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



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    Climbing the wall

    My grandsons and their parents are pretty much fully moved into their new home. Their backyard, though, is undergoing a mega-makeover (a pool and more!), which means the boys are unable to play outside in the yard for a few months.

    Good thing they have a park right across the street.

    Despite the nearby park, though, Bubby and Mac were already climbing the walls soon into the relocation. So when PawDad and I were there a week or so ago, Preston took Bubby, Mac, and PawDad to the local community center to burn off some energy playing basketball. And to, literally, climb the walls.

    Mac was too tiny for the wall-climbing venture, but Bubby was a pro in no time. He quickly mastered the small wall...

    rock climbing kid 

    Then Bubby moved on to the medium wall...

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    Super zuke! Plus, GRAND Social No. 167 link party for grandparents

    Super zuke!

    I'm not the greatest at gardening, but before I left to visit Bubby, Mac, and Jak nearly two weeks ago, I did notice I had a few zucchini growing in my garden. They weren't all that big, so I decided to just let them grow while I was away.

    From the looks of this one, I probably should have pulled it before I left:

    large zucchini 

    Bud held up the super zuke for me to photograph before he, Brianna, and...

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    Saturday movie review: Goats

    Coming-of-age films tend to be character-driven stories with minimal action. GOATS is no exception. The comedic tale of one young man's coming into his own and realizing that loved ones are still worth loving despite their flaws and failings has nearly no drama. It has lots of characters, though. As in, What a character! kinds of characters.

    Goats movie

    The main—and least wacky—character is Ellis (Graham Phillips), a 15-year-old kid soon departing for prep school, leaving his Tucson home where his...

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    Team with grandkids and National Wildlife Federation to create a wildlife habitat

    certified wildlife habitat

    Grandma and Grandpa's house is a magical place for a grandchild. Having your yard certified as a wildlife habitat by the National Wildlife Federation can increase the magical factor tenfold and more.

    Certifying your yard, no matter how big or how small, is much easier than...

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    This is war! Card fun with grandkids

    I put a lot of thought, time, and energy—and sometimes money, too—into coming up with creative and enjoyable crafts, games, and activities to pack into my grandma bag for visits with my grandsons.

    It's not necessary. At least not all ways, it seems. Bubby taught me that when I visited him and his brothers in mid-July.

    "Wanna play war, Gramma?" Bubby asked while holding a deck of cards. I considered the crafting supplies in my grandma bag, the games I wanted to review with him and the books I hoped to read.

    "Sure," I said.

    war card game

    So we did. And had a super time!

    Bubby didn't know all the rules, had only played hands—not full...

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    Hanging with the monkeys! Plus, GRAND Social No. 166 link party for grandparents

    Hanging with the monkeys

    Today is my last day with the monkeys. These monkeys also known as Bubby, Mac, and Jak, who were practicing their moves in the peewee division of American Ninja Warriors at their nearby park:

    peewee ninja warriors

    This afternoon, PawDad and I leave the jungle and head back home, where the...

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    Saturday movie review: Cyber-Seniors

    I do most of my connecting with my grandsons and their mama (my daughter) in various long-distance manners, most of which are online or via FaceTime. So I fully understand the value of being online and the importance of helping seniors get online.

    Which is why I believe the documentary CYBER-SENIORS should be viewed by anyone who has an elderly parent or other loved one who could connect with friends and family online but has been hesitant to learn how to do it.

    Today, though, I'm actually with my grandsons and their mama—visiting them in the desert rather than seeing pictures online or chit-chatting over FaceTime—so this movie review must be I can get on with the visiting. Here goes:

    Cyber-Seniors documentary

    Bare bones, bottom line: CYBER-SENIORS is super! And the poignant...

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    Back to school already? 10 ways to support school-bound grandchildren

    Unbelievable as it seems, it's time for students to return to school, some as early as next week. In light of that, I'd like to once again share with you ideas on how grandparents can support and encourage their grandchildren in academic endeavors. Though my daughter Megan is on break from teaching—and she has three sons now, not two—her ideas as well as the others in this post are still a great way to make a difference for your school-bound grandkiddos.

    Kids of all ages will soon head back to school — if they haven't already. Though Mom and Dad play the starring role in supporting their children's educational efforts, grandparents have plenty of opportunities to make their mark, too.

    My daughter Megan is not only the mother of my two awesome grandsons, she's also a teacher. Here are a few suggestions she and I came up with for supporting school-bound grandchildren in ways that will garner an A+ not only from the kids, but from their parents and teachers, too.

    back to school ideas for grandparents

    1. Send a care package to be opened the night before school starts. Consider adding...

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