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    Weekend movie review: Eddie the Eagle

    When it comes to watching movies, I have to be in a certain mood for certain genres. Say, if I'm in the mood for a documentary, a rom-com won't satisfy, no matter how satisfying it might be if I were in a rom-com mood. Many times my husband and I have let a Netflix DVD sit on the shelf for weeks because we're just not in the mood for drama or perhaps historical fiction despite wanting to see the movie at some point.

    One genre I'm always up for, though, always in the mood to watch is the feel-good, root-for-the-underdog genre. Which I'm pretty sure isn't, technically, a movie genre. But it's one of my favorite sorts of films, especially if it's based on a real-life wanna-be winner and has a fair sprinkling of humor and sweetness flavoring the inspirational tale being told.

    eddie the eagle

    EDDIE THE EAGLE, starring Taron Egerton and Hugh Jackman, with delightful secondary stars — including Christopher Walken in a brief but key part — is exactly that sort of film.

    Egerton plays Michael "Eddie" Edwards, a quirky, committed, and seemingly fearless young British lad who was determined...

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    Boring creatures

    "Children can create fun out of nothing and when this great talent is lost you become a boring creature which is called adult!"
    ~ Mehmet Murat ildan

    toddler nods off

    During a relatively recent lunch with my grandsons and their parents, Jak left no doubt he finds...

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    Entertaining grandkids: 3 sure things

    As a long-distance grandma with visits being few and far between, I feel obligated to provide memorable merriment for my three grandsons each time I see them. I put careful consideration into packing my grandma bag with goodies and games and crafty ideas galore.

    Sometimes the magical makings I lug 800 miles to my grandsons' door elicit exactly the enjoyment I'd hoped. Sometimes they fail. Especially if picking a Pinterest activity to try together without trying it first myself.

    When I visited Bubby, Mac, and Jak last month, I failed at more than a few things. On the other hand, there were a few that surpassed my expectations in terms of the enjoyment factor for the boys. Three in particular were a huge success, and these will likely have a spot in my grandma bag each visit going forward.

    Following are those three sure things because if they entertain my grandkids, I'm willing to bet they'll entertain most. Consider them as go-to options for your grandma bag — or to have on hand if you're one of those fortunate grandmas whose grandkiddos live nearby.


    Now, this one didn't require me packing much in my grandma bag, just a quick trip to the grocery store upon my arrival for the fixings: apples, strawberries, chocolate chips, and peanut butter, plus anything not stocked in Megan's pantry that I needed for this recipe for the freaky eyes (which needs to be made at least 24 hours before snack assembly as the eyes need to dry).

    freaky face apple snacks

    They're pretty simple: Just quarter an apple; remove...

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    GRAND Social No. 207 link party for grandparents

    Hello, hello! I'm back from my California Highway 1 Discovery Route and Morro Bay adventure... far later than I expected. There was a travel snafu and after a canceled flight, a scramble for new spots on flights with connections that get my daughter and me home — with hundreds of my fellow travelers doing the same — we arrived late last night. Hence the late posting of the GRAND Social.

    But here it is! Enjoy!

    (And take note: There will be lots of...

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    Brief look: Where we stayed, what we saw

    My daughter Brianna and I set out on our California Highway 1 Discovery Route and Morro Bay adventure yesterday. We are enjoying it immensely, and I'll have loads to share in my recap of the fun upon my return. For now, though, I wanted to quickly share with you a brief look of where we're staying the first two nights and what we first saw when we crossed the street from our hotel.

    sand pebbles inn cambria

    Breathtaking! The Sand Pebbles Inn in Cambria is...

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    Introducing Grilled Grandma Susan

    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 Susan!

    grilled grandma

    How many children do you have?
    I have three children. Eldest Brian is married to Carlie. They are both working in elementary education. My daughter Meredith is married to Nate and they are in ministry in the United Methodist Church in the St. Louis area. My youngest, Will, is a pilot and his wife Jordan is an R.N. in Alabama.

    How many grandchildren? What are their ages?
    I have two grandchildren, Eleonore (Ellie) five and Francesca (Frankie) three.

    What do your grandchildren call you?
    The girls call me...

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    Wonder-filled week! Plus, GRAND Social No. 206 link party for grandparents

    Wonder-filled week!

    Welcome back! I hope you all had a wonderful Mother's Day. Mine was lovely, with sweet connections with each of my girls, each in a different way.

    I have a wonder-filled week ahead, with further connecting with my oldest daughter, Brianna, as we set out early Wednesday morning on a picture-perfect multigenerational trip along the California Highway 1 Discovery Route and Morro Bay, California.

    sailing around morro bay rock
    Sailing around Morro Bay Rock, courtesy Morro Bay Tourism Bureau

    The itinerary includes multiple wonders, from wine tastings to a Hearst Castle tour, an Elephant Seal "stewardship travel experience" and a walk along...

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    Mother's Day Wishes

    Happy Mother's Day!

    mother's day 2016

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