Jun102017

    Saturday movie review: A United Kingdom

    Many of us common folk — those of us who have no royal blood running through our veins — consider the lives of kings and queens, princes and their princesses charmed existences. Perhaps most especially when it comes to love, romance, and fulfilling one's heart's desire with a special someone.

    The reality, though, as we have learned from Princess Diana's unforgettable (and often sensationalized) story, The Crown series on Netflix, and other dramatic depictions based on true tales of royal romances make it clear such stations in life may be more of a royal pain — particularly when it comes to love and romance.

    A United Kingdom film

    A UNITED KINGDOM is the most recent film I've seen on the plight of one's allegiance to a crown...

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    Friday
    Jun092017

    10 free or super inexpensive summer outings with grandkids (Friday flashback feature)

    Many of us have heard Gretchen Rubin's quote, "The days are long, but the years are short" in reference to parenting. I say the same applies to summer time spent with grandkids. The days seem long yet the summer is relatively short, especially when attempting to pack in meaningful and, more importantly, fun activities.

    Always here to help, today I re-run my previous post on ways grandparents can fill such days in inexpensive ways. (The original post featured 11 ways; this one just 10, as one is no longer available.)

    10 IDEAS FOR FREE (OR SUPER INEXPENSIVE) SUMMER OUTINGS WITH GRANDKIDS
    Originally published June 15, 2016 (outdated info has been removed)

    free summer activities 

    FREE FISHING
    This one tops the list because fishing is fun. Mostly, though, it's because June — the current month! — is...

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