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Thank you for visiting Grandma's Briefs, where I write on the good, bad, humorous and heartwarming of being a baby boomer, grandparent, parent to adult children, wife and writer. Peruse the place, leave a comment or two, and feel free to email me any time at Lisa@GrandmasBriefs.com.

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Brianna (oldest daughter) and hubby Patrick with his son James 

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Megan (middle daughter) with hubby Preston and Declan, Camden, and Brayden
 

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Andrea (youngest daughter) and hubby Matt

 

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    Friday
    May262017

    Introducing my real grandsons

    When I first bandied about the idea of blogging about being a grandma in 2009, my one and only grandson was one year old. As he'd be the star of the show, I asked my middle daughter — Megan, mother to my grandboy — if I could post photos of him and stories about him... as long as I didn't use his real name, didn't reveal where he lived. For safety reasons.

    Megan not only gave me permission to share stories and such about my grandson with the world, she allowed me to use his nickname, too, in place of his real name. Thus Bubby made his debut on Gramma's blog, on Grandma's Briefs.

    Three years later came grandson No. 2. I initially dubbed him Birdya nickname Megan hated and had no qualms about telling me so. Just call him Mac because it's kinda sorta like his name, she urged. Mac it was!

    Three years after Mac came another grandson. I nicknamed him Jak. Which had absolutely nothing to do with his real name, but it rolled off the tongue (and blog posts) when naming the three boys: Bubby, Mac, and Jak.

    I've been quite diligent about using those nicknames for my grandsons. At times I'd have to scurry to the computer hours after a post had been published when upon rereading, I'd notice I screwed up and used one or more boys' real name and needed to quickly correct it. If photos of the boys included a name on a T-shirt, artwork, awards, gift tags or such, I blurred them out with photo editing software of some sort.

    I was determined to never reveal the reality of my grandsons' long deliberated over names. Adorable one carefully chosen according to Megan's parameters that demanded her kids' names have two syllables, like Mom's and Dad's names, and ended with the same sound, like Mom's and Dad's names. (Which will make sense once you see their names.)

    A few weeks ago I was contacted by a writer for Upworthy.com. She wanted to interview me about how I stay connected with my long-distance dearies using techy sorts of stuff. And she wanted to use the real names of those dearies with whom I connect in the article.

    Names I'd never shared online. Gah!

    I asked Megan if that might be okay. It was more than okay, she expressed. In fact, Preston couldn't stand the nicknames I used for his sons, she revealed, and would be pleased as punch if I'd just use their real names in everything published about them. Including my blog posts.

    So I provided the real names for that article. Which you can read by clicking the title below — after reading the rest of this post, of course:

    One grandmother has found a way to help her daughter out from miles away

    Upworthy article on grandmother

    Well, now that the real names...

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    Wednesday
    May242017

    Pool time with PawDad

    My grandsons have a swimming pool in the back yard of their home in the desert. Though I've had the pleasure of splishing and splashing with them in it a time or two, Jim — who due to job demands hasn't been able to visit the boys as often as I — last saw the pool when it was in progress and merely a big ol' hole in the ground.

    Jim's perspective on the pool changed this past Sunday.

    My husband and I took a quick trip south to see the boys and their parents over the weekend, and Jim, er, PawDad finally got to join the boys in their pool. And in their hot tub, too.

    pool time with PawDad

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    Monday
    May222017

    Not a wholotta entries! Plus, GRAND Social No. 257 link party for grandparents

    Not a wholotta entries!

    I'm giving away a $25 gift card to Taco Bueno to help spread the word — and the tasting of — the Taco Bueno Wholotta Box filled with a whole lotta food. Have you entered to win it yet?

    taco bueno wholotta box giveaway 

    There aren't a wholotta entries and you know what that means: low entries = high odds of winning! So click on over to read my what Jim, Andrea, and I thought about the big box of yum and enter to win one for you and yours! I draw the winner Wednesday morning, so go ahead and...

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    Friday
    May192017

    I tried Taco Bueno's Wholotta Box! Enter to win a gift card to try one, too

    I took advantage of the sunshine and warm temps on Wednesday — just before spring snow returned on Thursday — and spent several hours in my yard. The weed pulling and thinning of non-weed sorts of things left me a whole lotta hungry... and so nada wanting to make dinner.

    Fortunately I recently received a gift card from Taco Bueno so I could try out the Tex-Mex fast food chain's newest offering: the Wholotta Box.

    Taco Bueno Wholotta Box

    With my youngest daughter planning to join my husband and me for dinner, the Wholotta Box seemed the perfect solution for a satisfying meal without me having to...

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    Wednesday
    May172017

    Three more sleeps

    In three more sleeps, Jim and I head to the desert to spend the weekend with these shiny, happy (pint-sized) people. For two sleeps.

    grandsons and brothers 

    Though a short but sweet — and...

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    Monday
    May152017

    Moms: the long and short of it... plus GRAND Social No. 256 link party for grandparents

    Moms: the long and short of it

    I hope your Mother's Day was as grand as can be. Mine was especially sweet, for varied reasons.

    Considering the many mom-focused pictures and posts shared online in the past few weeks — and hitting a peak on Mother's Day — there were two that rose above all others for me, two that told, pretty much, the long and the short of what MOM means.

    Here, the long (which I shared on Facebook a few days ago):

    And the short, from Maria Shriver...

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    Sunday
    May142017

    Happy Mother's Day to the leading ladies

    In celebration of the mothers who lead all the others...

    ♥ HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY, DEAR GRAND ONES! ♥

    Saturday
    May132017

    Saturday movie brief: Movie moms

    Moms come in myriad shapes, sizes, personalities, proclivities, each forever connected to dear ones by blood or other unbreakable bonds.

    Grab a tissue, go full screen, then sit back and enjoy this movie montage dedicated to all who answer to Mom, folks who fill mom-shaped spots...

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