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 grandpa and grandma)
Jim (longtime hubby) and Lisa (me)

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Brianna (oldest daughter) and Patrick (her boyfriend)

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

Matt (Andrea's fiancé) 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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    Here and now: July 23, 2015

    What's happening...


    On my mind...

    Coloring. I've decided to try my hand at the kids' activity that's now (apparently) for adults. I have an adult coloring book and a box of 64 colored pencils awaiting me once...

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    Moving on

    Bubby and Mac—as well as the rest of their family—have vacated the premises and moved on to their new home.

    On moving day, Gramma (who is far more sentimental than the rest) just had to get a photo of the boys' last time on their trampoline:

    boys on trampoline 

    And, of course, I photographed their last...

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    GRAND Social No. 164 link party for grandparents

    I'm still in the desert with my cutie pie grandsons, but there's no way I could let the GRAND Social link party lapse! So here it is! Thank you for participating. I look forward to reading your links when I return home tomorrow!

    As always, please share links to your blog posts and visit a few of the posts of those who shared theirs (ideally commenting on them, if you have time).


    grand social link party

    How it works:

    • All grandparent bloggers are invited to add a link. You don't have to blog about grandparenting, just...

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    Make a difference: The #YouShareWeShare campaign with SUBWAY® Restaurants

    This is a sponsored post, part of a paid SocialMoms and Subway® blogging program. The opinions and ideas expressed here are my own.

    I am not an athlete. I pat myself on the back for being able to walk my dogs a couple miles a few days a week or ride my bike about double that once or twice a month.

    I admire and respect athletes who can—and do—do more than that. Their dedication and commitment to their sports and being the best they can be inspires me. Never more so than when it comes to athletes of the Special Olympics. I'm not very athletic because of the limitations of multiple sclerosis. The incredible members of the Special Olympics team, though, are athletes in spite of their limitations, most of which are far more challenging than mine.

    I find that amazing and admirable. And I find it worth supporting.

    SUBWAY® Restaurants offers such support, not only to Special Olympics but to several charities throughout the USA and Canada. From now through August 31, 2015, more than 7,800 local across the US and Canada are participating in the "You Share. We Share." campaign to help support different charities.

    I'm pleased to say that the local charity the SUBWAY® Restaurants in Colorado Springs—my hometown—supports during the campaign is Special Olympics Colorado.

    SUBWAY supports Special Olympics Colorado 

    The "You Share. We Share." campaign encourages...

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    Saturday movie PREview: Grandma

    As I've been chasing kids, reading bedtime stories, playing at the park, and all kinds of other fun stuff with Bubby, Mac, and Jak, I've not watched a film to review this week.

    So you get this: a preview of an upcoming film that will likely resonate—in one way or another—with most of us here.

    It's called GRANDMA and stars Lily Tomlin, among others.

    GRANDMA movie

    And here's the...

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    Grandparents: Inspire grandchildren to create their own adventures

    Dear readers: I am away from the computer and in the desert watching my grandsons, so today I'm sharing with you these smart suggestions for summer fun from StatePoint Media.

    Getting kids to be more active and motivated for outdoor adventure can be a challenge in today's world of cool technology. With so many compelling reasons to stay indoors—like game systems, smartphones, and streaming video—how do you convince your grandchildren that the great outdoors is, well, great?

    kids playing outside

    Here are a few ideas to inspire outdoor play—and even to use their love of technology to...

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    Ah, hollyhocks

    “I am very busy picking up stems and stamens as the hollyhocks leave their clothes around.”
    ― Emily Dickinson

    My hollyhocks are in bloom, and I'm so thankful it will be several weeks before they begin undressing.


    Perhaps I'll get lucky and it will...

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    IAMS™ and "Duck": How our dog—and Duck—got their names

    My youngest daughter, now 30 years old, had an interesting technique for naming her pets when she was young. She would consider things she admired or loved, then name the animal after that. It made for interesting conversation, as well as curious glances from neighbors when the cat she'd named "Shannon"—after her oldest sister's friend, whom she adored—got out at night. Neighbors who didn't know us well surely wondered about the child who required our nightly shouts to return home.

    When our youngest went off to college and my husband and I rescued an abandoned puppy, we wanted our daughter to still feel she had a hand in the doings at home despite being hundreds of miles away. So we allowed her to name the pup. Following her standby pet-naming technique, our daughter considered the Caramel Macchiato coffee drinks she'd been consuming between classes and how the coloring of our new dog perfectly matched the creamy, tan, and brown of her favorite caffeine kick.

    pit/pointer puppy

    "Caramel Macchiato!" she gleefully gave us the name.

    Being unwilling to back down on our promise...

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