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



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    My grandsons review the NewAir AF-520B Outdoor Misting Fan

    My grandsons live in the hot, hot desert. Which qualifies them as ideal reviewers for the NewAir AF-520B 18-inch Ultra Quiet Outdoor Misting Fan.

    NewAir AF-520B Outdoor Misting Fan

    The NewAir AF-520B Misting Fan is an oscillating fan that has three speeds plus three nozzles that put out mist when the fan is connected to a garden hose. The water is easily shut off with...

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    7 secrets of happy grandmas

    secrets of happy grandma 

    Happy grandmas pace themselves when with the grandchildren, taking naps when the grandkids do, if...

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    Balloon pong: Cheap, easy, and hours of fun!

    In many parts of the country (and world), winter time is when kiddos need plenty of things to do indoors as it's too chilly outside. Where my grandsons live, though, indoor fun is a must in the summer as triple digit heat often prevents outdoor play.

    Whatever time of year children are stuck inside with little to do—whether it's because the weather is hot, cold or rainy—balloon pong is an easy and inexpensive way to provide hours of play.

    balloon games for kids 


    • Paper plates (one per child)
    • Craft sticks, the thick ones that look...

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    A fourth birthday, plus GRAND Social No. 157 link party for grandparents

    A fourth birthday

    Mac, my middle grandson, is four years old today!

    Happy birthday to Big Mac!

    four year old birthday 

    My, oh, my, how time does fly!

    Mac's little brother and his big brother...

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    Saturday movie review: Like Sunday, Like Rain

    I've been intrigued with the idea of nannies since long-ago watching Julie Andrews make a magical, musical difference with her charges in MARY POPPINS and THE SOUND OF MUSIC. While parents seemingly blew off their children, a nanny could make a child's world far more enriched and delightful than parents would likely ever manage.

    Like Sunday, Like Rain

    I longed for such adventures as a child. I still can't help but fall in love with books and movies featuring nannies who—often unexpectedly—become far more beloved, important, and relevant to the children they care for than the kiddos' parents could hope to be.

    LIKE SUNDAY, LIKE RAIN is one such movie. And though...

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    Here and now: May 28, 2015

    Snippets of my life of late. Please share snippets of yours in the comments.

    here and now 

    On my mind...

    Why won't my perennials bloom? I have literally hundreds of bulbs that...

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    Walk this way: Jak's getting there

    Baby Jak will be one year old June 16. (Crazy, right!?) As PawDad was instrumental in getting Bubby walking steady—this, mere days before his first birthday—Jim was determined to have Jak walking steady before he left the desert, before Jak's upcoming birthday.

    learning to walk

    Jak's biggest obstacle to walking is paying too close attention to what he's doing, which...

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    Wee ones and wise words

    I'm home from the desert with loads of photos and lots to share about my visit with Bubby, Mac, and Jak.

    For starters: Pics of my three cutie pies with quotes I thought befit their poses.

    When nothing is certain, everything is possible. -Margaret Drabble
    When nothing is certain, everything is possible. -Margaret Drabble


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