Month: October 2016


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    Erica invited us to their neighbors Fall Festival and the kids got to ride the horses!!!!!

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    Fall Break!

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    We took it easy this Fall Break BUT we still did a lot and came home tired and stayed up late.
    I loved not waking up to an alarm and the kids actually let me stay in bed until 9am all 5 days!! Millie came in for her 6am snuggles and Ray comes in at 7:00 and snuggles on the floor – I just have a blanket there waiting now.

    Wednesday Night: watched HOLES. Packer read the book and had been wanting to see it.

    Thursday: We went to the Zoo! then ate at Carl’s Jr. That night we went to P&A’s and watched the Packers and the BYU and hung out with them!

    Fall Break = Lots of People wherever you go!


    I love the Monkeys:

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    New and Improved play ground:

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    The Eagles Nest:

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    Cats – the little kids chased him back and forth 🙂

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    The kids are always obsessed with the statues!

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    Heading Home:


    Game night with Pete and Amanda!!

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    Friday: We cleaned the Garden area and the Garage! We had Nutella Waffles! We went to the Lehi pool and swam! and then out to eat at Pizza Pie Cafe! Then came home and watched the newer crazy Alice in Wonderland – Rosie’s choice.

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    Saturday: We cleaned the basement. We played soccer with Pete and kids. We went to CORNBELLY’S! and came home and ate Ramen and Hot Chocolate at 10pm.

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    Sunday: CHURCH! naps. Dinner. AFV. and watched Harry Potter number 4. (and Kelsey moved in!)

    Monday: rainy day at home. We played everyone’s favorite activity: like Candyland, Zoo, Pictureka, circus, family coloring . We prepped Halloween costumes, played with the Hancocks and cleaned the house 🙂 We finished the night and the fall break by picking out carving pumpkins and sliding with Tiago 🙂

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    Red Ribbon Week

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    Monday: Wear Red ( no pictures)

    Tuesday: Mustache Day

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    Wednesday: Crazy Hair Day


    Rose got to go to the park with all of the other Kindergarteners for a field trip! (Jamie took pics for me)

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    My Favorite Park

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    We went and picked Gus up to play for the afternoon. We stopped at the park by their house. I’m loving this park. We only stayed for 30 minutes but the kids had a lot of fun.

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    Gus loves Cali and he played in the bedroom with Rose and Ray for a long time. He must think our house is pretty crazy 🙂 BUT you should have seen his face when we had strawberries and pancakes for dinner – that was a happy Nephew! I loved it.

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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.


    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!


    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 🙂


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


    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.


    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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    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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    Demolition Derby 2016

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    The DERBY happened – barely. We bought tickets for the 14th – and then they changed the event to the 1st… which is Rose’s birthday! and General Conference and soccer games and… we decided to make it work and we had a great time with the Thal’s.


    we also convinced Kelsey, Shannon and Tommi to come with us!

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    Shannon was hilarious cause she was so nervous! The cars are loud and a little dangerous. You just don’t know how they are going to get hit and what might happen so it is pretty intense.

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    Ray plugged his ears the whole time, as expected. And Colbie snuggled up next to Rose right when we got there.

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    The storm was raging all around us but we barely got sprinkled on.

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    The DERBY was LONG – like started at 6pm and wasn’t done until 11:00! They had like 13 different heats. Mini cars, Trucks, Heavey weight and light weight and medium. They smashed over 100 cars throughout the night!


    And then Sean Thal won the competition and took the trophy back home for the 3rd year in a row!! We were so bummed we didn’t even take a picture 🙂

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    Soccer Season is here

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    we have 5 soccer players this year!!
    Ben is coaching 4 of the teams.
    Ray is on a team with a friend.

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    So our Saturdays usually start with a 9am game and we finish at 4 or 5 pm. They are full days but we enjoy watching and coaching and seeing cousins and friends and the little ones all love the different play grounds. Ben is a great coach. All the kids love him cause he’s so positive and fun. He spends Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday nights coaching! luckily it’s only a 7 week season 🙂

    Categories: Ben, Benji, Cali, Packer, Raymond, Rose

    Rose is 6!

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    Rose had quite the birthday bash this year! She and Gentry wanted a combined Alice in Wonderland party. Ever since we went to Disneyland in May, Rose has liked Alice because that is her Disney Character.

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    On Friday she and Gentry had 4 little friends over, Ellie, Cami, Lila, and Addison, and 10 siblings! Erica and I planned a Mad Tea Party and they pinned the smile on the Chechire Cat and painted the Roses Red and played Croquet. It was a fun party. The kids all dressed up and the older ones made themselves costumes and everyone had lots of fun.

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    After that party LaNell and I grabbed some Taco Bell and then all of the Nettesheim cousins came over for party #2. This one was much more low key. We left out the previous party games and just let them play and entertain themselves. We had cake and ice cream and they watched Alice in Wonderland to end the night.

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    Rose was a very happy and very tired almost 6 year old. She woke up on Saturday morning, HER REAL BIRTHDAY, and played in a 9am soccer game. She scored 5 goals! We watched conference and went to soccer games all day and then finished by going to the Demolition Derby in Ogden that night! It was a LOOOng derby but the kids had fun and we came home around 1am exhausted.

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    Rose is loving being a big kid. She loves to go to school. She loves having friends come over. She is a great helper for me in the mornings. She is good at playing games and is competitive in sports. She is really a great peacemaker and friend.

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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 🙂


    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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    Categories: Jana