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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.

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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!

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Just Us Girls….and Jasper :)

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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