Category: Jana

    Escape Room

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    For Nathaniel’s Birthday we went out to Rockwell’s Ice Cream and then to an escape room! We had never done one and we had a blast. We solved it with 5 seconds to spare! Than, Erica, Kyle, Becca and us. There were 2 times that we had it figured out but just had problems actually opening the lock – otherwise we would have dominated 🙂

    Categories: Ben, Hancock, Jana

    I’m an old lady!

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    In other words, I had ANOTHER Birthday! I am grateful that I was born but Birthdays are still not my favorite. I don’t love the attention but I love being with all the people I love.

    My Kids (husband) showered me with gifts in the morning! It was a Friday so we got up early for school and presents:

    I smoked the kids in some soccer with my new indoors and then sent them off to school 🙂

    Then we opened the puzzle and got started! This year was a Disney movie collage with PLASTIC PIECES and had almost a stain glass look to it!

    The littles helped me find edge pieces. Then Erica came over around 9:30 and Abbie came a little after that. Michelle came after lunch. I loved having puzzle helpers and good conversation. I just love spending my birthday at the kitchen table with lots of fam and friends 🙂

    I continued to be spoiled throughout the day: queso, cookies, flowers, cupcake, a Nap from Tiago and PHONE CALLS from family! …


    The big kids came home from school and helped a little. Then Ben came home and made us a fajita dinner that was delicious. After dinner we went to the Hancocks to hang out and watch BYU football.

    Then LaNell and I had a soccer game at 9:55! and then we came home and finished the puzzle at 1:00am. It ended up being a pretty perfect day.

    Categories: Hancock, Jana, Nettesheim

    Oroville Party

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    Lou and Judy Rotar sold their ranch in Oroville and moved to Utah. They invited the Oroville Crew over to their new home!


    The main reason for getting together was that Keith and Susan Stutznegger were home from being Mission President in Mexico City and were in Utah for the weekend.

    It was fun to talk with old friends. These were some of the people that helped mold and shape us. People that were our youth leaders. People that watched us grow up and still love us. Friends my age and all of my siblings ages were there. And then the parents of the friends. I’m grateful for good parents and leaders and friendships. I really feel gratitude for these strong Latter Day Saints that helped raise us and continue to love and serve. Rotar, Stutznegger, Hancock, Taylor, Taylor, Crane,… Browns, Meyers, Avilas. This is a good Heritage 🙂


    and if Joel and Megan are there then it’s all good 🙂


    Categories: Jana, Robertson

    Girls Night

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    While the boys are away… the girls shopped, watched and played!

    We went shopping for back to school clothes. Cali had a stomach ache so we only went to Target. We came home and ate junk and watched Camp Rock and Camp Rock 2 and played with Kelsey and had fun. The next morning we watched some more Camp Rock and then finished shopping. These girls are getting pretty fun! But those baby bottle dip things were one of the worst purchases of my life – except the girls loved them!

    Categories: Cali, Jana, Millie, Rose


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    Tuesday afternoon conversation: Jana: I want to hike Timp sometime. LaNell: Lets go tomorrow. Jana: I can’t go tomorrow but I can go Friday. LaNell: Ill be here at 5:45am.

    And that is how it happened. I hadn’t hiked Timp since 2004. And I hadn’t hiked anything that wasn’t kid friendly since Havasupai however long ago that was. But I got up early and LaNell and Moki picked me up and I LOVED IT.

    We started hiking at 6:20. It took us 3 hours to get to the saddle (7 miles) and then another hour to get to the very top (8 miles total, 22,000 steps)!

    We ate a little lunch in the meadow by the toilet trail and made it back down to the car before 2pm. My fitbit says that it took us 7.5 hours. We went 17 miles and had taken 44,000 steps.

    The amazing parts about this hike was that I still had energy to do girls night with my girls and to function the next day! And Benji babysat all morning and into the afternoon so that I could be gone for 9 hours!

    Categories: Jana

    RSL date night

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    Date Night!

    I love these little turkeys but sometimes a night away is just what I need! I took them to the pet store while we waited for the tires to get changed on the van 🙂 They love to do stuff like this with me but I love to do those errands on my own as my free time. They weren’t the best listeners this day but we survived and I’m glad I let them come along.

    Categories: Ben, Jana

    Browns Girls

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    LaNell let me be on a basketball team with her and a few girls that she has coached over the years. We have been playing every Thursday night and it has been a blast. We lost a bunch of games but now in the tournament we have won 3 and lost 1 so we are still playing this week 🙂


    Categories: Jana

    Mother’s Day

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    I had a wonderful mother’s day. The kids (Ben) made me crepes and let me be lazy and hide out in my bedroom until 9:30! They showered me with gifts and tried to be good at church. I am a very lucky and blessed mom. In the evening we had Ben’s mom and dad and 2 sisters and families over for dinner!

    It was hard not to be selfish and self absorbed because I am surrounded by 7 amazing kids and my husband spoils me. But I did try to reach out to my mom and mother in law and grandma. They are AMAZING Moms and I aspire to be just like them.

    I thought Tiago might surprise me and go to nursery but he only lasted 10 minutes. Millie also had some great mothers day gifts including dumping the bread on the floor and spanking her booty in the aisle! MOTHERHOOD. I did have 6 of my 7 kids in the primary choir and that was lovely!

    Categories: Jana

    March 25

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    On Saturday we left all the kids home with Kelsey and we packed in a day of fun! We went to SLC and tried to go to the temple that closed early for womens conference 🙁 So we had some time to go watch KONG in 3D. After the movie and lots of popcorn we drove to Wendover. We listened to the RSL game on our drive and stopped at the Salt Flats. We checked into the Hotel and got our concert tickets and watched March Madness. We went to the Sara Evans concert that evening and then out to eat. We fit in so many of our favorite things and had a blast. I loved having uninterrupted time with Ben.


    Categories: Ben, Jana


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    I am so blessed. I have had such a good month. I just posted about my miscarriage which I am so bummed about and still have a lot of raw emotions. But ultimately I have 7 healthy children and haven’t had to deal with loss at a greater scale than early miscarriage and losing elderly grandparents so I AM BLESSED. Overall I can’t help but feel thankful for all that I have.

    My mom and Tracie have been in town from the 5th until the 17th. When they are here I get to see them and Joel and Megan and Kelsey and even Sean and Shannon and Grandma and my aunts, and cousins and … It’s just a family time when mom is here and I LOVE IT. It was a blessing to be surrounded by them and by all of my Netty family during the miscarriage.

    This last weekend Nathaniel set up a birthday trip for Erica to go to Las Vegas with a few of us friends. It was perfect timing for me to get away from the daily chores and stresses of motherhood.  I could easily see how great my life is. I had fun being carefree and middle aged and reconnecting with high school friends. I got 2 whole days of only worrying about myself!! I don’t think that has happened in the last decade. I felt blessed to be able to have that time and it was healing to get away.

    Life is good. I have so much.

    at the beginning of the month we watched general conference. Shannon and Tommi came and spent the day with us! Shannon is always fun and she loves to color as much as I do.

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    Rick and Kris went to Wisconsin for a few weeks and when they got back they brought Rose a birthday present and played with the kids! My inlaws are awesome. I got a present also and couldn’t hold off 🙂

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    Tiago brings a smile to my face daily and sometimes hourly 🙂 He loves to “play” the arcades and he thought he should use a piece of the kitchen cabinet to play hockey with! He is so happy.

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    Dagny Robertson was born October 3rd! I got to go see her and the awesome parents. Dagny is adorable and Joel and Megan are so fun. I love having them close by.

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    We had a tooth fairy visit and I got my monthly trip to the temple in early this month!

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    Tracie and her 3 kids came to play with us on the evening of wednesday the 5th! I love having Tracie here. We chat and let the kids be crazy. We play Nertz and try to get a project done or a problem solved. Cedar, Bren and Hadley are the same ages as Ray, Millie and Tiago so they all have fun. (Tracie had to chase Bren and the Mini Cooper all over while she taught him how to drive :))

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    Millie is still full of SASS. I wanted a picture for Grandma and this is what I got! Later that day after she had peed her pants I caught her out on the 4 wheeler!!

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    Look at this fun Friday night! Family Date Night. Benji babysat 🙂 And the next night we got in some family gaming!

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    Sunday we got to have Mom and Grandma and Shaelyn, Sean, Kel, Tracie and Joel!

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    Tracie doesn’t let me be too lazy. Rose learned how to ride a bike since Cedar was learning 🙂 and we went to the park a bunch.

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    PUMPKINS from our garden!!

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    And STORY TIME for FHE!

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    and we finished the evening with coloring and baseball on in the background.


    October 12 is Tracie’s birthday so we had to celebrate! Shakes and Donuts and the park! Siblings and Mother Dear.

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    Tracie’s turn to read the bedtime stories!

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    and then we let Benji babysit again so that we could go to cousin Colby’s birthday Dinner!


    On Thursday the 13th we all went to say Hi to Diane and Susan. Susan is healing from knee surgery. Diane is the best Color-er of all 🙂


    Friday was Dads and Donuts! and what an awesome Sun Rise!


    Friday morning I left on my get away with LaNell. We met Erica at the Airport and got to Vegas at 1:45. We met up with Angelee and – Katie came and picked us all up!

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    We went shopping and then ate Thai food and hung out at Katie’s house.


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    On Saturday we shopped some more and went and saw “Sully”. We ate Mediterranean food. Tons of food and tried lots of new stuff.

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    That night we went to the Boyz II Men concert at the Mirage. It was a fun concert. Lots of good laughs and fun songs to sing along with. To bad we forgot our spoons!

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    After the concert we headed out to find a Knob Hill Chill and then we called it a night.

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    Sunday morning we got up and headed home. It was such a fun trip and break from being mommy. It was short and sweet and I loved it.


    EVERYONE survived without me for those 2 days: I left Saturday instructions for Kelsey to come help Ben get all the soccer games done right 🙂 and I did come home to 3 toilet paper rolls that needed my specialties for replacing them! and LOTS of empty boxes in the pantry…

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    Millie did cut her hair minutes after getting home from church! argggh! I think she missed me the most but…

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    Sunday night we had all of my family over for Sunday dinner again! John was here too. And C-way. And Kel, Tracie, Mom and I got to finish the night and their vacation with some NERTZ.

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    Needless to say – I was exhausted on Monday morning when our house guests left and kids went to school and Ben to work. Luckily moms have the best job for days like that. We cleaned and snuggled and RESTED. And that night we made caramel apples for FHE.

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    Categories: General, Jana