This is my family

    I sure love them a lot!

    This is my husband and me.

    He's pretty cute.

    These are my kids

    They are cool.

    Pinewood Derby

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    Packer had his 3rd pinewood Derby! Ben was so busy this year that Packer really made the car by himself! He designed it. Grandpa helped him cut it. He sanded it. I helped him paint it. Ben helped him put the wheels on. Benji and he did the graphite. And then he raced:

    HE GOT 4TH PLACE OVERALL! 2nd place in the backward race. He had a fun night.

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    May 9th!

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    Happy Birthday to Ben!!

    The kids insist on giving presents before school and work! They all loved dads new toys and they spent a lot of time making him an arcade themed calendar:

    Erica watched the kids while Tiago and I took Ben out for a birthday lunch. We enjoyed the food and Tiago enjoyed the time with just Mom and Dad:

    With the new job ans all, Ben had to work all day. We had a busy day making the cake, babysitting Bennett, finishing packers Pinewood Derby car, soccer practice for Ben and Rose and the Derby for Packer. Then we came home and had cake and ice cream with Grandma and Grandpa:

    Ben is the best!

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    Beautiful May

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    the weather was so cold… and now it has been so nice. I am loving being outside and so are the kids.

    We stopped at the school because Ben is there every night for soccer practice. Kelsey saw us and stopped and they got a little 4 square game going:

    It was warm enough for water balloons and Wet Head and Water balloon Hot Potato and water Tables:

    Joel and Sean and Derek have been working hard on the floating campground! Not warm up there:

    These 2 kids have been SOO VERY clingy. Here they are watching me mow the lawn cause they don’t want me out of their sight:

    A little soccer and football and jumping on the tramp. The kids love to go out after dinner and postpone bedtime :

    Soccer Saturday (Benji’s team). Soccer Ice cream (I stayed home with Ago), and RSL with Fam and Friends.

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    Ray Rider!

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    We’ve got another Bike Rider!

    He decided he was done with his training wheels. He saw Cedar adn Rose and Gentry doing it so … he did it. His bike was a little big so we borrowed this little one from the cousins and he took off. I ran up and down the street with him 2 times and that was it! Now he can ride his bike and he is learning to start and stop from a stand still because he learned by coasting down the driveway. I’m excited to get back out there with him! Hooray for nice weather and BikeS!

    and of course all the girls were riding bikes too:

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    Mom and Tracie

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    Mom and Tracie came for another Utah trip! They came on Wednesday evening and went home the next Wednesday evening. Tracie had a dental conference the first few days and Mom spent lots of time with her sisters and mom the last two days. We packed lots of fun and family in around our nightly Nertz games and the kids played hard with Tracie’s 3 little kids.

    On Monday Tracie, Mom and Megan helped me in my kitchen!! It was amazing. I’d been needing to Caulk the counter tops and sink and I needed to seal the granite so… they all helped me clean and work and we got it all done. After that we took the kids to the park for the evening and then hurried home to see how Ben’s first day at the new job went and to see how Aunt Carol was doing since she just got out of the hospital.     

    These guys and Ray and Bubs had sleepovers in the loft all week.

    and the 4 of us girls played Nertz until midnight all week 🙂 for real, we played A LOT of Nertz and had a blast.

    I am inheriting all of my mother’s ailments 🙁 I hope to inherit all of her GOODness and Whit and Charity and Patience but… I have inherited the scoliosis, possible skin cancer, one leg significantly shorter than the other, … I’m going to try to not need knee replacements or eye surgery!

    Tiago loving Hadley:

    With Aunt Carol being so sick we got a couple extra days to play while mom spent time with Diane and Carol. On Wednesday we had perfect weather so we pulled out all of the bikes and the kids had a blast out in the front yard.

      

    Erica made us ride our bikes to the park after that! and we had a picnic:

     

    We said our goodbye’s and Tracie and Mom left right after dinner on Wednesday the 3rd.

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    April 2017 in review

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    It felt like the month of April was one of our busiest ever! We went on 2 trips and had lots of guests at our house. We spent time with ALL of the Nettys and most of the Robertsons, 10 of my 11 siblings! Ben went and got a new job during the craziness and finished up almost 10 years of working at MOZY! All the while coaching soccer 4 nights every week and soccer Saturdays from 9am-4pm, Piano started back up for the 3 oldest, Scouts for me, Ben, Benji, and Packer, Activity days, and 2 trips to the ER. We did manage to go to school and get homework done also! That will be a month to remember 🙂

    1st – Saturday General conference, stitches

    2nd -General conference!

    3rd -Monday – 1st day of spring break! Beauty and the Beast

    4th – Spring Break. Day at Trafalga.

    5th – Pack and Travel to St. George

    6th – Play at the park and swim all day.

    7th – Friday Wiffle Ball game, swimming, Soccer Game

    8th – swim day and Snow Canyon hike

    9th – church, leave St George and Travel home

    10th – unpack, Ryan and Mary come, Everyone over for dinner

    11th – Hang with 8 Cousins

    12th – Start Piano lessons, cousins, Gaming

    13th -Ryan and Mary, Shannon, Sean, Joel, Grandma, Di, Sasha, Bracken PARTY

    14th – Friday, Shannon all day, Rick and Jen in town! Dinner with Netty’s at our house.

    15th – Ryan leaves, Soccer Saturday, Easter Egg Coloring

    16th – Easter Sunday with ALL Netesheims

    17th -Monday Kelsey home from Thailand, recoup

    18th – Kevin and Liz come for the day!

    19th – One more night with Rick and Jen, Pack our bags for CA

    20th – Drive to Oroville, CA

    21st – swim with cousins ALL day, and pick up Bump n jump arcade

    22nd – Hike Table Mountain, fun and games with CA family

    23rd – Church, Sunday dinner, family time

    24th – Monday Drive home to Utah

    25th – Packer’s Birthday!

    26th – Clean and unpack, Mom and Tracie come to stay

    27th – hang out with my mom, Joel and Megan for dinner, visit Sean

    28th –  Ben’s last day at MOZY, Cousins, Packer’s Cousin Party

    29th – Soccer Saturday, Lalo’s school play, Nertz all night

    30th – Church, Sunday dinner with mom, Grandma, Joel, Tracie, Sean and Kelsey.

    Categories: General, Nettesheim, Robertson

    end of April

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    On the 26th we cleaned up and got ready for Grammy and Tracie, Cedar, Bren and Hadley to come stay for the week!

     

    We sent Packer to get his pinewood derby car cut with Luca and Grandpa. And Ben taught me how to get the quick 50,000 on Bump N’ Jump.

     

    Mom and Tracie came that night! Gifts for Packer! and then we chilled and Ben let us play a fun basketball Virtual Reality game!

    Thursday morning Tracie went to her dental conference and I went to the Temple! The kids played hard with cousins.

    That evening I made pasta while mom visited her mom and sisters and then Joel and Megan came over for dinner!

    I had a basketball game in Provo at 9pm so mom and Tracie came along! and Sean and Jana came so then we had to get ice cream and “rolls” and see where the newly weds are living.

    Crazy Sleepovers Every Night:

     

    FRIDAY was Ben’s last day at MOZY! the security gave him a hard time trying to get in but he got a lot wrapped up on that last day. It’s weird to see that era come to an end but it feels like the right time to move on. We’re excited for the new job!

    Tracie went to her conference. Mom visited her people and that night I snuck out for my soccer game and we had Packer’s birthday party with all of the cousins.

    Tiago and Hadley 🙂

    I made the birthday cake Fidget toys:

    Creating fidget stuff out of a lot of random stuff:

    Gifts:

      

    Cake and Ice cream:

    Snuggly cousins during movie time!

     

    and a late night with my crazy sisters and mother:

    On Saturday we ran around to all of the soccer games. Grandma and Kelsey came to a bunch of them. Tracie and her kids went to visit the other side of the family. ALL the kids won their games! and Millie begged me to sign her up and Tiago cried every time I removed him from the field of play!

    Ben and Benji went to watch Alessandro in the school play that evening.

    Sunday morning baths:) and my eye was swollen and puffy all day 🙁

    Grandma Johnson came over after church! and Joel and Sean! and Shae! we had a BBQ and let the ring predict how many children the women would have/or already had.

    We stayed up late playing Nertz and concluding our crazy month of April.

    Categories: General, Robertson

    Packer Turned 10

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    Happy Birthday Packer!

    First things first – PRESENTS for the Birthday Boy!

    A quick picture at the school when we dropped Rose off and had Packer run over from his lunch recess!

    His gifts this year kept him busy all afternoon! Magic Tracks, Spinner, Fidget Cube, Shut the Box and Stacking Cups for days:

    We had hot dogs for dinner and then went to Pack Meeting. Packer earned his Bear badge! and is on to the Webelos Den now!

    We hurried home from Pack Meeting to visit with Grandma and Grandpa Nettesheim. They gave Packer a cool solar powered watch! Then Ben finally got home from a long day at work and he brought an ice cream cake to celebrate!!

    Packer, Pack-Attack, PacMan. This kid beats to his own drum. He likes to do crafts and stop action videos and play computer games. He still loves Minecraft. He hangs with Benji, plays soccer and wrestles. He’s started reading the Harry Potter series but he LOVES Diary of a Wimpy Kid. We’ve been teasing him about being in the double digits and liking girls. His humor is getting pretty fun and he’s getting a little better at looking outside of himself and helping others.

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    Home again Home again

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    and then we spent another day in the car.

    with an aracde and Zero leg room:

    and remember how we forgot our snow chains? and remember how it was so warm and sunny all weekend? We had to chain up in Kingvale!

    They made us buy NON REFUNDABLE snow chains and then there was NO snow on the road and NO ice! Seriously. I’m thinking the Shell gas station owner works for CalTrans and wanted to sell a bunch of chains and make bank on installing them – ergg. So we had an annoying 45 minute, 100$, 5 mile slow down and then we continued on our way home. We only stopped once after that.

    Ben and Benji hurried off to soccer practice, we got home work done and ate pizza and unpacked a little. Ben came home and started up the new arcade! and then we were off to bed.

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    Table Mountain

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    We hadn’t been to Table Mountain for 5 years! It was the perfect time of year to be up there and we all had a great hike and pinic!

    we made it to the water and started looking for salamanders. Brady helped Millie! Ben carried Tiago. Kevin was showing them to look under the rocks.

    Mom, fish eggs, rock climbing, Jaydn went swimming and Brady found the first Salamander!

    We all hiked down to the big waterfall except for the parents and Mary and Annie, Tiago threw rocks and everyone else played with salamanders!

    we rock climbed back to the top! and then hiked back to the bog tree by the parking lot for our picnic!

    Ben got out his big Kite, Liz and Mom fixed sandwiches, Little kids flew a kite, and we enjoyed a slightly chilly picnic.

    It was neat to go back after so many years. It was like the first time for most of our kids cause none of them remembered it. We will definitely do that again – I think that sealed the deal on making the trip in April worth the effort! And here are a few pics I stole from Mal:

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