Month: February 2016

    Provo City Center Temple

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    We spent Saturday at the New Provo Temple!!

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    The Wait was an hour with tickets- kind of long BUT at least we had a heads up that it would be crowded. Kelsey and Brady and C-way helped entertain the kids. And we happened to be by an old hometown friend (Chris Howarth) in line so we got to catch up with him a little.


    The Temple is BEAUTIFUL. It was great to be there with Ben and all of our kids and try to show them how neat this really is and get a sense for the beauty and peace of the temples. We loved the stain glass and the murals, and the colors and the wood work and the pretend bench chairs. It was Amazing. Also neat to think that Ben and I went to some of our first stake Conferences in that building.

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    After the tour we needed food so we braved the provo mall and Red Robin with all the kids (and aunt and uncle to help). We didn’t get home until dinner time and none of the chores got done but It was a great way to spend our day.


    That evening we left the kids with Brady and met Ben’s family at the Timpanogos Temple. We all went together and had a great time and topped it off with Culver’s Custard. We missed Emily, Schy, Rick, Jen and Amanda but We’re all determined to do that more often.

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    Categories: Nettesheim, Robertson

    my job

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    I really do have my dream job:

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    I get to stay home and be mom! It’s great. I am always wanted and needed and loved. I am the boss. If I want to do something fun we go and do it. If I call movie day then we stay home and be lazy. I love being on my time table and trying to balance the kids and the house and the fun. It’s not all roses…Sometimes it gets hectic around here and I forget that I have my dream job. Sometimes when Cali screams uncontrollably I find myself screaming back. Or when Millie tries to change her own diapers or just goes in the shower.  I forget when Tiago thinks 30 minute naps are sufficient. I forget that I’m living the dream when I have 3 am barfers and 6am bed snugglers. When the word homework or chores provokes full outbursts from my older boys it’s not so dreamy. These are just examples from this week BUT then I think of my other options and my life goals and THIS IS EXACTLY WHERE I CHOOSE TO BE.

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    Categories: Jana


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    We have a goal.

    If we fill up our chart then we get to go to Disneyland!

    You can put a sticker on the chart if you read your scriptures.

    You can put another one on if you exercise.

    And if you do all of your chores for the day then you can put on one more.

    The Chart:



    these kids are motivating me to do my workout videos 🙂

    And we may have bought a DELUXE QUAD STROLLER for the upcoming trip 🙂 check out this beast…

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    SO FAR So Good – the stickers are starting to fill up the chart 🙂


    Categories: General

    titles are the worst

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    IF YOU CLEAN IT THEY WILL COME: If we clean the toy room, the kids love it up there 🙂

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    This BIG guy is almost done nursing (mixed feelings about that)


    We played a few rounds of Dominion on Sunday – It’s an old favorite – playing since 2010 – then of course we had to look at the winners boxes to see who was the best. @Sean and @Kelsey

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    BEAUTIFUL WEATHER! this past weekend it warmed up enough to play outside!! We all played KICKBALL and 4 SQUARE and Than and I had an epic tetherball battle 🙂 I should have come in my fighting gear. I beat him quick so he wanted best of 3 and then I just couldn’t quite tether it on him. So I did lose. It was super fun and tiring. All of our kids were cheering and yelling 🙂


    LaNell comes over sometimes. We LIKE her.



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    We have LOVED being able to go outside this week. Even in the rain 🙂 Rosie was literally singing in the rain and loving it. She is my all seasons girl!

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    Millie is so precious when she just slows down for 2 seconds. She still sucks her thumb and she still babies her “hurt” finger that she ripped out of the door. The finger looks almost perfect though.


    Tiago is ALMOST crawling. He can go every direction except forward. Today he was working on his stomach to sitting position.

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    Raymond got his baby blanket! grandma Nettesheim brought over his special blanket that she quilted for him! He also got a football for his Birthday.

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    More Time in that Cardboard box. This guy is SOOO cute lately.

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    Categories: General

    Feb Fun

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    Here’s some Feb Fun:

    The kids love making Valentine boxes! Benji made a book, Cali did a cute heart box and Pack made a Mine Craft Treasure chest.

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    Mine Craft is a favorite around here. It’s the one game that all of the kids will play together.

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    We went out for Appetizers and Dessert for LaNells birthday. And then we swapped Ben for Michelle and hit a 10pm chick flick.


    This is what happens when you let Brady babysit 🙂


    Cute kids on Sunday:

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    Ray’s special birthday treat from the Bowens!


    Tiago loves being at the table with us. He Will Eat Anything! and Ben made us a yummy valentine treat 🙂

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    And if the blankets are all in the loft already and there is no school on Monday then the parents let them sleep out there again. (we would have survived ok in a two room cabin I think)


    Ben cleaned all of the bathrooms on Saturday for me!!

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    Ben and I keep going Back and forth on the Popeye high score. The kids are starting to get more into the arcade games.

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    Here are the 22 deer that I saw from Amanda’s house the other day! amazing


    Ben and the kids made a snowman and named him George for Presidents day:


    Categories: General

    Raymond Thomas Turned 4

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    Happy 4th Birthday Ray Tom!


    Last Day of Being 3! Thinking about being 4!

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    Saturday Morning Presents!

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    All of his Loot!


    Everyone helped play with Ray’s toys all morning…

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    At 5pm we invited a bunch of cousins over for his party! We played Star Wars Obstacle Course War and had arcade challenges and watched Transylvania 2. Ray’s cake had the dark side and the Light side inside the cake.

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    Raymond is a good kid. He has learned to be pretty independent this year. No more help in the bathroom or getting dressed. He can do most things that Rosie pushes him to do. He spends his time keeping up with her, learning from her, and just playing hard. Ray is Silly and Adventurous. He still sucks his thumb whenever he is tired or sad. We love this handsome little man!

    Categories: Nettesheim, Raymond

    When did February get so Busy

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    I don’t remember February being such a busy month. We celebrated lots of birthdays! and got to hang out with lots of family!

    Ryan’s 40th Birthday! feb. 2


    Gus’s 1st Birthday! feb. 4

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    Gavin’s Baptism! feb. 6

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    Grandma Johnson’s 89th Birthday! feb. 9 (celebrated on the 6th)

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    Saturday Night Game Night:

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    Tiago at church:


    Matt’s Birthday Party and Super Bowl! feb. 7

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    Maren’s 3rd Birthday! feb. 8

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    SEE?! A bUSY MOnTH, RIGHT? Now we will take a few days to gear up for Raymond’s Birthday and Valentine’s Day and a few other Birthdays!


    Early present from Gma and Gpa Robertson!


    Millie and I love Pete the Cat! especially his 4 Groovy Buttons


    it’s still snowy


    Rose and Ray still go to Library with Ellie on Tuesdays


    Cutest Little Skaters on the Block


    late Night Archading with Brady


    sometimes life is hard




    Love this ROLLER


    He’s so proud. The head tilts so you know which way he just rolled 🙂




    this may be the only time ever so I have to gloat 🙂 I beat Ben’s score and we both beat the previous owner!

    Now it’s the 10th. First third of the month was a SUCCESS. We are all getting colds. Kelsey and Brady kept me up too late playing Nertz and Tiago just wants to be held all day so I’m off to rescue the baby and rest for a few minutes.

    Categories: General, Nettesheim, Robertson


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    another arcade!

    I was skeptical about this one… but it’s really fun.

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    Categories: Ben

    Another Great Week

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    Ben took me to a Brazilian restaurant!


    Rose wanted to pose in her church clothes with her new bed.


    We went to Movie Night at the kids school – Big Hero 6, Pizza, Popcorn and Soda!


    Ben introducing our kids to virtual reality


    this guy is growing and exploring all the time now


    My Wolf Den


    our firecracker


    babysitting baby Mary


    I love his serious face


    Friday night I had a soccer game with LaNell and Kelsey and then we all ended up at JCW’s!


    pyramid with the sisters


    Brady showing me up


    playing BLINK with my kiddos




    so curious


    this boy loves his momma


    He just sits and smiles at me for days 🙂


    millie trying to hold Gus


    Another Fun Sunday Game Night


    and Thank You Megan for the snow ball throwing horns, unfortunately they are being used mostly as horns!


    Categories: General, Robertson