Hanging out waiting for the school parade:
Cookies and Haunted Houses:
The Work Party – cookies, bags and tricks or treats:
Trick or treating at Grandma and Grandpa’s
We ate hot dogs and Chili at the Cragun, Frandsen, Stott party and then LaNell and I handed out candy while Ben took everyone trick or treating.The kids had offers to go with friends and cousins but they all wanted to stay together with dad 🙂
Then we went to Pete and Amanda’s to see the cousins:
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.
These kids were ready to Run!
I pushed Millie and Tiago and ran with Erica and Michelle.
Ray went with Matt and Ellie.
Rose and Ben went ahead of us.
Cali was with her friends.
Benji was up ahead.
And Packer was our fastest finisher up by himself.
This year they added chalk at the finish line. Our kids loved it. After the race we hung out and visited with friends and cousins and debated what food trucks to try. Our kids look forward to this every year.
Ellie and ray are pretty cool together!
We had Mia and Michelle over for Sunday dinner!
And Monday was brunch at mom and dads with lots of Nettys and Nate and Becky.
During the afternoon we hit the PG pool for the last time this season. A bunch of the cousins ended up going to the pool so it was a FUN day.
We visited Grandma Becker on her Birthday! we brought a crown and a cheesecake:
On Sunday August 13th we said goodbye to Carter! He’s going to serve a mission for 2 years! He left on Wednesday for the MTC. Then he will go to Lithuania! Benji spent the evening by his side soaking him in 🙂 He seems like he’s ready to go and serve.
Millie spent the night wrapping Sydney and the Webb cousins around her finger.
Benji made it home from Scout Camp on Saturday morning and played with cousins and then in the afternoon we asked him to do some chores and he just CRASHED. He couldn’t comprehend and had a melt down. Ben helped him figure it out and tried to teach him that even when we are worn out and tired we still have to choose to do what we are asked and we choose our attitude 🙂 His buddy Seth stopped by in the middle of that life lesson with a late birthday present.
And that night Benji got to babysit while we went to the game! I love being at the field and I love when it is good weather
On Sunday we had our Nettesheim Fireside and then celebrated Grandpa’s 70th Birthday!!
THESE GUYS! ready for JR. HIGH? I love that they still play and have fun and don’t have to be too cool.
Ray and Rose are so excited to start school. They both have the same size shoe right now.
Friends over at the house on a summer day: Millie made a new friend when LaNell brought Andrew over to play.
my genius child?
working on their Dr. Mario skills and getting high scores:
I am still the Wolf Den Leader:
Kelsey and I took the kids to the pond. We stopped and got XL drinks at Maverick cause they were free so… And then Brady! showed up at the pond and surprised us!
Thursday Night I went to Ben’s soccer game! He is blurry in the pic cause he was running really fast 🙂 And right after the soccer game we picked LaNell up at the mouth of the canyon and drove to Sundance to watch Jacob and the Technicolor Dreamcoat. We met the Hancocks up there and sat through a little rain. It was a fun show!
And then the kids finished THE SUMMER CHART!! They were so happy to be done!
Saturday July 29th we got back to Seattle. It was a great trip. Perfect amount of time away. We had a blast and feel blessed that we got to go and that our kids were all taken care of back home. We got off the ship and had about 6 hours until our flight. We ended up catching a ride to the mall. We watched a movie, Dunkirk, and did a little shopping. Then we headed back to the airport and flew home. We got home around 10pm and all of the kids were excited to see us!
I got the early shift Sunday morning, back to reality:
My mom took care of everything and everyone while we were gone! A bunch of my siblings were around on their family vacations so they had a busy week:
The Princess cruise Ship Murder…We had lots of texts asking if we were ok and if that was our boat:
My mom stayed a few more days to see me 🙂 and her mom and her sisters and spend Kelsey’s birthday with her… And Tracie and John came Sunday night 🙂 and John helped me prep for my new appliances!
Monday morning Tiago was playing nicely in the toy room and threw his finished wooden cupcake at the window 🙁 cracked it! But it was an accident and he loved playing with Hadley:
Ryan installed our new faucet while we were gone!
I took my kids and Tracie’s kids to the park while they did bday stuff with Kelsey. Everyone was happy until Millie got stung by a wasp 3 times!!!
Kelsey’s Birthday! I love having Kelsey live close. We have lots of fun, especially when mom and I win Nertz.