Saturday, November 4, 2017


I drove to Phoenix with Mom, we met up with Kristi and headed and had a great girls' weekend! We had a delicious dinner at a hole in the wall Thai place, then went to Time Out for Women. It was a great evening, and the next day was even better! So many great speakers, and amazing music. During the lunch break we jetted out to a pita place down the street, the line was pretty short when we got there but by the time we got our food it went way down the street. Thank goodness for long Sobeck legs :>) It was a great weekend with family!

Tuesday, October 31, 2017


We were running late for the trunk or treat, and it was super bright outside, so I didn't get very good pictures of the kids. Sabrina was Wonder Woman, Whitney was Elena of Avalor, Carson was Cody Bellinger, and Brendan was a head in a jar. 
B found this costume online, and we spent a lot of time trying to put it together. When it came down to it though, the execution was not great. The tall part of the trench coat kept falling backwards, the tape on the gloves wouldn't stay, and he was super uncomfortable (which if we're being honest I tried to warn him about, but he didn't listen. Sigh).Due to the sun glare I didn't get a great picture of his face, I figured I would get better ones on Halloween.
They had a great time at trunk or treat! I got a couple pictures, but mostly they were off playing games with friends or going through the haunted house 20 times. 

Brendan informed me he was NOT wearing that costume anymore, so on Halloween he got out his werewolf costume from last year. 
 Carson makes a cute little Dodger! 

On Halloween, we had our traditional dinner at the McDowell's. This was their first year in their new house, so we had new trick or treating routes to figure out. The kids had a great time and ended up with a ton of candy! And the Dodgers won game 6 so it was a fantastic night :>)
Here is the lone picture I took of pumpkin carving, man I was slacking this year! 

Thursday, October 26, 2017


It's been a pretty bad fire season this year, it seems every week or 2 there is a new one. This past one was the closest we've seen in awhile. Here is the view from soccer practice...
 and our street at night (I meant to grab my good camera to get a better shot but then I didn't, so fuzzy phone pic it is). It was probably a good 20 miles away, but still kind of crazy to see! I was at my friend's for brunch on Friday morning, and an officer knocked on the door to warn about "possible evacuations" if the wind shifted. Fortunately the wind cooperated, and no one had to leave. Grateful for firefighters who worked so hard to put it out!

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Mama Mia

The twins and I went up to St. George for a girls' weekend with Granma Gray and the Jorgensen girls. We had so much fun! I took them out of school early, and we got there close to dinner time. We ate at the pizza factory which is always delicious!
My girls saw a hone booth for the first time. I tried to explain to them what life was like before cell phones, back when you actually had to talk into a box that was attached to the wall, and they didn't even get it. Made me feel super old lol. 
We had a fun trip to Target where all things Halloween were enjoyed!
 The girls had a nice swim in the pool and hot tub 
 Sabrina wanted to do hair with Emily all day long.
 We walked around downtown and rode the carousel.

We also ate lots of candy (some of it may have been blue ha!)
Of course you can't forget Swig :>)
Saturday night we went to the Tuacahn theater to see Mama Mia. It was so fun! The plot probably isn't super appropriate for first graders, but most of it went over their head. They did love the music however! And what a beautiful place.

 Love this family of mine!

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Court of Honor

There was an Eagle court of honor for James Ray and Fred Hughes, it was a great ceremony! Brendan earned his tenderfoot and second class ranks, as well as quite a few merit badges. Logan Zeit did his eagle project where he made a container for people to dispose of old flags, then did a flag burning ceremony with the ROTC guys from his school. I have never seen it done before, it was a very respectful and beautiful thing to see! 

Grandma Powell and Bob were able to come too, which was great!

Friday, October 6, 2017

Crazy Hair Day

My girls LOVE crazy hair day. It snuck up on us this year, so the day before we were looking all over the internet trying to find something fun that was within my skill range. A couple years ago I had some of the BEST colored hair spray from the dollar store. Last year I went back to buy some more, it was horrible. This year I couldn't find any at the dollar store, so I went to the Halloween place and paid FOUR DOLLARS a bottle. I figured at that price it would be amazing,. but that wasn't the case. Boo, lesson learned :<( They were happy though!

 Carson stuck with good old Dodger blue.
 I did love Whitney's little rainbow. We had a dentist appointment directly after school, so no time to even go home (let alone change her hair). She was strutting around showing off her fancy hair to anyone who would look, made me laugh :>)

Tuesday, October 3, 2017


After Indy died last year, Samantha started to go downhill. She just moved a lot slower, and seemed a little lost. The kids did what they could to make her feel better however! She spent a LOT of time inside with the family, and got a whole lot of love from everyone. The past week though, she hasn't been eating much (sometimes nothing for a day or 2), and it has been REALLY hard for her to get up and walk (to the point where we had to carry her outside once or twice because she couldn't get up). It was really hard to see, and we knew that we needed to talk about putting her down. We talked about it with the kids, and that was a tough conversation. Brendan especially struggled with it, but they all knew it was the right thing to do. I planned to take her while the kids were in school, but then Brendan said he wanted to be there. I was hesitant, but at the same time if he really wanted to be there I didn't want to take that away from him. After school we took her to the shelter, and they were so nice. When we got in the little room, all of a sudden Samantha had more pep in her step than I have seen in a long time. Brendan and I sat there with her, hugging her and crying our eyes out, and it really was a pretty peaceful process. Brendan asked me, "Why did we even bother to get a dog when we knew it would just end in pain and anger?" It's hard to see your kids struggle, but we really did have a lot of good times with that dog. She wasn't even supposed to be ours, when she was a puppy Rich's coworker asked if we could "watch her" for a little bit while he tried to work things out with his wife. That little bit turned into 11 years. She was crazy as a puppy, and with small kids she would frustrate me to no end. She and Indy would get out ALL THE TIME (the fence was old, and they would find weak spots to break through to the neighbor's yard. Their gate didn't latch, so once they were there it was a straight shot to freedom). One time Samantha got picked up by the pound, and I was sorely tempted to just leave her there. We were so glad we didn't though, once she got through the puppy years  she was a fantastic dog!

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Black Belt Ceremony

We went to a beautiful ceremony where the boys received their black belts. We have heard people referencing this super secret ceremony for years now (they cover up the windows and everything), and it did not disappoint! Lots of great symbolism, and so wonderful to see them get rewarded for tall the hard work they have put in the last few years!
 They have had some great friends/instructors at this studio.

 Their instructor made up a scroll for each of them that he personalized for them individually. Carson got the scroll of the viper...
 and Brendan got the scroll of the hawk.

 Mr. Gio has been amazing for them!

 Grandma Powell was able to come too!
Afterwards we went to a teppanyaki restaurant with everyone. It was my kids' first experience at a place like that, and they LOVED it! Brendan said it was his favorite food ever. Love these boys! It's amazing to see how much they have changed since they started. We started coming to tae kwon do 3 summers ago because the boys kept bugging me to do karate, and I found a cheap groupon for this place. I thought it would be a fun thing for them to do over the summer, but I had no intentions of doing it long term. They really loved it though, and it was so good for them!