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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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    Don't freefall backward down the slide, plus other tips learned in a bounce house

    Because my grandsons have an in-ground trampoline at their house, you wouldn't think they'd get much fun out of the Bounce-A-Round I reviewed a while back — which Bubby and Mac had not yet seen. During their visit a couple weeks ago, though, once Patrick brought his son over and the inflatable bouncing thingamajig was inflated, Bubby, Bud and Mac had a boisterous bouncing blast.

    bounce a round

    A couple days later, the bouncing blast was supersized when PawDad...

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    Tic-tac-toe table, plus GRAND Social No. 128 link party

    Tic-tac-toe table

    Children see things in a whole new way. Furnishings we grandparents pass by in our own homes day in and day out take on new meaning when seen through the eyes of a visiting grandchild.

     tic-tac-toe tableMac watches Bubby whip Aunt Brianna at tic-tac-toe.

    For instance, during their recent visit, Bubby and...

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    Saturday movie review: 'Disconnect'

    My viewing of the film DISCONNECT — which features an ensemble cast headed up by Jason Bateman, Hope Davis, Frank Grillo, Paula Patton and Alexander Skarsgard — began with an "uh oh" spoken aloud and ended with an internal "uh oh" I've carried with me since watching the movie more than a week ago.

    My first came within the first scene or two, when a video...

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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).


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