Time together

Just a short post this week.  Didn’t take many photos and Sam was lucky to spend most the weekend with Grandma and Grandpa Kusterle in Kamas!  He had a blast the first night with Siri and some good quality time with them through Sunday morning.  Thank you Mom!


Dan and I had a little staycation.  We watched (an entire!) movie and had Indian food Friday night.  Yum!  Relaxed a little Saturday morning and of course, rode bikes for a while.  We rode from the house, out to Draper and up one of our favorite go-to trails…Canyon Hollow-Jacobs back down and to the house.  22 miles, 12 of those on the road.  That’s my longest ride thus far and unfortunately, my knee was really feeling it.  Not sure those longer rides are a part of my biking life…at least for the time being.  I still had so much fun though and being with Dan, riding bikes is one of THE best most fun things we do together.


Yard work and a few cooking shows later it was time for a super nice and delicious dinner out.  Thank you Justin and Kerrah for the lovely gift to Franks.  It was really, really good…and a once a year type place to eat.  That’s meatloaf…mashed potatoes, butternut squash and a berry lavender sauce on top.  Those fried onions…oh my!   Dan had a Tikka style beef cheek, also very yummy.


And the most tasty brussels sprouts in alllllllllll the land!  Man, so good.  Topped with sliced almonds and parm cheese.  We finished off the night at friend Jamon and Chelsea’s wedding reception/party at their house, got to see lots of old friends from my days working at Backcountry.com.  We got to stay past 8:30pm, woot! 😉


And when you stay up late and wake up too early at Grandmas, you take long naps at 1pm.  SO tuckered.


And another week of soccer.  He got to play goalie in Wednesday nights game.  SO serious and he played like a boss!  Even though he’s the shortest one out there, he was awesome and aggresive.  More soccer, more rain in the forecast, teaching at the gym, playing and bike time coming this week.   Also, there’s only six weeks left of first grade.  Time is flying!

Some Easter and the Cannon


Hope you all had a beautiful Easter Sunday.  We spent some time biking and then hanging out with my family in Kamas.  Was a wonderful, quiet day.


Oh hi Annie! SO cute.


And hi Jane!


Laps at I Street again.  They were there all afternoon and evening Saturday as well.  LOVE seeing this kid in action.  He seriously blows me (and most people) away with how brave and comfortable he is in the air, on his bike.


A few treats, swim goggles and a towel.  Not exactly what Easter is about, but sometimes I secretly love having and excuse to surprise him. 😉


A few treats for Dad and Mom.  I’m pretty sure this is the first time I’ve gotten only one bar of dark chocolate.  The rest is some fun new ride food or on the go protein snacks.


One of my favorite Fetzer family traditions is our egg hunt, always Easter weekend.  I get to see my lovely and awesome cousins for a few hours and catch up.  I love all of these people so much and the kids have a blast!


My beautiful Mom.  70 years young this year.


And another favorite party of the year, the Partain Easter egg hunt at my good friend Julia’s.  It’s grown from just those six of us you see here (and dear friend Sedra who passed away last year) and maybe 12 kids to now over 60 people.  She does 700 filled eggs and lets the kid go crazy.  I’ve known these ladies since before some of our kids could walk, Julia since I was in middle school.




And a rare ski day at Snowbird last Friday with my brother Matt and Emily.  Thank you for such a fun day, despite the crappy weather and snow conditions (it was pretty bad!).  We had tons of fun.


Finally lost that first tooth!  His gums were numb anyway from getting a cavity filled, so the dentist just pulled it out real quick.  Done and done.  Growing hair and losing teeth!


Miss Annie trying out the bumbo last week when I was there watching her during Ruby’s swim lesson.  I mean…her face!


Thank you Grandpa Mike for the card and generous tooth fairy/savings gift.  He hasn’t spent a dime yet, saving for a full suspension bike…not surprising.


Behr and Parks got a new toy.  You bet they were begging to ride that thing all day.


And this is the Cannon.  He and Dan were beyond stoked he hit this for the first time Saturday.  I’m so thankful to have River and Ted there to cheer him on and motivate him to try new things.  He and River shredded it last night and both stepped it up!  I’ll never, ever keep up with these seven year olds!
First time…LOVE how excited they were.

And just a little something Dan put together

Spring break, camping and colds


Spring break started last weekend for these boys.  They met Grandpa Mike down in Gooseberry Mesa for some biking and camping.


Super sweet campsite.  Must go back!


Got a few rides in.  Dan got some solo riding time, too.



SO bright! 😉



That view.


Caught a lizard!  He was preeeetty stoked.


The plan was to stay til Tuesday afternoon, but weather came in pretty quick Sunday evening and Sam was also getting a cold.  Rained on and off all night so they packed up and headed out Monday morning.  They had a great time, despite the short trip.   So glad Mike was able to come stay with us for two nights before heading home to CA.


Just totally chilled out.  Probably watching a bike show or SING 🙂  Can’t wait til we see you in July at your house!  Love you Grandpa and hope you’re cold is getting better.


Meanwhile, I was teaching a bunch at the gym (Next time I WILL be camping!) and spending some time with Ali and girls at my Moms.  A random Monday in Kamas.  It was freezing though!  Thanks Mom for the yummy dinner.  Delish.


These two.  Best buds.  They earned their root beer after Dan said they had to do pushups, pull ups and L-sits 😉  Leave it to Dan to make them work for a treat.  LOVE it.


No school means biking whenever he wants.  He said, “Mom, I would usually be doing math right now but instead I’m biking!”


He spent  A LOT of time with River the last part of the week.  We had Rive and his brother Canyon over one afternoon.  Behr and Parks joined in on allllll the boy things this day.


Ummm, and these two.  Just precious.  Annie is almost five months oldIMG_20170409_074408.jpgRained all day Saturday and woke up to this today.  Really spring?!  It was 70’s Friday and will be 70 again by Wednesday.


Thank goodness for bikes and indoor bike parks.  They spent a fair amount of time there the last few days.


Getting after it.

Looking forward to school back in session.  Just about two months left of first grade and we’re into Summer already.  Time is flying.  Oh, and he’s hoping he’ll loose his first tooth here in the next few weeks.  Growin’ up!

Team Tangerine


Soccer season is here.  Go Tigers! #TeamTangerine 😉  The field is bigger and now they play with a goalie.  He did SO awesome and  was just so, so excited to play.  And since he plays soccer at recess everyday (which has seriously helped his ball skills), this was a nice change from the blacktop at school.  He loved every minute!


And he has two coaches who REALLY, really care about them.  In recreation soccer it’s a bit rare to get one coach so passionate but two?!  We’re lucky this spring.


Soccer practice was rained out, but these boys played outside for over an hour.  Rain?  Who cares!


Hungout with this growing babe last week, too.  She’s about 4.5 months old and getting so strong now.  She was super happy this day, just cooing and laughing and wanting to smile all the time.  Ruby had her CT scan and another miracle…her tumors are stable!  It’s the best news they can hope for at this point.  More infusions of Nivolumab then a PET or MRI scan in three months.  Follow Ali’s blog for updates.  SUCH good news and more time with Ruby.


Ali AND Mark working out together in my Saturday class.  I was so happy when they both walked in.  Thank you babysitter for their girls for an hour. 🙂 Just the best.


Another Thursday, another really awesome group in my 9am Burn.  They work SO hard every single time.  Sure do love my job.


A little dinner date to our fav place Saigon..again.  It was delish and I really, really love this man.  A lot.


Skiing with the ladies at Alta Saturday afternoon.  SO much fun with Grandma Carol and Ali.  Siri and Jane are skiing so fast and so well!  And Ruby…well, she’s just having fun and that’s what matters most 😉


Ruby, Carol, Siri, Ali, Jane, Liz


The boys met Grandpa Mike down south for some camping, biking and exploring.  Hoping the weather is OK for them, storms coming.  They’ll probably cut the trip short, but hoping that means I’ll get to hangout with Mike a little bit before he heads back to CA.  And this picture…LOVE it.  Just hanging out in the desert, playing guitar and enjoying the beautiful weather and scenery.

Biking then and now


Warmer last week and rain on and off the past few days.  Lots of rain.


They skied what is probably their last day at Sundance.  Yay for another super fun ski season there!  Thank you Dan for spending so much time with Sam and River there.


Makings of homemade Sriracha.


And Dan makes THE best chicken soup, using some of  his homemade stock right from the freezer.  He cooked the rice separately and topped the soup with it.  It was SO GOOD.  Perfect for a rainy day.


And he finally has a loose tooth!  Actually, the bottom two teeth..  They won’t be REALLY loose for a few weeks, but the dentist casually said, “oh, you have two loose teeth, did you know that?!”  I had no idea.  I’m telling you, it was like Christmas when they told him.  Everyone in his class, his friends and cousins have lost teeth and it’s his turn now 🙂


I’ve been spending some time on Wednesday’s with Annie while Ruby goes to swim lessons.  She’s getting bigger, stronger and ohhhhhh so cute!

And since I didn’t take many pictures over the last seven days I’ll end with this.  A little motivation and feeling proud of my journey in this life over the last 4.5 years.  Success and progress is usually NOT a straight line to reach your goal or wherever you think you should or want to be.  It sure does take a while sometimes and thankfully I’ve enjoyed most of this journey to better health, body composition and confidence. I’m feeling GREAT!


About a 60 pound difference.  Smiling and stoked to be riding in both….but much happier, healthier and more confident on the inside and out now.

Jump Jam and this weather


It’s just too warm for March.  That just means we’re biking now instead of skiing.  Lots of time at the Draper dirt jump for the boys and we all got out riding over the weekend.  Saturday was 79 degrees.  Maybe some rain this week at some point.


Shuttle laps on Rush are back!


Thankful for lots of friends who invite us to fun parties.  So fun Jessica, thank you!


St. Paddy’s look for school.


First ride in Draper and so happy to be riding with one of my favorite ladies.


Re Wikstrom!


She’s a professional photographer in her real life.  It’s fun when she wants to get fancy and take pics while we’re biking. 😉


Monday morning crew.  I LOVE these ladies!


Spent several hours last Tuesday at one of Ruby’s infusions…her sixth on this round to be exact.  It can be pretty boring, especially for Ali so I was glad I could keep her company.  And an early Birthday lunch for Ali afterwards.  My little sister is 34!  Ruby’s next CT scan is a week from Tuesday.  Check her blog for updates on what’s happening with Ruby…and the ever growing Annie, who’s four months old this week!


Lots of Birthday’s in March…Ruby, Grandpa Mike, brother Matt, brother in-law Dave and Ali.


A visit to sister.  My little family.  Oh how I love them.  And seeing Sam wipe off her headstone with me to make it look nice.  So tender.


And his first indoor bike competition, the Jump Jam at Wasatch indoor.  He was in the beginner grom group.  Just he and one other, who was 10 years old.  He took 2nd.  Totally stoked face!  He hasn’t taken off the sweat band and hat he got, plus some cool stickers and posters (which had to be hung in his bedroom).  Oh, and bright green grips for his bike. Score!



I’m sad I couldn’t be there, but next time for sure!  I was home resting this awful cold I’ve got.  Worst one I’ve had in over two years.

So proud of him for wanting to compete (even without his BFF River there).  Not only did he give it his all, he had TONS of fun and everyone loves him there.  Here’s a quick video Dan put together.

Sunny in St George


{Ruby, Mark, Sam, Jane & Siri}

Back from another super fun weekend in St. George.  Thank you Ali and Mark for inviting us.  We had the best time adventuring and just being together with you.


These kids just played and played and played some more everyday.  They woke right at 7am and played hard til bed.  Whew!


Hiked our favorite trail right up the street from the house.  They all made it the entire loop with minimal complaining 😉


Picking up some groceries while Ruby insists on holding hands with these two.  LOVE her.


Love you sister


Dan was out on a long ride this day.  32 miles and about 3,200 feet of climbing for him.




mid to high 70’s all the days.  Probably 80 there today.QIMG_20170310_165000.jpg



Got to hangout with this sickie a lot.  Poor Annie has had THE worst cold and cough in her nose, chest, throat…ugh.  So much junk in there but thankfully she slept like a champ at night for Ali and Mark.


Little bike just us three on Turtle Wall.  He did great and he’s climbing so well on his 20″.  These bike rides we’re able to go on together now are just awesome.  So many parents wait for the day their kids can do the same stuff they love, whatever that may be.


Afternoon bike date to explore a few trails in Hurricane while the kids and Mark went to a movie.



Quail Creek State Park.  Really pretty, but probably won’t go back to ride those trails.  Happy we checked it out and always thankful to have some bike time together.


Some mean games of UNO were played.  I don’t even know, Mark. 😉  We ate good food and relaxed a bit too.  Can’t wait until next time!


On our way home, we decided to check out a new place for camping and riding…Guacamole Mesa which is just outside of Zion NP.  Such awesome views and some good camping for future trips.


Unfortunately, on way home Dan got really (stomach) sick.  He’d been feeling a little off most the day but it really kicked in as we were driving home.  More stops than normal were had, but thankfully he’s downstairs in bed trying to sleep and rest it off.  At least he basically made it all the way through the fun stuff before he really felt crappy.  Here’s to hoping we all stay healthy.


We will definitely be back.