Sunday, September 16, 2007


It should retire, and let a new, improved camera start working for me, hint hint

No, Kayla isn't praying, but about midnight I tried to get her to go to bed and this is what she looked like. She wouldn't wake up, so I asked her if I could set her alarm, she mumbled crazy stuff and then I shook her some more and asked her what time I should set her alarm for. She said something like "3 times, 3 times". I shook her and said "Kayla, you have to wake up on time, should I set your alarm for 5:00?" She said "5'zzz". I said "OK, 5:00" Then she, with her eyes still closed said super loud "50, 30. 50, 30" I hope she meant 5:30?

This morning I got joy from this shot. Hard working Tessa, scrubbing down the old BBQ and the stucco on the columns. Notice the soggy rag in her hand below.

I sold fruit, went grocery shopping and put together a small "turning 40" emergency kit for Jen, and we were only 30 minutes late for dinner. Jen and Trish have the same b-day so the crowns for them, the black dunce hats for the rest of the gang.
Then Trish had a family party :-(
I showed my friends my selfish bishops wife issues and we were off to Jesterz, its becoming a regular spot. We tried to get a normal picture, but April has a "squinting" problem, so we tried to work with her on the first picture.

I think she is an adorable squinter.
This was one of our fav. skits were Thor was Hungry, Hungry Hippo. Good times, good times.....
Then after the show we went to a scary hospital in the middle of Phoenix to see Cody (a deacon in our ward) who was in a scout zip-line accident earlier in the day. He's gonna be fine, but there was a 7 year old boy next to him that was run over that day - so sad, but he's gonna be fine too. Roller Coaster day.

I love documenting the day with a camera, I recommend it to anyone.


Jennabalenna said...

oh vonda you are too silly! everyone knows that you cant fully get anything out of the REAL story by just watching the movies!!! like harry potter..... you should read the books and get involved! its so fun. theres nothing wrong with fun!!!!! haha

j2nielsen said...

Don't worry Vonda. I always check your blog too. I am ralted to Brennon through his brother Evan. His brother is married to my sister-in-law. We see Danica and Brennon at their house for dinner sometimes. My kids love your daughter. She is so sweet to them.

dani said...

Aw your so nice Julie! Your kids are adorable.

The Kayla story made me laugh SO hard. I think she gets that crazy sleep talking from dad. I can remember many times coming home at night and accidentaly waking him up and him saying, "whats the matter?! whats going on?!" freaking out and such. Haha. Oh, and tessa's crack picture...priceless. Love it. See you guys later today!

Evan and Cara Fish said...

I want the picture of Tessa cleaning as my wallpaper on the computer.

Amy John said...

Vonda, you are seriously so pretty. That was all I could think about when I looked at those pics of you guys out with your friends!


Oh, my. Is Cody okay? Did he do something to his neck? That's scary.
I love the party hats. You look like you are always having such a blast. Your kids will remember that. I made the "Cafe Rio" supposed recipe for sweet pork. I'm wondering if its the same as yours???

Vonda said...

Did your CR pork taste right? The one I have is brown sugar, salsa and coke and let it simmer, and it tastes just like it. We need to plan our Cafe Rio Potluck.
Cody is fine, but they did run a bunch of tests on him.

kelemieux said...

Vonda is having a birthday next Thursday, the 27th. We're having lunch at Cafe Rio at noon to Celebrate. Tell all of her closest friends!! I think 459 people will fit in that little private room, don't you???

Vonda said...


And I like how your using my blog to annouce my lunch, why dont we make it a surprise lunch, I'll never know.


That's the same recipie that I tried. I don't know if it tastes the same as C.R., but it was good! Do you ever try the tortillas from Costco (the uncooked ones)? Yummy! I'm crossing my fingers for you that you get that new camera! You deserve it.


  • 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"