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Andrea (youngest daughter) and Brianna (oldest daughter)

Preston (son-in-law) and Megan (middle daughter)

Mac and Bubby — Bloggy nicknames of Gramma's favorite boys (children of Megan and Preston)



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    30 grandchild firsts that only grandparents celebrate

    There are numerous firsts in a child's life worth celebrating. The milestones Mom and Dad celebrate, though, may be a wee bit different than those Grandma and Grandpa celebrate.

    Here are 30 firsts in the life of a grandchild that warm a grandparent's heart and warrant a happy dance:

    30 grandchild firsts that only grandparents celebrate

    • First time being...

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    GRAND Social No. 99 plus National No Housework Day


    Today, April 7, is a very special day. You may not know this, but today is <drum roll>... National No Housework Day! For real!

    link party

    Yay for no dishwashing, dusting or vacuuming. (Okay, Jim and I completed the last two over the weekend.) No window washing...

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    Saturday movie review: 'Gravity'

    When GRAVITY, starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, came out in theaters, I wasn't all that sure I wanted to see it. From the initial trailers, it seemed there'd be a few minutes of excitement followed by a very quiet hour or so of Sandra Bullock floating around in outer space.

    Gravity on DVD

    Even after the film garnered all the positive reviews...

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    Want to win 'At Middleton' on DVD? Here's your chance

    At Middleton poster

    AT MIDDLETON is out on DVD and Blu-ray and I have two copies to give away. Would you like one? Easy entry on this one! Just tell me "I want AT MIDDLETON." Details are in the Back Room, where I do giveaways and such.


    Precisely perfect: Grandma's 5 awesome moments from the past week

    In the midst of the aggravating there's always some awesome. Following are the exact awesome moments that negated any of my aggravations during the past week:

    loving brothers 

    Saturday, March 29
    10 a.m.-11:18 a.m.

    I was invited to screen Disney's THE PIRATE FAIRY last Saturday in the theater before...

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    Poems past, present and in celebration of National Poetry Month

    I had the privilege as a seventh-grader to have an English teacher who encouraged his students to seek out poetry that moved them. One assignment from him was to write down a handful of favorites along with the reasons that we liked those particular poems.

    teen binder 

    As this teacher understood that song lyrics were poetry that resonated with teens, my selections included several song lyrics — and far too revealing explanations on why...

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    Just passing through


     deer in the city
    March 30, 2014

    Today's question:

    What animal most recently crossed your path?


    Running from the running bug

    Somewhere along the line my daughters became runners. That should come as no surprise to regular Grandma's Briefs readers as I've shared many times the victories — mini and marathon — of Andrea, Brianna and Megan.

    kids run mile marker

    Though he's the son of running enthusiast Mommy Megan, Bubby does his very best to run from the running bug that nabbed his mom and aunties. That was confirmed again this past weekend.

    Bubby, Mac and Mommy participated in a 5K...

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