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Andrea (youngest daughter) with her fiance Matt


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    She found it! Plus, GRAND Social No. 205 link party for grandparents

    She found it!

    My youngest daughter and I shopped for the perfect wedding dress for her yesterday. And she found it!

    Andrea and Matt are scheduled to exchange vows in August in a short, sweet, ceremony to be held at the historic Denver Courthouse. She desired a traditional gown befitting the non-traditional and unique (like my baby girl!) day. Though I can't show you that perfect gown she found — not letting the groom see the dress still stands, and who knows if Matt might peek here! — I can show you her happy smile when the deed was done.

    shopping for wedding dress

    Cheers to my baby girl finding...

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    Weekend movie review: Secret in Their Eyes

    The movie SECRET IN THEIR EYES is about a lot of things. It's about a team of investigators working diligently to nab terrorists following the September 11 tragedy. A team that ends up involved in and forever changed by investigating the heinous rape and murder of the daughter of one of their own.

    Secret in Their Eyes DVD

    It's also about unrequited romance. And choices. And loss and regrets and revenge and the...

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    Introducing Grilled Grandma Mary

    Dear readers: A Grilled Grandma is a grandma on whom I've shone the spotlight, grilling her with some grandma-related questions, and she's graciously responded with answers and photos. Today I'm delighted to introduce to you Grandma Mary!

    grandma mary

    How many children do you have?

    I have 3 wonderful children. One son and two daughters. :-)

    How many grandchildren? What are their ages?

    I am blessed with 4 grandchildren. Ages 9, 6, 3 & 1  Three boys and a little girl.

    What do your grandchildren...

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    Final countdown! Plus, GRAND Social No. 204 link party for grandparents

    Final Countdown

    With mere hours remaining in my desert visit, I'm soaking up as much fun in the sun with my grandkiddos as I can.

    Shooting as many photos as I can, too. Here are a few I especially love:

    toddler and book
    Jak enjoys a book break.

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    Slow jams by my grandsons

    What could be more fun than watching my grandsons shoot baskets in their backyard?

    four year old playing basketball

    Why, shooting them shooting those baskets in their backyard, of course.

    In slow motion!

    First up, Bubby...

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    Introducing Grilled Grandma Peggy

    Dear readers: A Grilled Grandma is a grandma on whom I've shone the spotlight, grilling her with some grandma-related questions, and she's graciously responded with answers and photos. Today I'm delighted to introduce to you Grandma Peggy!

    grilled grandma

    How many children do you have?
    Six children

    How many grandchildren do you have?
    10 grandchildren — 36, 34, 25, 23, 21, 20, 19, 19, 17

    Any great grandchildren?
    We also have 2 great grandsons, both age 2.

    What do your grandchildren call you?
    They call me Queen or...

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    Desert view, plus GRAND Social No. 203 link party for grandparents

    Desert view

    I'm in the desert with my grandsons! Woot! I've been here since late Friday night. My original departure was scheduled for Saturday afternoon but due to Winter Storm Vexo (yes, the true name), I had to change to an earlier flight and dash out of Denver before being snowed in and unable to get to the desert.

    My favorite view so far? This:


    There will be more to come, so be sure to follow me on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter, where I'll...

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    Weekend movie review: Disney's The Jungle Book

    I bristle a bit when I hear that a beloved film is being remade. So when I saw sometime back that THE JUNGLE BOOK, the fabulous Disney film that was one of the very first Disney films I shared with my oldest grandson (second only to MARY POPPINS), I worried. I worried Mowgli — whom my grandson adored — wouldn't be the same. That the adorable elephant walk scene my grandson and I reenacted again and again wouldn't be the same. That Baloo and his scratchin' while singing Bare Necessities wouldn't be the same.

     the jungle book 2016

    And I was right. It's all very different in this new version of THE JUNGLE BOOK. Because it's live action. No colorfully drawn chimps or...

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