Category: 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!

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    March 25

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    MY DAY OFF!

    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.

       

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    BLESSED

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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.

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    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!

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    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 🙂

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

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    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.

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    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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    SO SO BLESSED!

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    loss

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    sometimes in life we deal with Loss. This is one of those times for our family. It’s not fun. It hurts. It’s sad. But we grow a little closer to God and to each other. We are more kind and learn to deal with hardship.

    I started bleeding late Friday evening. Saturday I had bleeding and a constant headache. Sunday morning (10/9/16) I had the full miscarriage. I was 10 weeks and 6 days. Upon miscarrying it appeared that it may have been an empty sac or a Blighted Ovum. That’s what I determined with my untrained eye.

    Our kids knew about the pregnancy and were excited. They had just started to tell their cousins and friends. They made announcements in their classes at school last week. They are sad. We’ve told them what is going on and that we lost the baby. The 3 oldest have been very sad. They have expressed concern and cried and tried to be helpful. They are of course asking when I will get another baby in my tummy.

    Honest answer, I don’t know that I will. My body and mind are tired.

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    The Old Lady had a birthday

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    I’m 37! I guess I feel 37, somedays. And I’ve accomplished most of the things I hoped for by this age and I do have the worst kink in my neck EVER so I must be 37 and not 27 anymore 🙂

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    I cut my finger pretty good the night before but I was able to push through and work on the puzzle anyway 🙂

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    I had a great birthday. I got to open gifts with my kids before school and then by 8am I was working on my birthday puzzle with Ray and Rose. They got bored of my puzzle and did their own but Ben surprised me by not going to work! He helped with the kids ALL day and I did my puzzle all day. It was heavenly. Erica came later that morning and stayed most of the day working on the BYU Stadium puzzle with me. Abbie brought queso enabling us to not need to stop for a lunch break 🙂 and Michelle stopped by later in the afternoon. I fielded phone calls from family throughout the day and it was perfect.

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    Benji had a soccer game at 5:30 so Erica took the kids to her house and Tiago and I got to go watch Benji and Ben do their soccer thing. We grabbed the kids and went to In and Out for dinner! By the time we got back we had just enough time to blow out some candles and get the kids in bed. I worked on my puzzle until Than and Erica came over and helped me finish. And that is how I chose to spend my day 🙂

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    just a little Brookfield WI Ward Youth Reunion ’93-’95

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    Ben and his high school friends got together for a little reunion. A few people were in town and quite a few of them actually live here in Utah now. Lots of them Ben hadn’t seen for 20 years! and most I had never met.

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    I should let him write this post cause I think he REALLY enjoyed catching up with everyone and reminiscing. It was fun to meet everyone that came. I’ll attempt to name them now:

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    Darren, Janae, Joanna, Megan, Jenna, Brock and his wife, Aaron and his wife, Clayton and his wife, Ben and I, Sean and his wife.

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    BENJI the BABYSITTER!

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    I am SOOO EXCITED! We went to the RSL game on Saturday night and BENJI! babysat for us! from 7-10:30! He got all of the kids in bed and everything was perfect. Do you know what this means!!!!

    We took Tiago to the game to make sure that it would be a good experience and it was! He did awesome babysitting and it was an awesome RSL game – they pulled off the win against the top ranked team in their division! Shannon and Kelsey were pretty fun too 🙂

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    This summer was the turning point for me. I was able to leave some or all of the kids with Benji for short amounts of time. I felt like I had so much FREEDOM 🙂 I often went to the grocery store during nap time. once I took the girls shopping. I even got my tires rotated and oil changed on time!! It’s a whole new world. But now he’s back in school 🙁

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    girls night

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    the boys left for Father and Sons and the girls partied! We couldn’t let them have all of the fun so we headed to the PG pool!

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    Then we spent an hour or two at McDonalds! Dinner, play place, Fudge Sundays…

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    And then Tiago and Millie went to bed before 8:00 and Cali, Rose, and I stayed up watching movies! Teen Beach #2 and My Girl.

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    Saturday morning we turned on My Girl 2 while we waited for the boys to get home. It was fun to hang out with my girlies. Maybe next year Tiago can be a boy 🙂

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    Ben and Jana! 13 years

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    We just celebrated 13 years of marriage! It really has been great. We let Michelle wrestle our kids all day so we could party. We spent lots of hours furniture shopping and then didn’t buy the couch. We went to Cubby’s for dinner and we watched Star Trek. It was the perfect day date even though we didn’t get to float the river 🙂

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    On Friday August 5th we went out with a group of my high school besties! and listened to our favorite 1997 BYU band!! and to Ben’s weird Aquabats. It was fun to see the band and hang with Rob and Raeanne and be in a mosh pit again. Hard to believe it was 20 years ago that we were jamming to My Man Friday every other weekend on campus. Super fun date night!

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    And the next night we got to go to the RSL game with Michelle and Udine!

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    Stadium of Tim and Fire!

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    We got to go to the Stadium of Fire this year!! Than and Erica invited us to go with them and Ben and I had so much fun. We were up close in the first 15 rows. We sang along to almost ALL of Tim McGraws songs. Super concert and Super Celebration of our country.

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