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2020-The Second Half

It goes without saying that 2020 has been a rough year for many of us. Though COVID influenced our races and hanging out with friends, it did not have the biggest impact on our lives this year. Unfortunately, this August we lost one of our closest friends, Mark. While I had intentions of jumping on here many times, my heart has pretty much been wrecked. I wont talk about it much. Writing about that day isn’t something I can do, still. But I thought I would share some other parts of the second half of our year-definitely not an all-inclusive showing, but some things we were able to do!

COVID made church-going an exciting event. We were not mad about spending summer Sundays outside. Services have since moved to a call-in style since it is currently cold and snowy 😉

We were able to sneak away to Flaming Gorge a couple times with our families. Nothing like camping in the middle of nowhere as a means to being very social distanced. Who are we kidding, that’s my real life anyway!

Brooke spent a good amount of time cruising around on her dirt bike.

There was a lot of time spent in costume because, well, why not?

There were some gorgeous rides…

And then there were the projects! Ken and I jumped into building a carport off the side of the shop. Thank goodness for Skiddy the skidsteer. She was super helpful.

In August, we celebrated the second year of SBT GRVL. Due to COVID, it was virtual this year. As Mark had passed about 2 weeks before this date, we all rode in his honor. A tough day.

I was able to do 2 rides, one 37 mile ride with Errin and Rene’-on which I found this antler a few miles in and rode with it in my jersey pockets. Was extra careful not to crash!

On the day of the event, Ken and I set up a little memorial to celebrate Mark. It was great to feel the support of the community.

Ken and I were excited to ride the 65 mile course with Errin and Robert. This was also one of the last real rides we did for the year. It was really hard to find motivation afterwards and I am just now starting to think about any sort of exercise, in December.

The project continued….

There were several fires which made the summer pretty smokey. None of them were threatening to us personally, but we were on alert in case friends needed help evacuating.

Brooke and I made it to the zoo once! A definite highlight.

And success!!!

Took some fall pictures. This girl.

Another project….stairs off the deck!

Over the summer, I was offered a position teaching at Colorado Mountain College here in Steamboat. I accepted and began teaching A and P this fall. It was an incredible experience and I am excited to be teaching in the spring as well.

Brooke was very helpful in preparing for the lab practical 🙂

We did get to do some masked homeschool group activities! Thank you, Rangers!

Hanging with George.

Halloween was fun! Brooke and I met up with one of her close friends and walked their neighborhood.

At least some of us got some riding in 😉

And 2020 in a nutshell….remember my wonderful green house? A day of sustained 40-50 mile winds caused complete destruction. It was so very sad. Had to spend a lot of time sorting that out and taking it apart. Is it 2021 yet?

Visitors, always.

At least we are ready for winter!

We spent Thanksgiving in Moab with our families. It was great to get away and we were all very careful with who we hung out with before we traveled.

We spent 5 days hanging out, jogging and playing on toys with motors.

On our way home, we picked up Brooke’s Christmas present. She basically outgrew her small snowmobile last year and this one should do much better in the powder at our house. She has already spent so much time playing on it!

We ventured out for our Christmas tree-it is just perfect.

And for good measure, Jasper with a squeaker.

I will mention, also, without a ton of details, Ken and I are no longer part of SBT GRVL. Due to the terrible way Mark’s wife was treated after his passing, we could no longer work with the remaining partner. We offered to buy her out, but in turn she was able to buy us out instead. While we are very sad to no longer be part of the event, it no longer reflects the values that we signed up to be part of. We are looking forward to the future and what we might be able to create.

And that was much of our 2020.

I hope that this finds you healthy and that you will be able to enjoy this holiday season. I plan to be more active here as I jump back into training and hopefully find motivation to train for the next year. Plans for the Crusher this coming July and then attempting to BQ in September in Salt Lake City if life returns to some sort of normalcy.


Cows, Wind and a Birthday!

And we have made it halfway through June! This month has been filled with a lot of fun and some work and enjoying Brooke turn 7!

I am pretty sure I make the list of most terrible parents-her birthday gift came early and I couldn’t resist letting her open it early (granted, it is what she kept asking for). With things crazy and cancelled and the likes, seems like it was an okay time to let her have something new and fun to play with 🙂

This month has been your typical Colorado Spring. We have had gorgeous days in the 80s and days that are not as lovely in the 30s-with snow. Unfortunately, it has been insanely windy for most of the month. Not a big fan of the wind over here.

One morning, we woke up to 70 cows in our yard. The neighbor herd decided the grass was greener on our side of the fence. Ken and I spent the morning returning them to their pasture.

It was all fun and games until Jasper found the gifts that they left 😉 He got a bath and we were not best friends for a bit.

In other exciting project news, Brooke and I spent an hour taking YEARS of crayon marks off of her desk. Mom hack: erasers take crayon off of plastic like a charm.

Weird fact: every evening at about 5:30, Jasper goes upstairs to “hug the body pillow”. In the process, he wrecks the bed. Thanks, bud.

We made it out on our paddleboards and had so much fun. While the swim beach is still closed, we are able to get out on the water and play!

My favorite kind of Steamboat day….warm with gorgeous puffy clouds!

We ended up going away a couple weekends ago. It was nice to have a different view for a few days.

Before we left, the babies had to come in! They have all since toughened up a bit 😉

We drove to Flaming Gorge Reservoir and enjoyed a couple of awesome, sunny days. Brooke loves the water and had so much fun playing in the sand/mud.

Jasper is also a lover of the water. It was hard to keep him out long enough to dry off before getting in the camper.

We spent Friday on Robert and Rene’s boat with them and Errin and Colin. It is one of the happiest places for Ken (and Jasper) and it was great to see him relax for a bit after an incredibly busy (and strange) end of Winter and Spring.

We saw some wildlife and spent a ton of time playing around on paddleboards.

It was gorgeous.

Friday night got a little nutty. The wind came tearing through and woke us up around 10:30. Ken was running around outside the trailer trying to keep paddleboards and floats from blowing away. There came a point where I was nervous that our whole trailer was going to blow into the lake! Thankfully, it passed and everything was safe.

The next morning it was a bit rainy. This became a problem when we realized that the ground turned to mud and made it impossible to drive on! Ken decided that it was go-time and went full send getting the truck and trailer out and up to the road. Never a dull moment!

E and C came back to our house for the night and Ken enjoyed riding with them the next morning. It was super fun to get a little more time together. The trip may have been short, but it was great seeing family and hiding out by the lake for a few days!

I have been loving my greenhouse and am excited to see how much things are growing. My only fear is that it is going to pick up and fly away. The wind has been terrible.

We are watching our fave visitor for a bit! She fits right in!

And she is not afraid to cuddle up for school 😉

We celebrated Brooke’s 7th Birthday on Friday (I have no idea how she is 7) with a fun day of paddleboarding, golf, pizza and cupcakes with our neighbors.

Ken had to work on Saturday (since he took Friday off to play with us) but Sunday saw us each getting to ride our bikes and then getting to work on a concrete pad for the base of our deck stairs!

It is a thing of beauty! And left Ken and Penny looking like…

And now, we are back into the swing of the week with work and finally some consistent workouts!

Hope you are having a good Summer and enjoying some good weather and outdoor time!



You would think I would be better at this considering the circumstances-somehow I am totally exhausted by the end of the evening and choose crashing on the couch rather than writing. Weird 😉

Spring is a busy time at our house-the snow melts, the grass grows and all of the 1.2 million projects begin!

Here is a glance into what we have been up to…

We took an entire weekend and put together the greenhouse that I bought last Spring. It finally made its way up the list 😉

Maybe because he got to use heavy equipment?



Brooke has really been upping her bike game and spent the majority of the setup time riding around.


It got a bit windy. Should be able to salvage that one!


It is so cute!


The exciting part is what we get to put in it!! PS- Managed to dislocate my shoulder during the assembly. Put it back myself because NO ONE wants to go to the ER right now 😉


Suddenly she looks 12. How is she going to be 7 in a few weeks?!


Sunrise. So good.



Celebrated May the Fourth in style this year. Thanks, Alle!


Then celebrated Cinco de Mayo with equal enthusiasm.


We have had all sorts of weather in the last month.


Brooke and I were driving to town one day (which doesnt happen often) and just happened to come across this baby who had just been born!! It was incredible!!



Should I be worried?


Brooke started a school for the local dogs. It went well.


She also drew this upside down. Not a chance I could do that.


We started a bunch of babies…luckily they have moved out to the greenhouse 😉


LOTS of LEGO time. (When your Dad brings home the Costco pack!)


Convinced her to hike with me again!





We ended up cancelling our race for this year. It was a super hard decision, but bringing 4000-5000 people into our small community just didn’t seem right. I also made the decision to step back from some of the work (mainly the direct posting on social. I still do all of the engagement…and apparently some content creation-who doesn’t love a photo shoot for a cooler?!).


Mimi sent Brooke some cool 3D puzzles. The pre-assembly coloring was a good project 🙂




One night Brooke noticed a tooth hurt and was a little loose. We looked and sure enough the big tooth had popped through behind and wasn’t pushing it out-so…..Mom yanked it out.



Dad is the fun one and has been building her a pump track. Mom pulls teeth, Dad plays bikes.


I got to get out for a Mother’s Day ride and it was a delight. Ken has been slammed with work, so neither of us has been riding. We miss our bikes.



Mother’s Day pizza picnic.


When your peonies start poking up!!


Playing is hard.


Cant have a rainbow without a little rain. I miss the sound of the rain hitting the roof during the winter. Happy to have it back!


New hobby-picking up freight deliveries with the skid steer. Grabbed a pallet of 16 tires off a truck. No big deal. Ha.




Brooke has been working hard on my safer-at-home jewelry game.


We have a mommy Robin about to lay eggs on our porch. It is just outside Brooke’s window so they are now best friends. Brooke made them an extra nest, just in case.


We have done some planting.


The Spring sky can be an incredible thing.



Brooke wanted to play in the sprinklers (under her trampoline). Her feet got cold, but she enjoyed those brief moments. Not quite time for water play here yet.


There have been days where I have managed to get out for a quick run….and in a tank top!


In this picture, our house is just to the left. Just to the right, down by the creek-I saw the most gorgeous cinnamon black bear. I ran home to get Brooke but he was gone when we got back.


On Monday night, we were part of a caravan/parade that drove through the neighborhoods of North Routt. We were celebrating all of the high school seniors. It was really cool!


Can you spot the airplane? Heart attack for me.


Brooke had Pickle Ball this week!!! Ahhhhh!!! It was so nice to be with friends. They were limited to 8 kids (3 in her age) and it was outside. It was glorious and happened to be on a hot day 😉


Ken happened to be working right next to us, so Brooke hung out in his truck while I ran to the grocery. When we got home, I opened the trunk and this guy went rolling down the driveway. He was pulverized. Guessing the neighbors enjoyed the show of me chasing it. Facepalm.


Brooke got to open a couple of her birthday gifts early. This dress. I die.


Most of the time, these two act like siblings and fight for attention, but sometimes they are just the most precious.


And to wrap things up-this was my workout today!


As far as workouts go, meh. My races have all been cancelled for the year and things have been busy with Ken working. This has led to a severe decrease in workouts. Still managing to get some in here or there, but they have fallen off of the priority list pretty hard.

That’s about it over here! Hope that you are staying safe and healthy. Any fun plans? Camping is opening up here soon so that is exciting. Hopefully people will take things seriously so that it can stay open. We sure want to be able to hit up the local lakes 🙂

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