Saturday, September 7, 2013

Honey Sweet Honey

Today was the day that I have been looking forward to for YEARS!!  We harvested our honey!

 This is a frame of capped honey.  We used a comb to carefully remove the cap.  

 All the beautiful dark color is pure honey!
 Once the caps are removed, the frames are placed in a honey extractor.

 This one is HUGE and has a hand crank to spin the honey out of the frames.  It leaves the wax comb intact so next year the bees can just make honey.  It will allow them to make honey a lot faster and more of it!

 This is a 5 gallon bucket 3/4 the way full.  
This is our first year beekeeping but from one hive we had over 40 lbs of honey.

I can't even begin to explain the unbelievable taste and aroma!!

Thoughts from the end of our first season beekeeping:

1.)  I was worried there would be bee's all over our yard and I was concerned about my kids
being able to play in the backyard.  The great thing we learned is they fly straight up and out.  So we
do not have bee's  in our yard.  None of my kids have been stung and they really leave us alone.

2.) Very little work or energy goes into beekeeping but the reward is wonderful.  
Well worth our time!

3.) Bee stings are not as bad as I remember.  The only time I have gotten stung is 
when I am either careless or not following the rules to beekeeping.  The only bad thing
about a bee sting is if you get stung in the face the day before lots of family and friends
are coming to Jack's blessing.  So I will have a nice fat eye for tomorrow.  Nice!!

4.) Great hobby for Kirk and I to enjoy together.

Next year we will add a second colony and continue the adventure.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

More Jack

I don't know why but it always takes FOREVER for my kids to lose their cord.  So today, at one month old, Jack was finally able to take his first bath.  I think he was a little overwhelmed but that had more to do with 3 little helpers than the actual bath.  We had to split up body parts.  One washed his belly, then someone washed his legs. You get the idea.  The girls are so in love with this little boy.  Well, we all are!!

 Jack loves his WubbaNub monkey!

Jack Tanner Wilkins

Meet the newest addition to our clan.

Jack Tanner Wilkins
Born July 22, 2013
8lbs 4oz   20 inch

Two brothers!

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Myla Update

About two months ago Myla started a new drug called CycloSporine.  We switched her off Prograf, a drug she had been on for years because all the sudden it was becoming toxic in her body and stopped working. So far, we have yet to see CycloSporine working but that does not mean it won't, it just has not yet.  This year alone, Myla has relapsed 5 times.  That means that since October she has been on high dose steroids just about non-stop.  Before that she had a few months break on and off from steroids but really it has been a hard 4 years of heavy drugs.

The thing with any drug is the side effects.  Some are worse then others and most the time you have to take another drug or two just to help with the side effects of the first one.   Well CycloSporine is a beast all its own.  This drug has some of the same side effects of Prograf, some we will find out as we go, some we will not know until Myla is much older but the worst is the hair.  We were told that she would have facial hair and gum overgrowth.  What a understatement.  Facial hair?  No, how about full body hair.  Myla at the age of 7 and only being on the drug two months has a lot of black leg hair, black arm hair, black back and neck hair, and full facial hair.

Being sick for years has really taken it's toll on Myla but I think the hair has been putting her over the edge. We are looking into getting her involved in chronic illness counselling.  Her doctor thinks she is struggling with depression and just not coping well.  I really don't blame her.  I can not image how hard it is to be her right now.

Now if hearing this does not make you hate the disease, this will.  Myla is actually doing "ok".  There are sooooo many children that are REALLY sick.  Children that are in the hospital for months at a time, going through kidney failure, kidney transplants, transplant rejection, and heart breaking... death.   We need to find a cure for this disease!

Myla's Race!

There is such a helpless feeling with kidney disease.  I watch my daughter sick and struggling and there is very little I can do.  Until now!  I have been working with an amazing organization called for a few years now.  Nephcure's whole goal is to find a cure for two kinds of kideny diseases, FSGS and Nephrotic Syndrome.  My daughter has Nephrotic Syndrome but it could turn into FSGS at anytime with no warning (I pray this never happens).   

Right now Nephcure is really big back East but not very strong in the West but not in Utah at all.  So my goal has been to bring Nephcure to Utah.  I would love to build a support system out here where kids can get together and parents can talk.  Myla would love to find friends like her.  I think she needs it.

With that said, I decided to host my first 5k and 10k race.  Completely crazy since I have a new baby due in a week and a half.  And well, I have never hosted one before or really anything like it.  

This race really means a lot to Myla.  She is so excited!  Please help support her race and help find a cure for her horrible disease.  

If you would like to sign up for the race.  You can do it here.  Or if you would like a make a donation to the race, click here.  Any amount of money helps!

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Bountiful Temple

We had the chance to visit the Bountiful temple since my cousin was getting married.  We arrived early so it gave me a chance to take some pictures of my sweet girls.  As a little girl, I was able to go to the temple dedication with my family, aunt and her kids.  I remember it was dark outside and snowing.  The temple lit up with big snow flakes falling down was magical.  I loved sharing the magic of it with my girls.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Early Mother's Day trip

Our last minute camping trip.
I took pictures with my phone so they are not great but 
it captured the smiles so that's all that counts.
 My hubby is so cute!
 She is growing up WAY too fast!!

 2 is better than 1
 She makes me laugh.
 3 sleeping angels.
 Dillon was totally in his element.
 Catching fish with his girls.
 I love watching my kids play and use their imagination.
 They were so proud!

 Dillon helping clean the fish.
 Myla's new meds kicked in.  The first 2 + hours in the 
morning and last 2 hours at night are pretty rough.  

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