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Buckle Up

Getting my little Tan Man (Tanner, my 3-year-old grandson) home to his Momma involves a couple of left turns, a merge onto the interstate and a fairly decent drop down a rounding curve.  Now as you may well know, driving an hour with a 3-year-old could go south very quickly if the mood turns dark.  […]

Stop Where You Are

I miss my Annika Baby more than I can even say. Finally, after the chaos of tax season and the massive clean up that was necessary in its aftermath, I finally had time to have a long telephone conversation with Christi. She had me laughing so hard with the antics of my little Annika Baby. […]

The Worm Tour

A chubby little hand wrapped around the blue handle of a gardening trowel plunges into the soft moist dirt. A giggle escapes my sweet little three-year-old boy as he plops a towel full of dirt on Grandma’s arm. Beautiful flowers are somewhat abused as Tanner grabs them up by their stems and tosses them unceremoniously […]

Merry Christmas

Houses today will be filled with Grandmothers, Mothers, Daughters, Mothers-in-laws, Daughter-in-laws and if we are lucky enough a few Great Grandmother’s to boot, Grandfathers, Fathers, Sons, Father-in-laws, Sons-in-laws and again if we are lucky enough a few Great Grandfather’s to boot.  We will sprinkle in some Aunts and Uncles, Cousins, Nieces and Nephews and some […]

Baby Luke is Here!

  Baby Luke made his debut on Thursday, December 14th at 6:10pm weighing in at a whopping 8 pounds 4 ounces and measuring 21 inches long.  He has dark hair and chubby little cheeks and looks amazingly like his Mommy, Kathleen, in the face.  He sports long arms, legs, fingers and toes that clearly indicate […]

Baby Maybe!

I should have known something was afoot when Matt and his wife Kathleen surprised us with an impromptu trip to the beach house in May.  They walked in the door and gave me a “mother’s day” card with Mother scratch out and Grandma written in.  This was how they told us they are expecting their […]


One of my super skills is being able to do the same thing over and over again without losing my enthusiasm.  This super skill comes in especially handy when dealing with little kids and frankly, as we found out, people with Alzheimer’s.  With my little Tan Man it has become a thing for us to […]

Riding in Style

Pick out a car seat for Tanner.  Such a simple mission in the year 2016.  Click the little picture on your computer that links you to the internet.  Type in the name of the store you have a 15% coupon code for.   Put your parameters in the search bar, make your selection, pay with your […]

Mr. Worry Wart

The birth of our grandchildren, Tanner and Annika, has set my poor husband, David, on a journey of worry.   Tanner was born via C-section and Jess developed post-eclampsia shortly after he was born.  When Jess went home from the hospital, she was back to her “I’m not a baby, I can do this myself” self.  […]

Boggie Wipes?

Back in our day as parents there was one kind of diaper and one kind of diaper wipe. Life was simple in the diaper aisle at the grocery store. All you had to know was how much your baby weighed and Voilà there was your bag of diapers. But as David and I are learning […]