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

Brianna (oldest daughter) and Patrick (her boyfriend)

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

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

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



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    A hauntingly good Halloween roundup

    Are your grandkiddos ready for Halloween? Are you ready for Halloween?

    Ready or not, here's a smattering of festive Grandma's Briefs ideas for stepping up the spooky seasonal fun. Click the titles to access each post.

    Brief book reviews: Halloween costumes inspired by Candlewick Press


    Plus a whole lot more...

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    Getting old

    "A dog reflects the family life. Whoever saw a frisky dog in a gloomy family, or a sad dog in a happy one? Snarling people have snarling dogs, dangerous people have dangerous ones."
    ― Arthur Conan Doyle, The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes

     pointer pit bull

    The aging process for our sweet, pointer-pit Mickey...

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    After my grandchildren leave

    grandparents and grandsons

    My three grandsons and daughter surprised me with a visit, filling my nest with the magical mayhem that accompanies young boys.

    For seven soul-satisfying days, love and laughter — along with loud toys and joyful noise — mark the days in spectacular, unforgettable ways.

    Then, in what seems a blink of the eye, the...

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    Who's who, plus GRAND Social No. 127 link party

    Who's who

    I've welcomed them into our family. I've written about them here and there. Now I've added them to the official lineup of who's who on Grandma's Briefs. Reason being, I'm happy to say it seems they'll be sticking around for a long time to come.

    grandma's family

    Who am I talking about? I'm talking about...

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    My recipe, Safeway coupons, and the #BringHillshireHome campaign

    Click to read Hillshire Farm™ and Safeway help add protein to every meal (a sponsored — and yummy — post).



    Saturday movie review: 'Still Mine'

    James Cromwell — whom I've loved ever since "Babe" — may not be the first to come to mind when considering male romantic leads. He sure does a fine job playing such, though, in the touching drama STILL MINE, which also stars Geneviève Bujold as his long-wed love.

    Still Mine

    Cromwell and Bujold — both Oscar nominees — star as Craig and Irene Morrison. They've been...

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    Game reviews and a giveaway

    Don't miss these reviews and giveaway:

    Click here for GameDay Scoreboards scores with ballers (Review and giveaway)

    GameDay review


    And click here for Was it fun? Yes, WuzzIts was... and is (Game review)

    WuzzIts review


    Wherein Bubby and Mac dance like... er... dance to 'Gentleman'

    Just Dance 2014 Gentleman

    We enjoyed several fun outings while my grandsons and daughter visited our house. As the weather was uncharacteristically cruddy for this time of year, the challenge was keeping Bubby and Mac busy inside while Mommy and baby bro Jak — and PawDad and Gramma, too — got ready to go.

    The Wii came to the rescue... though semi-inappropriately so, I must...

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