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Monday, September 25, 2017

Cruise Alaska (Part 2) Skagway

 Day 4 of our cruise was our first port day. We arrived in Skagway at 7 A.M. We had an excursion booked that day so had to be at the end of the dock by 10:30. This gave us time to get dressed and eat breakfast, plus avoid the first rush of cruisers getting off! Beings this was our longest port of call we thought it would be a good place to do a longer excursion. Neither of us had ever been ziplining and that sounded fun so off we went to zip through the trees over glacier fed waterfalls in ALASKA! We were put in to groups of 6 and had two guides to help us out: Scott and Remy. One would go ahead of us and stop us, hook us up to the tree so we wouldn't fall off! The other would stay behind to help us go. There was about 9 ziplines and 2 suspension bridges. The fastest one we went on I did let out a screech. For some reason I would spin so would kick my feet to try and keep myself facing forward. Remy said I looked like a puppy when you hold them over water and they start kicking like they are swimming. Ack, how awkward... :p After that they taught us how to stear and I had a blast! I didn't do any of the tricks besides the "look ma no hands" one, but Tim did them all. He flipped and went upside down. I just enjoyed flying through the wilderness! After we were done, we drank some water that they got from the glaciely fed waterfall. It was nice and cool.

Unimog that we rode up to the starting point

One of the platforms we zipped to.

Hubby and I!!

On the way back to town the bus stopped at a scenic lookout to take some
pictures. What a beautiful place! I have to say that Skagway is gorgeous!

This has to be one of my favorite pictures from our cruise. So pretty!!

I actually snapped this picture from the bus. See the blueish ice up high? That's one of many glaciers we glimpsed!
When we got back to town we ate lunch at the Skagway Brewing Company. I have to say this was delicious! I got a chicken sandwich that had bacon, a sun dried tomato cream cheese spread, and cilantro pesto. Man, I want another one!!

Seriously, look at this yumminess!!

After we ate, we strolled around town and bought some souvenirs for the kiddos, then we headed back to the ship.

Had to buy some fudge!

Our ship in Skagway

That day was the only day we skipped out on the session and dinner. We just stayed in our room and ordered room service for supper. All in all that was a great day, I think my favorite of the cruise! Hold on for more Alaskan adventures!

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Cruise Alaska (Part 1)

Where to begin? Well, our cruise was for 7 nights so I think I will break it up a bit in order for it to not be too long! We started out in Seattle, just a 3.5 hour drive for us!! That was great to be able to just drive our car and park it at the terminal. Our ship left port at 4 PM July 25th. Neither of us having been on a cruise before, we were both ready to go! 
I'm sure I don't need to say where this is!!
Leaving Seattle

Sunset.. We were heading west in to the sunset..

That day was spent getting an idea of how things work. Muster, signing in for our retreat, and eating in the dining room for the first time. That was a little different than what we are used to. Being seated and having napkins placed on our laps, all the different plates and silverware set just perfectly. We felt a bit out of our element, but thankfully our table crew were great and we made awesome friends!! 

Going to sleep for the first time on a cruise ship was actually pretty relaxing. The ship sways just enough to lull you. No wonder babies like to be rocked to sleep!! It was great having a room with a balcony so we could sit out there whenever we wanted and watch the waves go by!! 

Trying to capture a picture of killer whales.. You can barely see a sign of them..

Umm... ya, who wouldn't want to be able to sit in privacy and gaze at this majestic beauty?!

Day 2 was a sea day so we explored the ship a bit. Found a perfect spot to relax on the 10th deck. We shared a coffee and Tim had an ice cream cone. 

Perfect bubble for the introvert!!

Carnival Legend
That night was formal night, but we didn't get a good picture as I left the camera in the room and we tried with Tim's phone, but they didn't turn out. Come to find out later, it was zoomed way in! Could have stood in line and had them professionally done, but that's not exactly our cup of tea.. Oh, well...  

Day 3 was still spent on the ship, but we cruised up the Tracy Arm Fjord. Talk about a beautiful place!! Wow!! The water is the blue green color you think of when you think of a tropical place. But here there are mountains, glaciers, and large ice floes all around. Simply breathtaking!!!

This ice floe is the size of a house!!!

Standing on our balcony. Tim took the picture from in the room.. Who  could pass this scenery up?!

Excursion boat 

Excursion boat picking up the passengers that booked this one.. We were on the 10th deck watching..

God's country!!

And there you have it! The first 3 days of our Alaskan cruise. Hope you enjoyed!! Stay tuned for days 4-8...

Friday, September 1, 2017

The Blue Sky Tag

I was tagged quite awhile ago by my sweet niece, Daminika to do this post. I have to answer 11 questions so here goes:

1. What is your description of the perfect day?

Well, for me as a mom that would probably be one where I get enough rest and wake up refreshed. The kids all behave and don't get dirty!! No fighting or arguing.. Ha, who am I kidding? We all go do something fun together like go to the beach or boating.. Making memories is the perfect day for me!!

2. What is one of your favorite Bible verses?

"You have turned for me my mourning into dancing; You have put off my sackcloth and clothed me with gladness, To the end that my glory may sing praise to You and not be silent. O LORD my God, I will give thanks to You forever." Psalm 30:11-12 NKJV 
These verses are how I felt when Brandt was born after having so many miscarriages!

3. Favorite ice cream flavor?

That would be Friendly's brand Black Raspberry... So bummed you can't buy it on the West coast... But then maybe I would get fat if I ate too much, so maybe it's a good thing!!

4. If you were to move to another country which one would you pick?

Not really looking to move to another country, but would say Canada as that would feel the most like home. Or maybe Ireland? That might be kind of cool, but then again maybe not!! Haha...

5. Where do you think is the greatest place for a day adventure?

Hmmm.... I really enjoyed the day we spent in Skagway, Alaska so maybe there. Ziplining and eating a yummy chicken sandwich was AWESOME!!

6.Where is the most beautiful place you've ever been to?

Again Skagway Alaska!! Beautiful and majestic!! 
Isn't it gorgeous?!!

7. Do you enjoy thunderstorms?

Yes, yes I do!!

8. What is one hobby you've always wanted to do?

Play the piano..

9. Where are the bluest skies you've ever seen?

I've seen a bit of blue skies, but recently would probably be on our cruise at sea.. Bright blue skies and a sunny day! So beautiful and relaxing!

10. What is your favorite holiday?

That would have to be Christmas!! I love everything about it: the joy in the air, baking, decorating, thinking of the perfect gifts for my family. Gifts is my love language, both the getting and giving!!

11. What is one of your favorite childhood memories?

I have so many! Camping, going to Maine, trucking with my dad. Probably one of the best times was when I was 9 we went to Florida. Our first real family vacation! It was so fun. Swimming in the pool, going to the beach, and Lion Country Safari.. Great memories!!

I'm not going to tag anyone, sorry Daminika, but at least I finally did mine!!

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Can It Really Be?

 Have you ever wanted to do something your whole life? When I was around 12 years old one New England summer evening we saw in the sky a glimpse of the Northern Lights. That along with reading books such as "Kavik, the Wolf Dog" put a desire in me to someday visit Alaska. I even dreamed of racing on a dog sled in the Iditarod race! While I no longer want to race miles across the snow with only dogs (although a short ways sounds like great fun) I still would love to visit Alaska and maybe see the Northern Lights. We had planned an Alaskan cruise for our 20th anniversary, which was last year, but alas having a newborn baby changed those plans! We have been talking about it for so long that it almost feels like it's just part of me that will always be there. BUT guess what? Last week we booked a cruise for July to Alaska! I am so excited, but it still seems like such a faraway dream, at times I still can't believe we finally made reservations! .... We probably won't see the Northern Lights as it isn't the best time of year, but hey I will finally get to see some of Alaska which I have been wanting to do for 25 years!!
So Pretty


Who wouldn't want to take a cruise here?

Is there somewhere you have always dreamed of going? 

Friday, March 10, 2017


  It has been a LONG time since I posted anything, but maybe now I will post a bit more! Our house that we started working on last April is coming along, but it takes a lot of work when you do most of it yourself. Currently the sheetrock is hung and ready to tape. Looks so much more like a house, I'm getting excited, but also a little more impatient. Seeing my house being built literally three feet from the house I'm living in makes one long to just move in! It probably doesn't help when the house we live in, which was built during the depression, seems to be slowly falling apart and our fridge just stopped working so we ordered a new one. Guess that will be one less thing to get for the new house! Now for some pictures. .

Laban and Jacob

Cleaning up

Can't have a post without a picture of the baby! 

My garage doors are finally here and installed! 

Monday, May 16, 2016

Kaaren Sue!

  Friday, May 13th at 37 weeks we were ready to meet baby number 8, the one who would complete our family. Surgery was scheduled for 12:30 in the main OR so we headed out to be there 2 hours early. We arrived, got checked in and prepped. It all went well especially since I declined the Reglan so my anxiety was no worse than normal. The spinal went in great and the anesthesiologist did an awesome job. Finally it was time to find out who baby was!! 
  My heart was pounding as they pushed on my abdomen to get that baby out. When I heard the words "it's a baby girl" I was so overcome with emotion and could not stop crying. I just thanked Jesus over and over while I was laying there and they were finishing up. 
Meeting my angel! 

  I was in the PACU for awhile and then sent back to my room. Once in there we attempted feeding, but it wasn't going to well so I was just dozing with my little lady. All of a sudden I jerked awake in a panic. The room started spinning and closing in on me. I pushed the nurse call button, but nobody was coming so I hollered at Tim to get someone as I was dying. All of a sudden the room was full of people and by then I was drenched in sweat. They couldn't get a blood pressure reading at all. The doctor grabbed an ultrasound machine and found lots of fluid in my abdomen which he was suspicious about it being blood. So off to the OR I was rushed. They went in through the same incision and found me full of blood. I lost pretty much all my bodies blood and was given 4 units in the operating room along with one unit of platelets. They found the source of bleeding which was a blood vessel that kept pulsing so each time my heart beat blood would pump into my abdomen. They got that sewed up and all the other oozing spots they stitched. The doctor said I was so full of scar tissue and that our decision to be done having babies was the best we could make! 
  I was sent to ICU where I would stay for the night and most of Saturday. Tim was able to stay with Kaaren in my room in the maternity ward so that made me feel better. I received a unit of plasma and two additional units of blood while in the ICU and that really helped to perk me up again! As of now I am still in the hospital and will be going home tomorrow. Kaaren is perfect but tiny weighing in at 5 lbs. 11.6 oz. and 18.5 inches long. She passed all the tests they had for her so could actually go home but will stay with me as my guest. 
  This was definitely not the way I thought our birth story would be and am so glad for the doctor that prepared for the worst. If he hadn't it could have ended a lot worse. I thank God for my doctor and the whole team that took care of me! On top of having major surgery twice I now have to recover from blood loss and transfusions so would love if you would all keep us in your prayers. And thanks to those that have been praying! 

In ICU, alive! 

Life giving blood

Finally made it back to the maternity ward!

Sweet sweet baby girl! 

Bruises... I don't even know when they did anything here...

She had her eyes open! 

Monday, May 9, 2016

Baby Week!

  Well, I can't believe it's already baby week and I have so much going on. Every day I have to be somewhere... Today I met with the anesthesiologist just to consult with him to get an idea of what will be going to happen. I had asked him and my OB about Reglan which I have heard can cause anxiety. (It is one of two medicines they give you to settle your stomach for surgery) That makes sense as the last two births I would be ok and all of a sudden start to panic and want to run down the hall away from the OR! So, anyway they both told me that I can just tell them I don't want it and I plan on doing that. Of course I am still nervous about the spinal, but if that is what had caused the severe panic before I am praying I can handle it this time! Would love your prayers too! I also got a small tour of the NICU just in case baby ends up there...
  The rest of this week I have another bpp ultrasound and have to have my blood drawn to be typed and screened so they can make sure they have enough blood and blood products available for me. I will be delivering in the main OR instead of the labor and delivery one as there they have fast access to everything just in case things go south... 
  Busy, busy, not to mention I have to bring Brandt in to get an abcessed tooth pulled and the Littles plus Laban are all getting colds again! If you could all just pray for me and my family this week it would be so appreciated! Thanks! Soon we will be meeting this little one who will complete our family!