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

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

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



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    Here and now: September 24, 2015

    old-time clock and book 

    On my mind...

    Two things from my morning walk with my dogs yesterday:

    1. I've been having issues and fears related to tangles with stray dogs on our walks...

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    Love, Grandma: 6 tips on writing memorable messages for grandchildren

    Putting words on paper—or pixel, as the case may be in high-tech communications—can be difficult at times. Especially at the times that matter most, those milestone moments we want our sentiments to perfectly convey what's in our hearts and be cherished forever by loved ones.

    what to write to grandchild

    I often get email requests from grandparents to help them write the right words in greeting cards, letters, baby books and...

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    Dresses galore! Plus, GRAND Social No. 173 link party for grandparents

    Dresses galore!

    Newly engaged Brianna and I visited David's Bridal on Saturday to get a preview of what she may look like as a bride.

    wedding dress

    It was a super way for Brianna to...

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    Saturday movie review: Match

    My husband and I have watched a fair share of movies based on stage plays in the past several months and have been continually disappointed. After we aborted watching about two-thirds of the way through one painfully slow story—with a lovely and talented cast that simply could not save the show—we agreed to steer clear of movies based on plays going forward.

    I'm grateful I had no idea MATCH was based on a play before we started watching it. For had I known then refused to watch the film starring Patrick Stewart, Carla Gugino, and Matthew Lillard was originally a 2005 Broadway play written by Stephen Belber and starring Frank Langella, I would have missed out on a minimal yet powerful, thought-provoking, and memorable story.

    MATCH movie

    Belber wrote and directed the film based on his play about an aging former world-traveling ballet dancer, Tobias or "Tobi" (Patrick Stewart), who's retired from dance and...

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    Wherein a grandson samples sports and a grandma admits her paranoia

    My oldest grandson, at seven-years-old, has already tried his hand at many sports.

    Bubby has mastered swimming. He's progressed from T-ball to baseball. He's sampled soccer and running and basketball and wall climbing. Plus others I've likely forgot (or didn't photograph).

    Bubby's latest sporty venture? Flag football!

    youth sports flag football 

    Bubby loves it! (Please note that despite...

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    2015 Subaru Legacy road trip: Red Rock Canyon Open Space

    Disclosure: I was provided a 2015 Subaru Legacy free for one week for review as part of the #SubaruLegacy blogger program. Opinions are my own.

    As regular readers know, I once owned a 2015 Subary Legacy 3.6R Limited. For a week. As part of the #SubaruLegacy blogger program.

    During that week, I had a fun-filled day with my friend Ruth, part of which included a road trip in the Subaru Legacy to Paint Mines Interpretive Park.

    #SubaruLegacy Red Rock Canyon

    What regular readers may not know is that at the end of that week, Jim and I took a road trip in the Subaru Legacy across town to Red Rock Canyon Open Space—one of the many...

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    In stores today: 'The Carol Burnett Show: The Lost Episodes'

    Carol Burnett and her wacky variety show hold a firm spot in the fabric of my childhood. I started watching The Carol Burnett Show as a youngster, on and off throughout my formative years. As a teenager, I recall racing to a friend's house after school to catch the show all over again in reruns, which were still hilarious to me. Perhaps even more so as by then I'd matured a tad and caught on to some of the innuendo that went right over my head as a child.

    Now, as an adult—a grandmother, in fact—I noticed even more adult-only references when chuckling my way through the fabulous six-DVD collection from Time Life, The Carol Burnett Show: The Lost Episodes, which I recently received free for review.

    The Carol Burnett Show: The Lost Episodes

    The Carol Burnett Show: The Lost Episodes ($59.95 suggested retail price) features original broadcast episodes from Seasons 1-5 (1967-1972), unseen for more than 40 years...

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    Engaged! Plus GRAND Social No. 172 link party for grandparents


    Our oldest daughter, Brianna, and her beau, Patrick, got engaged over the weekend!

    engaged couple 

    Congratulations to them!

    In light of our youngest daughter, Andrea, getting engaged to Matt in June, and our middle daughter, Megan, having been married to Preston since 2006, Jim and I are...

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