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Still Snow Season and Ken’s First LandRun

Well, the weather has continued to be pretty uni-colored so far, but we have some sunshine today! Woohoo!!! We have missed that blue sky, lately!

Colorado got some of that Bomb-cyclone weather, but up here it was really just a normal storm. Sure, it snowed and the wind blew-but what’s new this year!?

When you spend 2 hours moving snow, it helps to be prepared. And warm.

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Ken was able to sneak away last Thursday (on our anniversary-ha) to go to a bike race in Oklahoma with his business partners/teammates. Any time he is gone, Brooke begs to make zucchini noodles.

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We spent some quality time playing outside when the sun came out!

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Treated ourselves to some donuts. Not sure what the confused face is for. You eat it, kid.

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Went to the pool…and took a picture with the snow in the parking lot. Yep, it’s a lot.

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Since everything outside is still so white, we decided to liven up the kitchen. Feels a bit Spring-ish!

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The other houseplants are a bit out of control. This guy is to Brooke’s head level-and comes from the loft above!

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Random wedding picture for our 10th anniversary!

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Brooke loves her a good puzzle. She did a solo 100 piece!

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I was the queen and had to grant my subjects their wishes. mhmmmm perfectly normal.

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Brooke and I went on a lunch date while Ken was traveling. Cutest date ever.

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Back to Ken’s travels….

Made him some rice cakes and energy bars for the race.

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He found his “Good Luck” treat the night before. Perfect.

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We followed along via whatever social media we could find.

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I rode the trainer while Brooke worked out and we stalked Ken’s race.

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Ken called me when he was done and told me he was 9th!! Top 10 with a huge field of pro cyclists. Couldn’t be more proud!

That hair, tho.

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Amy took 3rd for the women and Mark came in 3rd in his Age Group. What a weekend!

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Meanwhile, Brooke and I continued our snow play. That’s a fence post. Guessing about 4 feet high. Yep, that’s me standing on top of it.

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Quality Momming. Ha. This stuff is delicious!!

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Quick pic of Brooke’s incredible hair.

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And her moves. Ha.

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Yesterday, she just HAD to play outside in 13 degrees. In her bathrobe.

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She launched some animals down the yard in a sled and had to go rescue them.

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Another snap from Ken’s race. They all stopped for the picture.

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And, because-HOPE….we see the ground today! (Note: snow in the forecast for 3 days starting Friday-ha).

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Sorry for the super all over the place post, but it was that or wait 2 weeks to put it together better 😉

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Workouts:

M: Ride 1 hour, Run 3 miles

T: Ride 1 hour, Run 4 miles

W: Ride 1 hour

H: Ride 1 hour, Run 3 miles

F: Run 5 miles

S: Ride 4 hours (2×2 hours on the trainer). Mom life.

S: Ride 1 hour on Trainer

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Christmas and New Year’s, etc.

Howdy and Happy 2019! Dont ask me where the last 2 months of 2018 went, I have no idea. But hey, happy to ring in a new year that promises many exciting things!!

Let’s rewind a little bit and do a little photo drop…aka all the pictures on my phone that I randomly find and feel the need to share 😉 Isn’t that how you keep track of your life?

Some pre-Christmas fun. Brooke thought that she and Jasper could dress up like little chefs. They were adorable. 

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Brooke’s Tiger got all dressed up…for something??

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My sister (Alle) and my brother-in-law (David) joined us for Christmas. They made the 19 (?!?!!) hour drive from Portland to be with us. They brought their Drahthaar, Elsa (center) and their friends’ Vizsla, Ben (right) along to visit as well! It was AMAZING and we all had tons of fun!
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Brooke’s paradise 😉
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Brooke made sure to take excellent care of Elsa.
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Ben is 3 and a ball of energy. He is very excited about balls and will stare at you until you throw it! I took him out for 5 miles and he was happy to cuddle 🙂
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BAAAAALLLLLLL
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Got our ski on!
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And hit up the hot tub! Not to mention some snow mobiling and epic sledding!
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Christmas was super fun. Jasper LOVES presents.

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So does Brooke. Alle set up an amazing scavenger hunt for her and we were done before the sun came up. Kids. She had a BLAST following all the clues!
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Excavating!
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Our tree was perfect.
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Always food on her face!
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Alle and David actually left on Christmas Day, so we spent the next day (my birthday) doing a bit of skiing and making a trip to Costco.
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On the 27th, I hopped on a plane and after countless delays, canceled flights and unplanned rental cars with midnight drives, I made it to Cincinnati. We spent Friday saying goodbye to my amazing Grandma, Lois. Luckily, since shopping and fashion are not really my thing, Alle had a dress all set for me when I got there! Alle and I gave the Eulogy at the Church and it was amazing to see a lot of the family that I had not seen in a while. (sleep deprived eyes)
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Saturday was spent eating. And hopping on the treadmill for 6 miles…because…eating. 
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Literally had 6 scoops of Graeters’ ice cream in 2 days. Still working that off 😉 And maybe the 7 pieces of pizza on Friday night.
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My flight on Sunday had me up at 6 and at the airport by 6:45 am. The airport was busy but I had plenty of time to grab the necessary caffeine before the flight took off. 
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After some delays, I finally made it home in time to hot tub and hang with the family!

New Year’s Eve was pretty low key and I fell asleep on the couch at 8:15. Ha.

On New Year’s Day, it was COLD. Like a high of 8 degrees cold. Ken and I rode the trainers for an hour (Ken did 1.5 hours). Then, I crazily threw on my running shoes and did 4 miles outside in the spongy snow (in 4 degrees). I was pretty tired after that!

We headed to a party and Brooke was thrilled to sled with some older girls. 

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This morning, it was -20 at our house (Ken saw -32 degrees on the drive to work). Jasper found the best place in the house. 😉 Ken and I did an hour on the trainers and then I got in a 4 mile COLD run outside followed by weights. Is it bedtime yet??
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And that has been the end to a year and the start of a new one! So many exciting things to come.

I hope you had an amazing Christmas and New Year celebration. Bring on 2019!

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Road Trip and Classes

Hey there! How was your weekend?? I took a little trip to the Front Range for some continuing education classes while Ken and Brooke stayed home and played! It was a different kind of weekend than the usual.

Last week, we started getting dustings of snow…

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Brooke and I made it back to Storytime Stretchers for the first time in forever. She loved it.

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We have had a TON of rain/snow/slush. I think we have actually made our way back from our drought summer!

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We are all loving the homeschooling over here. This guy has to join in on the fun!

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Ken brought this book home for me. He thinks I would be good at it. Ha. I started reading it. They literally move buckets of gravel as an obstacle. Maybe I would be good at it!

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Last Friday night, we got dressed up and went to dinner at Mambo’s because: a) happy hour and b) Peach pizza is still happening!

We headed to a birthday party afterwards and stayed until about 9:15. Brooke had a great time once the middle school aged kids got there. She plays up in age groups! hahaha.

She took my phone to capture some important aspects of the party.

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Good one, Brooke.

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We got home around 10 and I finished packing. My alarm went of at 3:50 am. Ouch. Luckily, it was an easy drive and I got to my class about 20 minutes early (started at 8 am). I even got to FaceTime Brooke when she got up!

At lunch, I was able to sneak out on my old training paths…unfortunately, they have paved them since we moved 😦 It was still gorgeous and woke me up for the rest of the day 😉 And, let’s be honest, I had not ridden my bike outside in a LONG time.

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Since I skipped the time at lunch to grab food (I forgot my lunch since I left the house at 4 am :/ ), I grabbed a bag of chips from the hotel. Luckily I had grabbed a recovery protein shake and Honey Stinger bar from home!

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Finished class, met up with E and C for dinner, hit Trader Joe’s and made it to some of our friend’s house to spend the night.

Sunday morning saw several inches of snow on the ground and some super chilly temps. Made it to class and the instructor was nice enough to let me head home early and finish the remaining 3 hours online!

The drive was a bit nuts and I watched several semi-trucks and cars slide off of I-70.

But by the time I made it out towards my house….dry!

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And even some sun!

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I was pretty happy to see the fam!

Yesterday was filled with a media meeting, some errands, school work, grading, media-ing (totally a word) and a 4 mile run (oh and an hour on the trainer pre-dawn).

Today we did school, I finished my online hours from my class, started taking down outside furniture and prepping for winter. Got in a relaxed 5 mile run and even a little stretching). Did half of my lab grading. Whew. Time for bed!

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