Last Thursday I went to Payson Lakes! I dropped the big kids off at their cousins, then Rose and I jumped in the car with LaNell and the kayaks! We had a nice drive up there and we checked out the campground for next week when my family comes and then we paddled around the lake in the kayaks. Rose was a trooper the whole time. The afternoon out with Lan was a good idea and tons of fun.
On Monday I took the kids to 7 peaks again! We hadn’t been all month so it was time. We only did 3 things — Lazy River, Wave Pool, and the 2 medium slides by the lazy river. Benji and Packer just realized how fun the slides can be. They went on those ones at least 20 times each and Cali and I went a few times while the boys watched Rose at the bottom.
On Tuesday morning I have Cub Scouts and then we came home and waited for the Garage Door man to come fix our broken spring. That evening we just took it easy and MY BROTHER SEAN GOT HOME FROM HIS MISSION!! I haven’t seen him yet. The entire family is coming out here on Monday so I am waiting for him to come to us. I have talked to him though. He seemed really good and reminded me how hard it is to adjust back after giving of all your time and energy for 2 years. It is hard to think about yourself, everything you do seems pointless or selfish. He has definitely grown, his theme seems to be Exact Obedience… I am excited to see him next week.
Wednesday was play group at my house! Some of he neighbors came over and swam and played for a couple of hours. Wednesday was also when I got Snyder Dry Wall to come work on the laundry room! They put up all of the sheet rock that day and now they are finishing the mud, tape and texture.
and that brings me to today… we took a quick trip to the pond this morning. My kids don’t get in past their knees but they like digging in the sand and Rose was determined to eat it.
I wrote this all last night and got tooo tired to post so now it’s Friday but I’m not going back to change the wording 🙂 Happy Weekend!
We spent a Friday evening at Matt and Jamie’s sitting around the fire pit and making smore’s and laying in the hammock with cousins.
Ryan had a few days off this week and he finished framing, installed plumbing and hooked up the electrical for our bathroom/laundry room!! I’d like to say that I helped alot but mostly I just ran to Ace or Home Depot and got things we neeed when Ryan needed them. Anyone want to come do the sheet rock? that’s the next step.
On Friday Ben had the day off so we went up to the park with Ryan and Tara and their kids. We set up a slip n slide and brought a picnic lunch and had a blast. Here is the proof…
I took some fun video but I’m still not video savvy on my blog so you’ll have to take my word for how much fun it was and just imagine Ryan and Ben and I flying down and doing amazing tricks 🙂
Friday evening Ben and I watched the last Harry Potter and ate at The Harvest at Thanksgiving Point. He actually received an award at work and part of the award was the day off of work and an evening out all expenses paid! So we enjoyed an evening with no kids and the next morning we took the motorcycle up the American Fork Canyon for a scenic ride. It was fun but we will need to upgrade the motorcycle before I go any further than that 🙂
Saturday evening we went out for Udine’s birthday. We had sandwiches at the Thanksgiving Point Cafe before watching Captain America (I know, 2 movies in 2 nights – both at the Â theater with NO kids! Can’t remember ever doing that – We were spoiled this weekend and it was awesome.) As tradition goes we grabbed shakes at JCW’s and then we came home and met up with cousins at Udine’s house for fireworks to celebrate the 24th!! Now it is Sunday… calm and relaxing. We are enjoying our down time.Â Summer is flying by – I really wouldn’t mind if it slowed down a little…
Remember that… breakfast that I blogged about last week? that one where my brother was making it and I was excited – well he made it and…
luckily this picture is just of the biscuits that were an after thought to the yummy spanish potato omelette that I had already filled up on. He wanted me to try the omelette that the ladies used to make for him on the mission and it was yummy and filling. Then we started a game and left the biscuits in just a little too long.
Remember that… day we went to the Mona rope swing? oh yeah that was just this past Monday and it was a lot of fun. I had my 4 kids and Ryan had his 4 kids and Brady brought 2 friends. We grabbed some snacks and played at the rope for a few hours. It wasn’t kid friendly for swimming but they loved climbing the trees.
Remember that… unfinished Laundry room in my house? well Ryan jumped in and started framing it this week! I am excited to get it all finished down there.
Remember that… day back in February when I opened that Jewelry box and found a coupon for a soccer team inside?! that was awesome and we just finished that soccer team/league and we LOVED it! We dominated during regular play and lost one game in the tournament so LaNell talked them into giving us the champion shirts! I’m sad it is over but I am still on a women’s team so I won’t complain.
Remember that… Brother I have that is on a mission? He comes home in 11 days! I can’t believe how fast that 2 years went. Sean and all of my siblings, parents and most of their families are coming out here in August – I AM EXCITED.
Remember that… week that my Brother Ryan and his kids were at my house and I volunteered to help Michelle and Udine with their kids? that was this week and it has been crazy. We have played with cousins non stop, had more cousins over, gone to movie day at the other cousins and just been non stop going. I am tired. But we fit in dinner out at red Robin last night, my brother Josh slept over on Tuesday night, and we played lots of Dominion and games to keep us all sane 🙂 and now Ryan’s kids are off to St. George and Udine picks his kids up in the next hour or two and all will be too quiet and Benji will beg for cousins! 🙂
I thought I was going to have a BORING week here at the house while Ben was at Scout Camp. I tried to make plans to go to California or St. George or wherever… if Ben is gone then I should be gone too, right? Anyway, none of those plans seemed to be working out so Ben left on Monday morning and the kids I had a busy 4th of July. We had some errands in the morning and then we played with cousins and stayed up late watching the city fireworks.
Monday night my brother Ryan and his 4 kids showed up for some fun. The kids woke up Tuesday morning to their cousins here and started playing and they haven’t stopped 🙂
On Tuesday Night my friends from Oroville came to visit! Brittney, Jason and their 5 kids crashed at our place on Tuesday night and Wednesday night so we had 13 little ones running around having fun and staying up way too late.
So Friday is here. Ben comes home tomorrow from Camp Newfork in WY. Ryan is about to make us a real breakfast. The week has definitely been BUSY. I’m glad I stayed home.
I went to the Stadium of Fire! I went when I was a teenager, I’m thinking summer of 94 and I loved IT! I remember thinking it was the coolest thing I had ever seen so, Ben and I got tickets this year! and it DID NOT DISAPPOINT – we LOVED It. It helps that we are already big Brad Paisley fans but the show was just really neat. I loved the patriotism that you felt there and all of the good songs that were sung. I would definitely go again. LaNell and Caleb were great company. I picked the perfect in the shade, straight on view, Cheap seats. It was Awesome.
It was a great night. So glad we dropped the kids off at their cousins, Rose included 🙂 It makes this overcast 4th of July with Ben gone seem bearable. Ben is at scout camp all week. I think I’ll try and brave the late night fireworks with the 4 little munchkins and be grateful for this country and the freedoms I enjoy.
Friday Night Party! all of the Nettesheim Utah Cousins were able to make it to the party, so 17 of them plus our 4. It was a lot of kids and they had fun as always.
I let the kids choose what kind of cake they want every year and then I do my best to make it for them. Benji decided on a Despicable Me Minion so I went for it. I didn’t have frosting and wanted to get it started so I made my own frosting which I have done just not in a long time and I have a few good recipes for frosting but I was being lazy and grabbed the first “frosting” recipe I came to on Google search and then my 1 bag of powdered sugar didn’t go very far and… long story short – the frosting is runny which made detail hard BUT it looks like a Minion so I’m calling it a success! Maybe I should have made a special blog post just for the cake story 🙂 We had a treasure hunt – it was a picture hunt of randome places/things throughout our house and yard and the kids had to find the spot and find the next picture there until they came to the treasure = Punching Balloons, Tatoos, and PushUp Popscicles. Needless to say the hour post treasure finding was a bit chaotic with 20 ballons being pounded.
Next we opened presents, had cake and ice cream and it’s tradition to watch a movie at cousins night so we ended the night with a showing of Garfield? and Benji watched it again the next morning so it was a hit.
The party was fun. Ben’s old Purdue roommate – Bob – stopped in to say hi for part of the night so that was even more fun. Ben and I have been parents for 6 years now, kind of cool 🙂 We love it. One more picture of the little girly’s at the party…
Rose has had a fever off and on since Wednesday night. She has been a sleepy head trying to beat whatever it is that she’s got. She’s been sleeping most of the day and grumpy when she is awake so I hope she gets over it soon – like today would be good. Maybe this nap she’s taking right now will be the turning point 🙂
We are ready to have our HAPPY BABY back anytime now…
Benji turned 6 on Wednesday June 29th! He was so excited for his birthday this year and has been counting down since Ben’s bday.
We started off the day with presents. He was up at 6am waiting and asking if it was time. He normally wakes up between 7:30 and 8:00 but as he told us the night before he “would probably be too excited to sleep” 🙂
We spent the morning getting to know all of the new toys. All of the kids were super excited to help discover them with their big brother.
After lunch we skyped with Pacen, Camry and Claira and then had some of the cousins over to play. Everyone played really well. We tried his new game Make n Break that he got from my parents and Ryan was over so we taught the older cousins a Pirate Game that he had brought.
And when Ben got home from work we loaded up the kids and headed to Chuck E Cheese. We played games, ate Pizza, got scared by Chuck E, played more games and spent our tickets.
After Chuck E Cheese we stopped over at Grandma and Grandpa Netteshiem’s new house to see it for the first time and Benji got to run around with his cousins. He also got his present from his Grandparents – K’nex – and then we came home and sang happy birthday and ate cupcakes and went to bed.
Tonight we will have a PARTY with cousins and the birthday week will be over. He is already getting smart enough to make it last all week. He wanted Tacos for his dinner but we were already going to eat at Chuck E Cheese so he needed the Tacos the night before and a cousin party later and … tonight will be the end and our oldest child will be all done ‘turning 6’. He is a great kid. Happy Birthday Buddy.