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Megan (middle daughter) with hubby Preston and Jak, Mac, and Bubby (bloggy nicknames for our grandsons)

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Andrea (youngest daughter) with her fiance Matt

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    Introducing Grilled Grandma Maribeth

    Dear readers: A Grilled Grandma is a grandma on whom I've shone the spotlight, grilling her with some grandma-related questions, and she's graciously responded with answers and photos. Today I'm delighted to introduce to you Grandma Maribeth!

    grilled grandma

    How many children do you have?
    My husband and I have two sons. One lives in Oregon with his family. The other lives in Italy with his.

    How many grandchildren? What are their ages?

    We have three grandchildren. They are Eliana, 11... Anthony, 8... and Alisa, 6. I also have two step-grandchildren. They live in Oregon with my younger son who married their mother 2 years ago. They are 18 and 21 years old. Although we do not know them yet, I look forward...

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    Mactacular moments: Mac is five!

    "The great thing about getting older is that you don't lose all the other ages you've been." ― Madeleine L'Engle

    My middle grandson, the goofball I call Mac here on the blog, is five years old today.

    F-I-V-E years old!


    surprised boy

    I'm so blessed to have proof that I did in fact witness every age Mac has been, otherwise I wouldn't believe it. Without photos I may not recall that each and every age this incredible...

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    Memorial Day 2016, plus GRAND Social No. 209 link party for grandparents

    Memorial Day 2016

    In recognition, remembrance, and sincere appreciation of the many brave men and women who courageously gave their all for us and for our great — yes, great! — country.

    Thank you to all members of the military, past and present, and their families, too!

    GRAND Social No. 209

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    CA Highway 1 Discovery Route destination: Piedras Blancas Elephant Seal Rookery

    As grandmother to three rambunctious grandsons and another equally active stepgrandson, I've seen my share of children engaging in play battles with one another. From wrestling on the trampoline to Wii wars to Nerf gun wars, I'm no stranger to the competitive, creative capers of kids.

    Which is why I never imagined one of the highlights of the mother/daughter trip my oldest and I were treated to along the California Highway 1 Discovery Route (compliments Highway 1 Discovery Route) would be watching little ones battle it out with one another. Yet when the little ones were not so little at all — hundreds and hundreds of pounds, in fact — and elephant seal babes instead of human babes, my daughter and I were enchanted by the action (and inaction) taking place at the Piedras Blancas Elephant Seal Rookery just north of San Simeon along California's Central Coast.

    elephant seal rookery 

    My daughter and I were instantly intrigued the moment we got out of our car and leaned over the railing separating the massive marine animals from the curious animal lovers enjoying...

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    Throwback Thursday: My favorite day so far

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    This just might have been my very favorite...

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    Documenting our outing: Mother, daughter, pink beach cruisers... and a selfie fail

    When my daughter and I visited Morro Bay in California a week or so ago, we were treated to two single-speed beach cruisers — pink! — for a bicycle ride around the Embarcadero, to Morro Rock, and along the sandy shores of Morro Strand State Beach. All courtesy Farmer's Kites & Surreys.

    The laid-back bikes provided a delightful ride along the beach, with stops here and there to watch otters at play and surfers attempting to master the waves. My daughter led the way on our one-hour wending and winding near the water's edge.

    Being a photo fanatic who must document everything, I made Brianna stop to take a selfie with me on our matching pink bikes. Despite several attempts to wrangle our bee-yoo-tiful bikes into view as well as our happy faces, I was unable to capture the moment as I'd hoped.

    mother daughter selfie 

    A definite selfie fail. At least in terms of...

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    My The Voice prediction! Plus, GRAND Social No. 208 link party for grandparents

    My The Voice prediction

    I'm not much of a fan of country music. There are a few artists in that genre whom I enjoy listening to, but when naming my favorite tunes and talents, country songs and singers aren't among them.

    I am a huge fan of The Voice, though. And this current season, which wraps up tomorrow night, has been pretty much the best, featuring the best talent so far. It's also the season that's turning me into a bit of a country music fan. At least where one artist is concerned.

    The one artist? Adam Wakefield. I love this kid. He's an amazing musician... and has proven his skill in singing and playing southern rock and blues (faves of mine) as well as country. I have no doubt he can sing most any genre he sets his heart on.

    I also have no doubt that — and here's my prediction — Adam Wakefield will win this season of The Voice. Yes, I put that in writing. His most recent performance is just one of the many reasons why:


    Of course, if you don't watch The Voice (and how could that be?), you...

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    Weekend movie review: Eddie the Eagle

    When it comes to watching movies, I have to be in a certain mood for certain genres. Say, if I'm in the mood for a documentary, a rom-com won't satisfy, no matter how satisfying it might be if I were in a rom-com mood. Many times my husband and I have let a Netflix DVD sit on the shelf for weeks because we're just not in the mood for drama or perhaps historical fiction despite wanting to see the movie at some point.

    One genre I'm always up for, though, always in the mood to watch is the feel-good, root-for-the-underdog genre. Which I'm pretty sure isn't, technically, a movie genre. But it's one of my favorite sorts of films, especially if it's based on a real-life wanna-be winner and has a fair sprinkling of humor and sweetness flavoring the inspirational tale being told.

    eddie the eagle

    EDDIE THE EAGLE, starring Taron Egerton and Hugh Jackman, with delightful secondary stars — including Christopher Walken in a brief but key part — is exactly that sort of film.

    Egerton plays Michael "Eddie" Edwards, a quirky, committed, and seemingly fearless young British lad who was determined...

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