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Family drama..what would Christmas be without it? Weird???

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

So for those who have followed me for some time you will get a kick out of this. For those who just dropped in some brief background(sister moved my Mom back to PA from Mexico and had mom spend 130,000 to build a MIL suite onto her house and then takes her SS check every month, has total control of Mom's money and has big parties using Mom's credit card and such. Mom really doesn't know that Sister is "stealing from her"...and only reason sister's husband puts up with it is that he wants her money....long ago the husband kicked my nephew out of their house and he committed suicide...sad story)

Anyway on Sunday my DH, I and the two grandchildren went over to pick Mom up and take her to lunch and then we went back to Mom's and hung out with her for a couple of hours. While there I decided to show Mom a marketing video on our son's web site(the one in Seattle who is in love and now engaged and getting married in July). I wanted to show her how adorable Marie is(the fiancÚ) as she is in the video acting as an employee. for those interested you can view the video at this link and click the Jerry video...my step son who lived with us is the owner of the company and is also in the video...if you watch tell me who you think he looks like. Marie is in the blue top.
www.amitracks.com

Anyway I had forgotten the web site address and googled AMI +Seattle(name of company and where it is) got it right away and played the video...my sister was standing right there and watched me. We showed the video and Mom loved seeing Tommy Jr. and Marie. My sister acted very strange and really didn't compliment Marie or anything. I tried to shut down the computer but it didn't shut down so I just thought that it was updating stuff and would shut down.
I thought that was it and we went back to visiting.

Well yesterday morning first thing, my sister calls me and asked me what I did to Mom's computer. I told her she saw me and told her all I did. She said that Mom came into their room at 4am and said that the computer turned on and said "hello Sallie Watson, what can we do for you but in some Asian accent"..............I told my sister that was ridiculous and that was impossible unless the computer could take my fingerprint or something (I was joking). I told her I wouldn't even check my email on mom's computer as I wouldn't want to mess up anything for when she checked her email.....Well wait until you hear this!!!!

My sister accused me of placing "spy ware" on Mom's computer and said that her husband was convinced that is what I did. She was so angry and really yelling at me. I told her again all that I did and it was impossible for the computer to even know me and that I noticed Mom was getting a bit forgetful and failing a bit and must have been dreaming of me or something. My sister said they had trouble turning the computer off. I was completely stunned but the accusation that I would do such a thing. I wouldn't even know how to do that anymore. and of course did nothing. Her husband is weird and he is the one that said when my brother died in the diving accident that it was "good" that now my sister only had to share my mother's money with me....and he is happy I have Sjogrens(I think he thinks I will dye before my sister).

Now the funny part.....My DH heard me explaining to my sister what I did and I didn't have a clue as to why the computer was acting funny. My DH had no idea what my sister was accusing me of and with his fun sense of humor yelled out "must have been that spy ware you put on your mom's computer".....again he had no idea I was being accused of this. I don't think my sister heard him...thank God! I gave him the sign to "shut up". when I got off the phone I told him what I was being accused of and of course he laughed as it was just the least thing he would have thought would happen...I swear it was like a Saturday night live skit. But my sister yelled at me and was awful. I of course was hurt and just wanted to cry!!! I am always the peace maker. But then I got mad and thought how awful of them to have my mother thinking I wanted to spy on her and then thought that they must be really guilty and thought I did this as I know they are stealing from my mother.

But again I decided to just "let it go" and not get angry and make a big deal about it. Again, life is too short and I still feel blessed to have my two loving step sons who want to look after me in old age and the adorable grandchildren. But I must admit that it really hurt my feelings.

of course my sister yelled at me and said "I know Mom is getting older and losing it and I have no time to myself....not one minute"...I did get up the courage to say "and yes when mom lived in Mexico for 6 years and I tried to talk to you you said you didn't want to hear it".....so at least I did get that in.

Oh well, sister then must have been guilty as she called later that day (drunk) and invited my whole family to brunch on sunday...................geez!

hope you enjoyed my soap opera. sorry for the long vent.
Hugs to you all this holiday season.
Sallie

  
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GOANNA2 12/18/2014 4:52AM

    Sounds to me that something fishy is going on with
your sister who is over-ruled by her husband. I think
he is poisoning the relationship. I am glad you told her
that you had your mum for 6 years. Glad you had a good
visit with your mum at least. Are you going to the brunch???
You are the kindest person I know Sallie and can't believe
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JANIEWWJD 12/18/2014 12:37AM

    Wow, it sounds to me like your sister and her husband are hiding something. They must feel awefully guilty about something to even suggest that you are spying on your mom. It shouldn't matter to them if they have nothing to hide. "I smell a rat somewhere!!!" LOL!!! If I was you, I wouldn't think twice about it, and I certainly wouldn't go to brunch on Sunday. Just stay with the grandkids and have fun!!! God bless you Sallie, and be careful!!! For some reason, I don't trust your sister's husband, and I don't even know him!!!

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PATTI_PAL1 12/17/2014 8:16PM

    WOW! You've been through the war, Sallie. So glad Christmas comes just once a year, right?

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KRISZTA11 12/17/2014 3:54PM

    Sounds difficult, but you did very well for yourself.
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FORZACHANDMATT 12/17/2014 3:29PM

    Sorry :(

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WHITEANGEL4 12/17/2014 3:16PM

    .So sorry that your sister accused you of such a thing. Apparently she feels there is something to hide or she would not have become upset . Just as well you live so far away and do not hve to go through this very often. Such a shame when money i at the root.

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_LINDA 12/17/2014 1:22PM

    So very sorry you have to deal with this :-(( I feel very fortunate to have the family I do. Except for my sister's neurotic drunken husband, we are a fairly normal group.
Probably too much to hope for, but I wish your sister would get in the spirit of the season and be loving and giving for at least the sake of the children if nothing else. She really needs a good b*tch slap upside the head!!
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1CRAZYDOG 12/17/2014 1:16PM

    OMG! After that I think I'd have declined the invite, but then I am sure that your Mom wants to see you too. Maybe you can make another opportunity for a one-on-one with your Mom w/o your sister being involved?

YIKES!

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BUTEAFULL 12/17/2014 12:41PM

    you could probably write a BEST SELLER with all the drama your family goes through (including your FIL).
Family!!! oh well Merry Christmas

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KENDRACARROLL 12/17/2014 12:41PM

    Karma will get them :)
You're right, life's too short to let this spoil your day.
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SWEETTOOTH712 12/17/2014 11:34AM

    Always remember "Misery loves company." Don't allow others to bring you down, just because they are miserable. Focus your energy on your grandchildren, your son's upcoming wedding and everything else in your life that makes you happy.

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LIS193 12/17/2014 11:21AM

    Family dramas flare up during the holidays - everyone is stressed out :( So sad that your sister is the way she is. Hang in there - sunny Mexico is waiting for you!!
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LIVELAUFLUV 12/17/2014 10:49AM

    Oh my! We have tons of family drama too. Love the video!

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JANTHEBLONDE 12/17/2014 10:41AM

    Oh my gosh! I'm sorry to say but I think your sister is a real "fruitcake!" I wouldn't take anything she says personally! She sounds like a nutcase! I'm so sorry you have to put up with all the family drama! Just enjoy your grandkids and the little time you get to spend with your mom! I hope you have a wonderful day with your grandkids!
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NASFKAB 12/17/2014 10:35AM

  family drama is always around feel sorry for you with a sister like that

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Sock snowmen with grandchildren

Tuesday, December 16, 2014



made snowmen out of socks with grandchildren and had fun teaching them to sew for the first time.
Hope you all are well
Sallie

  
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_LINDA 12/17/2014 1:25PM

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LIS193 12/17/2014 11:17AM

    What a fun project with the kids! They are so lucky to have a cool grandma like you!!
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ISLAMOM 12/17/2014 7:21AM

    sooooo cute!!

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GOANNA2 12/17/2014 7:20AM

    What a cute snowman! Glad you are having fun
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NEW-CAZ 12/17/2014 2:37AM

    BRILLIANT!!

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JANIEWWJD 12/17/2014 12:49AM

    I love, love, love the sock snowmen!!! You have so much fun with the grandbabies!!! Enjoy it and God bless you!!!
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BUTEAFULL 12/17/2014 12:30AM

    so cute

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DJ4HEALTH 12/16/2014 11:31PM

    That looks so fun to do and it looks like you all had a good time too

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FORZACHANDMATT 12/16/2014 11:09PM

    Such a great idea - I may have to borrow it

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WHITEANGEL4 12/16/2014 9:31PM

    So glad you are enjoying your time with the Grands

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NASFKAB 12/16/2014 8:41PM

  WOW awesome job

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BUSYGRANNY5 12/16/2014 8:02PM

    Love this idea!!! Great times with your grands!

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1CRAZYDOG 12/16/2014 7:47PM

    What an awesome project!!! Cute!

HUGS

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EDDYMEESE 12/16/2014 7:32PM

    Cool!

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GINGKO711 12/16/2014 6:32PM

    Very cute!

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JANTHEBLONDE 12/16/2014 6:12PM

    Your sock snowman you and the grandkids made are absolutely adorable! What a great idea! Looks like you guys had a lot of fun!
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Taking Grandma Jane out to lunch today.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

My Mother has been waiting patiently for me to go and see her...just so busy with the grandkids and after school duty and such. Anyway today we will take her out to lunch with the grandkids. She is looking forward to it and so am I. And the good news is that my DH suggested it and is going with us. For those of you who have followed me for years you know this is a big deal. As my DH and Mother had a big fight years ago and that is when my mother moved back up north to live with my sister.

it's a whole soap opera for sure. But my DH reached out to her and helped make it right for me. I guess he does love me! He hasn't even seen(as he was told at one time he wasn't welcomed) the big new space that my mother paid to have added to my sister's home. My sister gets away with taking money from my mom whereas my mother has always expected my DH and I to pay for everything. In fact had she lived with us we would have had to pay the $130,000 to add on and then pay for her upkeep monthly whereas my sister and husband (who make a ton of money) took the 130,000 and now take her entire 1200 social security money. Drives me crazy but life is just too short to let money come between my mother and I. My sister has always been focused on material things and always wants more. I feel bad for her and try to forgive her.

Anyway looking forward to lunch out with all today.
Cheers
Sallie

  
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DJ4HEALTH 12/15/2014 9:13PM

    Have fun!!

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GOANNA2 12/15/2014 9:08AM

    Just enjoy the time together. It is great that your
DH is coming. Your sister does not sound like
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JANIEWWJD 12/14/2014 11:25PM

    That's right Sallie; material things come and go!!! You continue being the kind person that you are and enjoy your wonderful hubby!!! Have a good lunch with your mom, grandkids, and hubby!!! I love how you handle things. Life IS too short to argue over money!!!!! God bless you and have a terrific day tomorrow!!!
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EDDYMEESE 12/14/2014 10:29PM

    sounds like some good progress for DH...drama sucks but there is usually a good reason for it, lol. Hope all goes smoothly!

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WHITEANGEL4 12/14/2014 9:39PM

    As my hubby says what goes around comes around. We have been having a problem with another vendor and she has tried to make our life miserable. Hubby just surges and reminds me it will ll work out and it is. She has managed to get herself in hot water with everyone there. He just smiles and said what goes around. So it will all come out. You did what you felt was your responsibility and it will come around to you

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MSLZZY 12/14/2014 9:10PM

    Put it behind you and have a great day.

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JANTHEBLONDE 12/14/2014 3:38PM

    I hope you, you're honey and the grandkids have a wonderful lunch with your mom! Enjoy your day!
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GUNNSGIRL91303 12/14/2014 12:46PM

    Have a fun lunch and I hope there is healing in the relationship between mom and DH!

Too bad about your sis...hopefully she will see someday that material things go by the wayside and that relationships are what really matter and last.

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NEW-CAZ 12/14/2014 12:03PM

    I hope you enjoy it!

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1CRAZYDOG 12/14/2014 11:39AM

    Hmmmmm . . . I wouldn't be happy w/sister! But it is what it is and you're right . . . can't let it come between you and your Mother.

Have fun! HUGS

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BUTEAFULL 12/14/2014 11:09AM

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_LINDA 12/14/2014 10:42AM

    I hope your lunch goes well and that your DH and Mother can mend some fences. That is just plain evil your money grubbing well-to-do sister would take your Mother's money. Here it would be considered theft and elder abuse and she would be charged.

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LIS193 12/14/2014 10:12AM

    Have a fun day with your mother!

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COOKWITHME65 12/14/2014 10:11AM

    Have a wonderful time Sallie. Sounds like your husband is a keeper. I have a Sister very similar to yours. She was never like that when we were growing up but has changed so much. I miss the old her.

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WIFE49 12/14/2014 10:10AM

    How wonderful for you and your mother. Enjoy.

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NASFKAB 12/14/2014 10:00AM

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Snow in Philly makes it even more Chilly!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

I must say the white stuff is pretty but it sure makes my connective tissue issue due to my Sjogrens ache. Keeping busy and keeping my mind off it helps.

Grands are keeping me busy. Yesterday DH and I went and bought a sweet bike for the granddaughter for Christmas....Purple and Pink of course! I know she will love it. And for the grandson who is a sweet nerd we are getting him his first microscope. He is a riot...he comes home just about everyday wanting to do a science project...we have them all over the house.

Hope you all are doing well. I am sending you hugs from chilly Philly!
Sallie

  
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FIT4MEIN2013 12/12/2014 2:15PM

    Have a wonderful time, Sallie!

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LIS193 12/12/2014 11:01AM

    Enjoy your time with the grands in the frozen north!
Stay warm!!

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MSLZZY 12/12/2014 7:20AM

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    A Merry Christmas Sallie to you and your family. emoticon

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JANIEWWJD 12/12/2014 12:36AM

    You are so blessed to be able to spend time with your grand babies! Enjoy yourself and treasure them! God bless you Sallie, and keep smiling!
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WHITEANGEL4 12/11/2014 10:48PM

    So glad you are enjoying the Grands. Stay warm and enjoy

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DJ4HEALTH 12/11/2014 10:25PM

    Stay as warm as you can.

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1CRAZYDOG 12/11/2014 8:25PM

    Stay warm. Hope your Granddaughter likes the bike! HUGS

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GUNNSGIRL91303 12/11/2014 7:36PM

    What fun a microscope will be! I love working on a microscope and miss it very much but its just no longer a part of my job.

Lyla will love her bike and get some great exercise along with the fun!

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JANTHEBLONDE 12/11/2014 2:32PM

    Bundle up and stay warm today! Have a wonderful day with your grandkids! They are going to love the Christmas presents you and your honey bought them!
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_LINDA 12/11/2014 1:59PM

    Nice, thoughtful gifts! Hope it warms up for you there. The snow is actually melting here! Not normal for us, but welcome. I would much rather be somewhere without snow too!

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ALICIA214 12/11/2014 11:53AM

 

A Merry Christmas Sallie to you and you family...

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NASFKAB 12/11/2014 11:49AM

  great you are enjoying but sorry you are aching

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KLONG8 12/11/2014 11:49AM

    Sounds like you are having a great time. Enjoy yourself and stay warm!

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Gingerbread house on steroids.

Tuesday, December 09, 2014


Yesterday's project after the grands got their homework done was to build a gingerbread house. It was a great way to use up a lot of left over Halloween candy.
We had a great time doing it but Lyla wanted candy on "every single spot"! She was cracking me up. She sure is a sugar hound. Many times her fingers hit the icing bowl and ended in her mouth as well as many pieces of candy...but what the heck you will most likely only build one gingerbread house with Nama and Papi.

Hope you all won't get too tired of grandkids photos. I know you are all more used to blogs about life in Ajijic. But this is life in chilly West Chester, Pa! Today is rainy and overcast. DH and I will get our on line ordering for Christmas done today and I will figure out some craft with kids for today.

Hope you all are well
Cheers
Sallie

  
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LIVINGLOVINLIFE 12/10/2014 12:12PM

    These are precious pictures with the grandkids. Ba humbug to anyone doesn't agree. Great looking gingerbread house too. Thank goodness for grandkids, look at all the candies you got rid of. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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    It's beautiful! Lots of great memories being made along with that gingerbread house! What fun! emoticon

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JANIEWWJD 12/9/2014 11:52PM

    I love the photos with the grandkids!! That gingerbread house is awesome!!!! I'll bet that was a lot of fun to make, especially with the kiddos!!! I, too, have to finish my Christmas shopping. Hopefully I'll get most of it done tomorrow. Have a fun day with the kiddos tomorrow, Sallie!!!
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_LINDA 12/9/2014 11:16PM

    I am enjoying the photos and stories of your time with the kids! Keep them coming! Enjoy!

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WHITEANGEL4 12/9/2014 10:59PM

    Love the pictures and hearing about your great times with the Grands. You are building memories for them they will be telling their grandkids. Enjoy yourselves and share with us.

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MSLZZY 12/9/2014 10:30PM

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PEGGYO 12/9/2014 8:06PM

    Didn't realize you were in PA already. Glad you're having fun.

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GUNNSGIRL91303 12/9/2014 6:17PM

    looks like you all had fun and the house is awesome!

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ALIHIKES 12/9/2014 3:45PM

    Very cute! Love the gingerbread house, AND the grand kids. emoticon

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FORZACHANDMATT 12/9/2014 2:56PM

    Such a wonderful way to spend time together

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1CRAZYDOG 12/9/2014 1:21PM

    NEVER get tired of the pictures, Sallie! The house is awesome!

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    Enjoy!! What a terrific project!! emoticon

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    Nice to see you enjoying time with the grandkids Sallie. Enjoy! emoticon

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JANTHEBLONDE 12/9/2014 11:40AM

    Your gingerbread houses are absolutely awesome! Looks like the grandkids had a blast! I love all of your pictures of your grandkids... No I won't get tired seeing you and your grandkids having a great time! I hope you have a wonderful day!
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NASFKAB 12/9/2014 11:04AM

  great way to bond with grands

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LIS193 12/9/2014 11:01AM

    What a great project!
It looks beautiful!

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KRICKET57 12/9/2014 10:49AM

    That is a beautiful gingerbread house. Looks like you had great fun with it. Enjoy the season.

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