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Black Eyes and My Dog Wears My Clothes

Happiest of Mondays to you. Did you have a nice weekend? Do anything fun? Spend time relaxing?

We were on the go for most of the weekend and are currently in recovery mode over here.

On Friday, Ken and I were up early again to ride for an hour in the basement. It was an hour of base riding for me.

Came upstairs and the only convenient pants to throw on were Ken’s shorts. Keeping it classy 😉


A little later in the morning, I looked out the window to see that our neighbor’s llamas had escaped. Ken contacted him and he wasnt concerned. A few hours later, they went right home!

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Brooke got to work decorating Jasper. Seriously, the dog’s patience exceeds my own.


Then she decorated herself. I’ve got nothing.


Spent the afternoon cleaning up the house. Riveting Friday over here!

On Saturday, we were all up pretty early. I headed out for an hour ride (in 23 degrees). I wore all.the.clothes. Everything was warm except my toes!

Got home and took a quick shower before loading up the truck to head to Fort Collins. Brooke made sure to pack her movies 😉 That dog! Sweetest.


This is my “I just rode for an hour in the freezing cold and am finally warming up” face. Complete with forehead wrinkles 😉


It was a gorgeous and uneventful drive. Part of the drive involved some snow over the pass.


Made it to the venue with plenty of time for Ken to pre-ride and warm up before his race. Cross of the North is one of the most popular race weekends in Colorado and the venue didn’t disappoint.

The wind kicked up during Ken’s race and Jasper got a bit cold. He went ahead and wore my vest. Dont worry, he made sure to pee on it later 😉


The competition was stiff in the Open race, but this guy did a great job chasing around the course.




Post-race, we warmed up in the truck on the way to Errin and Colin’s house. Errin had a magical enchilada dinner for us. Seriously, delicious.

Per usual, I struggled to sleep somewhere other than my bed. I left Ken’s snoring around midnight and climbed into bed with Brooke.  (He doesn’t snore at home?!?!) I still could not fall asleep and I remember looking at my phone for the last time at 3:30 am. Perfect.

Brooke was up at 5:10. Nothing like 1.5 hours of sleep to start the day. So thankful for the lifeline latte Colin whipped up and the delicious breakfast Errin made. Functioning was NOT on my list of things to do for the morning.

Because I was pre-registered for the race that day, it was time to get dressed and head to the venue. It was HARD to get on the bike. I just wanted to nap!

Had a bit of a rough warm up with some unnecessary heckling through a section of the course that I was struggling to figure out. Always a great way to go into a race.

The race itself was NOT pretty. While I thought the course was a TON of fun and I felt that I improved with each lap, I just didnt have it. At least it was a good time on a bike and gorgeous out!

Colin had a good showing in his race and Errin joined me in the “rough day” category. It happens to everyone, right?!

Brooke maybe won the weekend spending both days playing with friends in the sand.


Ken was having a great start to his race until a mechanical set him back a bit and then a last lap crash threw the end of the race into a bit of physical chaos. In a fast corner, he tagged a stake with his hand and it literally threw him face (and shoulder) first into the super hard dirt. Ugh! It is always good to hear “your husband is bleeding from his mouth” at the end of the race, yeah?

Once we found him (made sure he had all his teeth) and got him checked out with the EMTs on scene, we loaded up the truck and began our trek home. I drove the first little bit of the trip while Ken iced every part of his body (and I became more confident that he did not have a concussion). We switched off driving and though I was exhausted, I felt that his head first into the ground move warranted me staying awake.

He had a lovely fat lip and a golf ball growing on his cheek. Ouch!!

We made it home (Brooke had fallen asleep at 5:30 because it was dark…almost with a chocolate shake in her hand!). Luckily, when we got home she was happy to hop in the shower with me before crawling into bed and going back to sleep! We lucked out there!

Ken was looking a bit rough this morning. He said that he needed to shave, but I told him that that he could take the day off….that would hurt! Hello, black eye!


There has been a lot of this today…


and some of this….


And then some outdoor play and chores. I was going to go for an easy jog, but I decided that moving 8 carts of dirt to the side of the shop was plenty for me.

Looking forward to some dinner and a dip in the hot tub tonight. Some tight muscles over here!!

Hope you have a great night!


Training time and a SS Win for the Husband!

Howdy folks! How’s it hanging? We are still a little under the weather over here, but digging our way out!

Because Brooke was still icky sickie over the weekend, Ken headed down to Boulder solo on Friday night to get a topper on the truck and then race on Saturday. We were super sad to miss it, but we try not to share the germs with our friends 😉

On Friday, I hit up the trainer for an hour. It was nice and sweaty.


Jasper felt that the morning was better spent in front of the warm stove.


Post workout, Brooke convinced me that we NEEDED to carve her pumpkin.


She was pretty excited (and then grossed out) by the insides.



She felt the need to decorate it with a sticker as well!


Super quality pic of our cuddle time. Missing Dad!!


On Saturday, we spent the morning making slime. One of Brooke’s favorite things!


There were some issues with the online course I teach, so there was a lot of time answering students and working with tech support during the day.

We had a nice little blizzard come in from out of nowhere.


While Ken was racing, I hopped on the trainer so I could ride at the same time as him 😉

My awesome SIL sent be play by play updates on his race! And pictures! (Please note the difference in weather)


It came down to a bike throw at the end and Ken walked away with the W. Sooo sad to miss the race, but so happy to feel like I was there 😉


Post race, Ken headed back home. We were all pretty excited to see him!

He brought Brooke a remote control car and she LOVES it. Jasper on the other hand….glued to my side if it is out!


He brought me treats too!


Sunday morning started off with some pumpkin waffles and whipped cream. Wanna guess what Brooke was playing with?? Terrified of that car! PS the computer is not typically on the dining table, but there was a Cyclocross race on that we were watching.


We spent the day working around the yard/house. Ken installed lights on the front of the shop. Photo coming soon. He let me sneak out for an almost 2 hour ride OUTSIDE which was amazing!!!

It was a nice low key day that included the hot tub…because, why not?!

Monday morning started out early for Ken as he had a 4 day hunting tag and was hoping to get an elk. I know that some people will cringe, but the elk will feed our family for much of the winter and he set out with that in mind, he didn’t head out for the thrill of it.

He managed to get one just up behind our neighbor’s house. The herd made him work for it, for sure. He spent the day working on that endeavor while Brooke and I played around the house.

I took the day as a rest day and enjoyed just relaxing (mixed with chores). Brooke got a special present. Thanks, Mom….giant horse!! They are new besties!


Another dip in the hot tub ended our evening on a great note!

Today has been a little more mellow than yesterday morning. Ken headed into work and we spent the morning doing Highlights sticker searches.


Apparently, she was distraught over not being able to find this one.

We are babysitting the neighbor’s Golden today. Lots of entertainment for sure!!



Now it is time to hit up the chores list and see how the day pans out. Lots of grading to look forward to this evening 😉

Hope you have had a lovely start to the week!!

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First Race of the Season (for us)

Hi there and happy Monday! Did you have a nice weekend?? Do anything fun and exciting?

Our weekend was a bit of a whirlwind…so let’s take it back to Friday….

I had good intentions of getting a post together on Friday, but there was just too much going on to sit down.

Started the day with some cuddles from my favorite girl.


Did some school work while sipping on some much needed coffee! I have to leave the lid off of this mug or I end up burning my tongue. Every.time.


Worked on some crafting…


I have been running my new diffuser with Thieves in it. It smells like Fall (hello, cinnamon!) and I LOVE it!!


Had some fun playing dinosaurs in front of the fire! It was pretty chilly on Friday and we actually saw sprinkles of snow.


Spent a lot of the day prepping for our trip on Saturday. With plans to leave the house at 5:15 am, I wanted everything as ready as it could be.

Frittata much?


I played around on my bike just before lunch to get the legs loosened up for Saturday’s race, it only snowed on me a little. Ken had converted my bike to single speed for the race and it was interesting (no trainer and no trailer) to go up and down the street and play in the yard while trying to open the legs up a bit.

In the evening, Ken and I loaded up the truck and went to bed as early as we could in anticipation of our 4:45 alarm.

Saturday morning started dark and early. Ugh! Had we not pre-registered I totally would have bailed and gone back to bed. When I woke Brooke up, her reaction was “YESSSS”. She was just a little excited to go see her friends. We had hoped she would fall back to sleep in the car. No luck.

Town was pretty quiet!


And sunrise was incredible!


Yes, I really needed a coffee IV.


We made it just in time for me to get my number and almost a full lap on the course. It was a really fun course (albeit a shock to the system!). Cross is full gas for about 40 minutes and it HURTS! Wowza! I ended up in 5th place and was pretty content with how the first race of the season went for me. (This is my…oh my goodness, keep it upright…face)



After changing into regular clothes and eating some lunch, Brooke was ready to go for her Pre-Junior race. She did great through the tough grass. I think I was more tired from helping her than my own race.





Just hanging waiting for Dad’s race! She had so much run riding her bike around and playing with her friends.


Ken went down early on in his race but was able to work his way up from a fourth row start. That is a lot of passing! He ended up in 12th in the Pro field. Not too shabby for the start of the season!


Once Ken was done and we had said our goodbyes, we made a quick(ish) trip to Costco and headed home. We got home around 9, put Brooke in bed and sat in the hot tub for a bit. That felt really good on Ken’s fresh abrasion 😉

Sunday morning we woke up and took our time getting ready for Church. Once we were home, it was pretty much a day spent cleaning up the house and prepping dinner for company that evening. Ken sold our Santa Fe and then got the trailer into the shop before the snow hit.

I was able to get out for a quick 3 mile run before getting dinner in the oven. The wind was pretty brutal with the storm rolling in and my legs were quite tired from the race the day before, but it was so good to get out!.


We had a lovely evening entertaining before watching Tour de Pharmacy (hilarious) and then heading to bed! What a fun (and exhausting) weekend!

Cant wait to do it all again next weekend…with an extended stay on the Front Range 😉

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