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The Missing Month

Oh, hey. A whole month blew by. Wow.

Here are a few {million} pictures from the past month-ish…I will try to nail the highlights. Things have been busy. Really busy. Need a vacation, busy.

But enough of that…In {mostly} chronological order…

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Ken jumped into a mountain bike race in Denver. Mountain bike nationals happen to be about 1.5 hours from our house this summer so Ken hopped into a qualifying race in case he wants to race later this month. He did okay.

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It snowed. {Spoiler alert…It snowed a LOT this spring/summer}.

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Brooke is quite the artist. One night she brought this to me. I couldn’t even come close to this!

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More snow.

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We ventured to Sheridan, Wyoming for a gravel bike race/camping trip. Normal camp essentials: Giant bear and lite beer.

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This girl was ripping around on her bike!

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It was a 100 mile race and I could bore you with details, but…. I actually raced it and had a blast. Ended up 4th overall for women and 2nd in my age group. It was a rush! Finished 100 miles in under 6 hours.

Ken raced really strong and due to some tactics ended up second overall, but with a killer workout!

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That camp life.

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We spent a couple of days camping with my parents-in-law and had a blast. This kid loves to camp (so does the creepy photo-bomber dog).

Got in a 7 mile run. It was GORGEOUS!

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When we got home, Brooke decided she didnt want to deal with the struggles of long hair tangles for the rest of the summer, so we chopped her locks. I miss the long a little, but we are loving the low maintenance style!

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Got in a few good rides.

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Yanked out a baby tooth (her big tooth was coming in and the dentist was going to pull it, so we bribed Brooke with a toy instead of paying the dentist to do it and she let me pull it out).

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As much golf as possible.

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Some railing building.

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We celebrated this girl turning 6. How it happened, I dont know.

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For real mountain bike!

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Her own paddle board (maybe, spoiled.)

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Has yet to sleep without her giant dino!

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(Yes, on her birthday we started with paddle boarding and finished with golf-her request).

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Put together our porch swing!!

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The rivers are raging!

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Brooke got a dino taco holder for her birthday (thanks, Alle) so she has been requesting them.

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More railing building.

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Helpful when it snows.

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Representing our race.

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Home school end of the year party!

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And then, for the first 3 days of summer…..yeah.

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Birthday party goodness.

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And extra sass.

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Finally, sunshine!

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We hosted a ride from our house last weekend (third year in a row). There were 28 riders who did 110 miles and 9k of climbing. I headed out into the middle of nowhere with drinks and food about 13 miles from the end (the last climb is rough). Had a little search party for a couple of guys. Another successful bike event/party!

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On Sunday, Errin, Colin and I met up with my friend Kelly for our own adventure ride! It was awesome and I ended up with 84 miles on the day (with a stop for beer and fries around 60 miles in!).

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Other than the normal craziness, those are the highlights of what has been happening!

Hope that you are having a great (slightly less crazy) summer!!

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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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Chicago

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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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