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Mac, Jak and Bubby — Bloggy nicknames of Gramma's stars (Megan and Preston's boys)


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    Off the shelf and in my arms

    Megan sent this photo along with other goodies at Christmas time:


    My adorable grandsons sit upon my shelf, where I can see them and smile throughout the day.

    Today, though, my adorable grandsons — in the...

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    Now is the time: Grandma Mail boxes

    One of the more popular posts here on Grandma's Briefs has long been one in which I write about the little mailbox I made for Bubby to receive mail from Gramma. I've since made one for Mac, too — and should probably getting moving on Jak's, as well.

     grandma mail boxes

    With Valentine's Day just around the corner, I'm here today to tell you that if you want to create a Grandma Mail mailbox for your grandchildren, now is the time to stock up...

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    Seven months, plus GRAND Social No. 140 link party for grandparents

    Seven months

    Look who's seven months old, as of last Friday:

    seven month old

    Yep, that's my adorable Jak. Love that...

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    Saturday movie review: Two to avoid

    If you've read my Saturday movie reviews very long, you likely know that offbeat films and those that, despite fabulous writing and acting, somehow flew under the radar of average movie-goers are my favorite sorts of flicks.

    Third Person movie

    Because of those preferences, I thought for sure the following two films would thoroughly intrigue and garner raves from me. Oh, how much more wrong could I be? I typically share movies reviews on films I'd love for you to see; today, though, I'm compelled to tell you what to not see. I watched through to

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    Laughing Baby... and laughing babies

    As a little girl, Megan — my middle daughter and mother to my grandsons — had a baby doll named Laughing Baby. Throughout most of her third year, Megan kept Laughing Baby in her arms or cuddled up close to her wherever she went, whatever she was doing.

    toddler and baby doll

    Laughing Baby was named such because she laughed and laughed when her...

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    Once more through my mother-in-law's window

    "Think for a minute, darling: in fairy tales it's always the children who have the fine adventures. The mothers have to stay at home and wait for the children to fly in the window." 
    ― Audrey Niffenegger, The Time Traveler's Wife


    Jim and I, along with Brianna and Andrea, drove to South Dakota Sunday to attend...

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    Wherein a Pinterest fail gets Grandma giggling

    I mentioned briefly yesterday that I often feel younger than I am. An incident one night last week confirmed I still have some maturing to do.

    See, I searched Pinterest — the sure bet when it comes to brilliant ideas — for ways to create snacks from yogurt. I found a super simple one wherein you drop yogurt on wax paper, freeze it, and you have snacks similar to Dippin' Dots.

    My first attempt — using a cookie press fitted with a disc I thought...

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    Gobsmacked, plus GRAND Social No. 139 link party for grandparents


    On Saturday, I was smacked in the face unexpectedly with the realization that in exactly six months, my baby, my youngest daughter, my little Andie who makes me laugh so hard will be thirty years old.

    mom and adult daughter

    Well, not exactly six months, as Andrea will celebrate the milestone birthday...

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