Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Highlights (and lowlights, for all you blondes) of San Diego

It all started with the jam-packed pick-up we decided to shove everyone and everything into.

Danica and Brennon got to come through the holiday!

So did Kayla!

And the Mulder family!

and 11 of Kaylas best friends. The Mesa boys!

The boys dug this awesome hole one night,

and her and Brennon enjoyed it until......

the dam broke and that was her first taste of water, as she was too afraid to go in the ocean.

Preston Noble taught her how to surf!
Then it turned into the family jacuzzi.
Breea was the queen of "dribble castles" and taught her technique to dad and Tessa.

During the course of the day the hole transformed into many thing and the boys couldn't stand to see it disappear, so the boogie board dam was invented.

to no avail. The human dam was the last resort, and proved unsuccessful.

I took a few minutes to solve the worlds problems with Slow-Moe, and found out he was a close talker too. PS thanks for leaving me out on the porch with him Bill.
This is our spot we looked at every day from the beach house. A little cabana of heaven. ahh........
Monkey had a B-day and Cannon and Tiffany Christensen invited the family over for a shin dig. Are we not the coolest parents, letting our kids eat dinner on the roof?

Well, unless one of them plummeted to their death, then...... not such cool parents. We had a great time with Tif, Cannon and their cool Bro. and Sister in law, and parents, playing "steal the pencil" and "31".

After the burial of Stephen, water was poured over his head as a sign of respect.
Loved bike rides on the boardwalk. Dad and Shayna with McKennas beautiful hair on the side.

Baby Boston was the Best!

Playing and winning cards on the porch.

Occasionally we would see the Christensen family on their daily bike ride, we couldn't do that much as we were staying in the "non-exercising" zone.

The boardwalk on Labor Day Weekend is pretty exciting. We watched these boys trying to give out free hugs, with no takers. Then they hit our spot.......

Mesa boys know how to share the love.

Lots of airplane sky writers. I want to do that when I grow up.

Im a responsible parent, my kids did their homework from the week of school they missed, even Tessa did flashcards.
There was time for R & R
Tessa was in her element

There were two days in a row when Mckenna didn't get out of the water for about 6 hours straight. Yes, we used waterproof sunblock.
I cant believe I only gained 1 lb! We had our daily rolled tacos from La Playa, The Christensens and Breea introduced us to Taco surf, lots of Pizza, we made C.R. Sweet Pork, not to mention breakfast after a temple session at the Broken Yoke, where Cannon and Bill ate biscuits and gravy, ham steak, bacon, eggs, french toast with strawberries, large milk and a large OJ. Gross!

Lots of V-ball!

On our way to the SD Zoo with the Mulders and Christensens - no more than 3 hours was the goal. (look at Tessa and Kamryn - SWEET)

We saw some crazy things there.

Polar Bear head.
He was dreaming about In-and-Out, just like the rest of us.
We'll go anywhere with the Christensens, they're 4 soon to be 5 boys equal out our boy/girl ratio. Not to mention, Tiff is a fair-weather zoo walker like me, so we were both ready to go the same time (roughly an hour into it) Bill had a different plan:(

A trip to Mission Beach would not be complete without a trip to "the closet". Danica is aching to go back - she has an aching back. haha
This has been our beach house for the last ten years, thanks Jeanie and Jerry- we love you.

This is what it will look like next year....


Michelle Bradley said...

Too much fun! You guys know how to party!

Katee said...

I'm a fair weather zoo attendee as well.....my poor kids are so zoo deprived!

Kristal Mulder said...

Ahhh, don't put fat shots of my butt on your blog! K, but on the other hand, that Zebra riding the Giraffe was the weirdest thing ever right? It was an awesome trip and you guys are the coolest parents ever. I can't wait to go through my candid pics. There are some cute ones of Tess and Kam. They were in their element. Less fighting and screaming than usual.

Thanks again! Let's get a BH for the family for next year!!!

Jennabalenna said...


dani said...

Ha ha jenna! Its SOOO bad. Now I am peeling like CRAZY! My sister said it looked like I was wearing a white swim suit under everything. haha im albino.

Mom, this is a CRAP load of pictures! What am I gonna post? No, jk these were some good times. I wish we could have stayed longer tho.

truschke said...

Hey, you changed your back ground and header...or should I say Kristal changed? I love it. Looks like the trip was fun. I'm so jealous. We can't go anywhere until Jarred is done with school. Sad.....

truschke said...

Oh, and my friend Michelle Hall just told me she is related to your family. I love that girl!

Jen said...

Looks like you had a helluva good time in CA! You've got some pretty good looking girds in your family -- try to save one or two for a little Scott boy. :-) Can't wait to celebrate our birthdays. I couldn't be happier about turning freakin' 40. Love ya!

Vonda said...

Ya, I would have been happy when I turned 40 if I would have looked like you! Joan Lunden, I mean, Helen Hunt, sorry, (that gorgeous newscaster on channel 3) I get you all confussed you look so much alike.

Couldn't Get Any Better Than This!! said...


Alona said...

I think you guys actually need to adopt me!


  • 4/12 Shayna - I said "I really want to buy that table but I dont know where I would put it" (been buying used furniture that I want to redo and its been cluttering up the garage. Shayna said in her sweet inocent voice "you can put it in the garage?"
  • 4/12 - Tessa "Mom, you know what I dont like about mornings? - the sun!"
  • 4/12 - Shayna got her braces a couple of weeks ago and her teeth are starting to go together and she said "Im gonna miss my gap" and she was seriously sad - she wont get to squirt water through her teeth.
  • 3/12 Breea again..... "Mom, I thought it was Lack toesintolerant and I was lacking the toesintolerant, until I read the label"
  • 3/12 Breea was talking about college and she said "In my siriculum (curriculum), I have to take physicology (psychology)"
  • 3/12 - Tessa said - I want to take the "long cut" (instead of the short cut)
  • 3/12 When tucking Shayna and Tessa in Shayna said "You dont have to worry, I set out all your clothes for school tomorrow" - Very Shayna
  • 11/10 When Kayla was little she should always cover her eyes when we went by a graveyard.
  • 4/10 Dont want to forget that Shayna calls the pools water fall a waderfoddle. She also called Aunt Kay, Uncle Kay??? McKenna got grandpa mixed up when she was little and called him "Bunka"
  • 3/10 For some reason, our family forgets the rules to Mexican rummy, shang hi and ALOT of card games, so last Sunday we just delt cards and everyone played whatever rule they wanted. The game lasted about 4 minutes, but we all won!
  • 2/10 I was going to work in Tessas class and she said "Mom, what if you mess up" and I told her I would try not to, but the next thing I know she is asking me if I will pray with her and ask Heavenly Father to help me not mess up. She prayed, and I didnt mess up! (all papers were copied a colated correctly)
  • 3/10 McKenna saying what she liked about Brennon on his Birthday "I like your style and your swager"
  • 12/09 Tessa went to the girls play and said "Willy wonka is hot"
  • 12/09 Kayla has a slight ring worm problem and if you try to hug her she says "OK, but your gonna get all wormy"
  • 12/09 Tessa has been adding Sophia in every prayer including the blessing and this is what she says "Please bless that Sophia will feel better in no time" and her blessing tonight was "Please bless that none of the kids singing on the truck will fall out" - Shes a great prayer
  • 12/09 Tessa said "Mom, I think Im on Santas Bad list" I said "probably not, why are you worried about it?" Tessa "I really dont like coal"
  • 02/09 I asked McKenna if she had taken a shower and she said "I took one, but it didnt work"
  • 11/08 Shayna said "I wish we could have quads like the Poulsens and Jensens, but were too unrich"
  • 10/08 I was bringing Breea home from school and she asked "Can I do my jobs tomorrow? I asked why and she said "If you were to take all the headaches in the world and put them together - thats my headache" DRAMA
  • 10/08 Tessa hands me the camera as we are walking out the door and says "You better take this in case I do something cute"
  • 9/08 Shayna was about 5 and she was giving dad a message and he said "thats a deep tissue message" she said "hold on" and left and came back with toilet paper and stuffed it down his shirt and said "I want to give you a deep tissue message"
  • 8/08 Tessa after hearing some of Kaylas guy friends talk has picked up a new saying "Girls are the devil" - nice.
  • 8/08 As I was carpooling I asked Bailee who she wanted to marry, she said Dallin. Shayna said "Well he is cute mom, no offense"
  • Kayla - She says almost on a daily basis "This will be the last time........" Whether its someone moving, leaving on a mission, the last two weeks before graduation, etc.....
  • Brennon - Whenever he does something he knows we dont like or accidently steps on a toe or runs into someone, he just puts his hand up, smiles and says "high five" You gotta love it
  • Danica - Classic saying "Asians are geneous's"
  • Tessa - 6/08 At the doctors office he was looking in her sore ear and noticed there was still a stitch left in her eyebrow and proceeded to take it out while I was holding her down. She screamed really loud, looked at the doctor and said "I am NOT loving this"
  • Shayna 4/08 She came running in the house, grabed a dress and started heading back out the door to go to Nathaniels baptism. I said "Hey, come back we have to do your hair" She said "No, I dont want to be pretty for Nathaniel" Sure enough, when Bailee and Taryn came over they had their hair perfectly curled, cutest dresses and their shoes matched their dresses (unlike Shaynas)
  • McKenna 4/08 - I had the best dream last night. Mom: What about? McKenna: Snickerdoodles.
  • McKenna and Brennon - 4/08 McKenna: I want to put light blue hightlights in my hair like Klowd 9 - Brennon: I want Lypo.
  • Breea - 4/08 (In a very dramatic manner) "My coach almost killed us today, a few of us threw up, some passed out, she wanted to kill us. I almost threw up."
  • Tessa - 4/08 Talking to Grandma said "The Easter Monster leaves me lipstick under my pillow"
  • Shayna = 4/08 Kayla called from a show but couldnt talk. She said she would call at intermission. Shayna heard me say this and said "Kaylas in her mission?"
  • McKenna - 4/08 "Mom your not fashionable, but you can grow into fashion. It just takes about a month"
  • Kayla - 4/08 Mom said "Its crazy how I have two batches of girls, the older set and the younger" Kayla - "Im glad we could be your test batch"
  • Tessa 4/08 "Brodey - Lets get this party started"
  • Shayna 3/08 I asked her what she did at the gym daycare center she said "I just cleaned things and organized them"
  • Breea 3/08 While saying a prayer at Grandma and Grandpa Hatchs, she says "Bless the Hatchs". Her grandparents were wondering if she even knew she was their granddaughter.
  • McKenna 2/08 Mom, dont buy meat or sugar, Im turning vetrenarian.
  • Tessa 2/08 Mom: Tessa, your such a good girl. Tessa: I dont say stupid or do bad sings.
  • Tessa 1/08 - She was getting chewed on by the puppy and she was half-laughing saying "Are you evil or not evil?"
  • Shayna (6 years old) - She was mesaging dads back and he said "little harder, I need a deep tissue rub" So she went into the bathroom and got a handfull of toilet paper and stuffed down his shirt (deep tissue)
  • Shayna, 11/12/07 Mom: Shayna, say your prayers and thank Heavenly Father for all your blessings. Shayna (super tired): Thats so much. Do I have to thank him for ALL of them right now?
  • Some of our favorite word to call each other when gas is passed: POOPER MCGOOPER, FARTER MCGARTER, FLUFFER MCGUFFER, CRAPPER MCGRAPPER, AND TOOTER MCGOOTER
  • Danica (2) Yepadottado
  • Tessa (3) "Mom, I luz you and you luz me - weez luverz"
  • Tessa (3) - "Youz fweekn naughty" Mom "Who taught you that?" Tess "yo mom" (Thanks older sisters)
  • Breea 3 years - We have lots of gerds in our famie.
  • Tessa 2 years - Yoooz funny!
  • Tessa would often take off her shoes at church and when we asked her why she kept taking them off she said "my feet are grumpy". I guess it was better than Shayna at that age not wearing underwear to church (many times) We finally had to start doing panty checks before church.
  • Tessa (3) thirteen, fourteen, five-teen
  • McKenna (10 in a couple of weeks) - Mom, please let me go in with you. Mom - why. Mckenna - I saw a sign that said "criminal on the loose" Mom - I promise not to go in, I'll just talk to her at the door. McKenna - Im gonna roll down my window and watch you *tears bubbling up in her eyes. Mom to friend - Is there a sign that says "criminal on the loose" in your neighborhood? Friend - No, just "crime watch" neighborhood sign.
  • Kip, Kip, Kurray!
  • Tessa said "Can you take my brain off" and I asked her why, and she said "Its really so tight" 8/9/07
  • "sorry your such a looser" *pointer finger used as a puppet - McKenna (5)
  • Grandma Guttery was showing Shayna (4) a picture of me pregnant with her and Grandma said "Thats you inside your mamas belly" and Shayna said "She ate me?"
  • I need some Wotion on my Weggs - Tessa 3
  • Guess what guys? If you put the milk back in the refrigerator it will stay cold. - Kayla 17
  • Kayla - 4/08 Mom said "Its crazy how I have two batches of girls, the older set and the younger" Kayla - "Im glad we could be your test batch"