Saturday, April 18, 2015

Grandpa came home with this

Téa played catcher yesterday……

So tell me….what do you think?? Are you impressed?


6 year old catcher! from Jill Shelley on Vimeo.



Thursday, April 16, 2015

4 questions to get your kids to talk


I read somewhere a few months ago, that if we would 
like to know what our children are about
we should regularly ask these questions:

1)  What are you most excited about in life right now?
2)  What are you most worried about?

So I thought I would start with the first question last week 
while Elora was here for a few days. 

She's 12…but she has always had lots to say since she was 2 ….
so I was anxious to try my question out on her. 

Instead of asking her what she was excited about, I upped it one 
and asked, "What are you most passionate about lately?"
She asked back, "Like how do you mean?"



"Well," I said, "what do you think about the most? 



"What do you get most excited about?"


"What are you obsessed with?"
"What do you wish you could do every day?"


"I finally paused, waiting for her answer."
She looked up from her Youtube tutorial 
and gave me her quick one word answer:

"Hair!"

Why didn't I see that answer coming?

There were actually two more questions on the list 
if you want to try them with your kids:

3. "Who have you noticed that may need your help?" 

4. "Is there anything that has happened that has made you feel uncomfortable lately?" 


Look what she did for Violet!

Not bad for just a 2 week passion.

Elora has always been a passionate child….like in this video when 
she was 7…she was SO worried about the people in Haiti 

her very last line gets me every time! :)

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

My ear and my shoes

Last Sunday during singing time with the 8-11 year olds, the 
chorister was teaching the kids different ways to sing familiar 
songs. Just after she announced, "Now this next song I want you 
to sing as loud as you can, without yelling." ….the little 8 year 
old boy sitting next to me said, "I think you might want to cover 
your ears because it's going to be very loud in here."  

I do have a bad ear so I said, "Okay, I'm going to go step out into 
the hallway. You take care of the class for me while I'm gone." 
And out I went. 

After it was over I came back to sit by that same boy and I said to 
him, "That was so kind of you to give me that warning. But how 
did you know I had a bad ear?"

He sat up straighter and seemed so proud as he told me, "I know 
because all old people have problems with their ears!" 

So serious he was.

This reminded me of just 4 days earlier when I was giving a lesson 
to fourteen girls ages 8-11. We were all sitting on the floor as we 
talked together about service and ways we can help other people. 
The lesson was going along just fine and then suddenly one of the 
girls said to me, "Do you know you are wearing two different 
shoes?" 


I looked down in shock. How could I have done this? I quickly 
removed the shoes and sort of threw them under the table. I heard a 
few little giggles. Then I told the girls how embarrassed I felt. The 
room became quiet as those girls sat there with endearing
sympathetic looks on their faces. Finally one girl said, "I've done 
that before." She was trying to make me feel better! 

Tonight before I went visiting teaching, I read through the message 
the monthly message. It was about trying to be more Christ 
like….how we need to strive to be more like little 
children without guile:  innocent, honest intent, with pure motives. 

I'm thankful for the little people in my life. I want to be more like 
them.

Friday, April 10, 2015

A sweet unforgettable day

I hope you will excuse this self centered post as I tell you about my birthday last week.

First I woke up to this from Washington:
(I love it when Richie asks me if I have any kids!

Thank you Karen, Tyler, Rich, and Leo!




Then we got to celebrate the life of this very unforgettable lady, Betty Freeman Clinton.
 I knew her from my childhood. I've known her son Terry since he was in the stroller.
And Terry's wife, Debbie, since she was only 4 years old. Lots of history.


My mom would bring us 4 girls, plus sometimes Grandma too, for hair cuts at Betty's salon. It was an
all day event. We would bring our lunch and often swim in her pool before returning home!

I remember Betty's kindness. I didn't like the way she chopped all my hair off (my Mom told her to)
….so one time she gave me a gold crown in to wear in my hair, and it did cheer me up.

I often wondered why my busy Mom would drive us 30 minutes from our house so Betty could cut our
hair. I learned later in life that everyone loved being around Betty.
She attracted people to her.




Here are some of my gifts…..and I even got a call from Italy!




Den took me to a wonderful halibut dinner at Yosemite Ranch which is now my favorite restaurant
(thanks to Krista and Paul for taking us there a few years back)

I took a picture of this part of the menu because I wanted to remember 
this variety of side salads….so I can duplicate them at home perhaps. 
(I had the Apple Bleu without the bleu)


When we returned home I saw this half gone cup of water….
and I knew little people had been there. This made me smile. 
Until I learned the next day that one of these little people was very sick.
He has since recovered, but poor baby was miserable for days.

McKenna texted and asked if we could Skype with them.
So we got on and we have no idea why, but Dennis appeared this way….

Seriously, we did not push any buttons.  

I thought Grant and Scarlett would like to see Grandpa like this but by the time they appeared,
Grandpa returned to normal. Fortunately for me.

Loved all the phone calls, texts, cards and messages.
I feel so blessed with so much love in my life.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

This magic of a nap

I guess I thought since Cinderella started at 10:55am, 
it was early enough not to interfere with Violet's nap.

But after all the previews, etc…
the movie got started later than I thought! Not good. 

She LOVED the movie….but right smack in the middle 
of it nap time struck and she was DONE. 

Cami on the other hand was loving it all….
especially dancing with Grandpa as the credits were going up.

However, shortly after that, Violet said she "needed to be 
closer"….and took off running all the way up to the screen. 
Elora followed her.

Elora is SO good with both her sisters! She LOVES them, and continually is there trying to help them.






Violet was not happy on the way home either.


She sobbed and sobbed and I felt even worse when she said, 
"I am really trying! But I can't control myself!"

(I was stunned by her ability to label her feelings!)

I said, "I'm so sorry. I know what that feels like!"
(because it's exactly how I feel when I'm over tired. Just ask Dennis.)


Later after her magical nap the first thing she said was,
"I'm glad you enjoy having me here."

In other words, she recovered, and she knows I love her.


Our girl is oh so passionate about all she likes, and dislikes.
It's not in her nature to hold back.

The next day, as Grandpa Dennis brought her back to me after 
preschool, she said, "I really miss Mommy and Daddy. I'm the 
perfect girl for them." 

I'm certain they would agree.

And as coincidence would be, as soon as I finished writing this post, I went to listen to Gretchen 
Rubin's podcast that she has available every Wednesday….and guess what the subject was for today? 
"Treat yourself like a toddler."

I'm a serious Gretchen Rubin fan….she's the author of The Happiness Project, Happier at Home
and now her latest. "Better Than Before" which is already a best seller just like her previous books.

She and her sister record these weekly 20 minute podcasts and unlike many others, hers are always 
free. I find some of them life changing. Take a listen to the one released today on iTunes.


Sunday, April 5, 2015

Grant, Scarlett, Rich, and Leo

McKenna just sent this to me from Washington…..

Easter morning…….
or watching Conference on TV 
while keeping the kids entertained at the same time.

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Happy Blessed Easter!



We had a family Easter gathering earlier today 
at my sister Peggy and Jeff's home….

but this time we invited our new relatives
the ones I found on Familysearch.com.
The ones we didn't know we had.
Sarah, Anthony, and Monique with my Dad. 
(Anthony was ready for a meeting right after the party.)

My great Grandfather, Robert Wiley Rozier is the brother 
to Monique's Dad's great Grandmother Mary Elizabeth Rozier.

So we are family.

Lots of good food to share.

Isn't this an interesting way to make a fruit salad with bananas all around the edges?
 The sad part of today….
our new relatives had to leave before I remembered 
that desserts were waiting for us all inside!


I was able to capture a picture right after the Easter Egg Hunt.
Jude, Téa, Trevor, Calvary, Zion, Hosanna, Sarah, Rivka, and Mara. 
(Mara looks incredibly like Grandma Peggy at that age….most of these are her grandchildren!)

The other little one, Harvey, was inside.

At 7 months old, I guess he's thinking he will wait till next year to join the group.

Not too many pictures this time.
I was mostly entranced by getting to know our new relatives. 

If you have not seen this little video, then you get to now.  
I hope it speaks to you like it does to me.


Wednesday, April 1, 2015

The simplest way to be happy

My Dad asked me tonight if I noticed 
anything different on their shelf…


At first I thought….no….and then thought to myself….
….uh what am I suppose to be looking at?

Then I saw it….

Or I think he gave me a hint when he said, 
"Do you see that sign?"

Yes! I do love this! 

Apparently my Dad saw this sign at Robin's house 
and asked if she would write it down for him. 

Instead, she gave him his own copy. 

These two live by that saying.

And not sure if you noticed or not, but there is a picture I 
especially love on the shelf underneath that sign. 
My Dad and I, with Richard. 
Living the good life back in 1956.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

I wasn't expecting this

Last night as I was coming home from running some errands, I 
thought I would swing by Fresh and Easy to pick up a few things.


Uh, not going to happen.

I walked in and saw this

I'd had no idea they were closing! 
(This shouldn't have been a shock to me, but it was.)

This nice little store never had a chance 
with this big store across the street...

and another one, Save Mart, on the opposite corner.


But that's why I liked that little store. It was never crowded. 
I often had the store all to myself. For nearly 5 years.
And they had a nice gluten free section.


But you know what I really liked about it? It was here that my 
granddaughter Elora taught me how to use the self serve check out.


We came here many times after school 
so she could try the samples while we shopped.


We liked the close up front parking for moms (and Grandmas.)

(Elora is only 8 here, and Cami is just 5 1/2. These pictures were taken 7 days before Violet was born.)

I went back to this store one last time early this morning. I started 
taking pictures but was told, "No photography in here M'am." 

That made no sense to me. So I asked the clerk if I could at least 

walk around the empty aisles one last time. He went with me. 


I told him…"but my granddaughter use to dance in this aisle…
so could I please take a picture of it?" 


He said "Sure M'am." I like the man's heart. 


No more dancing in the aisles. 

I wish Elora could have been with me this morning. 
She's 12 now!


Good bye Fresh and Easy. 
Since you took your food away, looks like I will have to go 
elsewhere to make more memories. 

It's been a nice 5 years.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

WE ARE FAMILY

We had a bit of heaven in our home yesterday.

My cousin Pat Rozier Nelson emailed and said she and her husband would be in town 
with her 92 year old mother, my Aunt Wanda. I was so excited to see her, and all of them, 
so we threw a little party in the middle of Friday afternoon.



Notice the center piece above? The table was empty in the middle and in walks Pat bringing the flowers 
and Yolanda bringing the WE ARE FAMILY sign. SO thoughtful they are!

Wonderful seeing my Dad and Aunt Wanda together again after all these years. I don't even know 
when the last time they saw each other was. Years, at least.


My kids were all either out of the country, out of state, or at work that day….except for Amy. 
So she snagged Kylie out of school and headed on over. 
(or was I not suppose to say that?)
Amy took me aside during the party and said something like, "Aunt Wanda is amazing. Really, she's 
92? Did you see how she gets out of a chair? Like no big deal!" 

And not only that, but so many of us commented on Aunt Wanda's shoes!
She was stylin.
I told Aunt Wanda, "You are SO pretty," and you know what she said to me?
"I know you were taught not to lie." 

Thanks to my cousin Ron I have this picture of Wanda from 1948!


My cousin Pat with her husband Bill and Aunt Wanda, drove all the way from Portland!


Pat with Bill, and My cousin Mike with his wife Karen.
Mike and Karen are South Dakota residents. They spend 6 months of the year in Fresno.
(or was that North Dakota?? yikes, I can't remember)


I think my cousin Ron is so cute! Always love the hat he wears.
When he saw the meal was gluten free, he asked if he could move in. :)


Yolanda (she is married to my cousin Ron) and cousin Pat.
We had some good talks on Friday. I think I could have talked for hours. 


Dad and Wanda were reminiscing about old times together. I wish I had put this on video!

The goodbyes are always the hardest part.
Thank you Pat, Wanda, and Bill for driving all this way to make this gathering possible. 


Thanks Dad for having me. I'm proud to be born into such a nice family. 
And thank you Susan for being a part of us all for the past over 7 years, and onto forever…