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My Dad's Song

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My Dad has been singing this for years. 
He changes the words to fit any family occasion....
weddings, birthdays, and this one is his Christmas version.

I'm not sure, but I think the title is, "It's not very long, see ya."

Let me Introduce you to my family!

This is not one of my shorter videos. I wanted to do something different this time and introduce 
every person who attend our annual family Christmas Eve party. So that took lots of minutes.

If you have lived in our area for any length of time you most likely will know some of these people.

And as a side note, I don't want to confuse anyone by the first song you'll hear.
It just happened to be on our car radio at the time.

Okay, keep an open mind. I made lots of mistakes....
and how did I forget Ty Kennington and Wendy!!
So thankful to be part of a large extended family who are not easily offended.


Rozier Christmas Eve 2015 from Jill Shelley on Vimeo.

Another baby coming soon....

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Merry Christmas!!

Isn't this a glorious week! Tonight is our annual Rozier party and with any luck, and semi cooperation
from my extended family, I'm hoping to come home with a video introducing all 51 who are there!

Meanwhile, I just have to share the video below of Karen singing to Tyler last week.
I hope someone is on here today to see it!

Just when I needed it!

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I was one wiped out Grandma Honey last night. We have had SO much fun with the
twins the past 4 days their parents have been out of town.....but last night I was longing for
a major night's sleep and it was only 7pm! Right about then my sister Heidi happened to stop over for a visit. I asked if she would
mind reading the twins a bedtime story. Not only did she jump right up and happily do
that, but she listened to them read, got excited about all their little things...like their advent
calendars, and the gift their school teacher gave them…she oood and awwd about the
comfy soft bed they sleep in at our house, and helped them brush their teeth.  At one point as I was sitting on the couch totally relaxing, Heidi came in and asked
where I keep my small ziploc bags. I didn’t even ask what she wanted them for, nor did I
care “They’re in the 3rd drawer under the cutting board.” Then after she got them all
tucked into bed, she even offered to help with prayers but I heard one of them say,

We said no thank you

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So tonight when the waitress placed the chips and salsa in the middle of our table
it was meant for all 4 of us.

Den and I soon decided against it.

I didn't have the heart to inform our guests about double dipping.

The cage is empty, but it's all good.

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Last night Den and I watched an old episode Andy Griffith. It was 1964.

Opie was taking care of some baby birds who had no mother. He kept them in a cage and fed 
them worms and bugs, but then the day finally came when Andy had to convince Opie it was time 
to let them go. 

Opie was so worried his little birds wouldn't be able to fly on their own. He fretted but finally let 
them fly off one by one. Afterwards Opie was sad and said to Andy, "The cage looks awful 
empty don't it Pa?"

Andy's response: "But don't the trees seem nice and full!"

That was exactly what I needed to watch yesterday on Tyler's 30th birthday!

Here's that part of the show I'm talking about. 
Forget the first part (I don't like it so don't watch it) just go to about 4:00.

Some people still have it!

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Take Susan for example.

Some really like to go to tea parties in style. Wings included.

She didn't know pictures were taken until her daughter sent them!

And while I have your attention.... Look at my Dad's curls.

My Dad's still got it too.

Look how handsome he is. 

The Jared Box Project

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While at church a few nights ago I overheard a few ladies discussing the website Justserve.org So I went home and looked it up.
I scrolled through many service opportunities until I came to the Jared Box. I immediately thought...hey, this is something I can do with the grandchildren!

So today after talking to Elora and Violet about the many children suffering in hospitals. I gave them each a plastic shoe box and we headed for Dollar World.
I told them to fill their boxes with items they would like to have ....and then we would mark the boxes: Girl age 4, and Girl age 13.
The girls seemed to quite enjoy putting things in their boxes for  their new friend "they will help, but never see."
I would often hear Violet say things like, "My new friend would like this." Or, "No, she doesn't want that!"


Too bad some items were just too big to fit in the box.
It was such a happy adventure!


Violet however, wasn't much interested in the decorating so Elora obl…

Her great granddaughter Winnie is a fan

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My Mom's enchiladas live on...

in her great granddaughter Winnie.....because...



 according to her mom Lindsay, she loves them.

Winnie ate them on Great Grandma's 86th birthday this week. I hope it becomes a tradition. I know someday Lindsay will tell Winnie all about her Great Grandma Gaynor.

Thinking back, I'm amazed how many people have asked for my Mom's simple enchilada recipe. 
A few years ago her friend Elaine (and Ernie) Weeks emailed me for it. They were very close friends to my parents in the 1950-1960s. (Is not that the sweetest picture?) But Elaine remembered those enchiladas from probably 45 years prior.


And each time Terri, (below) had a baby she requested Mom make enchiladas for her.
Not sure why my Dad is lying down for the picture.


By the way....A good friend commented to me through email that I should try softening up the  tortillas in the microwave, instead to dipping them in the warm sauce on the stove.
Perhaps that would be easier. I wonder how most pe…

Mom's Enchiladas

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What could be more appropriate for dinner on my Mom's birthday than the enchiladas she use to
make for all her children and grandchildren?

She'd often drive house to house to her local married children, and deliver pans of enchiladas.
She would bring me a pan or 2 like this....and slip them into our fridge.  Usually on a Saturday night, so we could just bake them for Sunday dinner. 
The ingredients. corn tortillas, enchilada sauce, browned salted hamburger, cheese, green onions, and olives. (Mom would use real cheddar cheese, unlike my cheeseless cheese here.)

Put a little of the sauce in a pan and warm. Put a tortilla in just until soft (few seconds) Then put some meat, green onions, and cheese. And then roll up.
Do them individually until you have your pan full.
Dennis does not like olives but in honor of my Mom I had to put them on today.
Put a little more sauce over all and throw some more cheese and onions if you like.  (I only made 6, but that 28 oz can above makes about…

Reflecting on last Sunday

I'm still thinking about last Sunday....
A talk was given in our Sacrament meeting that is still on my mind.
(this is the first meeting where we all meet together with our families)

John, the speaker, quoted Elder Joseph Wirthlin when he said:
 "I have learned that the 3 most loving words are “I love you,”
and the 4 most caring words for those we love are “We can’t afford it.”

Then John went on to explain that growing up he thought his family was very 
poor. His Mom mixed powdered milk with regular milk to make it last longer. She 
also had many tricks she used to make old things seem like new ones. She made 
so many tuna casseroles while he was growing up that he says he gets nauseous 
now just thinking about it. 

As John grew older he realized they were not poor since his dad was a judge and 
his Mom a full time school teacher. But his family was able to save so much 
money through sacrificing that his parents were able to help many people. He 
remembers how his parents were able to pay …

We have a name!

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And I LOVE it!

Annie Katherine

They called her Sophie for a day, 
but then realized her name was Annie.

She was named after McKenna's two sisters.

Katherine (Katie) is to the left, and Annie is on the right.

Perfect.   


McKenna, McKay, Grant, Scarlett, and Annie

A family of FIVE.
And now the fun begins.




I can't help myself

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This is what a Grandma does when she can't be there in person, yet.

If I should be so lucky to get more pictures today I will just add them here. :)




Scarlett looks SO happy to be back with Mommy and with a baby to love.

Who do you think she looks like?



She's here!!

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McKenna was given her spinal about 8:14 tonight,   but then the doctor had to leave to deliver another baby.
What suspense I felt....right during our RS meeting at church.  Thankfully the Dr. returned and let this little girl out at 8:39 pm.

7 lbs, 11 oz 20.5 inches

This little beauty doesn't have a name yet  but I'm sure the McKs will come up with something beautiful.  (the one above was taken at 4:30am...LOVE how Dads get to stay all night)
Congratulations McKenna, McKay, Grant, and Scarlett!!

We are having a baby tonight!

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McKenna was due to have a c-section on my Mom's birthday, December 8th,
but the baby has decided to COME TONIGHT instead!
The McKs are at the hospital now.


The first picture was taken while they were trying to decide if they could stop her contractions.

Then she called to let me know the decision has been made. 
She will have her surgery tonight!  I will post more later tonight. Meanwhile I will pace the floor.

This is how she wanted to celebrate!

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Some eat cake and ice cream on their birthdays.

But this is how our Susan (my Dad's wife) 
chose to celebrate her 77th birthday!

The video is a bit blurry but you get the idea.....


Why I will decorate our tree this week

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I've been sick through most of the month of November.
Nothing really bad, and nothing that put me in bed much.
Just a lingering allergy/cold/virus(?) coughing thing.

But it's made me tired, and I was thinking maybe this year we wouldn't put up the tree.

But after seeing this video this morning, our tree is going up.
I want to celebrate Christmas to the fullest.

So excited to get this video today!

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Excited....because....at the very end of this little clip I get to see my 2 unborn granddaughters.

McKenna will give birth on Dec 8th....in just 11 days!
And Karen is due on January 26th. Little girls who get to grow up together.

At the very beginning is McKenna's brother Jared, with his wife Heather. Jared fried the turkey this
year! I've never ever tasted a fried turkey.

It's hard being 765 miles away from them!

Pumpkin Pie baked in your freezer

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This is the pie to make if you have 6 year old twins.
Since they can make it pretty much by themselves.. 
First you take 1/2 box of Ginger Snaps... 
and crush them.
whatever it takes
Then have your Grandma Honey melt 6 1/2 T of butter
and pour into the crushed cookies. 

Sit back and let your twin sister do the stirring.
Then pour into a pie pan.

If the back of the spoon does not work well...

Climb onto the counter and use body strength.

At this point, put in freezer till firm (about 1 hour or less)

Even if you are suspicious of Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream, let it soften a little and then... 


Get to work filling the pie pan with it.


Soon it will look like a pie and you will be proud.

Give the ice cream a taste.
One slight problem however. We won't know how this tastes until Thursday.


If you would like to see the original recipe go here.