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Andrea (youngest daughter) with her fiance Matt


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    Play it again, Gram: 28 Valentine's Day jokes for kids

    Here we are, mere days away from Valentine's Day and I've not yet shared my post of corny jokes for the lovey dovey day! How can that be?

    Time to remedy that! So here they are, straight from the archives!

    Share a chuckle and groan with the ones you love this Valentine's Day. And if you have a Valentine's Day joke or two of your own, please share in the comments.

    valentine's day jokes for kids

    Why is Valentine's Day the best day for a celebration?
    Because you can party hearty.

    How can you tell the calendar...

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    Introducing my Disney Grand Adventure co-adventurers

    My Disney Grand Adventure wasn't only about experiencing the sights and sounds, thrills, chills, and spills of Walt Disney World with my daughter and grandsons. No, it was about work. My work as a member of the media.

    I was joined on the work portion of the adventure — if you can call touring Walt Disney World resorts work — by a great group of gals. I spent nearly as much time with my media co-adventurers as I did my family, and I couldn't have been included with a better bunch of bloggers, writers, media mavens. They were funny, generous, interesting, inspiring, supportive, worth getting to know, worth following.

    I'd like to introduce them to you.

    Disney Grand Adventure media 

    From left to right in our one and only group photo, taken on the grand stairs of...

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    Masterpieces for Mickey Mouse, plus GRAND Social No. 193 link party for grandparents

    Masterpieces for Mickey Mouse

    My four-year-old grandson, Mac, (who would correct me if reading this, pointing out he's  actually four and a half!) was pleased as could be that our villa at Walt Disney World included art supplies. Meaning, the typical pad of paper and pen one might typically find in a hotel room.

    To Mac, that pad and pen were perfect tools for creating masterpieces he could hand off to Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, and others we might run into on our Disney Grand Adventure. Unfortunately, Mac forgot to put his pics in his pocket the day we actually met Mickey, and the days he did remember, we had no luck in crossing paths with characters.

    So I told Mac I'd take home his masterpieces for Mickey and the gang and post them in spots his Disney pals may see them. The renderings originally featured the artist's signature, Mac's real name, but in the name of online safety for my sweetie, I removed them. All the same, though, these are for you, Mickey, Minnie and more — from Mac, whose bloggy name must suffice.

    drawing of Mickey Mouse 

    Considering the talented artist is just four years old, I mean, four...

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    Saturday movie review: Infinitely Polar Bear

    Two of the most important commitments we make in our lives can be the most challenging to uphold. Those being vowing to remain with a spouse for better or for worse and committing to placing the needs of children ahead of our own wants and needs. Such commitments become even more of a challenge when mental illness is a factor, as is the case in INFINTELY POLAR BEAR.

    Infinitely Polar Bear

    INFINITELY POLAR BEAR is an autobiographical tale from the perspective of a young teen in the '70s whose bipolar father (Mark Ruffalo as Cam Stuart) and black mother...

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    What's so great about a Disney Grand Adventure: Multiple generations weigh in

    My daughter, grandsons, and I all agree that Walt Disney World just may be the most magical place on the planet. We all have different reasons for believing so, though, especially as it relates to our recent visit there together.

    disney grand adventure

    Here, a quick — and far from complete — list of what each of us thought most made our Disney Grand Adventure as magical, memorable, and grand as could possibly be:

    Mac, age 4

    • The not-too-scary rides, especially The...

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    Disney Grand Adventure finale! Plus GRAND Social link party No. 192 link party

    Final photo

    Megan, Mac, Bubby, and I closed out our Disney Grand Adventure with a mad dash to Disney's Hollywood Studios. There was no way in the world we were leaving Disney World without riding the Tower of Terror.

    Rode it we did — Bubby twice! Once with me, then once with Megan as we each took a turn sitting it out with Mac... who was no way getting on that thrill ride the rest of us love. (Photos to come once I go through them.)

    Hollywood Studios was our last stop before boarding Disney's Magical Express, and it's where we had our final official Grand Adventure photo taken.


    Farewell to a fabulous (and fabulously busy)...

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    Final prep for our Disney Grand Adventure

    Our Disney Grand Adventure officially begins today! Early this morning, Bubby, Mac, Megan and I boarded the plane for Orlando and will be at Walt Disney World this afternoon.

    In addition to packing our bags yesterday, a priority for the prep was making a wish list on the My Disney Experience site of all the must-do activities. So Bubby, Mac, and I sat down to peruse the offerings and mark those on the list the boys had already started with Megan — then added a few more.

    disney grand adventure prep 

    disney grand adventure prep

    The boys checked their height...

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    A grand adventure... minus one

    My Grand Adventure at Disney World with my middle daughter and grandsons kicks off tomorrow!

    Minus one of my grandsons.

    Jak is staying behind.

    After seriously considering the...

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