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Andrea (youngest daughter) with her fiance Matt


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    Introducing Grilled Grandma Dinah

    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 Dinah!

    grilled grandma dinah

    How many children do you have?
    We have 4 grown and married children.
    How many grandchildren? What are their ages?
    6 grands! We have one 4 yr old, two 3 yr old twins, two 2 yr olds, and one 1 yr old. That’s 6 kiddos ages 4 and under….
    What do your grandchildren call you?
    After the initial elation, what was your first concern upon hearing you would soon be a grandmother?
    At the time, our daughter and son-in-law were living on the west coast, a...

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    Dr. Eureka game: Fun mixing molecules, mastering motor skills

    When seeking indoor summer fun to ride out storms or scorching temps, it would be tough to find a super quick yet super challenging game more fast and fun — and challenging in more ways than one — than Dr. Eureka from Blue Orange.

    dr. eureka game review 

    Dr. Eureka — for 1 to 4 players, ages 8 and up — carries the tagline, "Mix The Molecules, Master The Formula." Games take about 15 minutes, and go...

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    Deck blessings! Plus, GRAND Social No. 210 link party for grandparents

    Deck blessings!

    May is always a challenging month in Colorado, weather wise, as temps rise and fall in grand rollercoaster fashion. It can be in the 70s one day, blizzard like the next, sunny and clear the day after. Once June arrives, though, the chance of snow has pretty much disappeared and summer-like spring days are more the norm.

    Last Friday was such a day. I decided to soak up the sun while kicking back on my deck for an afternoon nap. Three minutes into it, though, I gave in to the natural blessings surrounding me and opted to grab photos instead of shut eye. Here are a few shots of what I caught, never moving more than a few feet from my Adirondack chair.

    backyard birds...

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    Saturday movie review: Money Monster

    When soggy skies dampened plans for my husband and me to go on a bike ride over Memorial Day weekend, we resorted to Plan B and headed to the movie theater for a matinee. Though we knew next to nothing about the plot line of MONEY MONSTER, we figured anything starring Julia Roberts and George Clooney and directed by Jodie Foster had to be good.

    money monster poster 

    It didn't take long for me to realize the plot of MONEY MONSTER was far from what I imagined. I thought for sure there'd be some sort of romantic leanings between the stars. I was quite grateful, though, to find out that wasn't the case at all. Instead, Clooney and Roberts are...

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    Newbie to natural: My wine-tasting education courtesy Pacific Coast Wine Trail wineries

    Chateau Margene cabernetUp until a couple weeks ago, I had never been to a wine tasting. As a relatively new wine drinker — 7&7s, margaritas, and martinis my longtime cocktails of choice — the idea of stepping up to the counter of a cellar and sipping sirahs and sauvignons and such intimidated me to no end.

    A mother/daughter trip to California featuring stops along the Pacific Coast Wine Trail courtesy Highway 1 Discovery Route and Morro Bay Tourism Bureau cured me of my wine-tasting trepidation. I owe my conversion from newbie to (kinda sorta) natural to three delightful wineries and the patient, passionate sommeliers who shared their spirits, stories, and expertise with this admittedly ignorant wine drinker.

    The Pacific Coast Wine Trail features ten wineries...

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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

    Thank you for joining this week's...

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