Thankful things

thankful

My feelings every year, all year long.  I hope I’ve expressed on this blog week in and week out how thankful, grateful, lucky and blessed we are.  I never want to take it for granted.  I have everything I need and I’m feeling the love!  We’ll be spending Thanksgiving with my Mom and John in Kamas.

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Thankful and SO lucky to coach such awesome people.  Last Monday nights class was on fire!

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Cutest baby at our house yesterday.  Hi Annie!

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First snow in the valley.  Sam and bike friend Carter played and rode outside for 2.5 hours.

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Dan doing his deep breathing/being in the cold stuff.  Lots of you know but if you don’t, he takes only cold showers and tolerates anything cold REALLY well these days.

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Just hanging out before the sun comes up in 26 degree weather..in shorts.  Brrrrr!  Lots of benefits to being exposed to cold though.  I can’t knock it til I try it though, so I’ll just stop here 😉

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More thankfulness…so stoked they’ll be skiing at a new-to-them resort this year.  I didn’t get a pass because of my knee issues (and Sam’s was free) but I’ll be randomly going up to Alta and maybe a few times there I’m sure.  They open this week!

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And Sam gave BMX racing a go Saturday.  He killed it and had so much fun with friends there.

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He raced in the Novice seven year old age group.  He won the first heat and went on to win his age group!  Pretty awesome for his first time 🙂

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Yeah buddy!  So proud of him for trying something new.  He was hesitant on the night before but asked to race Saturday morning and he went for it.  Thank you Dan for spending time with him and taking him to do this.  He’ll for sure be back!

Video of the final run…

Hope you all have a wonderful and relaxing Thanksgiving, wherever you are.  We’ll miss being with several of our family members this year.  Love you all!

 

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A gaggle of groms

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LOTS and lots of riding for Dan and Sam at I street over the weekend.  Dan was gone all week for work, so I’m glad they got to spend so much time together.  We’re thankful and lucky to have such an awesome and talented group of young kids in our area.  All of them (and I mean ALL) shred…most definitely giving any grown up a run for their money 😉  I don’t go with them much but I did this time and I was SO glad!

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They dropped me off at the bottom of Dry Creek so I could get a nice climb in then made my way over to where they were.  My happy place!

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Dan was one of just a few of the Dad’s going for it.  He was shredding too!

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Yeah buddy!

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A special day for River that we wouldn’t miss!

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Some beautiful sunrises lately

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So happy Dan is home.

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Got to watch this little lady a few days last week…one day with my Mom.  So happy she’s retired so she can be with us on a random Wednesday.

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She was laughing so hard here.  I must have been super funny. 😉

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I love this kid and how he never matches or likes if I pick out his clothes.  Many times I Think he’s 7 going on 13 years old 😉

And a few videos…Sam tried hitting this line through at least 10 times before he actually did that last big gap jump (Buckaroo).  It was so fun to see him try, try again, try again and again and then finally get it.  He had quite the cheering section for him the first go.

 

70th birthday and sister time

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Happy 70th Birthday to my beautiful Mom!  Retirement and this age looks GOOD on you.

Thank you John for such a special night out, just us kids and spouses.  It was so lovely and yummy.

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Even Jenn was with us…so, so happy she could come from Cali.

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All five siblings

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Love you so much Mom and so happy you’ll have more time to enjoy the things you love.

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Us ladies continued the celebration all weekend with some girls only time away in Midway.  It was dreary and on/off rain most the time.  We didn’t care though since we love relaxing, movies, games and just hanging out together.

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We did make it out once on Saturday for lunch and to this store…Oh my word, we spent so much time in there.  I wanted alllllll the things.  Fernweh in Midway is ten thumbs up!

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Love you ladies.

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And just a few from last week…

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Halloween was super fun!  Carved a few pumpkins, school parade and trick or treating with River and family.  They had a blast.

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Red Lego Ninjago

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They tuckered themselves right out.  They were asking multiple times to go home 😉

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After school jump session

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Quick lunch out with Jenn and ran into sister in law Kerrah.  Can’t wait to see you again during Christmas Jenn.  So happy to spend the past few days with you.

 

Rampage

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2017 Redbull Rampage in the books!  These two Bffs and their Dad’s had a blast the last four days.  Besides River knocking out his front tooth on a crash landing, things went smoothly and they came back dirty as can be 😉  The road leading to the Rampage site.  It’s a 3.5 mile walk/ride in from where you park.

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They camped out by all the other families.  Perfect spot to have all the kids playing around camp.

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Got there early to set up in a good spot. Not too long after it looked like this…

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So.many.people!

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Looking towards the venue.  Some helicopters and drones flying all around for the TV broadcast.

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This is how you manage the dust and sun exposure all day long.

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One of the Pro’s there signing autographs.  Sam got to meet several of them.  Dream come true 🙂

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SO, so dirty..and tired.

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River ended up crashing on Friday afternoon so he and Ted spent a bunch of time in town (LaVerkin) talking to his mom and trying to recover.  He has a mild concussion and knocked his front tooth out (thankfully a baby tooth!) but is much better today.   Dan and Sam got tons of good Dad and son time together.

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Dan got an adult ride in with some other guys.  SUCH pretty views.

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And besides sending it at the old Rampage site, they just played and played and jumped the stuff around camp.

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River and Sam LOVE Little Caesars Pizza…I know…but they do and that meal tasted so good their last night there.

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The day after actual Rampage, lots of the fans and groms head over to the old Rampage site (where it started 15 years ago) to jump their little hearts out.  Sam stepped it up once again and showed them a good time.  So proud of him and how excited he was!

Thank you Dan for spending so much time with Sam and for hauling allllllll of the things to the venue, spending all of your time making this happen.  LOVE YOU so much!

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And meanwhile back at home, I had plenty going on and the time they were gone went by quick!

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My beautiful Mom FINALLY retired after years and years of working full time.  She started working full time when I was in grade school and has not stopped.  She and John have been commuting from their home in Kamas to SLC every single day during the week for years.  I could already tell, just four days into her retirement how much happier and less stressed she was.  We had lunch, hauled some gravel, fed the horses, worked out and just chatted for the afternoon.  I LOVED it and I know she did too.  So happy for you Mom…oh, and she also turns 70 this Friday!

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Ruby’s last soccer game.  She had quite the cheering section between all of us.

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Got in a bit of riding myself.  I always love riding with this most awesome lady friend, Re.  She’s the best and we don’t get to spend nearly enough time together.

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The trails are filled with leaves…most trees are bare now.  It’s beautiful, tacky dirt.

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And one more from his last soccer game a while back.  Blue Lightning had a great season.  Sam came a long way, many thanks to how aggressive Behr plays.  These three were so happy to be on the same team.  Hoping to stay together with the best coaches again in the spring.

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He really hasn’t cared what he’s going to be for Halloween, which is surprising since most years he’s crazy about it.  He also told me, “Mom, let’s go trick or treat for one hour then go home.”  Ok, buddy!  Not happening this year since we’ll be with River and family 😉

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So thankful for these boys and this life.  Trying to live in the moment and be grateful everyday.  I am lucky.

 

Fall in St George

 

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Spent fall break in sunny St George! Nice and warm the first day, cooler but SOOOO nice the rest of the time.  Lots of walking, some hiking, sand dunes, relaxing, playing, eating and just being with each other.  It was perfect.  Thank you Ali for the invite again.

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Oh, Ruby.  LOVE her.

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Hi Annie

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That hill back to the house was no joke.  And Jane down below…so funny;)

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Such good hikers

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Ha!

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Picnic and time at the town square splash pad.  We dropped by the Family History/Family Search center aftewards.  It was SO cool!  I could spend hours looking up/at/doing family history stuff.  I would love to spend more time doing that work.

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Pioneer Park scrambling and exploring.

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Send it!

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Snow Canyon

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They loooooooved the sand dunes! All the sand in alllllll the places though 😉

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A little power hike before to watch the sunrise on Sunday.  LOVED being out there in the cool, quiet weather.

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So, so thankful for these cousins in our life.  Sam is so lucky to have such close family around.  Thanks again for the fun times!

All the colors

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10am ride on a Wednesday.  The colors right now are crazy bright and beautiful.  Can’t get enough!

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Love when the trail is covered in leaves.  Perfect dirt!  Feeling good a month after my crash and concussion.  Still don’t feel comfortable riding in tighter trees, so the Quarry trail was perfect for a mellow ride.

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2nd grade school pictures turned out great!  Just.so.handsome.

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New wood posts looking good.  So much better than the other white crappy ones.

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A freezing cold soccer game for Ruby.  Glad we got to cheer her on, even just for one quarter 🙂

Dan, Sam, Ted and River spent all Saturday afternoon at the Ogden bike park fall party.  I I’m sure Sam goes bigger every time Dan takes a video, it’s crazy!  Just shredding with his bike friends…

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And thank you Mark for taking our family pictures.  I will never be able to decide on which few are the best…they’re all so good!

I can’t post them all, so here are several I’m loving…

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LOOOOOOOVE.

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Lots of fun stuff coming up the next 2-3 weeks.  Fall break starts Wednesday afternoon for this kid.  We’re going to make the most of it with Ali and the girls.

 

Moab and Grandpa Mike!

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Another super fun trip to Moab in the books!  Everytime we come back from these trips, I think, “this was the best trip for sure!”  All of our trips, especially now are just so good.  Especially with Sam riding the way he is now, it gets better and better.  SO, so happy we could spend the weekend with Grandpa Mike, just the four of us.  He came to SLC to help us with some house projects, we all headed to Moab and he’s now off to make his way to LA for a big Dean family party next weekend.  Can’t help but be a bit envious of the life he leads now in retirement.  He KNOWS how to make the most of it!

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Found a really cool spot, off the main roads heading towards Canyonlands NP.  If you’re willing to drive a little longer, look a little more and have patience it can be SO rewarding.  It’s definitely a bonus we had 4WD and a high clearance car to get there;)  No one else really around.  This is looking towards camp, the other direction is a HUGE canyon with views for miles.  Just awesome.

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Sunset

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So lucky to have Mike play song after song around the fire.  Seriously, perfect evenings around camp!

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7:10 am and that big moon is setting.   Sam and I were up and about first…of course 😉

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Warm beverages and hanging out both mornings near the cliffs.

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Onto some riding.  Saturday we rode out on the Mag 7 trail system.  This was one of Sam’s longest rides yet.  We took turns shuttling so the ride would last longer, breaking up the sections to give him a bit of a rest.  The ride for the day was Getaway-Lower Bull Run-Arths Corner-Little Canyon.  11 miles for this seven year old.  He was twice as fast as he was back in the spring on this new bike.  Crazy the difference.  He was passing adults left and right out there!

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Mom and Sam

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Another amazing sunset to watch.

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Hiking around near camp.

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Chips and salsa time.  That’s between 3:30-4:30 most the time for Mike 😉

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Sam’s longest pedal uphill to date.  750 feet of climbing, which is a lot since it was pretty steep and techy.  Rode Mega Steps to Baby Steps out in North Klondike Bluffs on our way out of town Sunday.  Such a cool ride and totally doable for him.  We took as many breaks as he needed, which was way less than I thought going into this ride.

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Steeper than it looks.  He did awesome though!

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Top of Mega Steps.  These three.  They are the best.

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Waiting for Dad to fix his flat tire on the downhill.

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So, so happy to be riding again.  I felt so comfortable on my new bike and rode better than I have in a while it seems.  Happy place!

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Woot!  Can’t wait for our next trip down south!

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And a thousand times THANK YOU to Mike for helping us with new posts on the house and for basically building our shed.  I’m not sure he knows just how much we appreciate all of his help and knowledge everytime he helps us.  We don’t ever take it for granted!

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He worked  hard for about 7-8 hours both days before we headed to Moab.  I got to help him while Dan was at work and Sam was in school.  I actually learned a lot.

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Mondays mess…

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Thursday evenings accomplishment.  Dan and I will finish the roof and a few other things.  Thankful to have the time, money and healthy, strong bodies to make this happen.

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Can’t wait to see you in the winter again Mike.  We love you so much and miss you already!