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Moving all the Gravel…and then working out after!

Hi there! How’s it going? Just popping by with some of the stuff going on in the past week or so!

Went for a ride the other night. Just your casual herd of elk hanging out. With ALL THE BABIES!!

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I dont ride often at night, but it never disappoints.

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Last Saturday, Brooke tried out golf. She LOVED it. Hopefully we will make it back this weekend.

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Cutest little golfer ever.

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Since Ken was riding with a friend, we took our time and stopped by the Farmer’s Market and Mustang show.

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We spent Father’s Day doing the church thing and then moving gravel. My body is seriously so tired.

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Just using the scary equipment.

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Found a salamander in the yard. Super cool!

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On Monday, we headed into town for some errands. Why is she so much cooler than me. And when did she turn 15?

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She took my phone to take some pics…

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Her view….

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Did some more gravel moving throughout the week….

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Had some tea parties.

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New flooring in the playhouse.

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Harvesting some veggies!!

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Have gotten in some riding and running over the last week. My body isnt too keen on hard efforts (though I did get to do some climbing last Thursday!!), so keeping it pretty low key.

Saw a bear run across the field next to our house last night. Made me super motivated to go for my run 😉

Took the morning off and headed to the lake this morning with our neighbors for some SUP time. My body appreciated the break! Was trying to convince B to go for a ride with me, but we are still having a debate over it. May turn into a run….only time will tell 😉

Hope you have some super fun plans for the weekend. We are having topsoil delivered tomorrow. My back is super excited for what’s to come 😛

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Riding, Running and Projecting.

Hey, guys! I’m really killing it in the blog world right now, huh?!

The weeks are filled with so many projects, prepping for classes, cleaning and such and the weekends are filled with even more projects and a lot of workouts with a side of family fun!

I do have some highlights from last week….

Wednesday morning I got out for a ride at 6 am and it was gorgeous (and brisk). Got splashed by a truck….the guy is 25 and new to the area. I dont think he knows that everyone knows everyone out here and I know exactly where he lives…not the greatest way to make friends with your neighbor!

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Ken and I spent last week drilling and welding and painting some metal for a custom shelving unit for the living room. He is really excited to spend his free time doing my projects 😉

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Especially when I dress super sexy.

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To add more animals to my list of things to do (Jasper, the fish, the hummingbirds, Ken and Brooke-I kid, kind of), we are raising butterflies. Perfect.

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Brooke got in some quality park time in town of Wednesday.

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First time she made it up to the top chair!

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We ran several errands before heading home and doing some more shop work.

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On Thursday, I spent most of the day outside mowing and cleaning up the yard. Apparently, I need sunscreen between my gloves and shirt when I mow. Ouch.

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Did some cleaning in the house too…

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On Friday, Ken got off a bit early for the long weekend. He rode his bike home for his workout and then I rode to town to pick up the truck. Multitasking at its finest! The views were pretty outstanding. Seventeenpointseven miles of pure bliss. Bring on summer!

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Friday evening, Ken’s sister (Errin) and her husband (Colin) made it to our house for the weekend. They brought their two adorable 7 month old kittens. Brooke and Jasper were in absolute Heaven.

On Saturday, the guys rode while Errin did science projects with Brooke. I spent the morning digging a 99 foot ditch to put paving stones/bricks in to separate gravel and grass. All.the.projects.

Once the guys returned, Errin and I went out for 48 miles of awesomeness. I definitely felt the fact that my longest ride of the year had been 34.5 miles. Way to prepare, LeeAnn.

These kind of views (Hahn’s Peak) make it all worth it!

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So do all the babies!!

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Sunday was filled with another boys ride in the morning followed by E and I getting out for a 30 mile loop on the gravel roads around Elk Mountain. I was pretty much toast by the end and happy to flop on the floor.

In the midst of all the play, Ken got a water tank pulled off the trailer to fix, he and C moved a large bench/cabinet to the basement and we finished up the metal portion of the shelves! I love them already!

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We said goodbye to Errin, Colin and the kittens around 10:30 on Monday morning and did some work around the house. Ken offered up a paddle boarding trip so we ventured to Steamboat Lake for an hour of paddle boarding and a picnic lunch (plus a stop for ice cream on the way home!).

Did a little of this and a little of that and before I knew it, it was time to take Brooke to her dance class. Spent the evening working on Ken’s legs watching a documentary on the Ouray 100 mile ultra that Errin recommended to us. So interesting! I am toying with the idea of running the Run Rabbit Run 50 mile race in September of next year. Could be exciting, right?? I am sure the 3.3 miles I ran on the treadmill today will translate 😉

And there you have it! Hope that you had a wonderful Memorial Day. We are very excited to usher in summer over here!

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Girls Weekend, A Race and New Dance Class

 

Why, yes. I did fall off the face of the Earth. But, I’m back!

Last weekend I had an awesome Girl’s trip with my mom and sister in Portland, Oregon. Alle moved there a few months ago and we were finally able to meet up and see her new digs. Let’s rewind and share some of the fun!

On Friday, Ken and Brooke dropped me off at the airport around 6:50 am and then continued on to Wyoming to hang out with Ken’s parents for the weekend! Safety in (adult) numbers, right Ken? 😉

 

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After a layover in Denver, I made it to Portland and was swooped up at airport and taken to a giant waterfall. I mean, does it get better than that?!

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Oregon was absolutely gorgeous! So so green and waterfalls everywhere you looked.

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Alle was well prepared and brought about 4 extra rain coats for me to choose from. Turns out is rains off and on, but actually way less than I expected.

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After visiting the waterfall, we drove down to Hood River for some Brewery time. We sampled some of the local beer and played on the riverside for a bit.

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Since I was missing the kiddo, we made sure to hit up the park and get in some quality playtime!

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After a quick stop at one of the coolest grocery stores that I have been to, a couple of Alle’s friends came over for dinner…and so my Mom and I could meet Ben. Oh my gosh. Look at that face. He was the sweetest little 2.5 year old Vizsla and I could not get enough!

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PS…Alle’s house is the absolute cutest. She has such a talent for decorating!

Saturday morning started off with a walk to the most delicious French themed restaurant. I gained 4 pounds just by walking in the door!

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We started with a “sipping chocolate” taster. Absolutely divine.

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My taste buds can barely look at the pictures.

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Crepes

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Northwest Salmon Hash

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Banana French Toast.

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Good thing I brought my stretchy pants!

After breakfast, we got dressed and headed out for the day’s activities-wine tasting!

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It was a gorgeous day! Alle is well versed in the wineries around them and is a member at a couple, so we spent the day exploring and drinking delicious wines!

 

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Let’s put it this way….I am a total lightweight when it comes to drinking, so I was having a GREAT time all day. Ha!

By the end of the third winery, we were all happy to head back to the house and put on pajamas, order a pizza and watch Pitch Perfect 3! (And cuddle with Elsa, of course)

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She has a thing for my Mom!

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Perfectly normal for a Girl’s weekend!

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And then we were quick into bed!

Sunday morning started early! We got up, Alle made breakfast and we headed downtown for a little half marathon. Fun fact: My knee started bothering me again the previous Wednesday, so I didnt run for the 3 days leading up to the race. Well rested or flat…..or hungover 😉

We were there in plenty of time, warmed up and ready to go by the 7:30 start time. Unfortunately, they kept pushing the race back due to logistic issues and we didnt start until almost 8. So much for warming up!

We did the Rip City Race for the Roses Half Marathon.

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I started out a bit too fast (and paid for it later) but felt good in the lower altitude. The weather predicted rain, but we did not have any during the actual race (it waited until after). While the course was not my favorite (lots of random street out and backs) it was fun to go fast! We went over an awesome bridge to cross the river twice. That was really cool. I got to see Alle 3 times as we passed on the out and backs. My goal was to break 1:45. I ended up finishing in 1:43:06!! The course was actually a bit long….I had 13.29 miles instead of 13.1. I know that watches sometimes get crazy in the buildings, but Alle’s said the same thing. It could have been that we had to weave through most of the 5k race field…but according to my watch, I ran the 13.1 in closer to 1:41 and change and around a 7:45 pace. I will take it, especially after a full day of wine tasting! It was good enough for 3rd in my age group and 8th overall woman!

Once I finished, I started cramping like crazy (thanks to never running on pavement and then jumping on it for 13 miles. Ugh.). My Mom had met me and we walked down towards the bottom of the final hill and then I ran it again with Alle. She did awesome (she ran an full in March and has not really run since). She finished just over 2 hours for the long course.

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Pretty sure we are both talking in this picture!

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I hit a pretty nice wall around mile 9 and things went a bit south from there 😉

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We spent the rest of Sunday exploring downtown and eating the most delicious ice cream! Did a little shopping before heading home to sit in the hot tub for a bit! The best!

We did manage to get it together and go out for a light and delicious dinner. I dont need to eat for about a month now.

Monday morning, we were up and packing before heading to Blue Star for donuts. So good!!

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Alle was kind enough to set me up with a hair appt and I got my hair cut (nicely) for the first time in about 3 years. Priorities. haha.

Post haircut, we headed to the airport and my Mom and I began our travel days home! It was quite bumpy , but we made it and I was really happy to see my little family at the airport around 8 pm!

By Tuesday, it was back to reality!

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We ventured to town and discovered the pool was closed, so we visited the baby chicks and ducks instead!

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There is a new baby horse in our neighborhood!

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And we also spotted a camel. No idea on that one!

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At 5, Brooke had an intro into her new dance class. She was pretty excited about it. Especially since her little bestie is in her class too!

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And that about wraps up all of the excitement!

My legs have been happy to have a few days off and now I have to figure out what is next on the racing agenda! For now, I will be happy to play with my bikes for a bit 😉

Hope you had a wonderful weekend (and week?!) as well!!

Thank goodness tomorrow is Friday…

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