A Lifted Life

Recently I did a photo session with my dear dear friend, Sylvia and her family, of Lifted Naturals. 

As I sit here attempting to write a blog post about someone is who is an amazing writer, while I am not, is incredibly daunting. Nevertheless here goes.

This girl is completely amazing! I really cannot say enough awesome things about her. 

Sylvia and I met about 8 years ago at a park when I was still living in Kansas City. We both had creative minds, toddler boys and baby girls. We instantly bonded! Obvs!

Sylvia is extremely creative, highly intelligent and very entrepreneurial. It was apparent that she had a gift as a Life Coach; her coaching seriously changed my life. Her ability to help people become the better versions of themselves is amazing. 

Soon she started to realize the desire to help people on a bigger scale as she was learning of the links between gut health and anxiety. Naturally, she wanted to get to the root of the problem by working with a manufacturer to create a Mood Boosting Probiotic. Thus, Lifted was created. And I thought she had changed my life through coaching! I have never felt better and am way less anxious now that I take this awesome probiotic daily! 

I am Sylvia’s number one fan! She continues to amaze me. I feel like she is a true pioneer, and that bigger things are in store for her. 

If I have peaked your curiousity, please visit her website to learn all about her amazing probiotic! Or go to Amazon to order it! Or just look at her sweet family by scrolling though the photos! 

Field Trip Full of Family History

Summer break is nearly over but we were able to squeeze in an impromptu trip to Cannon Range, in Fort Leonard Wood, MO.  This place is special because it is where Heath has some of his most favorite memories from his childhood in the mid-1980's.  Cannon Range is an aerial gunning and bombing range that is open to the public.  After some coordination to ensure there would be missions flying that day we gathered the families and traveled down there.  Not much has changed in the thirty years since Heath lived down there when his dad was the Commander of the Range.  There are new targets and a more automated way of measuring the accuracy but the the experience is just as thrilling as it was growing-up.  After an introduction to the Range staff and a thorough pre-brief we donned our protective glasses, climbed the tower, and awaited the arrival of the A-10's from Whiteman AFB.  There were two missions of two A-10 that practiced dropping bombs from 7000 feet, shooting rockets from a high altitude as well, then the more exciting close strafing runs just above the treetops.  After they completed their training they gave a nice fly-by on their way back to Whitman AFB.  

After the Range we went to see the Gasconade river near where Heath lived.  Here we caught a frog and baby snake, we skipped rocks, splashed the cousins, walked across to the other side, hurt our feet on the rocks, watched the fish, and enjoyed being in nature.   I didn't think anything else that day would have been able to top the excitement of the Range, but everyone left with great memories from the fun we had at the river.

On the way home we stopped in St. James, Missouri at Ruby's, Grampa's favorite ice cream stop that was around back in the 80's.  The ice cream was delicious and was a great treat.  It was the perfect way to finish off the day being able to talk about what we just saw and explain the feelings we felt.  We were able to talk about childhood memories and what the highlights of the trip had been.  Before we got home we were already planning the next trip back for the others that weren't able to make it this time.

Summer Vacation

Last week we returned home from a week long Florida vacay. We decided to drive the 12 hour ride to Destin, Florida, instead of flying due to the price of airfare lately. This was our first really long family road trip. Typically, we don't do anything over 5 hours. Lol. Luckily Harry Potter and a few car games helped the time go by. I was excited to take a long car ride and see part of America's countryside. I am not sure how excited I would be to do another long drive like this though. Suffering car anxiety isn't pleasant. 

The beach in Destin made the long trip VERY worthwhile! It was perfect! White sand and clear water. We swam and boogie boarded for hours on end. It was so fun! I even colored for awhile on the beach for a creative outlet, which was amazing. The only bummer for me was having severe poison ivy, but honestly I was filled up with fun beachy vibes that I didn't mind lugging around my bag of alcohol and calamine, and constantly reapplying.  

The first part of our trip we stayed at Hurlburt Field. We were able see the aircraft memorial of LTC Jones III and read about the heroic rescue of Heath's Dad and see the plane that was instrumental in rescuing him, which earned that pilot a medal of honor. It was amazing to see this in person. Staying on base definitely brought back memories of our time in the military. The second half of the trip we stayed at the Sandestin Beach & Golf Resort, which was quite a different atmosphere than staying on base for sure. It was a beautiful resort and we felt very tropical there. 

The very last night we were hit by a bad thunderstorm, so we couldn't spend one last evening on the beach, but after 5 beach days, it really was fine. I think we actually got "beached" out. So, it all worked out. 

The car ride home was the worst part for me because of my car anxiety. We did make a stop in Tupelo, Mississippi which I was excited about ever since we planned the trip. Such a cute little nostalgic town.  It is the birthplace of Elvis Presley and we even got to pick-up home some amazing tupelo honey!