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Brianna (oldest daughter) and hubby Patrick with his son Bud (bloggy nickname) 

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Megan (middle daughter) with hubby Preston and Jak, Mac, and Bubby (bloggy nicknames for our grandsons)

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    Black Forest Cake Day, plus GRAND Social No. 249 link party for grandparents

    Black Forest Cake Day!

    Tuesday is, believe it or not, Black Forest Cake Day. Which makes me chuckle. Not because I find the chocolate-cherry-whipped cream confection funny but because of the place of honor said dessert has in the history of my family.

    black forest cake

    See, Black Forest cakes were the celebratory confection of choice when my daughters had their first periods. Yep, we threw period parties. Years before commercial kits for marking one's first menstruation appeared on the market.

    I wrote an article on our period parties long, long ago. Like, way back in the '90s. But the site for which I wrote the piece (and many others) is long gone, as is — I learned while searching my computer and external drive for that particular piece — every single article I wrote for in the early years of the web...

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    Saturday movie brief: Spring 2017 must-see wish list

    Spring is not my favorite season for film releases. My favorite time for such is late fall and beyond, when studios focus on films for the holiday — and award — seasons.

    That said, there are a few films coming out this spring that I can't wait to see. One I have already seen — GIFTED — thanks to a recent screening, but I'm including it on the list because it's one I definitely think you should see, too (watch for my movie review of it scheduled for next Saturday).

    My spring 2017 movies-to-see wish list

    The Zookeeper's Wife

    THE ZOOKEEPER'S WIFE March 31, 2017

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    Ah-choo: Grandson under attack

    When my girls were little — even when they were big — they never experienced allergy issues of any sort. Never. So I don't know what it's like to have a child with allergies. I don't ever really even consider allergies and such.

    Well, I didn't consider allergies and such... until my bonus grandson Bud entered our world. Bud is allergic to gluten, nuts, animals, and all sorts of other stuff. So I am a bit more cognizant of the issue than pre-Bud.

    Bud is not a blood relative, though, so perhaps allergies run in his family.

    Bubby, on the other hand, is a blood relative, and allergies do not run in our family. So getting a text from Megan with the following photo — noting "allergy attack" as the explanation for my eldest grandson's miserable condition — floored me:

    boy with allergies

    So sad!

    That's just the way it is for most kids in...

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    Grilled Grandma wisdom: Leaving a legacy

    Grandmothers strive to be a positive force in their families, make a difference in the lives of their loved ones in the (relatively little) time we have to spend with them here on earth.

    Grandmothers also, perhaps even more so, hope to make a difference in the loved ones themselves — their character, personality, person — a legacy that lives on long after Grandma's gone.

    I always ask Grilled Grandmas What do you most want to pass along to your grandchildren? Following are some of their answers.

    grandma legacy 

    Respect for all things, creatures and people, a love of learning, and a sense of adventure. Gail

    I want most to teach them that life is change; that change is not...

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    Spring activities for kids! Plus GRAND Social No. 248 link party for grandparents

    Spring activities for kids!

    Today is the first day of spring! Yay!

    Need some ideas for spring activities with kids? Here are 10 suggestions for sharing with the grand youngsters. Though the video says the fun is for preschoolers, I think kids up to age 10 would certainly appreciate and enjoy most of them, too.

    Have fun! May spring 2017...

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    Saturday movie brief: Spring song and dance

    spring dance movie montage

    Ah, spring! The blooming good season we long for all winter officially arrives Monday. Hooray!

    Let's kickstart the celebration of sunnier days ahead with a little movie-style song and dance dedicated to spring, spring, spring.

    First the spring...

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    A grand St. Patrick's Day performance: Get Your Green On!

    st. patrick's day jibjab

    In preparation for St. Patrick's Day, my grandsons, Jim, and I have been putting in long hours of practice on a special performance for our Grandma's Briefs friends.

    Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you Bubby, Mac, Jak, PawDad and Gramma in Get Your Green...

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    Dublin over: 16 St. Patrick's Day jokes for kids

    Time for another round of seasonal silly stuff for kids and their keepers, be they grandmothers or others. This go-round the subject is St. Patrick and his special day.

    st. patrick's day jokes for kids 

    What do you call a big Irish spider?

    A Paddy long legs


    What does Ireland have more than any other country?...

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