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Andrea (youngest daughter) with her fiance Matt


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    Easter treats & eats: Inspiration for your spring celebration

    Surprise! Easter is right around the corner!

    Add some silly to your celebration with these ideas I shared in Easter seasons past:

    easter ideas for kids


    Easter will be here sooner than we think, meaning now is...

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    What's been missing! Plus, GRAND Social No. 197 link party for grandparents

    What's been missing!

    Grandma's Briefs is all about the lifestyle of a grandma. Though I've recenty shared things part and parcel of this grandma's lifestyle, such as travel pieces and movie reviews, I've been remiss in sharing what makes this grandma, well, a grandma.

    Meaning, my grandsons, who've been missing from Grandma's Briefs lately as other things have been all consuming.

    So today I remedy that — right here, right now — with two videos of the munchkins.

    First, the early morning greeting Bubby and Mac sent to Jim (aka PawDad) on his birthday last Wednesday:

    Next, a video of Jak displaying his newfound skill of...

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    Saturday movie review: Disney's Zootopia (with printables and other fun stuff!)

    I like comedies. I like crime capers.

    I like bunnies and foxes and sloths.

    I definitely like sloths!

    I like Ginnifer Goodwin, Jason Bateman, Idris Elba, J.K. Simmons, Octavia Spencer, Bonnie Hunt, Tommy Chong, and Shakira, too.

    And I like Raymond Persi. As a sloth.

    Those are just some of the reasons I liked Disney's ZOOTOPIA. If you like those things, you'll like ZOOTOPIA, too. So will your kids and grandkids — no matter their ages.

    zootopia poster

    Disney's ZOOTOPIA appeals to all ages, drives home the message for one and all that...

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    Here and now: March 3, 2016

    It's been a while since I've shared what's happening right here, right now in my world. Here goes:

    here and now

    On my mind...

    My dad. The week I found out Lyla had brain cancer, I also found out my dad was diagnosed with a relatively rare form of cancer that's, kind of, a precursor to leukemia, something called...

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    Multigenerational travel: Why vacation at the YMCA of the Rockies

    Until a couple weeks ago, when thinking about the YMCA, my thoughts turned to workout equipment, fitness classes, swimming lessons. I certainly never considered the Y as a destination spot for a family vacation.

    A weekend at the YMCA of the Rockies changed all that. I now have countless reasons why YMCA of the Rockies ranks near the top of my list of family getaways. And countless photos confirming those reasons, a mere smidgen of which I'll share here.

    why vacation at the ymca of the rockies

    The YMCA of the Rockies recently offered me a multigenerational travel opportunity I couldn't refuse: a free weekend in a fully furnished log cabin located on its 850-acre property minutes from downtown Estes Park, Colorado, and bordered on three sides by Rocky Mountain National Park. Estes Park has long...

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    Leap Day lore! Plus GRAND Social No. 196 link party for grandparents

    Leap Day lore

    Cheers to Leap Day and the extra hours we've been granted!

    Most of us know why Leap Day exists, but how many of us can spout bits o' trivia about Leap Day happenings throughout the years? I certainly couldn't... til I Googled the day and found this:

    Cheers to Leap Day and whatever...

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    Saturday movie review: Brooklyn

    Immigration is a hot topic right now, though most of the talk focuses on negative aspects related to those who seek a better life, legally or not, in America the beautiful. In stark contrast to the anger, ire, and divisiveness the word elicits in today's heated (and hate-filled) political climate, immigration as depicted in the Oscar-nominated film BROOKLYN inspires and warms the heart, focuses on possibility and positivity.

    I far prefer BROOKLYN's take on the topic.

    brooklyn movie poster

    The romantic drama BROOKLYN tells the story of Eilis Lacey (Saoirse Ronan) who, in the '50s, left her homeland of Ireland in search of the American dream. Eilis' older sister, Rose...

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    Rest in peace, Lyla girl

    In 2009, our youngest daughter, Andrea, adopted a frightened little stray from The Denver Dumb Friends League. The little girl — about two years old, they guessed — had roamed the city streets on her own most of her life, it seemed.

    Andie took in the black lab/shepherd mix, fittingly named her Lyla — which means "black as night" in Persian — and gave her a happy home and lots of love.

    black lab/shepherd mix

    Then Andrea gave her to us, months later, when it was clear Lyla needed a yard to run in and Andie's apartment didn't provide that.

    Lyla had issues, to say the least. Psychological ones, likely...

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