Sam is EIGHT!

 

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Oh man…EIGHT years old already..EIGHT!

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We love this boy so, so much.  He always tells me he loves me “forever and ever for infinity all the time”.  Me too buddy!

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Of course this is what his cake was decorated with. 😉

He’s grown SO much in the last year.  He’s maturing with more friends around and in his ski and bike life he’s come leaps and bounds, as you all know.

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We had a party earlier last week, but for his actual birthday on Saturday he requested to…play with River all day and hit Finley’s jump.  I love that he’s so easy to please for a celebration.  River was with us pretty much all day.  Sam requested Black Bear Diner for lunch.  They snarfed their food and River’s first time there.

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They played and played and played some more.

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And then it was time to go to bike friend Finley’s house.  Sam, Finley, River and Carter all played around and then hit their homemade jump for a bit.  That thing is NOT small.  Whew!

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Sent it!

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Thank you everyone for the calls, messages and gifts all of you sent.  I hope you know how much he appreciated it and how lucky we are to have you in our lives.  He is SO, so loved.  He is my best buddy and Dan’s little sidekick to boot!

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I did teach a bit on Saturday before birthday fun.  SUCH an awesome and big crew!

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Birthday party at Get Air.  He wanted the same party as last year.  Only difference is we added a few more friends.  This is the best because they can jump and sweat like crazy for an hour, eat and we go home to a clean house 😉

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Twinners!  This is Finley.  Finley is an insanely good biker at 11 years old.  Downhill, BMX…all of it.  He is especially good at being in the air and Sam REALLY looks up to him.  This made his night for sure.

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Dan, Sam, Parks and River

 

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And just because she is WAY too cute.  Got to spend some time with Annie last week while Ali and Ruby had a long hospital day.

50’s and sunny here. This is NOT January weather, but we’ll enjoy it while we can.  Maybe a bit of now this week.   Keep all your fingers crossed!

 

 

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Some biking…Some skiing

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Cousin ski day before Jenn and family had to leave town.  I love that we do this every year…Kate insists on skiing no matter the conditions.  I love her.   Also, these kids are skiing faster and faster everytime.  So great!

L to R…Justin, Izac, Kate, Jenn, Siri, Carol, Jane, Ali, Ruby, Sam and Liz

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Jenn and Kate

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My first time on skis this season.  I think it’s the latest I’ve waited to put skis on in the last 20 years of my life. 🙂

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And since it’s not snowing much here, the boys took a super fun trip down to Hurricane to play and bike around at the old Rampage site.  Stay in a hotel, eat good food and bike all day with your best friend.  Pretty much perfect in their world 😉

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He was definitely getting after it.  Hitting some new stuff.

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Woot!

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Yummy cafe in town.

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Pizza rock!

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Another awesome cafe.  This one in LaVerkin, River Rock Roasting Co.

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Spawn Cycles for the win.  So glad they had such a fun few days.

I was home with a cold all weekend.   I’ll join in next time!

And a few videos…

The last bit of 2017

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Lots of family time and some fun the last two weeks of December.

We had a lovely few days of Christmas with Grandma Jane here!

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I’ve told everyone in my life this many times before, but I got 1000% lucky when it comes to my in laws.  I wish we lived closer and we could be together all the time 🙂

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Dan made an epic Christmas Eve dinner.  So happy Ali’s family could join us.  Bone in pork chops with an amazing horseradish sauce and roasted potatoes. Thank you Ali for the yummy carrots and that delish salad!  And can’t forget Dan’s sour apple crumble.  SO good.

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And I can’t forget to mention this amazing cheese board before dinner.  Holyeee yum!

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Thankful and grateful for a generous Christmas this year.

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Christmas morning is always very mellow, which we love.  This kid was pretty stoked on all the toy bmx bikes and ramps.  Oh, and Cars 3 movie…which we’ve watched too many times already.

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I drink tea everyday, yet I didn’t have a teapot.  Thank you Dan for this lovely gift.

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Had to get out is early Christmas gift we gave him in August (that bike!).  And, thank you to Spawn Cycles for this awesome jersey.  He wore it for three days straight 😉

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Spent the rest of Christmas day in Kamas.  Thank you Mom and John for such a lovely day and alllllll of the good food.  Half the cousins were there.

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We did get a little bit of snow on Christmas Eve.  Enough for the kids to sled and play in the snow.  LOVE their house and those moody skies.

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Ruby

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So much JOY!

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Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night!

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Got to workout with Ali and Mark the next day.  LOVE these two love birds.

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One of the most delicious places to get breakfast.  Brunch with Grandma.

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A quick visit to sister.

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Took Sam to see the new Star Wars.  A few parts were a bit too much for him, but he loved the rest.  Was fun to go to a movie all four of us.  Dinner at the Bohemian before Grandma had to leave Wednesday morning.   We miss you so much already! Oh, and unfortunately Jane got a stomach bug the night she got home, which then led to Dan and I getting it Thursday night.  We’re better and so far Sam has been fine.  That was definitely the downer of this holiday, bleh!

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Finally went and saw the lights downtown.  This was an hour before we got sick.  It came on SO, so fast.  We had fun down there though!

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Upper 50’s the past few days.  Crazy warm and no moisture.  Hoping that changes at some point in January…but, if it’s not going to snow it might as well be nice enough to ride bikes.

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A super awesome crew on New Years weekend.  LOVE these people and my job.  It really is so rewarding.

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Cousins from Cali arrived at mom’s Sunday. Hi Max!

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So happy we all got to be together to bring in the new year.  All of the cousins and siblings together!

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13 living grand kids…14 in total 🙂

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Sam-Siri-Kate

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Of course Grandma had another epic dinner spread.  Thank you Mom for all the lovely food!

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Gift exchanging things.

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We played and hung out and just chatted all night. The best! Left Kamas about 10pm, he was zonked 10 minutes into the drive home.

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HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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Back up to Grandmas for the afternoon, after I taught a SUPER awesome and busy class at the gym. That sledding hill was pretty sketchy but they had so much fun.  We desperately need snow 😦

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And a random one from before Christmas.  January 1st is really like any other day for me…for us really.  I’m excited for more experiences and time spent with my boys.  I want to read more books and take care of my body inside and out better.  I’ll post a little bit more in the next week or two about how I’m going to SLOW DOWN.  I’m hoping that Less is More will really ring true for me and many aspects of my fitness life and this journey to health I’ve been on.

Happy 2018 everyone!

 

 

The weekend before Christmas

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Lots of Christmas-ing going on around here.

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Draper lights earlier last week. So pretty and not crowded!

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Tree of life.

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Went to a super fun ornament exchange party at Ciara’s house.  Ciara is River’s mom 🙂

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Another party Saturday night for Dan’s work and this cheese board/appetizer spread was AMAZING.  This is when I willingly eat straight up cheese. SO worth it.

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A really amazing chef/caterer did a nice sit down dinner for Dan and his small, small crew of work friends.  It.was.so.good!  I ate raw scallops…I NEVER do that!  This spiced bundt with chocolate mousse and caramelized honey was delish.

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Really fun spin Christmas party at Thryve last week.  Love these ladies so much!

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Out annual girls night out of baking all the yummy cookies on Friday.  These swedish spritz cookies remind me of everything holidays and my Mom and Grandma Naomi Fetzer.

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Mom’s mantel and house is so dreamy.  LOVE, especially during Christmas.

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And it snowed a little!  A couple inches made for some fun on the Quarry trail with Ali, Mark and girls.

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Hi Annie!

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By now you all know that Dan loves the cold…or tolerates the cold well.  Leave it to him to wear shorts and no shirt while we were sledding.

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Spent a day last week with this little lady and sisters.  Ruby started her new trial drug on the study Tuesday.  Make sure you check Ali’s BLOG for updates on how Ruby’s doing 🙂

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Visit to the girls neighbors to see their amazing tree.  Over 4,000 lights on that tree!

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His Christmas spirit is strong.  I just love it so much.  Walking through stores with his hat on, making everyone smile.  He’s also been wearing it to bed every night for the last week.

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Dan finished out the weekend with a walk up around Alta.  Those south facing slopes have almost no snow, it’s just so sad out there.  He found some snow a little higher up and just being out was fun.

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Sure is pretty though.

Two days of school and we’re into winter break for almost two weeks.  Looking forward to Grandma Jane coming for Christmas and Jenn and family right after!

 

 

 

 

Like Groundhog Day

Cold, inversion and no snow to speak of…everyday is the same.  Welcome to Utah!

Wish I was posting about all the awesome skiing we’ve been doing but that’s just not the case.  The boys did ski at Brighton over the weekend, but nothing amazing since not much is open.  I’m just glad they’re out in the fresh air up high.

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Ok, maybe there was a little, tiny bit of snow 7 days ago.  Woke up to an inch or two in the valley, a foot in the mountains…dry as a bone since and will be through til at least next weekend.  He was so happy to see it snowing!

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Found him sitting in the corner by the tree, just chatting with himself and  to the ornaments. 🙂

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Dan made a wicked onion topping for some pork chops last week.  Vanilla Balsamic something or other with the caramalized onions.  Guys… it was SO good!

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Those polka dots (AKA: cupping) are no joke.  I’ve been seeing a massage therapist/chiropractor for the last three weeks.  I’ve been having lots of issues since my concussion with headaches radiating in the back of my head/neck and also just an insane amount of lactic acid buildup from lifting so much.  She has worked wonders for me thus far.  It’s not a massage really at all…it’s just pure torture most the time.  I have so much crap in my back, traps, neck and head that she has to put the cups on in order to get the blood flowing so she can actually get to the problem areas.  Let’s just say I have to do SO much deep breathing to make it through the hour but afterwards, it feels so good!  It’s basically like physical therapy at this point.

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Introducing River to A Christmas Story…a movie Sam has been watching over and over and over the last two weeks.

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It wouldn’t be a proper party without their helmets on;)  Had some friend over for a little Christmas fun.  I’m sure you can guess they only took a 10 minute break between all the biking.

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Such a good Saturday crew.  If you aren’t having fun, you aren’t doing it right!  Love my job.

 

 

 

 

Christmas trees and biking

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Nothing like searching for the perfect tree in warmer weather.  I threw on my beanie to make is seem cold 😉  Found a tree at one of our favorite lots.  Ricks Trees!

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Not cheap, but our house smells amazing and I know Dan loves a real tree each year.

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He’s growing so much these days, but sometimes I stare at him and think he’s still so little.  Turning EIGHT in a little over a month. CRAZY.

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After not seeing each other for two weeks, Rive and Sam were so happy to be playing and biking again all weekend.  They were some kind of crazy and hyper Saturday.  SO hyper.

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Got to play with this little lady a few times last week.  All she wants to do is walk and walk and walk with that shopping cart.  So big!

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Love when Ruby comes out to do some “workouts” after class.  She has quite the moves.  Also, she had two scans last week, PET CT and MRI.  Make sure you check Ali’s blog for all the updates.  They’re starting a new treatment in a few weeks.

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A visit to sister last week while Dan was in Vancouver for work.  This picture is so tender and really pulls at my heart if I’m being 100% honest.  It just makes me tear up.

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And another big day in Sam’s biking world.  One of our favorite climbs in Draper we got to do together yesterday!  Jacobs Ladder has some pretty steep parts, but River and Sam both did so awesome, with zero complaining.  We even ran into some friends we haven’t seen in a while, so it was like a big bike party.  30-40 mins of pedaling uphill for a super long downhill, they were stoked!  It’s hard to express how happy we were yesterday..  Just A LOT of joy!

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Ted’s first time up there as well.

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A truck full of fun!

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Storm on it’s way tonight, we’ll see how much we actually get out of it.  High pressure and cold (inversion) til Christmas it looks like.  Here’s to hoping mother nature comes around at some point by January.