37 Year Old Grammy

  Over the last couple years my life has changed drastically. My daughter, who I call "The Child," left the nest. I got married for the first time. I became an aunt—twice. I had a major unplanned surgery which was hard emotionally and physically. Bought a house. Sold a house. Changed jobs. Had other health issues. Started a business.And most recently, 6 weeks ago, my grandson arrived. I am a grandmother. I repeat. I’m a 37-year-old GRANDMOTHER....more

Welcome to the Grandparent-hood: It's Good Here

I was talking to a colleague the other day at work about becoming a grandparent and how it changes your life in so many wonderful ways. Just when you think your days of parenting are beginning to wind down and you are wondering what you are going to do with the rest of your life, you get to start your parenting experience all over again in a different way. It will be one of the most important and enjoyable things you will ever do. ...more
Love this! One of my favorite things about becoming a "Gma" has been seeing my son and his wife ...more

Not Your Mama's Grandparents

Tonight my hubby and I got our first chance to introduce our new grandchild to our closest friends. For thirty-five years the eight of us have shared our wedding days, births of our children, job relocations, teenage angst, and marital ups and downs. We've been there for each other through the loss of a parent, the loss of a job and various health scares. These couples are amazing people who have graced our lives with humor and compassion and we couldn't wait for them to meet the little guy who's now running the show....more

Sharing is Overrated

For someone who's always considered herself a fairly generous person, it's tough to face an unpleasant truth - I'm not all that great at sharing. I don't seem to have much trouble with stuff. I'll let you drive my car, I'm happy to let you borrow my favorite black dress, and I'm okay with giving you the recipe for my Nana's best-ever brownies. I guess when it comes down to it, I only have trouble sharing a couple of things - sweets and people....more
GigiJWolf Thanks for the good advice. Since this is my first experience with in-laws, I'm still ...more

Army Men across my floor

  There are army men scattered across my floor, just like they were so many years before. When little feet would scamper through and play their games of war. A house filled with boys, three to be exact one girl with testosterone flooding the halls, the one who kissed boo-boos ...more


Let me introduce you to today's Grand Ideas' feature. She is the loving grandmother of 4 precious grandchildren who affectionately call her DeeDee and granddad is called Poppie. Her daughter, Staci, is the mom of the oldest "baby angels" who are Ethan - 12 and Sierra - 10. Corey, her son, is dad to Alexi who is 8 and the youngest is Mallori who is 4 years old. ...more

Somebody to hold her hand

Her 5th deviled egg...more

The Ferris Wheel of Life

I recently lost a bet.  I don’t usually make bets, but this time I KNEW I was right.  Nope.  Wrong!  The result was that I owed my friends a dinner, so I don’t really think I lost too much.  We had a great time.We picked up the other couple from the ferry terminal when they came across from Winslow.  Then headed to Seattle’s new Ferris wheel, called The Great Wheel, like London’s Eye. ...more
I bet the views are spectacular!more

There has to be a better use for my boobs.

Coraline is spending the night tonight, so this will be a quick one. And I'm not writing about vaginas, because although the first time I saw Coraline she had just passed through a vagina, they aren't really a topic I think much about when she's sleeping near me. ...more

How to Grandparent?

I didn't have much in the way of grandparents in my life to demonstrate how to grandparent.  Two of my grandparents died before I was born, one grandfather, who I struggle to remember, died when I was four, and one grandmother, who I fiercely loved, lived until I was thirteen, but we only saw her rarely.  When I was growing up it seemed the thing grandparents did best was pop off.My husband didn't know any of his grandparents, and I'd be surprised if he even knew their names....more