Month: November 2017

    Current News – Middle of November

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    This week my kids rediscovered DISNEY BINGO!

    And the little boys found the headband and wrist bands and sang songs. Tiago copied everything that Ray did.

    My mom called on Tuesday because she needed a ride that evening from the airport to Grandma’s place in Orem. Grandma J. hit her head on Sunday morning and then on Monday night she stopped eating and got really sick and couldn’t get out of bed. The Dr thinks there could be bleeding on the brain because it was such a bad fall. Lots of blood and stitches. We think she got up to use the restroom Sunday morning and fell and hit it on the sharp edge of the shower wall. On Tuesday she threw up a lot and got worse and worse. When I got there Tuesday night her body seemed to be shutting down and she barely woke up enough to say hi to my mom. The Dr.s said she would /could pass at any time.

    I went back Wednesday morning and spent time with my mom and grandma. She has pneumonia and is getting meds every hour to keep her from coughing and clawing and hurting… so sad.

    And then I hurried home to be mom. The boys went to wrestling practice and we took Cali to her first Futsal game. She is on a team with Mia and Anna! They got to play a lot together. Cali assisted goals to both cousins. They all seemed to be having fun out there.

    That night after Activity Days and Scouts and Deacons and Teachers activities I went back over to be with Grandma.

    More Disney Bingo on Thursday Morning and Grandma was still hanging in there! Somehow. I stayed home Thursday and tried to get a few things done around the house.

    Ray was Mustang of the Month for his Class! He was excited to show me the awards on the back! And his teacher said he is always on task and helps the others to do what they are supposed to!

    Bath time. Rose is such a good helper with the younger kids!

    And now it’s Friday and Grandma is still holding on to this life. I don’t know how but she is. We are trying to get more of the grand kids in there to say their goodbyes and give her a hug. She received another blessing from Bracken last night and now we are hoping that she can go in peace when her body and spirit are ready. I spent the morning at home – with my shadow boy, getting chores done. Now I’m going to stop at Grandma’s before my basketball and soccer game.

    Categories: General, Robertson

    The Weekend

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    Our weekends seem to fly by these days but we are packing them with fun and family!

    On Friday we sent Benji off to Goblin Valley with the Scouts. Then I took the kids to Erica who took them to their piano recital and kept them until late. I went and met up with Ben at Sundance where he had been for the last 2 days on a leadership work retreat. We had a fun evening with a bunch of his work “family”. Then we stayed the night and had Kelsey pick up the kids and take them home for the night.

    On Saturday, Ben and I got to sleep in! and we went wrestling shoe shopping and then home. Kelsey and Tiago were waiting for us and the rest of the kids were at Primary Program Practice. Tiago and I went with Kelsey to Provo. We had lunch with Shaelyn and her fiance Tyler. Then we visited Grandma Johnson and played Skipbo.

    We dropped Shae off and then went to Raymond’s wrestling tournament at Orem High. Benji was still on his camp out and Pack decided to do primary practice instead of wrestling this week so we just watched Ray. He had 4 different guys he had to wrestle and HE BEAT ALL OF THEM! He beat the 1st guy 10-0, then pinned the 2nd guy – which happened to be the kid that beat him and made him cry last week!, 3rd guy he pinned! and then he barely beat the last guy to get the 1st place medal.

    So we had to go out to ice cream for the first PIN of the season!

    Saturday night we got a few things done and prepped for Sunday, Benji got home from his camp out, Christian hung out with us and we all fell asleep to Star Wars #3 on the big screen. On Sunday our kids had the primary program at church. Kelsey came and watched. Benji thought it was fun to watch rather than be in it for the 1st time. All 5 of the primary kids did great! After church and meetings we had the Browns (LaNell, Dan, Sam and Amanda, Emerson and Andrew, Anthony and Caleb) and the Hancocks (Than, Erica, kids, Becca, Kyle, Eliza, Henry) and some Robertsons (Joel, Megan, Gus, Dagny, and Kel) and Kelsey Avila over for dinner! Everyone pitched in for Tacos, played arcades, taught them 7 Wonders and the kids PLAYED.


    and then I had to get a high score on Dr. Mario to prove to Than that he still has a lot of room for improvement 🙂

    Categories: General, Hancock, Robertson

    Flag Football Champions

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    Benji loved learning football! He scored a touch down in the tournament and caught the extra point in the championship. He mostly played lineman but he just loved learning the game and doing exactly what coach told him to do.

    His team ended up winning their bracket. I believe they were the winner of the losers! so CHAMPIONS. We had the team come over last night after they won. Ate pizza and played arcades and celebrated the season.


    Categories: Benji

    November News

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    The BASEMENT is FINISHED!! Lots of pictures to come! It has been so fun getting everything moved down and opening the arcade 🙂

    In other news:

    This kid and his play doh habits are just tooo cute:

    Ice Skating for Benji and Ben with the youth group!


    Someone decided to clean up the empty field! I love it!

    Cali had a soccer party. We made a craft. Ate dinner and listened to Derek Parra talk about winning Gold and Silver at the Olympics!

    We broke in the new movie theater with a Spiderman Movie Night – I ditched for 2 late night soccer games.

    Packer the Photo Bomber:


    On Saturday we had the wrestling tournament all morning and then it took Ben and I all afternoon to move down the 16 arcades into the basement! It was a lot of work and took 3+ hours but it looks AWESOME! And then we headed to Pete’s birthday dinner and Lalo’s school play!

    Sunday was Grandpa’s fireside and Pete’s Birthday and we revealed the basement to the Netty Fam! We are so happy with how it turned out and love having people over to use it:

    Babysitting the Quincy! and crashing on the couch cause they both refuse to have real naps:

    Ray eating the rolls. He still is a very picky eater and waits for something that he does like and then fills up on it! The other part of my non wrestling dinner crew and Millie off screen to the right.

    Categories: General

    Wrestling Season

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    Soccer ended on the 28th and Wrestling started on the 30th!
    The big boys go to practice Monday – Thursday – 4:30-6:30. Ray signed up this year and he goes Tues and Thurs from 6:30-7:30. So besides the lack of family dinner time its fun to have them pushing themselves and working hard.

    First Practice:

    After practice wrestling:

    Raymonds first tournament! Check in. Go. 2 point reversal. Get him on his back. He WINS!

    I like to come and watch and the kids come and “watch” or play toys, or color, or eat, or wander around and make friends…

    Ray’s 2nd match was really hard and he cried in the middle and didn’t want to finish but he stuck it out. And beat the next 2 guys and ended up with a 1st place out of the 5!

    Benji was at a BYU Pow Wow so he didn’t get to wrestle in this tournament.

    Packer worked hard but got beat all 3 times. He stayed tough and never got pinned! 4th place for him.


    Categories: Ben, Benji, Packer, Raymond

    Halloween 2017

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    Mike D!

    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:

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    Pumpkin Carving

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    Our Awesome Pumpkins

    Let the carving begin. We really encouraged the kids to do as much on their own as they could this year. I ended up helping Cali and Millie a lot. Packer made the Charlie Brown one on his own and Benji did most of his guy peaking out of the window. Ben came home a little later and made the Witch for Grandpa Becker.

    Categories: General

    Escape Room

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    For Nathaniel’s Birthday we went out to Rockwell’s Ice Cream and then to an escape room! We had never done one and we had a blast. We solved it with 5 seconds to spare! Than, Erica, Kyle, Becca and us. There were 2 times that we had it figured out but just had problems actually opening the lock – otherwise we would have dominated 🙂

    Categories: Ben, Hancock, Jana

    End of October

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    Friday Nights! Ellie usually calls to play and then whomever else can hang out. Somehow these girls (and Ray) ended up hanging out from 4pm until 9pm 🙂

    Benji’s crew had an arcade Birthday party at the house. We Auctioned off a party for the ward fundraiser. I think it was a success.

    Uncle Michael hauled Moon Patrol out here from California. John and Tracie got it for us months ago from the house that they almost bought 🙂

    Last Soccer Saturday of the season! Ray and the Vikings and Coach Bybee dominated. Benji started to get a little aggressive by the end.


    Rose loved playing with Ellie and Gentry and Caitlin and Elle and … She gave 100% all game – fun to watch.


    Packer had a lot of new guys on the team. He got frustrated with everyone just booting the ball but he had fun.

    Scout Service project – Go Benji! and a Wednesday night mountain biking activity. Benji is loving being a scout, even when he falls off his bike several times!!


    Activity Days service project for Cali.

    Ray has always loved I Spy books. One of his favorite activities is for he and I to sit and do an I Spy book.

    We climbed on the Maceys pumpkins again and I signed Ben up to go to Ray’s Kindergarten class and read to the kids and give them a treat 🙂

    Categories: General