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Hey there!

Hope that your January is going awesome! We are in the land of one color: snow!

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Brooke seems to be confused as to what season it is…or maybe it is the fact that our house stays in the 70’s all winter. Cutest little Moana though!

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The Zirkels have been on point! This view never gets old!

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Her doll game is strong. I love watching her imagination work.

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We love the monthly Koala boxes and December’s was one of our favorites.

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Blue skies.

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Penny spent the first part of January with us and we weren’t mad about it. These little Vizsla besties!

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Lots of skiing!!

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And the dinosaur keeps getting buried!

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This week, it has just been me, Brooke and Jasper. Ken has been living it up in Tuscon at a week long bike camp. He saw 80 degrees and I am jealous 😉 We are very excited to see him very soon. He got in over 26 hours and 404 miles since Tuesday. Mind blown.

While Ken was away, we made Brooke’s fave: zucchini noodles.

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Jasper kept looking for Ken.

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The three of us road tripped down to Denver to go to the Zoo. She took it upon herself to take some selfies. There are about 498 others on my phone.

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We got to see Tatu. My he has grown.

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Who wore it better?

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Then we came home and went skating the next day….

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And chased it with some skiing!

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On Friday, the weather was terrible. Blowing snow and zero visibility. So naturally, we drove to Hayden for a home school field trip. Brooke was super excited to learn all about bees!

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It was a sketch drive home, but we made it! Our neighbor ended up getting stuck in a snow drift. It was a doozy of a weather day!

The next day, I had my work cut out for me. We didnt really get much snow, but the wind halved the size of our driveway and it was so thick and crusty that it was insane to try to move. Luckily, a neighbor showed up with his tractor and blower and made much shorter work of the job!

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I chased 2.5 hours of snow blowing with a 1.5 hour trainer ride. Then I wanted a nap.

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Today I got in 10 miles outside and 2 on the treadmill. Training right along! Fun fact: speedwork means being hungry and tired all the time. Training for my ultra last year, I could still function like a normal person. Trying to be fast is much harder than long easy miles!

On to the next week!!

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End of a Decade

 

Well, hello 2020 and Happy New Year!

Yes, I vanished for the end of 2019. Things were busy and life happened and trying to find balance was a challenge. But, I’m here and have a ton of pics that will represent the last few months of the decade!

Halloween happened. It was cold. But how cute is she? She kind of reminds me of a character out of Game of Thrones, but hey, best to be warm!

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Did some good coloring. Thanks, Alle for the PNW coloring book-I love it, too 😉

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Ken’s hair got a bit out of control (he will probably kill me for putting this on here-but come on…that’s impressive!).

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My little rancher child.

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And then she turns back into a princess 😉

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We skied opening day (before Thanksgiving!!)

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Have had some awesome home school field trips-learned all about screen printing!

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Made bath bombs!

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We traveled down to Fort Collins for Thanksgiving. The cats were a big help with dinner 😉

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Brooke’s one Black Friday purchase…

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Came home to some snow…

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And recovered with some mega naps.

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Brooke convinced me we should go skating. She did great!

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We have spent some good time on the mountain! I really need one of these helmet covers. Brooke’s is sooooo cozy!

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The new gondola is awesome!

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She stole my headband and it looks way cuter on her 😉

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More naps.

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We are using Daisy the Dino to gauge the snow in the yard. Spoiler alert: there is not a lot left showing!

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We had an incredible Christmas. Brooke got her first snowmobile. She is already so good on it! Like, stands and leans in corners. Apparently she got her dad’s athletic ability.

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I cant.

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Road trips are fun when you have your best bud!

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Walked outside to find her like this. Yep, Ken’s kid.

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We loved having Alle and David here for Christmas!

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Jasper and Penny. Just being Vizslas.

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Brooke was an angel in the Church Christmas musical. It was adorable!

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Made Brooke famous in the SBT GRVL social media Christmas post. Cutest little Rudolf!

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Legos!

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Tiny Magician!

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She wanted this giant tiger soooo bad!

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Best cross country ski buddies!

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And then on my birthday, Brooke fell asleep at the table. Before dinner. I guess we had a good time!

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And that’s how our year ended! There was a good amount of running involved as I head into my April race, but riding has been pretty limited. Finally jumping back into more of a routine and will be excited to share more on that later 🙂

I hope that the end of your 2019 was awesome and that you have an incredible 2020!

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Winter in October and Fall Pics

You guys. It is winter here. Seriously. I am not ready.

But oh yeah, hey, how are you?

We have officially moved into beanie season and I already miss fall.

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At least we have pretty sunsets I guess.

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Things have been fairly low-key over here. Ken has been SWAMPED with work. Which equal parts overwhelming and exciting. Starting a small business is scary enough, one that is weather/referral dependent is another story. Maybe it is good that winter started early? 😉 But yes, his new mobile auto service (focusing on season tire swaps) has been a big hit so far! I am doing the normal teaching thing and ramping up for bike race registration come December. Home school, training…all the things.

We have been doing the normal things. Dressing appropriately for hunting season to stay safe while running around the yard with a pool noodle. Totally normal.

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Riding Daisy the Dino whenever possible.

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Working on our golf skills. Because, you know, the course is closed for snow.

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How Jasper feels about it. Just kidding. He loves it. But also loves being warm after playing outside.

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We picked up Brooke’s skis for the season (we rent them for her each year which is amazing because she would grow out of things so fast!). This year, we got her downhill skis AND nordic skis. Girl is already loving cross country skiing around the yard! We did it together and my heart exploded. Going to be a fun winter!

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Snowed some more.

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Made a couple trips to the Front Range and both involved snowy drives.

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Someone got some new dino pajamas!

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Fireplace is life.

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We ventured to the pump track and ended up with a muddy mess. That was a fail.

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Love her.

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When did she start looking so grown up?!

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Ken got me some blue light blocking glasses. I love them. I work on the computer A LOT at night and have a hard time falling asleep after. These have been a game changer for me.

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When you get dressed for a run and realize everything you have on is Nike. Just over here feeling like a sponsored athlete. 😉 Also, yes, Brooke decorated my phone with llama stickers. Thanks, Alle. haha.

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Besties

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Got in a jog while Brooke rode her bike and Ken worked. Basically, we invited ourselves to join him in town since he was working on Saturday.

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We had more fun.

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And today it looks like this….6:45 am.

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Fun fact: I get to go outside and blow snow after a conference call today. I cant wait. <sarcasm>

In other news, I have officially registered for the Mount Charleston marathon in Las Vegas on April 4, 2020. In switching it up from this years long and slow running, I am going to try to qualify for Boston. Not sure yet that I have any desire to actually run Boston, but it seemed like a fun goal to at least see if I could do it! Plus, it will help with getting ready for Crusher in the Tushar where my goal will be top 10 in my age group (and shaving about 30 minutes off of my time from this year).

Officially I will begin training next week with a build up of running into some workouts. After a month long break (much needed), I am excited to jump back into some structured workouts!

Since it is apparently winter, I thought it would be fun to post some of Brookie’s Fall pics!

Hope that you have fall where you are at!!

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