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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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    Wishing you a Merry Christmas!

    Merry Christmas to you and yours!

    merry christmas 2015


    Closed for Christmas

    closed for christmas

    It's the day before Christmas Eve as I write this... to be published on Christmas Eve.

    I have movie reviews to write, movies that...

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    Holiday pounds affect more than people

    I don't know about you, but I've definitely increased in poundage over the past month or two, thanks to the tasty treats and temptations of the season.

    People aren't the only ones putting on pounds this time of year, though. Proof of such an assertion: the squirrel of mixed-race — apparently the result of hanky panky between a regular tan squirrel and an Abert's squirrel — I spotted outside my window the other day.

    chubby mixed-race squirrel

    Chubby little fella...

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    Pie faced! Plus GRAND Social No 186 link party for grandparents

    Pie faced!

    Happy Christmas week!

    I gave my grandsons and their parents their Christmas gifts from PawDad and me when I visited them a couple weeks ago. One of the gifts I gave Bubby, Mac, and Jak was the game Pie Face. It was an instant hit with Mac, who exclaimed, "OH! I wanted this game for Christmas!" as he enthusiastically ripped off the wrapping paper.

    pie face game 

    Bubby — who doesn't like whipped cream, a main ingredient of Pie Face game play...

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    Saturday movie special presentation: "Holy Night!" family friendly Christmas film in full

    Welcome to the first film screening on Grandma's Briefs!

    I've been offered the opportunity to share with you and your grandkiddos an animated Christmas movie called HOLY NIGHT! — free and in full, right here, right now.

    Holy Night! animated film 

    The official synopsis of HOLY NIGHT!:

    Christmas Eve. Two toy worlds live together in the living room of a house. Two traditions...

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    Jak jumps in!

    toddler swimming

    Megan and Preston bought a new home in July and immediately initiated the installation of a backyard pool, a requisite feature of desert homes.

    The process took much longer than expected, and Bubby, Mac, and Jak grew quite tired of being banned from their backyard...

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    11 last-minute gift ideas for grandmothers and others to give and get

    Time's ticking and if you still have a few stockings to fill or a few gifts to give, here are some simple gift ideas to consider. I tested out each — free for review — and give an honest thumbs-up to all.

    A few are ideal for grandmas to give, a few more ideal for grandmas to get. Bonus: All can be ordered online, so no need to be out and about in the snow. (Note: There are NO affiliate links in this post.)

    RING IT GAME ($14.99,

    ring it game

    Oh my goodness! My four-year-old grandson loves this game, even though it's designed for...

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    Enter to win hum by Verizon (review and giveaway)

    I go out of town without my husband on a fairly regular basis for press trips, conferences, and various visits with my grandkiddos at times my husband can't take off work to join me. I've been concerned about how I might be contacted in the case of my husband having a serious car accident ever since he did have one while I was out of town a year or so ago. He thankfully wasn't hurt then, and it wasn't serious. Yet it was enough to total the car and scare the <cuss> out of me when he left me a voicemail saying, "Call me! I've had an accident!" And it was enough that I'm now anxious each time I leave town.

    My anxiety has been eased a bit by hum by Verizon.

    hum by verizon

    I received the nifty gadget designed to make driving feel safer and...

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