Monday, November 26, 2007


I love going to our parents homes for the holidays. Here are some of my favorite things over Thanksgiving. Thank goodness for the fall leaves that kept the kids occupied while the rest of us played a mean game of mexican rummy. McKenna and Quinn loved hanging out in the trailor.

My green bean cassarole was a hit, well, compared to the green olives with pimentos. Mom had me make the relish treys because that's what her family did on Thanksgiving. When we were cleaning up I beleive we actually gained on the green olives, as they didnt fit back in the bottle whence they came. We were down about 6 pickles and the black olives won out a wopping 4 cans down and only three fingers full left. Amazing meal though. George (Merlin) burried the turkey in Taylor and it was so flavorful and juicy (and Im not a big turkey fan). Jason stayed up the night before cooking the pies and fell asleep, thus burning a few and continued cooking pies til about 4:00AM. Thanks, Jase - I enjoyed a peice from every pie!

Sweet Boston made the rounds, everyone wanted a snuggle from that perfect little man!

"Dan, in real life" inspired the stage for our talent show. We have had talent shows in the past, but non to this degree. EVERYONE had to do something. This was Kristal and Breea and their clogging exhibition.

Qool Quinn played his xzylaphone. With his best girl cuz watching in the background. McKenna did her rendition of different dance moves. I wish I had pictures!

Both Brennon and Dani got to fufill their dreams. Danica was a rap star and Brennon was her background singer in the background singing "Wheredja go, I miss ya so, since like its been forever since youve been gone" In the most beautiful soprano voice known to MANkind.

Bet and Jamie did a guitar/singing exhibit. Later Bet gave a an improv comeday act that was awesome. She could go somewhere with it!

Thank goodness Aunt Kristall had an extra set of pom poms or we would have seen "cheerleaders gone bolistic" from Tessa. They were adorable. Some of the other talents where: Bill: whistle without moving his mouth, Kayla: sang "the latte boy", Shayna: Clogging, Paula and I did a cheer from H.S., Tracey: named 20 tools in 10 seconds, Jase and the boys: hip/hop dancing, Grandpa: naughty cow poem and Grandma: Songs Grandpa use to sing.

Other highlights were playing sequence (Dani and Brennon brought it) and Volleyball at the church, looking at mom and dads house plans (we made a few changes like the adding of a coat closet and possibly w/d on the other side of the house, taking out a jog in a wall to save a few bucks and some other technical stuff Tracey suggested. I cant wait for them to be in this house! Thank goodness Kristal and Jason will still have room for us to stay with them in Jo City occasional, right Kristal???

Brandon (RM from Kentucky), Breea, Chad, Erica, Collin, Keifer and Austin. We were so happy the Texas Hatchs got to come for Thanksgiving. This is Karen showing us how much she loves her ward!

Mom Guttery (I call her Grandma, cuz she is exactly what a grandma should be) is asking us to go around the circle and tell what we are thankful for. Top votes went to Grandma and Grandpa and being together and having an awesome Guttery meal. Bill was also thankful for Holbrook. Karen must have been too, she spent a few hours photographing that sweet town.

The reason you dont see more food on the table is because Grandma loves bringing the food around and dishing it on your plate (rolls, gravy, drinks) She doesnt sit down, or if she does, she pops right back up to grab more food for someone. I wish I would have talken a picture of Tessa. She never lifted her arms up during meal. Grandma spoon fed her every bite and she didnt have a problem with it, in fact, she made sure she eat about every couple of hours.

After the wonderful meal - some cleaned and some went outside for recreation. This is Austin, Chad and Zach.

Brandon riding and Bill in the back throwing a football.

Danica is trading her car in for a 50!

After riding the boys went shooting and then came back and joined us on the new soft carpet and sofa and watched "Man in the Iron Mask" on the fun new TV. Its a great "snuggle with the kids" couch.

Brennon thinking about football, Dani thinking about Brennon.

I thought I would throw this in. Bill is a total Mammas Boy and his mamma has bits and peices of Bill around her house. This is in the basement bedroom. Its of Bill when he was 7

This bust of Bills head has been proudly displayed for as long as I can remember. Sweet.

Kayla had to go home early to perform in a LIGHT performance, but she did get a little cousin time with Hailey.

Bill was trying his hand at Wedding announcement photos. Whatch out Erica or your announcement will be in your own collection. (tacky wedding invites)

If there wasnt anything to fight over, these two extremely spoiled girls were best buddies.

Shayna, of course, was just happy to be at Grandmas

Bill loves going to church in Holbrook with his mom and dad. Arent they a couple of handsome men?

Here are some enjoyable tidbits of the talent show.


Amy John said...

Vonda I loved reading about your Thanksgiving day!! It sounded like so much fun!! We too discovered the game of Sequence this weekend, sounds like we need to have a game night soon.....

Holly said...

Aren't families the BESTEST?!? Your family sounds like MY family (insert really big puffy, happy heart!). I LOVE your family and your talent show brought back many memories of family talent shows I participated in. Good times!

Erica said...

I want to go back!! Cute pics, your talent show looks like it was amazing.

Ah the back-to-back picture, I knew that would come back to haunt me.

Maybe next time we should just set up a fighting ring for Tessa and Hailey. We'll give them some punching gloves and see what happens.

Hey it's Amy Shipp said...

Hey Vonda~
What a fun Thanksgiving you had with your fam! Love the talent show photos... so cute! To answer your ?: YES, I def recommend the book! And yes to your other ? too.
Have a super-fabulous day!
Love, Amy

dani said...

What an awesome weekend! I'm very glad that the "other" video is not on here...that should never be seen outside the Hatch family. Fun stuff, wish we had another week!

Koe said...

This is my favorite post EVER!!! I watched your cheer video way to many times, but I laughed every time and wished I was part of your family. Can't wait to see the Christmas post! Are you going to JC for that? Too cold for me up there although I might end up going anyway so Kristal can take Simon's one year pictures.


You've got moves!! I loved your cheer and can't wait to see it in person. Maybe at a ward talent show?:) Looks like lots of fun and lots of memories! Oh, and LOTS of food!

Shanen said...

What a nice long weekend get-a-way. Your family has some fun outings. Now it's back to the everyday world....I need to see a post for what fun things you will be doing for the next month on Tuesdays, Thursdays and All Day Sundays when our husbands are at the church. =)

Michelle Bradley said...

Your talent show looks like a scene right out of "Dan in Real Life".

Looks like you had a lot of fun!

When are we starting our weight loss competition because I have a feeling you are going to cream me!

Breea said...

Amy - Sequence is just coming back to the family after a couple of years break - and I am always up for a game night - Lets get K & J down for some fun.
E - Im up for the boxing gloves on the little girls, as long as I can watch it in the basement on Grandmas couch!
Koe - Gotta go up north for Christmas too - nothing better.
Shanen -We need to have girls night on those "without hubbies" nights!
Michelle - Did I hear the word "Cream" as in "Ice Cream"???

Kristal said...

Um, I've got to disagree with Dani..where's that rap video?! Although I too watched yours and Paula's cheer a few times. Good times! Cant' wait for next years. I haven't even gotten to my Thanksgiving pics yet. Grr!

THE PURSER'S: said...

What a great Thanksgiving. You guys are always having so much fun! The food looked amazing and I really wish I could have been there for the talent show! :)

Alisa Larson said...

Wow, I would have loved to see that talent show. I'm sure I could have some bribery material to NEVER give a talk in church! Knock on wood! Anyway, that sounds like a lot of fun. My extended family talent show gets WAY too serious. Glad you had fun!

Michelle Bradley said...

I'm going to the zoo tomorrow, want to come w/ Tessa? Call me

Call Me Starla said...

It's official... you had the most fun filled Thanksgiving ever! I'm a little jealous:) We still need to come over and hang out with you guys again while we're living up here. Every Tuesday I drive by the church where Jennifer's institute class is going on and I think I bet Vonda's in there. Oh and by the way we have two 50's so if you guys ever want to have some fun give us a call and we'll bring 'em over.

jana said...

k- I would have loved to have been a fly on the wall for sure! WE were just talking about doing talent shows for the same reason. I loved that movie. Never laughed so hard then cried so hard. Great night! Love your comments and Dani and Brennon look so good!

Vonda said...

I havent seen the movie YET. We have done talent shows a few times, but Kristal really wanted a Dan in real life TS. It was a blast.

Jamie Young said...

Now THAT'S a talent show! How fun! I may need you to teach me some of your moves for our own family talent show :) Glad you had a fun holiday, it's always better when you get to spend it with family (and in a state that actually has Thanksgiving-ish weather).


  • 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"