Saturday, November 29, 2008

Some of the haps this last week

We'll start with Kayla - She had a birthday! We went to Oreganos and I bought her this adorable dress without any help - I think she was a little shocked.

The cake below came from the Bischofs and it looked amazing when they brought it, but Tessa decided to take her piece early and from what ever spot she chose.

Breea has been super tired lately because of track. She comes home and whines that shes tired, dying, hungry or she's gonna throw up. Joy. She got first place last week in long jump and has another meet today. It does help to have two of her best buds, Lauren and Dexie to whine with.

Breea also got to spend the day at the Zoo with one of her best friends since 3rd grade, Ali. Im always happy when they get time together.

Saturday was also one of my favorite friends, Becky, birthday. Ive wanted to write about her for a while and have never got a picture. She's georgous, but camera shy. She brightens my day and keeps me exersizing too. Next to her is another great friend Michelle who helps me raise my kids, takes care of me and will someday be right next door.

Shayna had a concert that was the best. We are so lucky at CTA to have the MOST amazing choir director. In my 15 years of school concerts, this one was the best!

McKenna came along and got to set with her two favorite friends, Rehgan and Maddie.

Thursday, November 27, 2008


I have too much to be grateful for

Bills job


Hair color in a bottle


The hope that Brodey will grow up some day

Lower gas prices



Good Sleep

Healthy body

Great house

Green grass


Soft ice

Good examples

Chick flicks

Pumpkin pie

Soft Brushes

Walking buddies

Canned whip cream


Dollar reading glasses

and so much more...


Im so grateful for my testimony of Jesus Christ, Heavenly Father and the Bible and Book of Mormon.

As I think of my life and all I have to be grateful for, I know my life would mean very little without knowing who I am and what Heavenly Father sees in me. Im grateful to be able to read (and for the most part, understand) the words of the scriptures. Im grateful the gospel is so simple and perfect. Im grateful for unconditional love from a Heavenly Father and a listening ear. Lastly, Im grateful for Jesus Christ for his sacrifice for me so that I can change and be better. I just need to REMEMBER (my favorite word).

Monday, November 24, 2008


Im grateful for great parents.

My parents are the best! I have a rough time thinking of anything negative when I think of my childhood. I worry my kids are gonna remember all the bad and none of the good - thats why I try to have alot of parties and chick flick time. I wish they lived closer to me and my family, but I am grateful we do try to get together alot. My mom is an example to me of how to take care of a new mother. She was great "new mom" caregiver. My dad always takes care of the honey do list when he stays at my house. So I can be guaranteed that twice a year a couple of things will get fixed around here. I appreciate that so much, even though he "rigs" it. (family, you know what I mean)

Like Ruth, I am blessed to have a righteous example for a mother in law. She is always serving and would do anything to make me and my family happy. That is where Bill gets it from, well, her and her sweet husband Willard.

I asked Brennon to call us mom and dad because I regret not calling them Mom and Dad earlier and now it just comes out "Grandma and Grandpa" when I really do feel a love for them like they are my second mom and dad. They have always made me feel like I fit right in the family, even when I am laying around on the couch and they are all doing project. I love them and am grateful to have them in my life.

Sunday, November 23, 2008


Im so grateful to live in America

I feel blessed to live in this free country with so much - probably too much. I want to never take that privilege for granted. I know its a blessing from Heavenly Father and I want to do all I can to uphold the Constitution and remember that this country is a gift from God.


Im so grateful for a house full of girls.

Tessa makes me laugh hourly. Yesterday we were in the car and the announcer said something about Punky Brewster and she looks at me with a strange look and says "Did they say Funky Rooster?" And at church Sunday one of the girls was bugging her and Tessa hit her and I said "Tessa, did you hit her?" and she said "No, I was just giving her high fives." She makes me happy.

Austin and Tessa

Kayla makes me feel happy, proud, crazy, guilty, old, and a number of other emotions. She has always been my girl that is sensitive and post high school has proven to be very eventful for her. She is going to school full time, being a part time nanny, teaching voice and guitar, trying to keep up on home chores and serving as R.S. Pres. in the singles ward. Thats a free ticket on the emotional train and sometimes I hop on too. Im so proud of her and her choices.

Breea, what can I say, Its all about her. Yep, Breea is a Freshman and that comes with drama and attitude. But for the most part - shes a joy that makes me laugh. Shes a giggler that is very contagious. Shes learning new talents and making good choices - what more can a mom ask for?

McKenna makes our house energized. Shes our crazy dancer, actress and comedian. Shes really turning into a young lady and has made big changes this year. I cant wait until she realized how talented she is, and really gets into something she loves. I love hanging out with her and just chillin, she's my little friend and we hope to see her grow a few inches this year:-)

Danica and Brennon live so close that we are lucky to have them stop by every couple of days. Danica is fun to watch being a married lady, she's amazing. She does that whole cook, clean and grocery shop thing, great. Shes as busy as Kayla and I love that they are best friends - it gives me hope for the rest of my girls.

Shayna used to be known as my cleaner, but eight has changed her. She does enjoy organizing, but has now realized playing is alot more fun than cleaning. She has a soft heart and really works at getting along and playing with her sisters. I can learn alot about humility being around her.


Im so grateful for my ward.

I really feel I live in the best area anywhere, with the best people ever. I think I would get validation on this from anyone in the area. My ward and the people that dont belong to our church in this neighborhood are amazing. They are young and ambitious, and very motivated to raise good families and be good neighbors. I seriously feel I could write about everyone in our ward (I probably couldnt remember every name), and tell things that would inspire and motivate the WORLD to be better. I live in a very happy sheltered area, where I feel loved and excited to do and be better because of the people I come in contact with daily. I can only pray that my children will live some where like this (maybe right next door???)

Friday, November 21, 2008


Im grateful for our new ward building we will get to meet in this Sunday.

The artwork is amazing (thanks Michelle C), Hunter (6) said "The doors are wonderful", its only 1/2 mile from my house and best of all, I can take Bill food and drop by whenever I want:-)

Thursday, November 20, 2008


Im grateful for a Prophet on the earth for me.

With all that is happening around the world, in our country, state and cities its reassuring that we have someone that I can rely on to hear the things that will help me have courage. I know President Monson receives guidance for me and my family. Its crazy to think that if the world only knew this, our world would be so much different. I feel for those that have heard the Prophets words, but didnt obey. I know Im guilty of this in my own life and plan to try harder to "obey with exactness".

Wednesday, November 19, 2008


Im most grateful for SISTERS.

I have 4 amazing sisters. Kristal, who I appreciate for her creativity, ambition and adding a little youth to the group. Tamee, for all she has ever done to help me raise my girls for about 10 years, she is also my twin in alot of ways. Randa amazes me with her busy schedule and always being able to serve friends and in the church 100 percent. Paula, for her sense of humor through all the trials she has had to go through - she's the perfect oldest sibling - smart, responsible and caring. My sisters have so many more qualities that I hope to highlight on their birthdays next year. I am grateful for all they have added to my life. They are one of my biggest blessings and Im grateful for them daily.

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My sister sent me this great link to the cutest little girl dresses - check it out.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008


I am thankful for great friends.

They are lifesaver for a girl like me. Im grateful for those that hear me out, ask for advise and share their knowledge. Im grateful for the examples of Christlike living (humble, patient, compassionate, etc...) Im grateful for silliness and fun seekers, for random chit chats. Those who have cleaned my house, watched my kids, helped with carpool, invited me to lunch or anything, let me borrow, prayed for me, called to visit and just included me. Those thing mean so much to me. Im grateful for those that are going through "hard" things - you inspire me. I LOVE my friends.

Monday, November 17, 2008


Im most grateful for an amazing husband.

Every day I feel blessed and wonder HOW I was chosen to get this man to spend eternity with. He's pretty much perfect in my book. Im grateful he has always been such a hard worker in whatever he does. Im grateful for his example of kindness, service, optimism, hard work, following the gospel and so many other things. Im grateful he puts our family first. Im grateful he lets us be girls and rule the house with crazy girl stuff. Im grateful hes a mamas boy and loves our parents so much. Im grateful he loves EVERY person in our ward and wants whats best for them. He's such a blast to be with and I really am grateful daily for having him as my better half.

Sunday, November 16, 2008


I grateful for Sundays and all it brings.

Laying in bed until "I" want to get up. The sound of my girls behind close doors, not remembering their age and playing with each other like they were still all 4 years old. For snuggling with everyone on my bed and watching a good video. Casual lunch eating, where no meal is prepared, just whatever is left over, because the big meal is after church. Listening to one or all of my girls preparing or just singing a song for church or a program. Warm chocolate chip cookies. Not really "cleaning" the house - just trying to get by with whatever it looks like. Late church. Great teacher that help build my family's testimonies. Seeing ward members that make me feel like family. Hearing truth. Finding out what the kids have learned or taught at church. Having Bill home for dinner and watching him sit afterward to rest, fall asleep and eventually I get him to bed.

Friday, November 14, 2008

WARNING: The contents could be weird for you, if he's your bishop.

Exhibit A: Grandpa Hatch bootie (or lack thereof) vs Bill Guttery bootie

Growing up, Bill's friends (the Shumway girls, or as her referes to them, the Shumbutts) would always call him "Gutt-butt". I believe this is from a genetic feature passed down from generation to generation. His Sisters, Kay and Carol both acquired this feature and now this gene has come through to his daughter. Kayla - your BOOTYLICIOUS!!!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Email I want to share - Feel free to write the Governor

> Dear Friends,>>

Please act immediately to defend the pro-family victory won> in California last week when the people of California passed> a constitutional amendment (Proposition 8) by a 52%-48%> margin to protect marriage as the union of a man and a> woman.>>

Since Election Day, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) has made> statements supporting demonstrations against Proposition 8,> and urging California 's Supreme Court to block the> amendment's enforcement.>>

Since Prop 8's passage there have been numerous, large,> threatening demonstrations by those opposing traditional> marriage. According to the Los Angeles Times,> organizers planned to "have protesters congregate at or> march to Catholic churches and Mormon sites." In fact,> more than one thousand protesters targeted the Temple of the> Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in> Westwood. Anti-Prop 8 events planned across the> country have targeted Mormon churches in places as far away> from California as Kensington, Maryland.>>

The Governor's post-election behavior has been completely> inappropriate for the State's highest official. He has> acted contrary to the rule of law and has helped foment an> environment of lawlessness (one protest produced 15> arrests), intimidation, and racism. Condoning street> protests and supporting judicial activist scams to overturn> a popularly approved state constitutional amendment> approaches advocacy of anarchy.

Governor> Schwarzenegger is playing a dangerous game, and it needs to> stop. Now.>> Please express the following concerns when you contact> Governor Schwarzenegger directly:>>
Remind him that he is required to fulfill his oath of office> which demands that he "support and defend" and "bear true> faith and allegiance" to the California Constitution - which> now defines marriage traditionally.>> Suggest that he publicly accept the results of the ballot> initiative as the will of the people even as he reminds> Proposition 8 opponents that they can seek another outcome> in the future by electoral means.>>

Tell the governor to publicly recant any suggestion that the> California courts manipulate the law to reach his desired> political outcome.>> Finally, let Gov. Schwarzenegger know that he must> condemn the recent assault on the First Amendment rights of> California 's churchgoers - most notably Mormons, Catholics,> and evangelicals - and use his law enforcement powers to> protect parishioners and church facilities from> trespassing, disruption, and violence.">>

Follow the link below to contact Gov. Schwarzenegger:>>>
Sincerely,>> Tony Perkins,> President> ------------------

A mom loves this email

This is to inform you that Breea was randomly selected to be drug testedtoday at Basha High School. If you have any questions about the drugtesting program please feel free to contact me via return email or byphone at 480-812-7616.Sincerely,Regina WainwrightRandom Student Drug Testing Program

Wednesday, November 12, 2008


Dustin is doing a toy drive for his Eagle Project. He has a list of 160 children that are in need of toys for Christmas. All toys must be received by December 15. If you can help in any way: spreading the word, helping collect toys, or donating, it would be IMMENSELY appreciated.
We are so proud of Dustin!!

April Cole

Bills gonna be on TV today!

He and the Goodyear blimp will be on channel 3 at 4:30.

Baked 8 loafs of "Tessas Home Week" (whole wheat) bread with old yeast.

Note to self:

Sunday, November 9, 2008

The BEST part of TIME OUT was having some of my favorite people with me all day!

Almost all my sisters (we, of course, missed you Tamee) and my Mom. I would have told you "I love you", mom, if I would have got to talk to you.

Danica and her Mother-in-law and Sister-in-law

Aunt Jan was there too.


I was lucky enough to have my good friends Candace and Brenda and their daughters that sat by us and even brought us lunch - Brenda-savetheworld - S.

My sisters, mom, daughter and Aunt Jan -

Holly, Michelle and Debbie should have been in it too:-(

Kristal is always the photographer - so I followed her around and this is what I came up with.

This was one of the speakers -

He was surprised at how much Kristal admired

Kristal stalking Hillary Weeks.

Reconnecting with her idol. Hillary was just as excited to see Kristal.

Then Hillary asked if she could have a picture with Kristal

Kristal said "This is the Dude from Jerico Road!"

She went in for the head kiss.

Kristal was under the belief that he had a crush on her. hm.

Afterwards we were off to get the "Christmas toes" painted and...

ended the night with Cheesecake Factory.
Some of my thoughts at TIME OUT: Kayla should be with me (she had to help run Youth Conference) She would be uplifted and maybe encouraged in the direction of writing more spiritual music.
McKenna: Give her more respect, time, touch and tuck her in.
Kayla: Be patient with yourself and give yourself a break
Call Bernice and Deanne
I can do hard things
Tessa told me earlier in the week that I needed to be more "serious" - she said I am too funny and silly. Then I heard this quote which made me feel better "He who smiles when no one is around is truly happy"



Sunday, November 2, 2008

GOING PRIVATE on Sunday:-)

I've been saying Id eventually go private for some time now, and since my sister is finally doing it, I thought this would be a great time. If you want to read about the very exciting at the Mulders or the very mundane at the Gutterys just leave your email and I will add you and erase them as soon as I can. No big reason for me - nothing creepy has happened, just thought it would be a good idea.


  • 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"