Month: July 2015

    July 11 and 12

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    Picture of the day: July 11


    I love being Packers Mom!

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    Look at these posers! I love them all.

    Saturday July 11:

    We left the Condos and got some Wisconsin Cheese!

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    And we went to Lambeau Field!! Go Packers!

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    And stopped at Cousins Subs in Green Bay 🙂

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    And then went to Ben’s old house that he grew up in and his elementary school and took a trip down memory lane…

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    We went to free slurpee day and then to KOPPS custard one more time before heading to Rick and Jen’s house for the night. We spent Sunday with them as well 🙂 It was great to spend one on one time with their family since they are the lone family that we don’t get to see since they live in Wisconsin.


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    July 10th

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    Picture of the day: July 10


    Benji is getting so big! 

    Friday, July 10:

    Our last day at the Rushes. Sleep in. Nertz, Beach and boating. Lunch. Not licked yet custard. Adults dinner and kids movie night.

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    Mom and Dad spent their lunch time with us most days. It was fun to visit and eat with them and Micah and Kiah.

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    We went to Custard early and then we took the kids back and the adults went out to dinner. Rick and Michelle’s families had already left by Friday night 🙁

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    And then the reunion was over:


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    July 9th

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    A kitten. These kids were fascinated with the kittens. Cali is so cute and is getting so grown up!

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    After the tennis tournament my kids really wanted a turn to play so here we are. I’m loving this action shot of Ray.

    Thursday July 9

    7/9 Thursday. A busy day. We fit a lot in: 9 am Farm. Lunch at Culvers.  A little Beach time. 2:00pm Tennis Tournament.Back to the Beach. Tubing with Grandpa. Dinner. Closing ceremony with all of the extended family, lots of goodbyes. And then one mroe round of Swimming at the pool. I love this farm because the kids get to feed the hungry baby goats. SO FUN. So Cute. And a little intense because the goats are HUNGRY.

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    Then we walk around and feed the other animals corn: Big goats, pigs, weird cows…

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    Cousins make everything more fun. And they are all helpful with my little ones. P.S. These Big Goats are aggressive.

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    Then we went down to the lake and Grandpa took all of the kids on tube rides!!

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    I hung out at the pool and watched the kids swim and chatted with Mom and others coming in and out. Kids LOVE to swim. It was a fun day. That night we let Benji go over to the cousins condo for a late night.

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    July 8th

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    So many fun cousins!! and some good photo bombage in the back.

    Wednesday July 8:

    STarted this day off early with Breakfast at AL JOHNSONS – also known as the Horny Goat Restaurant. We went early and beat the rush and the kids were really good. In fact Ben got a compliment from a woman saying that she wanted to stick around and see if they continued to be this good the entire time!

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    We stopped and watched the goats on our way out. Always amazes us that they are on the rooftop – eating and chillin. Our kids are so young that it is new and exciting each time we go.

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    That morning was the FAMILY REUNION SOCCER GAME: Grandma came and hung out on the porch all day so it was good to spend time with her.

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    The Lake – To cool off after soccer, of course!

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    Settlers while we wait for dinner:

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    This custard is build your own creation. Yummy. This was also the night that Tiago was being fussy, Millie was poopy and covered in custard, Rose fell and scraped her face at the same time that Ray realized he was about to pee his pants! Not my favorite moment. Ben comforted Rose, Michelle wrestled Tiago, I ran across the park to find a bathroom with Ray ecxept Millie wanted to come and Cali had to go too! We survived. It was a survival moment. Yes, everyone was willing to help but sometimes these kids of mine only WANT MOM.

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    And we ended the night with SIBLING NIGHT! We chatted and played One Night Werewolf, (and I wrestled Tiago).


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    July 7th

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    PICTURE OF THE DAY – July 7th


    Michelle and Millie going on a little walk. I love this picture because Millie loves her Chelle. Michelle lives next door so Millie has adopted Michelle as her 2nd mom.



    Tiago started trying to smile! Might have been gas but it was CUTE!

    Tuesday July 7:

    We went swimming at the pool in the morning because that’s what the kids were wanting to do. After lunch we headed over for the Family Reunion Volleyball game:

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    After volleyball we played at the lake until dinner – We had Tacos at Pete and Amanda’s condo and played some baseball after dinner:

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    Not everyone played baseball:

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    All of the cousins were so helpful with our kids!! I really can’t tell you how cool it was. They played with Millie and Ray a ton. And they all took turns holding Tiago. Carter was chillin with Ray this whole night and EVERYONE tried to help Millie throughout the week.

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    Everyone ended the night with a HIKE TO THE CREEPY CABIN! The cabin is in the woods and it is creepy. Cali, Pack, and Benji were determined to go! so they did and it was SCARY:

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    July 6th

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    PICTURE OF THE DAY – July 6th


    Rose running to the beach, mid stride, care free…

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    I love this picture of Ben and his Dad. Like Father , like Son. 

    Monday July 6th: we started the day off right with a soccer game!


    and then ran down to the beach!!

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    All of the kids enjoyed the boats – Packer was out on some sort of water craft the entire morning/afternoon.

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    and then it started raining! so we ran for the condos! The kids went to the indoor pool and we played some games:

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    It was our night  to make dinner and then everyone stayed for a few more games:

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    July 5th

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    PICTURE OF THE DAY – July 5th


    The Nettesheim Clan – This is not everyone but it is the majority. This is the reason we were willing to spend 4 days in the car. We got to spend time with lots and lots of family!

    Sunday we went to church in Sturgeon Bay and visited with cousins. That afternoon we played a few games and then we met with everyone for family pictures.

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    We took the opportunity to take a few family pictures with just our kids and one with Great Grandma Nettesheim.

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    These girls were so cute. Millie saw them playing and ran out to join them. Ring around the Rosies, human pyramids and matching shirts – picture perfect!

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    We got together that night for a few games. Ben introduced “One Night” and the kids loved it – they all played for hours.

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    The 4th of July!

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    7/4 Saturday.

    We got up and went to the 4th of July parade in Waukesha with Rick’s family. Ben snapped this picture of John Malan driving by because he was the weather man when they were kids and Ben was in a commercial with him.

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    After the parade we loaded up to head to Door County for the family reunion. We stopped for Kopps custard on our way out, of course. Flavor of the day was birthday cake cake batter for the 4th and it was delicious.

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    We stopped to buy food for the week and then we made it to our condo where we checked in and got unpacked for a week of fun!

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    We said Hi to some of the family that evening but didn’t stay out too late. We watched some of the surrounding harbor fireworks and called it a night. Later that night Ben and Shan and I played One Night Werewolf to learn the rules so we could teach it to the rest of the family… pretty sure I won.


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    July 2 and 3 – Travel Days

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    July 2nd

    7am leave our house and dog in the care of Brady and Kelsey.

    We asked Shannon to come on the trip with us and she agreed! The DAYS of driving would deter most people but Shanny was up for the challenge. She was our super helper/nanny and our fun/entertainer. We loved having her along on our vacation.


    11:22 am  First stop Rawlins WY. After the first stop we let them use electronics… 40 minutes later we are back on the I-80.


    5pm  We pull in to North Platte, NE.  5:40 leave w/ mcdonalds.

    8:40 Lincoln, NE super 8. Really 9:40 local time. Check in to our hotel rooms and get some sleep.

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    Friday July 3rd we got up and ate donuts and were on the road again at 9am, except we forgot to gas up so we stopped again at 10am.

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    3:30 entering Wisconsin


    6:00 Brookfield WI Kopps. We made it to our first destination!! We ate yummy burgers, ordered too many fries and topped it all off with Custard 🙂

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    Then we drove 30 minutes to Rick and Jen’s house in Mukwonago. We got to spend the evening with them: we visited and did a few fireworks and stayed the night. FYI – Mosquitoes there are always intense.

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    Benji’s 10th Birthday!

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    Benji is double digits now! the big 10!

    He had his party with his cousins a few days early so that we could get it in before vacation:

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    His cake was self designed. I made the mistake of asking what he wanted and then he had so many ideas that I just could not fulfill so we got realistic and I told him that if he could draw it then I would make it 🙂 This is his Heroes of Olympus Book Birthday Cake:

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    On Monday the 29th was his Real birthday. We woke up to birthday donuts and chocolate milk. We opened presents and spent the day playing with his gifts. He really wanted BLT’s for his meal so we had that for lunch. We went out for Kong Cones in the afternoon and then that evening we went to the Day Break Park with the stream. The Eggers and Joel’s fam  and Kelsey all came to the park for the evening. We stayed late so that he could try his glow in the dark frisbee 🙂

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    It was a successful Birthday. Benji is an awesome kid. We are proud to have him as our son and watch him grow and learn. Love you Bud!

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