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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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Launching, Puppy Sitting and Halloween

Happy November, Everyone!

It’s been even more crazy than usual over here the past couple of weeks. So many different balls bouncing around in our lives.

We officially launched our race website at the beginning of the week.   www.SBTGRVL.com

It was a lot of crazy effort getting all the things together. When you are anticipating large amounts of social media traffic, it makes life a bit nutty! Let’s just say that I may need a social media vacation soon! But when you see the likes of Lance Armstrong, Reggie Miller and a lot of other pro athletes talking about your event, it is pretty neat!

Luckily, in the midst of all the nuttiness (I have a class going right now, homeschooling B, Ken is working on a separate business venture that has required some outside work, researching all things media (like how I created a race YouTube channel..nothing too exciting yet), starting up training again and all of the other things that come with prepping for winter and regular life)….whew!!

I have ridden my bike a couple of times…and by that, I mean like 15 times in the last 2 months and maybe 6 of those were outside (running has been more convenient)….although, last weekend I decided last minute to complete my one cycling summer goal and ride a solo century (100 miles). It took about 7 hours and 20 minutes and I was TIRED at the end, but checked that box off!

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Random photo shoot with Ken’s bike. The fog was so cool!

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We puppy-sat last week. It was super fun, but also reminded me how much work it is to have a puppy!

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He is only about 4 months and is HUGE.

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Someone enjoys a good coffee….er, steamed milk 😉

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She got to craft a dino hat/feet and then found Ken’s green shirt to complete her look.

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Fall was gorgeous and clearly winter is coming quickly.

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More playtime!

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Jasper took his recovery seriously. Play hard, rest hard!

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Killer sunset!

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More puppy time….

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Just rocking her Nike headband…

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We had a blast on Halloween. We grocery shopped before Trick or Treating (our town shuts down the main street and the kiddos hit up all the stores). The grocery was SO quiet. I want to do that every year!

Sleeping Beauty. It was 40 degrees, hence the underclothes 😉

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She was GAME ON!

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Brooke is super funny. She is so quiet during it and hard to read but then will tell you what a blast she had. Cracks us up!

We stopped for pizza mid-trick or treating and then popped back out for round 2! It was sub freezing, so we added so warmer clothes too 🙂

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The next morning we woke up to a couple of inches of snow. She couldnt help it and had to go right out there…

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She LOVES throwing snowballs at me (via the glass door).

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Later, we put on actual clothes and went out to play for a bit!

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We have been a little lazy today (it’s raining and pretty icky outside). Brooke is playing dinosaurs in her bath. I am debating running inside or outside….not sure what will win (maybe a combo?).

It has been pretty fun getting back into training.

I have had 2-30 mile weeks and then this week I will end up somewhere between 20 and 25. Recovery miles this week after that random 100 mile bike ride on Sunday 😉

And that’s about it!

Hope you had a fabulous Halloween and are getting excited for the Holidays!

Are you a Christmas music in November person or do you wait until after Thanksgiving??

–I used to wait until after but the weather in this mountain town makes you want to pop on a Christmas station sometimes!!

 

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