Showing posts from August, 2014

Split Pea Soup and cornbread muffins

Such a good dinner McKenna made for us a few nights ago.

I've made lots of Split Pea Soups over the years, but this one McKenna made last night was THE best. So hearty and healthy with red potatoes, onions, and carrots in it. And cheap to make.
We didn't miss the meat, at all.
Look HERE for the recipe.

And if that wasn't enough, she made some very tasty corn muffins.
Find that recipe HERE.

My Dad and Susan seemed to enjoy it, too.

How could I have left my Dad out of the picture above? 
Good I took this shot below with his great granddaughter, Scarlett. 

Her big brother Grant vetoed the soup, but Scarlett loved it so much she ate it for lunch 2 days in a row.  See how happy she looks? But I don't think it's all because of the soup.
She's pretty much in love with her parents.

McKenna's Thai Chicken Salad

McKenna insisted on planning meals soon after she arrived. I kept telling her, NO, you don't need to do
that! Nevertheless, she took our her phone and pen and paper and started planning.
So last night she made Thai Chicken Salad with help from Scarlett.
Big brother Grant had no interest in making dinner. He was kickin back with Frank Sinatra. (He loves Fly Me To the Moon just like his Daddy did at this age!)
If you think that looks wonderful, it was!
She baked the chicken breasts, cut those up. Then she mixed romaine and Chinese cabbage and then
cut up topping options of green onion, carrots, red peppers, cucumbers, and peanuts. Put together a
really good dressing and sauce….and there was dinner!

Everyone loved it except Grant and Scarlett. They were however impressed with the chunks of
watermelon and pineapple on the side. A very tasty summer meal.

If you'd like to see this wonderful recipe (that she got off Pinterest) go HERE. 
That was last night.  Next up, I'll show …

Just another quiet evening with the Heasleys

People sometimes ask us what we do when the family gets together...

The awesomeness of Aunt McKenna from Jill Shelley on Vimeo.

And to think I was worried about their beds!

We were SO excited yesterday to get picture updates as McKay and McKenna  and Grant and Scarlett flew from Portland to here! 
I was worried about their sleeping arrangements because…. I know this wasn't the best set up for a married couple, and I felt sort of bad about it,  but our guest room has 2 twins in it now, since most of our visitors these days are cousins…..

 Apparently it was no problem, because…..  Last night while McKay and McKenna were out having a midnight swim,  I peeked into their room to make sure they had all they needed for the night and this is what I saw:
But even in spite of them pushing those beds together,  the next morning they said they both slept in the same twin bed. They like each other. 
And we are LOVING having them here. 
That's it for now.

Save your best for the afternoons

I took just a little bit of this video I happened to see this week on BYU channel, to share with you.
It really struck a cord with me because I remember learning this the hard way, back in the day.

Especially with school starting up again around here next week,
I thought this was such valuable advice…

Guard your afternoons from Jill Shelley on Vimeo.

Would anyone know the answer to this question?

Nearly 3 years ago I put a video on my blog that McKenna and McKay filmed in Portland.
It showed baby Grant getting his casts changed on his tiny little club feet.
I thought it might help others out there in the world going through similar things with their baby's feet.

Well apparently it has, but I'm not sure how so many people are finding it.
It has about 500 views a day for the past several weeks. 38,682 views as I write this.

So this is my question….does anyone know a way to find out where the viewings are
coming from on a YouTube video? I'm thinking this video may be on
an orthopedic website of some kind? I'm just curious.

On another note, the McKs along with almost THREE year old Grant and ONE year old Scarlett will
be here in 2 days! This will be the first time in nearly THREE YEARS that they have come home to
Clovis! In fact, look how little Grant was last time they were here.

I also don't know why one video after another plays after the one above.
Must be so…

It's been a sad week...

Early yesterday morning a dear friend of mine crossed from this life into the next.  I know she was welcomed home as a celebrity because Wanda Barnes was, and is,  one of the most Christ centered people I've ever known.
The last time I saw her was Monday evening.  She couldn't talk and her eyes were closed but when her daughter told her I was there  she opened her eyes just a tiny bit. Her mouth quivered as she tried to talk, but couldn't.
I talked to her and I could tell she heard me.

This was one of my favorite pictures of Wanda.  She was SO excited to meet Bonnie Parkin, our general Relief Society President from Utah.  I think this was around 2007 or 2008?

Wanda was one of my counselors when I was Relief Society president a few years back.  She loved and served and loved every day of her life. We would often discuss different sisters  and situations in our ward with challenges, and her response was always the same…. "We can do this! no problem! I'll take care of…

I'm loving this series

I've been fascinated by this series on the differences in parenting 
around the world.

The way I understand it, these were all written by Americans who 
have lived in these countries long enough to have opinions and 
notice the differences between there and here.

So far they have featured 11, and still coming out with more. Press 
the links to read the lists of surprising ways of parenting in each 
culture. (I wonder what other countries find surprising about us!)

Germany…Instead of teaching kids to share, they are taught to take the toy back or fight. 
Must make for lovely adult relationships later on.

Norway….where all kids go to bed at 7pm

Japan…where kids go school year round with no summer break.

China….Diaper free culture (you read that right, unfortunately)

Congo…if you don't pay the hospital after birth they lockdown and won't let you out

England….this was the most boring one...nothing stood out to me

Abu car seat laws and babies are believed to be safest in Mom's…

Men and why I love them

The Saturday night before last, was scary to me. Dennis was in Utah for the weekend. That was fine,
but I knew I would not sleep well with Den gone so I took 1/2 a benedryl….which is equivalent to a
child's dose but it's enough for me. I was looking forward to getting up at 7am the next morning and
getting ready for church.

Just as I got into bed at 11:45, I could hear my heart take off. It was pounding hard and fast. I had this 2
months ago and ended up in an ambulance and on to the hospital. Sure I could call my own ambulance
but I didn't want to. But I didn't want to be alone either. There is just something frightening about being
alone while my heart is racing.

I went outside to see if my favorite neighbors were still awake. Nope, the lights were all out at their
house. So now what I am going to do? I have friends I could call but I didn't want to wake anyone up
for this.

I did remember to pray.

Then I had this idea of emailing both Brock and Logan who live in …

Fun to hear my famous Dad mentioned at church today

Today at church a rather new member to our ward spoke on 
making the most of our short time on earth. It was a great talk 
with several good stories, but of course this one was my 

The speaker said he knew a man in the ward he grew up in 
named Richard Rozier who was a well known runner. He said how 
one day he was talking to my brother about a marathon he ran with 
our Dad. On that particular marathon, since my Dad was running 
with one of his sons, he was going a bit slower than his usual. 

About 17 miles into the race they were actually walking, and my 
Dad says to my brother, "Do you notice anything odd about the 
lady in front of us?"

My brother responded, "Like what Dad? I can see she has a 
prosthetic leg? That she's probably about 50 lbs over weight? 
And that she's probably got 20 years on you?" 

And my Dad said, "Well I was hoping the odd thing you noticed 
is that she's ahead of us!" 

So they quit walking, and ran the rest of the 26.2 mile…

Here's one thing that has not changed in over 60 years.

Cousins Steve, Nonie, and Kathy with my brother Richard in dark overalls. 1953

This picture proves some things never change: Popsicles!  And this 
was 61 years ago! They still look exactly the same. And just like 
now, there's always one kid in the group who holds his upside 
down, which is obvious by the look on baby Richard's face.

Thank you Ron and Yolanda for this picture. Priceless. 

My cousin Steve

Sadly, we attended my cousin Steve's funeral yesterday. 
I'd been to St Anthony's Catholic church many times through the years but I had never seen it so full of 
people. It was full and overflowing. Steve had SO many people who loved him. 

I remember growing up we would often go to Aunt Leonie and Uncle Jim's house (Steve's parents) on
Sunday evenings to watch Walt Disney Wonderful World of Color,  because they had a color TV and we didn't.
My Mom had mentioned to me often through the years that she learned  much of her early mothering by watching my Dad's sisters mother their children.

Steve's first birthday with his Mom (my Dad's sister) in the background. 1949
Brothers: Steve, Mike, Ron 1952  (before younger brother Bobby was born) (Thank you for the pictures, Ron and Yolanda!)
Fast forward 62 years and here is Ron, Mike  and also my cousin Kathy yesterday outside Steve's service.

Unfortunately, funerals seem to be our family reunions.
See h…

A two in one adventure!

So here is another report of an adventure….this time Brock and 
Erin and girls, drove to Washington to share it with McKay and 
McKenna and their 2 children.

11 year old Elora wrote this all out herself. 
She writes just like she talks!

Portland Trip 2014 Day 1: July 10th: We are packing up the final things for our trip, 
food, entertainment, and lastly the children. (the most precious 
cargo) We get on the road, planning to meet my Grandma and 
Grandpa (Lynn and Dale), to pick up Violet’s glasses. But, of 
course  it would not be a family trip without SOMETHING going 
wrong. As we pull up to our meeting place, I fly up straight into 
the air. A car has hit us in the bumper. Being in the back of the 
van, I get the hardest hit. (although it was super fun to fly) My 
mom starts muttering “no, no , no, no come on!” My dad goes out 
to see the damage. The bumper is peeling off. The lady was very 
sorry, and we traded information. Daddy sets out to get some duct 
tape, while mommy contacts my grandparents…