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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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Lisa (me) and Jim (aka PawDad)

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

 grandsons and parents
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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    Wednesday
    Jun072017

    On firsts and embracing new experiences

    My grandsons had "a day of firsts" on Monday, Megan shared on social media that day.

    Brayden embarked on his first overnight church camp experience...

    boy going to camp

    And Declan attended Vacation Bible School for the very first time...

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    Monday
    Jun052017

    GRAND Social No. 258 link party for grandparents

    Welcome back!

    I hope your June — your summer, in fact — is off to a grand slammin' start. Mine certainly is. Thanks in part to there having been no 90-degree or higher days so far. I'm no fan whatsoever of the heat of summer. Especially indoors, where I have no A/C.

    I'm pretty sure I just jinxed myself, so I'll hush up now and move on to the real reason you're here today.

    GRAND Social No. 258

    Hooray for another GRAND Social link party. Thank you for joining me!

    grand social link party

    How it works:

    • All grandparent bloggers are invited to add a link. You don't have to blog about grandparenting, just be a grandparent who...

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    Saturday
    Jun032017

    Saturday movie brief: Three I can't wait to see

    wonder screen snip

    It's blockbuster movie season! Though there's plenty of action (and fantasy and remakes) scheduled for summer, these three films — none of which are likely to break records — are what I most look forward to in coming months...

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    Friday
    Jun022017

    Kids and games: 18 fun ways to choose who goes first (a Friday flashback feature)

    Summer time is game time, and whether you're hosting an all-out Grandma Camp or a simple gathering of grands of another sort, the fun can't begin until the gang figures out who goes first.

    Here from the Grandma's Briefs archives is my popular post on various ways to choose who goes first — some of them offbeat ideas that can serve as minigames on their own.

    KIDS AND GAMES: 18 FUN WAYS TO CHOOSE WHO GOES FIRST
    Originally published May 13, 2014

    When playing games with kids — or directing getting the ball rolling — choosing who gets to go first can sometimes take longer than the actual gameplay.

    That no longer need be the case thanks to the following fun methods I've gathered for grandmothers and others.

    ways to choose who goes first 

    Creative Eeny Meeny
    When I was a Girl Scout leader eons ago, I taught my Daisies...

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    Thursday
    Jun012017

    Suddenly he's SIX!

    Today my middle grandson, Camden — whom you may know as Mac — turns six years old. Six. Years. Old. Today!

    Happy sixth birthday to my crazy Cam!

    Cam who giggles and jokes and feels all his feels, from the best to the worst, more deeply — more dramatically! — than most.

    six year old and pool noodle

    Cam the budding artist...

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    Monday
    May292017

    Reflections on the cost of freedom

    Memorial Day

    I typically kick off the weekly GRAND Social link party on Mondays. Today is Monday but more importantly it's Memorial Day.

    In honor of the holiday, rather than provide the opportunity to share links from grandparent bloggers today, I'd like to express my gratitude and appreciation for those who have given their all in fighting for what's good and right and so very much worth protecting about our nation — and often for the...

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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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