Sweet Sweet Summer

Well…I did it again. I blinked and a few months have slipped by. This time of year always goes so fast. Here’s our highlights for Summer so far:

  • We took a trip to Chicago. Billy and I ran a 10mile run ending on Soldier Field.
  • We went back home to Omaha to show Livi the best zoo in the country. Grammy B got us in with the penguins again, which was awesome.
  • Josie turned 11. I’ll post more about this later….wow. 11!
  • Our Foreign Exchange Student, Livi, went back to Switzerland. Goodbyes are hard!
  • We got to see HAMILTON! The kids have been signing the music for two years. They LOVED it.
  • We spent the weekend before the 4th up at the Tinkey cabin, tons of fun!
  • Will ran his first 5k with me on the 4th of July. He did awesome. I may not be able to keep up with him next time.
  • Josie and Will took up tennis again. They are loving it. Too bad it’s in the middle of Ben’s synchronized swimming because both Bunny and Billy think Benny’s got good form. (I couldn’t help myself with all those “y” nicknames there)
  • Josie and Will are doing golf too. They just started the season and both spent extra time on the course this week.
  • Will and Ben are both on the swim team. Will is swimming this afternoon for the championships in the butterfly. He’s mastered a pretty good stroke this year.
  • Ben is in his second year of synchronized swimming. He had his final competition this weekend. He earned 1st for his solo, duet, and group routine in his age division.
  • We head to Okoboji this Thursday. Billy and I will be running our 3rd of 4 10k runs.

March 31

March 31st is always a tough day for me. But this year, I had a plan: fill it with lots of friends, family, and keep busy from beginning to end. We started the day with hockey games, an afternoon ballet, and ended with Easter Vigil mass. At one point at church, my heart felt so full it could burst, which was a strange sensation on a day I usually feel so empty. The only thing missing was my dad. i carry your heart in your heart.March21

Happy Easter


Josie is a Server

Josie decided to become a server at church! She’s rocking it. She only dropped the money basket once. 🙂

The best part, Grandshe is now a communion minister at our church. When Josie is a server, Grandshe is up there with her to lend moral support.

Josie also started helping me teach her brothers class. It’s really helpful as she remembers more than I do! The kids listen well to her and she loves sharing about church. She definitely has a spiritual side that I hope she never looses.


Cinderella Ballet

Ben tried out for the Cinderella ballet and got a part! He was the Prince’s Page…which means he carries the shoe on the pillow in about 6 scenes and dances in between running from here to there.

He had a blast! The bottom left picture is Ben watching rehearsal after his scene. The bottom right picture is Ben almost 5 years ago at his first ballet, Snow White.

We are so lucky to have so many friends and family attend his Civic Center Stage debut!


Over the past month, each kid has had a friend spend the night. I have to admit, Billy nudged me to make these sleepovers happen. I think he was big on making it happen because his 2017 New Year’s prediction was that we would have more sleepovers…and we didn’t. We had some, but mostly if parents were out of town and we were helping out. OR we all rent a house in MN for NYE. OR we stay at a friend’s cabin. BUT these three were firsts for all different reasons:

-Josie’s friend attended her hockey game first, then came over for the sleepover.

-Will’s friend was the first time we managed type one diabetes through the night (well sort of, thanks to technology his parents were really keeping track of everything)

-Ben’s friend was the first time he had a sleepover and the first time Ben had a sleepover!


Defying Genetics

Defying Genetics…it’s something my functional doctor said to me after reviewing my lab work. It made me feel empowered. My paternal grandmother had diabetes, my paternal uncle has diabetes, one brother was diagnosed with diabetes last fall, another brother was just diagnosed as pre-diabetic, my mom is pre-diabetic, I had gestational diabetes (which increases your chances of having diabetes), and if my dad was still alive I am almost certain he would be diabetic.

A year and a half ago, I went to my family doctor for my annual check up. I was told because I have a family history of heart disease and diabetes I can only do so much. My dad died at 67 from a heart attack. His dad died from a heart attack two days before his 51st birthday. My bad cholesterol was creeping upwards and the doctor told me that I will probably need to get on cholesterol medication soon. He said even the most fit people can’t out run family history, it’s not something I can control.

Needless to say, my functional doctor gives me hope. I’m determined to defy genetics.

Game Plan:

  • I’m following a gluten, dairy, soy free diet. Goodbye gooey yummy melty cheese, edamame (and almost all snacks, read the label…soy is in everything!), and my beloved bread. As much as I love these foods, it took about a month to stop craving them. I feel so much better without them, it’s worth it.  My labs showed that I have a non-celiac gluten intolerance. Gluten effects my brain. Knowing the long term effect of gluten for me has been a good motivator to stick to this diet.
  • Slowly but surely, we are eliminating plastics. All those scorched plastic containers, goodbye! Our kids are at the perfect age to use ceramic plates at dinner when the meals are pipping hot out of the oven.
  • Healthy Mind, Healthy Body: I’ve started doing more yoga. I can feel it working it’s magic. It’s very detoxifying and stress is rolling off of me. My mom has said for years to my kids, “take three yoga breathes” when they would get worked up. I should have known…mama is always right.
  • I’m working to make our house free of harsh chemicals. Check out the Environmental Working Group’s site to see what you use in your house matters.
  • Lastly, and most importantly, I am following my functional doctor’s plan: Lots of vitamins and herbal supplements….I am taking about 20 pills a day for 8 weeks. I’ll go in once we think my gut is cleaned up and have my blood work checked again.

I started this journey for my Josie Girl. Her health struggles lead us to a functional doctor. After looking at my test results and Josie’s, it breaks my heart to see the road she was heading down.

Now we both are defying genetics.


My morning dose of vitamins and herbal supplements.