Saturday, September 29, 2012

Grandparent's Say It Saturday


Where did this week go? I think this is the latest I have ever written a GSIS post (it's Fri night). I have been feeling a creative itch lately and I'm trying different creative outlets. I had my oldest grand daughter over and we got out my paints and just had fun smearing it around and seeing how different colors blend together. After the papers dried, we talked about what we might use them for. Hopefully, one day soon we will see what can come from them; I'll be sure to post it. 


I'm delighted to have you join us today! Thanks so much for coming by.



Add your link here every Saturday at Grandparent's Say It Saturday.
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Friday, September 28, 2012

My Search for Significance



My whole life I have felt like I had a purpose; I just never knew what the purpose was exactly. I have talents and abilities that may or may not distinguish me from my neighbor, but what are those talents and abilities actually worth in the bigger picture of my life? This feeling of having a purpose for my life has been the driving force behind the my lifelong quest to better myself, my character, my knowledge, my understanding of the people around me, and to learn what loving someone really means.


As an empty nester; a time when both of my parents had passed away, and my husband and I both were struck with life altering illnesses, I really struggled to find meaning in it all. I was left with unanswered questions about my life and if, other than my wonderful children I had raised, was it all just emptiness and for what? I am not a person who lives my life to full fill my dreams and desires, my joy has been in helping and teaching others and seeing them succeed. I attempted volunteer work in a variety of areas; thought about starting my own non profit organization at one point. Yet I couldn't see where I ‘fit’ in any of this. Then……. I had grand children!



Oh how it all quickly fell into place! At the time my first grandchild was born, I began to see what I had not been able to imagine before, having been wrapped up in my grief over the loss of both parents so close together, and our altered life styles due to our illnesses. I began to see where I could be a helper to my children again. A teacher to my sweet grand babies, a giver of love with the learned character of patience I had not owned when my children were little. I realized that somewhere along the journey of my life I had gained a lot of knowledge and had a lot to offer these precious little lives that had been given to us. I had found the purpose for my life. And that purpose is being a grandmother! Oh how wonderful to finally feel that I have come into my calling.

With the holding of that new tiny life in my arms for the first time, a whole new journey began for me. It has been exciting, wonderful. Most of my free time is spent planning, doing, preparing (or cleaning up after) for my grandkids. Do I mind that I have almost no time for myself? Absolutely not! I feel the ticking of the clock in my body each day, and I know that one day I will have to slow down more, and one day someone will take care of me. I don’t have a minute to waste, there is so much to do, to say, to give, to teach, so many things I want to sow into each child’s life. How could I think of myself at a time like this? I am needed, I have something to offer. These children need to know who they are and where they came from, they need a strong family to turn to when times are hard for them. Each day I am working as hard and as fast as I can to wrap them in a cocoon of love that will hold them all through their lives.



I remember my grandmother as a woman who contained more love and patience than anyone I had ever met. I thought her eyes must be just like the eyes of Jesus. I saw my grandmother less than a dozen times in my childhood. And those times were filled with cousins, aunts and uncles, in whirl wind visits that were miles and miles away from my home. Yet my grandmother made an impact on me that has stayed with my whole life. My grandmother was love as purely as any human can be, and I want to be that; a grandmother who loves so completely, that my grandchildren will never forget it as long as they live. Am I accomplishing that goal? Perhaps not, but it is what I strive for.




Are you a parent or grandparent? Did your life focus change or shift after the arrival of children?

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Thursday, September 27, 2012

Wheat Color Palette



Photo courtesy of Dreamstime.

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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Wow Us Wednesday


I'm so happy it's fall! Love all the fall crafts and decorating ideas too. It's a season that for me brings a feeling of happy anticipation for the up coming Holidays and family filled events. On that note, let me introduce you to a grandma extraordinaire from What Happens at Grandma's, who puts on the best family gatherings I have ever heard of! Honestly, I know of no one who can out do this lady! 



Please stop by What Happens at Grandma's to see what she is up to for Halloween this year.

Dewdrop Gardens has a wonderful way to make a birdbath you need to check out.



About Blogging Time shows us how she made a pillow stitching over a drawn design with her sewing machine. I think this would be a great way to use your kids drawings.



And, then stop by Bowdabra Blog to see how to make these Halloween party favors.

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All items, projects or ideas made by you.... crafts, art, photography, furniture re-dos, organizational feats, recipes, money saving tips, decorating ideas, party plans, you name it! Don’t forget to link back some way!


I love followers! Please consider following me. Also please visit some other linkers and comment there too, ok? 

Link up to three post and please do not relink ones from the previous week. Link to the specific post, not your blog home page. No Etsy shops or giveaways, please!

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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Make a Color Palette with PicMonkey


Autumn Nest

I have yet another online app to tell you about. Alright, yes I’ve been spending a lot of time online goofing off. Ok? I admit it. Now, If you have spent much time online you have probably heard about PicMonkey.  PicMonkey is a free online photo editing tool that I have just started playing with; I usually use Pixlr to do my online photo editing. However I keep seeing color palettes created using photos popping up all over blog land, so I investigated. Here's one below that I made from the picture above using PicMonkey. And it is very easy when you know the steps and what the tools are for.



 Autumn Nest Color Palette


What could this be useful for? Well my first thought is for painting and decorating your home; interior or exterior. Do you have a photo or painting that you love? Paint and decorate a room to match it. My next thought would be perhaps to use in scrap booking, crafting or sewing, enabling you to easily stay within a color palette that coordinates. Choose a photo, picture or painting you love and then create a color palette to work off of. You could even use fabric or scrap book paper instead of a picture. Photograph or scan them into your computer to use.

  • A good rule of thumb is to always make a copy of your photo before you start to work on it in any app. That way if you mess up, you still have the original intact.
  • On the PicMonkey page, click Edit a Photo and upload your photo. 




  • On the far left side, choose Overlays. I chose Geometric shapes for this picture. I clicked on the oval and an oval appears on my photo. It is movable and sizeable. I decided I wanted a row at the bottom so after I placed it where I wanted it I simply re-clicked the shape to add more of them; then place them where I wanted. If you click too many, select the shape you want removed, right click and choose 'delete overlay'.




  • After I had a row of ovals placed as I liked I clicked on my first oval then took my cursor over to the rainbow color bar that appeared. I clicked on the color bar (anywhere will do) and another small bar appears to the far right.
  • Click on that and you now have a dropper. Move the dropper over to the photo and the overlay shape will turn the color that the dropper is on. Click to keep the color you like best.
  • Click on the next overlay shape and again return to the far right color bar, click for your dropper and return to your photo for you next color choice. If you don’t like what you end up with, it is easily changed out.
  • Continue until you are satisfied you have the color palette you want.




Spring Birds Nest 1

Let's say you choose this birds nest picture as your starting point for decorating a room. You want the room to be mostly about pinks so you choose all the pinks in the pictures range. 


Spring Birds Nest 2


Or if you want it to be about neutrals with a touch of pink, then choose those colors from your picture.

If you are like me, more is more with this app, so I often add more overlay shapes to my photo so I can have even more colors! Oh this is so fun and addicting for me! I LOVE color! Maybe I will start making color palettes on a regular bases and post my favorites here.

Will you try it? What would you use a color palette for?

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Monday, September 24, 2012

Fun With a Magnet




Here’s a fun activity I found on Pinterest for the kids; or for you :)  I remember playing with magnets when I was a kid and had a lot of fun with them. 



  • Start with chenille stems, or pipe cleaners (depending on what generation you are from) 
  • A clear plastic lidded jar (a smooth surface works best here)
  • A magnet 
  • Scissors or other cutting tool for the chenille stems.

All you need to do is simple cut the chenille stems into desired lengths, mine are about 1 1/2 inches long, and drop them into the jar. 



Place the lid on and pull the magnet around the outside of the jar to pull the pieces around inside. 




The cut pieces will follow the magnet around and form cool patterns. A word of caution: magnets can destroy your computer. Keep the magnets away from it!

Are you from generation 'pipe cleaners'? Or generation 'chenille stems'? I'm definitely a 'pipe cleaner' generation!

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Saturday, September 22, 2012

Grandparent's Say It Saturday



Fall has arrived! Though you might not know it from our temps here today! I heard it will be around 106 today!  Around here we start to get a little giddy at the thought of cooler temperatures and look forward to getting outside more, and perhaps with a little fall gardening; or hiking in one of the local mountain preserves here. I look forward to it all, but now is the time that I start putting into action my Family Harvest Day plans.

I must confess I have been slow this year about getting the ball rolling, but I have given it a little push and things are moving along. We usually make Scarecrows at our Harvest Day as a group project. You will find my tutorial how to make a Scarecrow from last year here at this link.

Do you have fall plans? Is there a special way you celebrated the changing seasons with activities, home décor, or outings? How about visits to the pumpkin patch or farmers markets? Do you do something special for Halloween?

Thanks for coming by today! I hope you enjoy linking up and/or reading all my linkers today! Stop back in a day or so to check out new linkers ok? And don’t forget to leave them some comment love so they know you were there.





Add your link here every Saturday at Grandparent's Say It Saturday.
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Friday, September 21, 2012

Off or On?


Sometimes my grandkids like to pretend that they are at a restaurant, called Gramma Connies Café that specializes in PB&J sandwiches with milk. I take their orders with their choice of grape or strawbery jam. Most of them will not eat the crust on the bread though. Sometimes they will only take a couple of bites from the middle for fear of getting the crust in their mouths. So I coax and prod and find all sorts of creative ways to try and get them to eat just a little more and not waste it. I argue that there’s still lots of perfectly good bread they are leaving behind with that crust. Usually instead of eating anymore, they ask for another sandwich!

Well, I finally broke down and quit trying to make them eat that last little bit of the bread still attached to the crust they left behind and just cut the crust off before I begin the sandwich making in the first place. No more arguing or creative coaxing needed. Pretty much all of the sandwich gets eaten and I don’t fret about the waste.
(Yes, purple is her favorite color :) 


When you make sandwiches for little ones who prefer not to eat the crust……are you a crust cutter off’er or do you leave the crust on and make them eat it?

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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Wow Us Wednesday



Happy Wednesday to lookers and linkers alike! I'm glad to have you come visit today. I just switched my browser to Google Chrome and I am wondering what took me so long! I like it better, it's faster. I want to remind everyone to have a look at the Pantry, I've changed the rules for linking there. Now onto my favorites from last week.


Simply Vintageous Give us another tutorial on furniture transformation. 


Healthy Branscoms linked up a post about eating healthy and saving money on your food bill.


As The Card Rack Turns linked a tutorial to make these cute washer necklaces.


Remember salt dough? A Rosie Sweet Home used it to decorate with. Get the kids in on this one.

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Wow Us Wednesday is a link up for:

All items, projects or ideas made by you.... crafts, art, photography, furniture re-dos, organizational feats, recipes, money saving tips, decorating ideas, party plans, you name it! Don’t forget to link back!

I love followers! Please consider following me in someway. Also please visit some other linkers and comment there too, ok?
Link up to three post and please do not relink ones from the previous week. Link to the specific post, not your blog home page. No Etsy shops or giveaways, please!

I would love to feature projects I choose and share them throughout the following week - by submitting a link to this party you are allowing authorization for your project to be featured with a photo from your post. Featured links will include a photo and a link back to the originating site.


Thank you so much for linking up with me. I'm sorry that time has not allowed me to stop by and comment on each link. Please know I appreciate you all!



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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Paint Free Painting Fun!




I have found a new online love! And the kids love it too! Do you know who Jackson Pollock is? He was the artist who dripped and splattered paint and became famous for it.



I love finding easy and fun art projects for kids and I am always looking for new activities to keep my grandkids busy. So, when I was clicking through all the linkers from Wow Us Wednesday I came across the ArtClub blog. There are some really great art projects there for kids. I saw Jackson Pollock’s name under her Projects list and clicked through to see what she had there and came across this link (below). It is an online painting app and it is a blast! For those of you who don’t want to have the kids make a mess with real paint then you will love this!


When you go to this wonderful site, click at the top where it says ‘Enter JacksonPollock.org’ and immediately you are on a blank painting page. You move your cursor/mouse to splatter and drip the paint. Move it quickly for thin stringy lines or slowly for big splatters and drips. Left click your mouse to change colors. You can go on and on and on.....I don't think the paint ever stops coming. Limit your paintings to only a few colors or click again and agin for many. And, if you would like to save an extra special master piece, right click to print it out. However, I can just imagine all the printer ink you could go through!


I didn’t find a way to save the finished images to my computer so I took photos of them ;) I’m too cheap to use the ink it would take to print one unless it was framing quality! I can make a folder for each child on my computer to 'save' their art work in that I took a picture of so it's not lost; but I don't have to print each one out either. I had a lot of fun with it and only stopped painting because my hand starting cramping. All the images used here were made by me using this painting app. Oops! Didn’t get around to my ‘to do’ list again.  Check it out, Jackson Pollock.org, you will love it too.
When was the last time you had fun just splattering paint freely?

Linking at GRAND Social, these parties and the Thrifty Home.

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Monday, September 17, 2012

Desk Clutter Helpers


I’m a sloppy person by nature, but I really love to be clean and neat. I work hard at staying organized but sometimes my projects can really get out of hand. One thing I can’t stand is my desk overly messy and trying to find a note I made to myself, or trying to remembering if I did indeed pay a certain bill. I started using notebooks to help me out  several years ago. One notebook stays on my desk and I jot down notes, phone conversation info I need to keep, my to do list, anything I would ordinarily write down on a sticky note or scrap paper goes into this note book. If I am on top of being organized, I will write the date at the top of a new page to help me out when I need to look for certain information. When I write something down that I know I will need again, I mark it with a colored sticky tab at the top to mark the place.
 


The second note book is strictly for anything related to finances. Bills that are paid, deposits made, things ordered online; money transactions after they are made only go into this notebook. This one includes the dates of the transactions, confirmation numbers and amounts of transcations. These two note books save me a lot of headaches and time looking for information I need to keep but I can’t remember where I put it. When the man of the house needs info, I tell him it’s in the notebook. I try to get him to use the notebooks too, and he does use the one for our finances, but he still writes some things on scrap paper and then you know what happens!

I keep these note books when they are filled and have years of them. It’s kinda fun to look at them from time to time and read all the notes about what was going on in our lives then. Sometimes looking through the old ones I find a note I jotted down for hubby to read when he returned home to find me gone. Those were before texting days! Or a note I wrote to him when I was on the phone and needed to tell him something but couldn’t because I was on the phone. A chore list for the kids, a note about an important family event. It's almost as good as a journal.

What do you do to keep your important info at the ready, organized and your desk clean?


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Saturday, September 15, 2012

Grandparent's Say It Saturday

My goodness it’s busy around here! Two families moved then Itty Bitty’s adoption day, and three kids birthdays and parties one each weekend from today and the next two weekends. I won’t get a break after all that though because I have to get ready for Harvest Day! I have a confession too; I bought a birthday present for today instead of making one. Oh I’m not happy about that at all, but I can’t seem to get caught up and get everything ready on time.

I’m making a new recipe today for this birthday girl’s cake; I think everyone is getting tired of my usual recipes of Carrot Cake, Red Velvet and German Chocolate. So I’ll be trying a White Chocolate with strawberry filling and White Chocolate Cream Cheese icing. I thought that sounded really delicious! No I won’t be able to taste and test it myself but I’ll let the party goers be the judge and decide if I need to remove it from my recipe stash or if it’s a keeper.
I want to say congrats to Joyce over at What Happens at Grandma's! She just became a grandmother again to twins! It's her second set, a double blessing.


I’m glad you are here; I hope you enjoy linking up and/or reading all my linkers today! Stop back in a day or so to check out new linkers ok? And don’t forget to leave them some comment love so they know you were there.


Add your link here every Saturday at Grandparent's Say It Saturday.
Please link up to three post, not to your home page, and link that back to Family Home and Life. While you are here I hope you will visit the other linkers and come back to see who links up later. We all love comments! No Etsy shops or giveaways please. This link closes on Monday night.

Be sure to visit Lisa at Grandma's Briefs to join her linky, GRAND Social, on Mondays. Thanks for linking up with me!



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Friday, September 14, 2012

A Very Special Day!



We had a very exciting day yesterday! It was the adoption day for my youngest granddaughter! That’s right, Itty Bitty is adopted and she is ours 100% at last! We have waited for this day since she came home to live in our family at two days old; and that was about sixteen months ago.


Several of the immediate family and friends took the day off work to attend the court hearing making the adoption final. We made up quite a crowd as we all took our turns passing through security at the court house. Inside, we waited in patience excitement for it to be our turn before the judge. All the kids were dressed up for the special day of course and some of us began photographing the play and happy faces of the cute kids. Security told us we had to put cameras away until we were inside in court room where we would not be infringing on the privacy of others who might accidentally be in the photos.


We crowded inside when it was our turn and several of us had to stand because there were a lot of us! The judge questioned my son and his wife and the adoption agency representative as we all watched and listened. The kids were good and sat still and quiet. When the judge finished and pronounced his agreement that Itty Bitty should be ours forever we cheered and clapped! Of course the picture taking began then.
It was so exciting; it was as exciting to us as if she had just been born and we were standing outside the hospital nursery window adoring her for the first time! We all then went to Itty Bitty’s home to celebrate with food, fun, swimming and cake. She was presented with gifts; and here is what she received from me.  A personalized book from I See Me,  “Who loves Me?” (I wrote a review for this book, click here to see it.)  One day I intend to write her story and how she came to be in our lives. I think it’s a rather special story, and I have been waiting until the legalities were all done before I shared it with you. What a wonderful day!  




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Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Wow Us Wednesday

It takes me FOREVER sometimes to pick out my favorite link ups! This last week was the worst ever. So many good ones.
I love this idea from the D.I.Y. Dreamer. You could personalize this, bling it up with rhinestones, what ever you can dream up! I think it would make a great gift for teens girls too.  
Love this necklace from Jewelry Making Journal and a really great tutorial too. Good tutorials are as important as the final pic right?
Oh my, you know about my fondness for using Mason jars; check out Around the Table with Tami for a wonderful recipe that can be gifted in a Mason jar :)
Great ideas at Our Treasured Home for activities for kids and adults to share. Really good history lessons involved and I think would be excellent for Grandparents to do with their grand kids.
And finally, there are two more here that I just had to mention; easy meal or snack idea at Love bakes Good Cakes, and a wonderful birthday idea for boys at Mom of 6.
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Wow Us Wednesday is a link up for:

All items, projects or ideas made by you.... crafts, art, photography, furniture re-dos, organizational feats, recipes, money saving tips, decorating ideas, party plans, you name it! Don’t forget to link back!

I love followers! Please consider following me in someway. Also please visit some other linkers and comment there too, ok?
Link up to three post and please do not relink ones from the previous week. Link to the specific post, not your blog home page. No Etsy shops or giveaways, please!

I would love to feature projects I choose and share them throughout the following week - by submitting a link to this party you are allowing authorization for your project to be featured with a photo from your post. Featured links will include a photo and a link back to the originating site.


Thank you so much for linking up with me. I'm sorry that time has not allowed me to stop by and comment on each link. Please know I appreciate you all!





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Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Never Forget?

I remember, it was early here and I was still sleeping and my husband was too. He was recovering from surgery so he wasn't going to work that day. My oldest son called, I knew it wouldn't be good. He was driving to work and had heard the news on the radio. He couldn't believe what he was hearing! First thing he said was "Mom!! This has to be some kind of joke! Turn on the TV and tell me if it's real!" "What are you talking about" I questioned him as I made my way to the living room TV. But there on the news, the reality of it all for all to see. He didn't go to work but came to my house to stay with us for the day.
His older cousin, my sisters son, also detoured from work and spent the day with us. We were glued to the TV all day. We didn't know what to do, should we go about our normal lives? But how could we know if it would happen again, maybe in our city. We have a nuclear power plant on the outskirts of town. Was it a target too? I wasn't sure if I should send my youngest son who was still in high school, to school or not. I finally took him an hour late. I shouldn't have; he was upset all day and so were his teachers. That afternoon I had a class at the local community college. I decide to go, I wouldn't be long. All anyone talked about was the tragedy, we all should have stayed home. 
Later, there were more American flags out than I have ever seen! People were saying God Bless America, and emailing God Bless America....everywhere! Democrats and Republicans, all seemed to work together to stand up for our Country; to mourn our lost ones.
No, I will never forget, God Bless America again! Do you remember too?



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Monday, September 10, 2012

My Grandparent's Day Celebration


Last Friday, to honor grandparent’s day, I attended a celebration of Grandparents at my oldest granddaughter’s school. Oh it was fun! We gathered in the assembly room and each class had one quick performance prepared. We listened to poems, music, songs that included movement and sign language, children read written stories about their wonderful grandparents, and I heard a few different grandparents’ names that I have not heard before. There were the usual grandma and grandpa, Grammy and Poppy, Mimi, Nana, but I also heard (please forgive spelling errors here, I’m only guessing at what I heard) Pap Pap, TuTu, and GiGi, Pappy, and something like Yia Yia.

After that we all went to the class rooms of our little ones were teachers divided us grandparents up amongst the kids so all the kids would have a grandparent to talk to even if their grandparent wasn’t attending that day. They took turns asking us prepared interview questions. Then each grandparent stood in front of the class room to tell about something the kids had asked about. My question from the class was how school is different now than when I was in elementary school and I thought I would share with you too.

When I was attending elementary school here in AZ the small town near my home closed it’s one room school because it was more economical to bus the handful of kids to another town for classes. We had eight grades in four classrooms; two classes per room. The teacher would teach one side of the room, and then switch to the other side for a while. Sometimes I found it difficult to concentrate on my work because I would be listening to what was happening on the other side. We didn’t have music or art or sports. Usually we didn’t have PE either. We did have swings and slides to play on.

I rode a school bus to school and my house was eight miles mostly on a dirt road, from  my bus stop, then twenty five miles more to school.  My mom or dad would drive me to the bus stop each day and be waiting for me when the bus returned in the afternoon. When I was about 10 or 11, my dad felt I was old enough and responsible enough that he could allowed me to drive an old truck to the bus stop all by myself. At the end of the day, I would drive it back home. The bus driver would wait until I had the truck running before pulling away. It was hard for me to reach the gas and brake petals at first. All the other kids on the bus were amazed I was allowed to drive. My dad had an understanding with the sheriff that I would be allowed to drive to the bus stop and the bus stop only, then back home.

When I was in the eighth grade, some kids kept asking me why I obeyed my father and never drove into town for fun. One day I decided to try that. I drove very carefully to the nearest store and bought myself a coke then went home. I didn’t see the sheriff, but he saw me or someone did and told what I had done. That night he came to visit my dad. My dad told the sheriff I was a good girl who never got into trouble so if he would allow me to continue to drive to the bus stop I would never again abuse his kindness. My dad looked at me with those eyebrows raised and that’s all I needed. I apologized to the sheriff and I never did anything like that again.

I look back on that time and I can’t imagine having letting my child do that. Yes it saved my parents time and trouble but oh they must have watched that road each night waiting for me to come home on time.

How is your childs or grandchild’s school experience different than yours?

I linked at Grandm's Briefs.

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