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



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    The alpha and omega: Games (grand)people play

    My daughter Megan unexpectedly showed up at my door with my three grandsons one week ago today.

    Mac T-ball

    The fact several hours passed before I pulled out my camera attests to the degree of my surprise at their appearance. Once I...

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    Grandma's witches who flew the nest

    three witches

    What's the story? Click to find out.

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    Surprise visit, plus GRAND Social link party No. 126

    Surprise visit

    Those of you who follow Grandma's Briefs on Facebook likely already know about my special delivery last week, but I simply must share with one and all.


    On Wednesday, I thought I'd received a package from UPS only to open the door and...

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    Saturday movie review: 'Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day'

    When I visit my grandsons, we all delight in repeated readings of Judith Viorst's book, "Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day." My husband, though, never read the story, never heard me read it to our grandsons. So when I learned we'd be attending a free preview of the film based on the 1972 classic last weekend, I pulled out my picture book and read it to Jim a few days before.

    I read my husband the book so he'd know the real story, as even the television commercials promoting the film made it...

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    When editors decorate for Halloween

    I once was an editor. I worked at the newspaper. I had an office of my own. And I had a desk upon which I could place holiday tchotchkes of my choosing.

    One Halloween season I was delighted to find a very special treat jar at the drugstore. I bought it, edited it, filled...

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    Looking back: 9 things we did right as parents

    carpenter family portrait

    I didn't support my youngest when she wanted to change majors — and universities — midway through her college career.

    I didn't call parents to tattle on their mean girls (and boys) who made a living hell of several academic years for my middle daughter.

    I didn't demand my oldest...

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    Wherein fashion, Batman and Metallica intersect

    My middle grandson, Mac, makes me chuckle on a pretty regular basis. Most recently, because of this text from Megan last week:

     text message

    A better view of the little...

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    Jak's taste test, plus GRAND Social No. 125 link party

    grand social link party

    Jak's taste test

    Jak — who will soon be four months old — had his first taste of cereal last week. He wasn't too sure of it at first, but... well... see for...

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