Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Fun on Spring Break...

The kids and I went to hike around Reflections Lake today with friends. I was a little worried about it still being snowy and cold but the sun came out and we had some stunning views, fresh air and some gentle exercise! The temp was right around 30 degrees F and with the sun it was perfect.....we may have even been dressed a little too warm but I'd rather get too warm than too cold. I love the beauty of Alaska, no matter the season! More adventures, here we come....

The kiddos and me at the beginning of the trail~

And off we go........

I love the big rocks! 

The clouds, the sun, the mountains and the frozen river......Aahhhhh!

The hayflats were pretty stunning this morning!

She was feeling a little weak-kneed after being up on the lookout tower!

Monday, July 23, 2018


............…..it's been a long, long, time.

Wow, it's been a few years since I posted here on this blog. AND I was looking back to when I started it. I had just been put on bedrest while awaiting the birth of my (our) first child back in 2009.

A whole lot has changed since 2009 and even since 2015...….

These hooligans used to be so tiny and now they are 9, 6 and 6 years old.
They join me on wild and crazy hiking adventures, cheer me on while I study.....(or is that them fighting in the other room?) and make life so much fuller and happier than I even could have imagined.
Life with this handsome man makes me smile!
I was in the midst of recovery and healing when I last wrote a blog post back in 2015. How did the time go by so fast? In October 2015, after trying to follow a low carb diet with no real guidelines and other than being told that I needed to eat oatmeal every day to help bring my cholesterol numbers down not having any really direction for eating "good", I discovered Trim Healthy Mama. It had been floating around my circles, so I was a little familiar with it. So when I asked the PA at my Dr's office if there was a "plan" she'd recommend to get the results I needed and she said Trim Healthy Mama, it was a God-send!! I'll do another post about how well that worked for me, sometime soon. Along with a post of what lead me up to getting a hysterectomy back in 2015, too! It was a long journey to that point!
I'm happy to be back to blogging. I'm hoping to share some of my fun new clothing/style choices, my new hairstyle (super short) and some of my favorite hikes and Alaskan adventures, how I see hearts everywhere.....and I really mean EVERYWHERE, some of my photos that I've taken with my Nikon D3300 DSLR camera (or my cell phone, ha ha) and maybe some of my favorite THM and Keto-style recipes!

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Praise report!!

As some of you know, I had a hysterectomy 4 weeks ago (I'll try to post about what lead up to this monumental decision one of these days soon). I had a migraine that morning while I was getting prepped for surgery. While I was going under, the anesthesiologist also gave me Toradol to keep my migraine under control so I didn't have it when I woke up. I have been migraine free since that day! Four whole weeks without a migraine!! Hallelujah!! Thank you, Jesus! Wow, I didn't even remember what it's like to be migraine free for so long. I did have a period of a couple years without chronic migraines till the twins were about a year old but since I was 11, I have had migraines off and on and since I had Brighton they have been more frequent "friends" with me.

Yesterday was the first day I haven't taken an anti-depressant since we tried an anti-epileptic medication last year to help control my migraines and it backfired and plunged me into a depression that I couldn't talk myself out of (either self-help or with the help of a counselor friend). It took 3 different anti-depressants (two were trial and error and the third one helped) to pull me out of that deep, dark pit. I have even forgot to take my blood pressure meds (now only 25 mg a day -down from 200mg a day) for a couple of days and when I took my blood pressure at home it was amazing (115-70ish range). This hasn't happened since before I was pregnant with Brighton. I did have some really low blood pressures while in the hospital on bed rest with the twins but that doesn't count because I was in rest and relax mode with no "added stress"!

I'm loving this new healthy normal for me and I'm looking forward to being off of lifting restrictions so I can start exercising with kettlebells and doing higher impact exercises than walking! :-)

The most drastic reduction in my migraines and my blood pressure has been due to using the auto CPAP machine to treat my obstructive sleep apnea. The new "no migraine in 4 weeks" development has been due to my hysterectomy and having my left ovary (my "bad" one) removed and I believe also due to this enforced "rest" while recovering from the surgery.

I'm looking forward to a year full of activity, lots of busy-ness without having to plan in "recovery" time, enjoying my family and bigger house!