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    Monday
    Nov212016

    Big little things! Plus, GRAND Social No. 232 link party for grandparents

    Big little things!

    My three grandsons along with their parents arrived at my house late last Wednesday evening for a brief visit. We had several big-time activities planned for the three days Bubby, Mac, and Jak were scheduled to stay, and we successfully executed most of those big-time plans. We went to the Denver Aquarium, Casa Bonita (a Denver tradition), The North Pole, and more. Big. Time. Fun.

    It's the not-so-big-time things that I especially appreciated while my grandsons stayed at my house, though. Little things such as when Bubby and Mac accompanied Mickey and me on our daily walk the first morning of their visit.

    grandsons 

    My two oldest grandsons posed in front of Pikes Peak, marveled at the neighborhood deer, took a turn leading lucky Mickey, pocketed...

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    Wednesday
    Nov162016

    Creating kindness in your life (Guest post)

    Dear readers: This guest post was written by Kay and Leslie of GrandparentsLink, my fellow members in the GRANDparent Network. Considering the lack of kindness and compassion across our country the last far too many months thanks to the hostile political climate and anxiety following the election, the wisdom Kay and Leslie offer here is particularly worthy of reading, sharing, putting into practice.

    heart

    Creating kindness in your life

    As grandparents, we want to inspire our grandchildren, and one of the best ways to do this is by "doing" simple acts of kindness. The old adage about "setting an example" certainly...

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    Monday
    Nov142016

    Sunrise season! Plus, GRAND Social No. 231 link party for grandparents

    Sunrise season!

    Fall is pretty much my very favorite season here in Colorado. There are many reasons, but one big one is that the autumn months offer the the most colorful, most memorable sunrises of all the seasons.

    To prove my point, here's a sampling of sunrises I've shot just since fall's official arrival September 22:

    Colorado sunrises 

    And those aren't even all I've taken...

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    Saturday
    Nov122016

    Saturday movie review: Sing Street

    I have never been an Irish teenage boy. Especially not one who idolizes pop musicians and desperately longs to be one in hopes of securing the attention and affection of a pretty girl so they can run off together to create a brighter future far away from parents on the brink of divorce.

    I have, though, been an American teen who idolized musicians and longed to be one — Barbra Streisand? Stevie Nicks? — in hopes of creating a brighter future far away from parents on the brink of divorce. Whether I secured the attention and affection of a cute guy or not.

    Which is why SING STREET resonated deeply with me. Why it made my heart sing.

    sing street movie 

    Writer and director John Carney (ONCE, BEGIN AGAIN) masterfully captured the intense feelings of adolescents — across the globe, throughout generations — who crave and voraciously...

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    Wednesday
    Nov092016

    The very worst enemy

    My husband and I have faced many a foe in the past few months. Hospitalization. Natural disaster. Unemployment.

    None, though, have been as frustrating for my husband as the following, the enemy who most regularly gets my hubby's briefs, er, boxers in a bunch.

    See for yourself:

    squirrel on bird feeder
    You thought you could stop me?
    ...

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    Monday
    Nov072016

    So proud! Plus, GRAND Social No. 230 link party for grandparents

    So proud!

    Megan, mama to my three grandsons, posted the following text and photo of Jak on Facebook the other day:

    Someone got dressed all by himself today!! 😂#shortsarebackwards#shoesonwrongfeet #sweetsocksbro #getshisstylefromdaddy

    toddler dressed self 

    The dapper little dude is so darn proud of himself despite...

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    Saturday
    Nov052016

    Saturday movie review: SCORE: A Film Music Documentary

    My CD collection and iTunes application boast many a movie soundtrack. My husband and I have long loved cinematic scores of all sorts.

    Which is why SCORE: A FILM MUSIC DOCUMENTARY was a must-see for us both from the very moment I saw it listed on the schedule for the 39th Denver Film Festival, which I have the privilege of covering this year.

    SCORE, directed by Matt Schrader, is a joyous examination of the work and dedication of those who masterfully match music to movies. Composers, film historians, and...

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    Friday
    Nov042016

    Giveaway (and review): Magic Sketch art tablet by Boogie Board

    My eight-year-old step-grandson loves to draw. And color. And craft. And create.

    So when I received a Magic Sketch from Boogie Board free for review, Bud was the perfect product reviewer for this post.

    What's a Magic Sketch? It's pretty much the coolest thing ever, Bud deduced after a few minutes with it. Technically, though, the Magic Sketch is a kid-proof, waterproof, innovative art pad that provides a new and exciting screen on which kids can draw, learn, and play.

    Then erase with the push of a button and repeat. Again and again.

    magic sketch

    The Magic Sketch LCD-display tablet retails for $29.95 and comes with...

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