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Jim (longtime hubby) and Lisa (me)

brianna and patrick
Brianna (oldest daughter) and Patrick (her boyfriend)

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

Matt (Andrea's boyfriend) and Andrea (youngest daughter)

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



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    Jabbering Jak

    Megan wants Jak, now nine months old, to say Mama.

    nine-month-old boy

    Jak, though, has different ideas for...

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    Grandma's playlist: Unconventional songs for my sweeties

    songs for grandsons

    When my husband and I planned our wedding thirty-three years ago, settling on our wedding song was a no-brainer: “Thank You” by Led Zeppelin it simply had to be.

    The pastor who would conduct our coming together as one didn’t agree. At all. In fact, he flat out told us, “I will puke if you play that for your wedding.” I kid you not.

    As my hubby-to-be and I still hoped the potentially puking pastor might still preside over our marriage ceremony, we agreed...

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    Best dance mashup ever, plus GRAND Social No. 149 link party for grandparents

    Best dance mashup ever

    It's not often that folks feel like dancing on Mondays (it's more of a Friday sort of thing). How can you not feel like dancing when watching this, though?

    You feel like dancing, don't you? Even if you've...

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    Saturday movie review: Cake

    Five minutes into CAKE, I asked my husband, who was watching along with me, if watching it was going to give him nightmares. Jim chuckled and said, "I was wondering the same thing." 

    We had the exchange not because CAKE is a scary movie and my husband is a chicken, but because CAKE is about chronic pain and my husband has suffered from such for more than a decade. He managed to watch it all the way through, though, with nary a nightmare that night.

    Cake movie

    CAKE, starring Jennifer Aniston in a dark, powerful role, is about...

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    Here and Now: March 19, 2015

    Today. Here. Now.


    On my mind...

    Sick kiddos, young and old. Brianna can't get over...

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    Stories that complete me

    I firmly believe that I didn't need anyone but me
    I sincerely thought I was so complete
    Look how wrong you can be.

    —Rod Stewart, "Every Picture Tells A Story"

    Every picture indeed tells a story. These are some of the stories sent to me from Megan—my daughter and mom to my grandsons—over the past couple weeks.


    These stories fill...

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    St. Patrick's Day FYI: Shamrocks, leprechauns, and why green

    Happy St. Patrick's Day!

    vintage postcard St. Patrick's Day

    Impress your grandkiddos—friends and family, too!—with your knowledge of all...

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    A giveaway celebrating new Kellogg's Raisin Bran with Cranberries

    This giveaway sponsored by Kellogg Company.

    Raisin Bran with Cranberries

    Kellogg's Raisin Bran has been given a new twist: cranberries! Added right along with the raisins. It's no longer "two scoops of raisins in every box," it's one scoop of raisins and one scoop of cranberries that make up new Kellogg's Raisin Bran with Cranberries.

    I tried it and loved it. I've always enjoyed Raisin Bran, but the addition of dried cranberries (a favorite snack of mine) makes it truly delicious! I munched and munched...

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