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Jim (longtime hubby) and Lisa (me)

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

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

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


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    On life and not just getting through


    Not long ago, I realized I repeat myself. Again and again and again. The same phrase.

    Lest you think I’ve developed a tic, let me explain. 

    Mid-summer last year, I faced some medical challenges. Despite the distress, I still had to maintain my home, my family, my connections, and — most time-consuming of all — my freelance job (you don’t work, you don’t get paid). I began noticing I’d accomplish each...

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    Cookies, a budding photog, and GRAND Social No. 141 link party for grandparents

    Cookies and a budding photog

    Though I swore I'd use my special apron as art not as a functional coverall for cookie making and more, I couldn't not wear it when making cookies with my boys over the weekend. Here I am with Mac, ready to get baking (the photo courtesy budding photog Bubby, who was delighted to use Gramma's DSLR for the shot):

    You can bet it was the cleanest cookie-making session...

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    Saturday movie review: Oscar time replays

    I've spent far more time playing with my grandsons (or preparing to) this week than I did in front of screens watching movies. Hence, no movies recently watched, so no movies to review for today.

    In light of that and the fact it's Oscar season, below are three movies I reviewed in the past year that have been nominated for 2015 Academy Awards. Just in case you missed my original review — or would simply like to refresh your memory — I offer you links to these reviews:

    boyhood movie

    BOYHOOD — Nominated in several categories, including...

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    Encourage grandkids to learn more about science and nature during playtime

    Dear readers: As I mentioned yesterday, I'm off playing in the desert with my grandsons. In light of that, I offer you here a guest post of sorts — playtime suggestions courtesy StatePoint Media.

    dinosaur toys

    Have any budding scientists in your family? If your grandchildren are fascinated by nature, dinosaurs, and other cool science subjects, you can help foster their interests by turbo-charging their playtime to fit their favorite topics.

    "Learning is not just for the classroom or a formal setting," says Dr. Lise Eliot, early childhood...

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    Off the shelf and in my arms

    Megan sent this photo along with other goodies at Christmas time:


    My adorable grandsons sit upon my shelf, where I can see them and smile throughout the day.

    Today, though, my adorable grandsons — in the...

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    Now is the time: Grandma Mail boxes

    One of the more popular posts here on Grandma's Briefs has long been one in which I write about the little mailbox I made for Bubby to receive mail from Gramma. I've since made one for Mac, too — and should probably getting moving on Jak's, as well.

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    With Valentine's Day just around the corner, I'm here today to tell you that if you want to create a Grandma Mail mailbox for your grandchildren, now is the time to stock up...

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    Seven months, plus GRAND Social No. 140 link party for grandparents

    Seven months

    Look who's seven months old, as of last Friday:

    seven month old

    Yep, that's my adorable Jak. Love that...

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    Saturday movie review: Two to avoid

    If you've read my Saturday movie reviews very long, you likely know that offbeat films and those that, despite fabulous writing and acting, somehow flew under the radar of average movie-goers are my favorite sorts of flicks.

    Third Person movie

    Because of those preferences, I thought for sure the following two films would thoroughly intrigue and garner raves from me. Oh, how much more wrong could I be? I typically share movies reviews on films I'd love for you to see; today, though, I'm compelled to tell you what to not see. I watched through to

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