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Jim (long-time hubby) and Lisa (me)

Andrea (youngest daughter) and Brianna (oldest daughter)

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

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



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    4 things that make the Fourth of July

    For some, it's baseball, hot dogs and apple pie that mark the fourth day of July as, well, the Fourth of July. And, of course, there's the fireworks, American flag and patriotism that most of us could never do without. 

     bowlful of cherries

    For me, though, there are four more things that, without them, it simply...

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    Devoted D-Backs duo

    Bubby and Mac love nothing more than going to Diamondbacks baseball games. And watching D-Backs games on TV.  And talking about the D-Backs — especially their fave player, Paul Goldschmidt, No. 44. And pretending to be one of the D-Backs. And collecting D-Backs cards, too.

    Diamondbacks fans

    It's D-Backs...

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    14 reasons to smile about being a long-distance grandma

    Being a long-distance grandma can be hard on a grandmother's heart at times. There are, however, several perks to having plenty of miles between Grandma and her sweeties. Here are 14 of them.

    long-distance grandma

    Dates with friends or Grandpa...

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    Grandma's birthday bike and GRAND Social No. 111 link party

    Grandma's birthday bike

    As one of seven children, it's not too hard to understand why I never received a bike as a birthday gift as a kid. Last Friday, though, was my (ahem) 50th birthday, and I finally — unexpectedly! — experienced the all-out joy of a such a gift.

    new bicycle for grandma 

    What a thrill! The...

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    P&Geveryday provides inspiration, coupons and more

    Those looking for ideas and inspiration on making the most of every day will find a bounty of goodness on the P&Geveryday™ site — including how to grow food from food scraps!

    grow food from scraps

    Get the details in my post, P&Geveryday™ shows how to grow food from scraps... plus more smart tips.


    Grandma kicks the can: Old-time games to teach grandchildren

    Remember the long summer days spent outdoors as a child? Riding bikes, exploring the neighborhood, bonding with buddies and doing a whole bunch of nothing — which meant everything at the time? And playing games… Oh, the games!

    kids playing outside statue

    Today’s kids — meaning our grandkids — likely have...

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    This is love

    True love, grandma style...

    grandma and grandsons
    Our first group photo — June 23, 2014

    Today's question:

    Now I have three! How many do you have — grandchildren, that is?


    Catching some (indirect) rays

    The sun does not shine for a few trees and flowers, but for the wide world's joy.
    ~ Henry Ward Beecher

    indirect sunlight for baby
    Jak — five days old

    Today's question:

    What was your tanning regimen back before we knew better?

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