Fit After Little Bits

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Hi there! Happy Tuesday (I think?!)!

Just popping in to say hello 🙂 Anyone else feel like their house is a constant disaster during this whole thing? I feel like I cannot keep up with the “projects” that Brooke begin…and then there are the dishes. Let’s be honest, the dishwasher is the real hero in our house.

Thought I would just share some random things today. Basically, I am procrastinating unloading said dishwasher 😉

The other morning, I realized how much our fish, Zoom Zoom, really loves when the morning sunlight streams into his tank. He flutters all about looking gorgeous. I like to think that is how I look when the sunlight hits me in the morning. ha.


Last week (I think-seriously, the days just seem to roll together at this point), Ken got a new toy. Meet our new skid steer. I feel a lot of projects coming on 😉 It is also intended to move snow in the winter. Yes to an enclosed cabin and heater. Woohoo!


The melt-off has been real this past week and that has made for some squishy runs. New look for the pants? I kinda like it.


Brooke found a paint stir stick in a bag and naturally transformed it into something awesome.


We have played Chutes and Ladders about 78 times. I have lost 78 of them. Apparently I am a very terrible spinner.


Brooke has her heart set on a certain toy. I told her it is $90 so she made a chart to count down all the numbers until she gets there (by earning money doing chores). She did it all on her own. I counted that as math for the day 😉 (and yes, she did complete it on the back!)


Legos have also become a very important tool for learning. She could play with them for hours at a time!


Making sure to utilize the nice days for quality outdoor time. Her snow mound has shrunk substantially!


Ken just out “doing stuff” in the skid steer (I think he just likes to drive it).


Brooke got in trouble the other day. This was her apology note. Creative kid.


Spring in Steamboat=WIND. Like, gnarly, gross wind. Luckily, it makes it pretty fun to fly a kite. Isn’t this how most people do it?



We lucked into some warm weather (50 degrees!!) last week and I never wanted to leave the dog bed after my run. So warm!


She loves Prodigy. It is a math game where they have to do problems to go up in levels. Whatever works!


Did some Easter Egg coloring.


And played in puddles. The snowsuit and water gun clearly go well together.


Pretty excited to see some grass!!!


It was cold this morning (5 degrees-blah, I am ready for Spring!). Brooke didnt care. She decided to work on her golf game.


She got some new clothes delivered (mega sale!) and decided it was best to pair these two pieces. You do you, kid.


As far as workouts go, I have been a little unmotivated this week. Part of that is because I got in over 10 hours of biking and running last week and am tired. Part is because the weather is uninviting. And part is because my guess is the only event I am training for will most likely be cancelled. Sooooo, I am giving myself a couple of days to rest and then will hop back in. Luckily, I love to workout, so that isnt going to go anywhere, but also, I want to make sure to keep it fun. If there isn’t a specific event, I will keep mixing it up with running, riding, weights and maybe even some yoga in there!

Alright, kid is trying to drag me outside to play….she’s crazy. It’s cold.

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Lots of Pictures, Little Text

You guys. My social distancing wardrobe is off the hook.

Apparently I am getting really excited for the Olympics…#202One USA.


We are on day 1432 (but really I dont actually remember what number at this point) of our “quarantine”-yes, I do realize that it is not technically a quarantine being that we are not sick and are actually able to go outside..but sometimes it feels like that, no?

We have absolutely been making the best of it and are so blessed to live where we do. We are able to be outside as much as the weather permits-or how tough we feel that day 😉

Brooke’s bike skills have increased so much in the last few weeks as a result of our walks down to the mailbox.


Jasper is not mad about the walks either!


And then he ends up like this…which is basically a mood in itself.


The Denver Zoo is closed, but they are doing a lot of things on FaceBook that we have been enjoying. We got to meet their new baby Rhino (1 month old and 180+ pounds). So adorable!


Brooke has been spending a LOT of time riding her snowmobile. I think she is going to be pretty sad when the snow is gone! It is funny to be outside and listen to her-she sings and talks to herself the entire time.


We have been enjoying some Spring cross country skiing.






They played extra hard 😉


There has been some of this…


And some of this…


And far too much of this…(Seriously though, that was straight out of the oven and the 3 of us devoured the entire loaf of banana bread.)


Tiny hints of Spring in the kitchen window. Come on, daffodils!


Just making hearts out of rocks. Totally normal.


Enjoying some pretty fun experiments thanks to KiwiCO.


Cant teach this style. wow.


These mountains are the absolute best.


When water gets a bit boring to drink, GU to the rescue. Strawberry Lemonade for the win!


Someone is living the dream!



A little magic (and some crazy eyes).


These plants love it here!


Margaritas any day is totally fair game.


This is what it has come to. Be afraid.


All day, every day.


Ordering some clothes online. Her face. I die. Not sure she approved of his choice.


I love when she reads to me!


Her book making continues to be strong!


As does her board game playing!


And then today, this happened. It made my 4 easy miles a bit harder than anticipated. And a bit more painful on my face!


But alas, had to do something to combat the covid 19 (pounds). Ha.


And maybe the best part of today-Brooke was using modeling clay and made bacon and pancakes for her dolls. It looked so good, too!


Hope that you are staying safe and healthy and finding all sorts of exciting things to do with your time at home!

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A Lot of Mud and Self-Distancing

Hi there!

It seems almost strange to be on here writing as things around the world and close to home have so drastically changed. I hope that you are all doing well and finding some sort of normal in a time of uncertainty and just plain weirdness.

Rewinding back to when things slightly more normal…

Last weekend we ventured to Stillwater, OK for a bike race known as the Mid South. Ken was racing and I was supporting him and a friend. We dropped Brooke off with Errin and Colin in Fort Collins and made the nice long road trip. When we left on Thursday, Covid-19 was on tongues, but not near the situation it has become today. That said, we took incredible amounts of precautions on the trip-took our own sanitizing supplies, take out meals, stayed isolated in our hotel room and were only in groups when outside.


On Friday, I got in a 20 mile run. Later that night I found out that the marathon I was training for was cancelled. Not surprising (and rightfully so) but still stung a bit with all the training I had done over these winter months. Luckily I saw some really cute babies, so it made that 20 miler worth it.


We all took social distancing seriously and spent the majority of our trip in the confines of the hotel.


On Saturday, Ken and I celebrated our 11th anniversary with him pedaling around for 100 miles in some serious mud. I made sure to dress really attractively for our special day.



At least I was *mostly* warm.

Ken finished 16th overall in some very nasty conditions. Not sure he ever wants to race in the mud for over 7 hours again 😉 He ended up looking very uni-colored.


Brookes response to this picture: “Ken looks trashed.” She was very right.


After we all went to bed early, we were in the car the next morning and ready to head home (after stopping at a Do-It-Yourself Car Wash to hose off the bike!). A combo of humidity and hotel shampoo-hair on point. Literally.


The drive looked a lot like this. A lot.


We picked Brooke up, but didnt stay because we wanted to contain any germs to ourselves if we had any.

We were gifted the next morning to waking up with a gorgeous sunny day. The best.


I even got to get out for a nice ride (since my running race is cancelled, I have switched to mainly cycling with the hope that we will return back to some form of normalcy and be able to race in July).


Since we homeschool and work from home, everyday life has not changed much for us. While we miss seeing friends, we are spending all of our time at home. Brooke has been very into book-making and we will soon have a complete library.


We have spent every night playing games as a family.


My sister sent this to me and it made me laugh because it is so true. I am naturally an introvert and cherish time alone and with my family. Maybe that is why I love living in the middle of nowhere 😉


We are continuing to work and maintain our workouts. Honestly, working out and getting outside for walks and to play has helped to limit the crazy. Trying to take things day by day and praying for all of those affected. Also, I really need to clean my house! One would think that being forced to be home would mean it would be spotless-BUT with a 6.5 year old, there are “projects” everywhere…balance, right?

Workout wise, I have switched to primarily cycling. That means I will ride outside as the weather permits, but also spend some quality time on the trainer in the basement. Running will stay part of the picture-basically because I love it but also because I like to mix things up.

Another big part of my workouts:   I actually signed up and have been using her workouts since December. It’s fun to have another voice inside my head while working out and I love her functional approach. Hoping to come out of this whole thing with full body fitness instead of just being cardio/endurance fit!

Hope you are doing well! Until next time! xoxo

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