Category: Rose

    Grade Up Day

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    Rose got to go to school from 9:15-1:15 and visit all of the 1st grade classrooms and teachers. She loved it! Benji got to be her and Ellie’s 6th grade buddy! He loved it. Rose loved walking home with all the neighborhood kids.

    This year they didn’t get split into their new classes and see who their new teacher might be so… we all just have to wait to find out. We are getting a new Principal and Vice Principal this next year so…

    Ray is getting excited to go to Kindergarten!

    Categories: Benji, Cali, Packer, Rose

    Field Trip and Play Dates

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    Rose had her first field trip and school bus ride! They went to the children’s museum at Thanksgiving Point and she got to be with Ellie and Cammy and Jamie.

    Ray has always been a home body. He is content with the siblings and enjoys time with each of them. This month he branched out a little and played with Allie across the street and then went and knocked on the door at Noah’s house! It took all of his nerve but he did it and he had a lot of fun. There are 4 or 5 kids his age in the neighborhood so he could have lots of fun if he decides he wants to…


    Categories: Raymond, Rose

    Rose and her Writing

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    The kindergarten teacher sent home some little books and asked the kids to use them to write and illustrate their own books. Rose was so excited for this project:

    the next day she co-wrote one with her cousin:

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    Soccer Fall 2016

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    I love this soccer family. Soccer dominates our spring and fall but we all enjoy it. We had practices Monday through Wednesdays and then games all day Saturday, literally 8am-5pm. Benji played on an older team this year with 12 and 13 year olds and still with a lot of his old team. Packer still loves playing on the same team as Luca. Cali got to play with goalies and with Mia, Anna, and Claira with Uncle Matt helping coach. Rose got to play with Ellie and Gentry this year. And Ray ended up being with our neighbors Noah and Ivy. They will stay with these same teams in the Spring. Ben loves coaching these kids and these kids love Ben as a coach!

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    Categories: Ben, Benji, Cali, Raymond, Rose

    Soccer Season is here

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    we have 5 soccer players this year!!
    Ben is coaching 4 of the teams.
    Ray is on a team with a friend.

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    So our Saturdays usually start with a 9am game and we finish at 4 or 5 pm. They are full days but we enjoy watching and coaching and seeing cousins and friends and the little ones all love the different play grounds. Ben is a great coach. All the kids love him cause he’s so positive and fun. He spends Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday nights coaching! luckily it’s only a 7 week season 🙂

    Categories: Ben, Benji, Cali, Packer, Raymond, Rose

    Rose is 6!

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    Rose had quite the birthday bash this year! She and Gentry wanted a combined Alice in Wonderland party. Ever since we went to Disneyland in May, Rose has liked Alice because that is her Disney Character.

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    On Friday she and Gentry had 4 little friends over, Ellie, Cami, Lila, and Addison, and 10 siblings! Erica and I planned a Mad Tea Party and they pinned the smile on the Chechire Cat and painted the Roses Red and played Croquet. It was a fun party. The kids all dressed up and the older ones made themselves costumes and everyone had lots of fun.

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    After that party LaNell and I grabbed some Taco Bell and then all of the Nettesheim cousins came over for party #2. This one was much more low key. We left out the previous party games and just let them play and entertain themselves. We had cake and ice cream and they watched Alice in Wonderland to end the night.

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    Rose was a very happy and very tired almost 6 year old. She woke up on Saturday morning, HER REAL BIRTHDAY, and played in a 9am soccer game. She scored 5 goals! We watched conference and went to soccer games all day and then finished by going to the Demolition Derby in Ogden that night! It was a LOOOng derby but the kids had fun and we came home around 1am exhausted.

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    Rose is loving being a big kid. She loves to go to school. She loves having friends come over. She is a great helper for me in the mornings. She is good at playing games and is competitive in sports. She is really a great peacemaker and friend.

    Categories: Rose

    My HOME crew

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    when all the kids are off at school this is what I’m still up against:


    Ray is pretty easy. He does his Upstart Computer Homework every day after we take Rose to school. Then he gets a little bit of tablet time. He is self sufficient and doesn’t demand much. My biggest problem with him is that he will play the tablet and disappear = playing way tooo much.

    Millie still runs the house. I am trying to potty train but she and I are both lazy. She loves to snuggle with me and watch shows or kids Utube crazy homemade videos. I usually snuggle with her and rest while Ray does his homework.

    Tiago is ready for a nap right after we drop Rose off. He takes a good 2-3 hour nap every afternoon. He is learning to yell and use his voice and communicates a lot with his actions. He is so much fun to chill and laugh with.

    Categories: Raymond, Rose, Tiago


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    We have been counting down to Kindergarten since the first day of summer! Rose was soo ready and soo excited to go to school. We decided to do afternoon Kindergarten since Rose is our best sleeper inner and my best morning helper.

    We took pictures before… and of course the younger siblings needed pictures also.

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    Millie is such a silly little girl. She hopped right up there and shook her bum at the camera!

    We had to get pictures with Gentry! These 2 girls were born a day apart and they are great friends. Not in the same class 🙁 but excited for recess 🙂

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    Ray will miss Rose the most. He follows her every where and they play a ton.

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    and Millie needed pictures with her “people”…

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    Here they all are: they play together a lot.


    Then it was finally time to walk to school. (after another round of pictures cause we were so early!)

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    We all walked and dropped her off.

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    Rose had no fears. She ran right up and got in line. Ellie is in her same class! but we didn’t get a picture yet.

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    We picked her up after school the first day but she informed me that we don’t need to come because she can walk with Ashlyn, Anna and Ellie!!

    Day 2: still smiling!

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    Categories: Millie, Raymond, Rose

    Rose and Dad

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    Rose got to go to a play with Ben. They went and watched Beauty and the Beast in Lehi. One of Ben’s coworkers was the Beast. Rose LOVED it.

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    She wore her Belle dress and carried around her light up rose all day. Everyone watched Beauty and the Beast and danced to the Sound track. Definitely a successful Dad Night!

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    Categories: Ben, Rose