All the pretty views

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Amazingly pretty views all week, so thankful!  Started my Sunday out with a hike to the top of the tram while the boys rode at Trailside.

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When you’re filled with so much happiness and joy you can’t contain it 😉

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Top!  My gym friend and fellow trainer at Thryve and her sister.  What seems like not so brutal of a hike to us, was REALLY difficult at times for her.  She made it though, her first time!

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Thursday Sam and I spent adventuring in the mountains.  Got to hangout with Grandma Carol even!  A picnic and walk around Silver Lake in BCC.  John’s son Mike and his family were in town, so we met up with them.  It’s been so many years since I’ve seen any of my step brothers (I have three).  They were so nice!

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Earlier that morning he and I hiked to Cecret Lake at Alta.  One of my favorite, happy places!  Looking to Devil’s Castle.

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And even more pretty views.  Finally rode the Crest for the first time this year.  In past years, I’ve already done this ride many times.  No matter how little or how often I’m up there it just never ever gets old, boring or ugly 🙂  This is Desolation Lake.

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Yeah Re!

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Also…my happy place.

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The sunset after our ride was on fire!

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Sam and River played for at least eight hours one day last week.  They could play for days and days and days.

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5:45am lifting face.  I’m tired, but don’t I look so focused 😉  I’ve still been getting in some of my workouts super early in the morning so Sam doesn’t have to stay in the childcare for very long.  Keeps us both happy.

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We’ve both grown a lot on the inside and outside.  Seven years difference.  I’m happy that as times moves forward we are able to be better, happier, stronger and more mature versions of ourselves.  Look at that chubby Sam!

 

 

Naomi 5 year angel birthday

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Early last week we celebrated and remembered our daughter and sister.  Thank you to some of our family who came to just be there and be with us.  Our grief gets lighter as the years go by, but we can never forget, especially the day she was born.  Our hearts are tender, but time does heal.  We love you Naomi.

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Justin, Ali, Liz, Dan & Carol

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These cousins 🙂  We’re pretty sure Naomi and the girls would be BFF’s.

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Earlier in the week, Sam and River shredded it at the Park City dirt jumps camp.  Two seven year olds and six teenagers, it was quite the group..and I’m sure you can guess which two were going biggest 😉

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Awesome Saturday morning crew.  LOVE these people and that place!

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Sunday feels.  Dan got in a long ride and Sam decided to join him on the nap thing 😉

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Really fun and beautiful hike up Alta with friend Crystal Saturday night.  We were going to hike Snowbird but the route we wanted to go was closed.  I don’t normally hike downhill, but my knee doesn’t hurt today…not anymore than it usually does anyway 🙂

It was SO nice and cool and there was no one else around.

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Top of Collins

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Top of Jupiter Peak.  Dan got out early, starting at Mill D. His route—> Road to Gaurdsmans-Up to Jupiter Peak-down Empire-back up to the Crest-Crest and Beartrap Fork.  22 miles and 4,700 feet of climbing.  Solid day!

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It’s hot, hot, hot here.  Close to 100 and over multiple days in a row.  High 90’s for the next week again.  You can find us at the pool or in the basement 😉

Northern Cali Part 2

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And off to meet Grandma Jane at Cherry Flat.  A favorite place for such a long time.  The water was pretty high compared to when we’re usually there, so we didn’t get to play as much this time.  That water…was SO COLD.  Dan though, he’s a pro at deep breathing and has trained his body to be like, “oh, this cold water is not a big deal.”  So, he jumped off the rocks and swam for a while.  Lots of people showed up so we left not too long after.

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That water is already super clear, but when the water is a little lower…it’s just amazing!

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A short walk to get there and this super funky tree.  So cool.  Hi Jane!

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Meeting Gunner for the first time.  These two cousins already love each other so much!  SO happy Dan’s sister Kelly could be with us.

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Almost 9 months old.

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LOOOOVE.  Jane-Kelly, you must frame this!

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I heart Grandma’s big backyard.

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Spent some time at Deerlick Springs.  Another fav little hidden spot.

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Gunner was pretty fond of Dan.  Seriously, I think he smiled everytime he looked at him.

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Kelly, Dan, Gunner & Jane

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Siblings and cousins.

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Need to frame this one, too!

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A few pics before a super yummy dinner at the Cafe one night.

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Jane works at the cafe at the Indian Creek lodge…their food is so, so good.  Dan’s dinner.

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White chocolate panacotta

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Good morning!

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Lake Day!  Thankful we got to spend time with Dan’s family friends from so long ago.  He grew up going to the lake with all these awesome people.  The Hunts and Cains.

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Grandpa Mike joined us!

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We’re pretty sure Sam jumped off the houseboat at least 50 times.  That kid! 🙂

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So fun to have other kids there.  He got along SO well with Davin.  That boy has skills on the wake board and surf!  It also helps that he and Sam LOVE all things dirt bikes.

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Davin caught a fish…and Grandpa Mike showed all the kids how to clean it out.  Opening the stomach and all to show them what the fish had been eating.  #gross!

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Dan’s first time wake surfing.  He got up like it was no thing.  So fun.

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And this pretty much sums up the end of the day.  SO tuckered out from all the sun and fun.  Thank you Jane for such a good time and for all the yummy food.  It felt too short!  Can’t wait to see you around Christmas time.  LOVE YOU!

 

 

Northern Cali Part 1

Back from a glorious vacation to visit Mike then onto Jane’s house.

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A favorite place to hangout everyday at Grandpa Mikes in Mt. Shasta.  His backyard is a little oasis, especially when it’s hot.  We spent out mornings and late afternoons just chatting and playing out there.  And these three…triplets!

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Lucky to have awesome bike trails right out the door of his house.

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That view!

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The trails were super dusty, but it was still so green.

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This kid played A LOT of darts.  So into it 🙂

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Looking for hikes up on Shasta.  You could see a line of them going to summit almost every morning.

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Glad we got to spend some time with Ellen, too.  Playing at Lake Siskyou.

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LOVE this pic.

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One of the days I got in a good 16 mile ride, the last part with these guys.  Sam did one of his longest rides yet, almost 12 miles which included a bunch of pedaling uphill.  SO proud of him!

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Ellen, Mike & Sam

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Cooled off at the music festivities down on main street, just a 2 minute walk from the house.

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LOVE when they play music together.

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Loaded up Grandpa’s old boat for some time on Castle Lake.  Sam LOVES to ride in that little blow up raft in the back.  It was chilly!

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Sam wins for being the most brave swimmer!  He kicked on that little pad from the shore out to the platform in the middle of the lake.  Seriously, it was cold water!

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More beautiful views

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Happy Independence Day!

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Yummy mexican food our last night there.

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Thank you Grandpa Mike for such a good time.  Yummy food, chatting, hanging out, biking, playing and just being together was the best.  Can’t wait til we see you in October!

Nitro!

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The day these boys have been waiting for finally came!  Boys night out at the Nitro World Games downtown.  Can you tell they were excited? 😉  They rode trax down and back and made a long night out of it! Thank you Dan for showing them a good time.

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They watched BMX, Skateboarding, and huge Moto jumps.  I saw some of it on TV while they were there, it’s so cool.  They got home around 10:15pm….and of course, Sam was up right at 7am, per usual.

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Couldn’t hang past 2:30pm today.  Silly boy who never sleeps in.

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Got in a ride while they were out.  Fire burning behind me in Alpine.  There are A LOT of fires burning here in UT right now, the Brian Head fire in southern UT being the biggest in the US right now.  Scary times.

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Got in a bunch of shuttle laps over the past week.

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Pool time with Annie.  So adorable.

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And more time with the girls while Ali and Mark were with Ruby at here PET scan/Oncologist appt/another infusion.  The girls had so much fun with Sam.

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And by FAR the best news of the week was that Ruby’s scans showed her tumors are stable.  Just…amazing and so happy and thankful she’s still here and being an awesome four year old!

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Another awesome creation/made up recipe from Dan.  Broccoli cakes!  Delish.

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Had to go up to Park City to register Sam for a dirt jump camp.  He decided to hit the jumps for a bit.  It was pretty hot, but he was still eager to jump.

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Took him to see the Olympic park and water ramps on the way home.  SUCH a cool place.  He was amazed at the ski jumpers.  That afternoon there were quite a lot of freestyle jumpers, so the tricks were extra rad to watch.

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Making my Saturday crew suffer at the end of the workout ;).  Nothing like some wall sits to set your legs on extra fire after 50 minutes of other awesome stuff. 😉

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And a shout out to this awesomely strong woman who is my client.  I’ve been working with Nikie since March.  She’s lost 21 pounds, but most importantly it’s amazing how much stronger, fit and healthy she is!  This is the part of personal training that I love…when the client actually puts in the work OUTSIDE of the short sessions we have in there.  I give guidance, she does the work.  Plus, we’re both mt bikers and skiers so we get along real nice.

So excited for the week to come.  Sister Jenn and kids will be here from CA Wednesday!!

Happy Father’s Day!

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Happy Father’s Day!  We had a great weekend hanging out together and going on a few adventures.  We love you SO much Dan!

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I love these sleepy heads.  Well, Sam’s not so sleepy at 6:45am, but Dan sure is 😉  “Dad!! Happy Father’s Day weekend!!”

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Hi Fred!

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Dan finally got out on a really long, proper adventure Saturday.  He biked from the house to the trail head.  Stashed his bike and scrambled up the west slabs of Mt. Olympus.  Those view!  5,000 feet of up and tons of fun coming down and 24 miles of biking (except for the bush whacking at the end, yikes!)

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He saw two rattle snakes.  They’ve been out like crazy this year.

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Lunch and a beverage on the North ridge.

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While Dan was out playing, we were at Millie’s Princess Run.  These kids all ran the race and did so great!  Also…cancer sucks.

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Sam and cousin Emily

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They all ran SO fast, especially Jane!  That girl better be on the track team when she’s old enough. 🙂IMG_20170614_074555

A great way to start my day.  Bootcamp with that woman in the stripes.  Tricia taught me how to teach spin and hired me for the first time back at the old gym.  She runs bootcamps out of her home in Draper.  So fun!

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All the ladies, working so hard in Burn last week.  I LOVE my job.

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Swim time!  I’m usually the only Mom who’s over sitting in the shade after 45 mins or so.  I was with four other Mom’s this day and they all sat in the sun for almost three hours…three hours is too much for your skin day in and day out, people!  (I could go on a rant, but I won’t)

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He is seriously giving me a run for my money and speed on the trails now.  Thank you Dan for shuttling us yesterday.  I was almost left in the dust on Vertigo.  He’s just shredding!

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And Sam wins for best Father’s Day card.  I hope Dan holds onto this one forever.  I just love it.

 

School’s out!

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First and last day of FIRST grade.  He’s definitely grown on the inside and out!

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Miss Ravsten.  He’s sure going to miss her a lot.  She was SO, so great!

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Seven years and five months old

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You bet we went swimming a bunch already!

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Hi River!  They spent most the day Thursday and Friday together.  BFF’s.

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Rivers brother Canyon joined in on the fun one day, too.  He’s so crazy and asks a million questions.  Love that three year old.

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One of Dan’s epic breakfasts…one of the many reasons we don’t really ever go to Breakfast unless we have company in town.  I love that he takes pictures of his meals 😉

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Super fresh eggs from a good friend.  Thank you Jen!

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Rivers have been raging all last week.  Temps close to 100, backing off starting tomorrow thankfully.  Got a few rides in.

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Corner Canyon, looking towards Lone Peak.

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Really fun birthday party for one of Sam’s riding buddies.  Funtopia!

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Oh hi, Rudolph 😉  Dan took quite the digger last week while paying attention to Sam and not the trail.  Jammed his finger and cracked his bike frame. He’s already looking much better though.

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In one month we’ll celebrate Naomi’s 5th birthday.  Time goes so slow, yet I have all of these memories so vivid in my mind and heart.  Today I’ve been very thankful for her and the happiness we have in our lives right now.

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And I wanted to share something I put on my social media last week.  I didn’t really want to say much about it, but so many people have asked and I wanted this struggle of mine to just be out there, especially for family who I don’t see often in person.

“Hello…I’m Liz and I’m an emotional eater.  A binge and restrict eater actually.  I thought that after going through quite the weight loss journey my eating and emotional problems would magically be gone.  Oh, how I wish that were true!  Now that I’m here and have come such a long way, some of my eating habits are manifesting themselves in ways I wasn’t really expecting.  I’ve been over exercising and my eating has been out of whack for over two years now.  I’m sick of feeling sick, tired and guilty for eating all the foods after being so “good” all week then overeating like crazy every 7-14 days, then trying to out exercise that.  It’s a vicious cycle.  Four weeks ago, I hired a coach to help set me up for success…first in my mind and emotionally with food and anything that happens on the outside is a bonus.  I haven’t binged or overeaten much in these four weeks.  This is HUGE for me, huge!  I’m learning how much my body actually needs to fuel my life and workouts (Which I’ve cut back on) and I feel so good already!  My mind is getting right and I’m seeing successes everyday.  I’m only putting this out there because so many people have been asking what I’ve been doing AND if any of this sounds like your life, you are not alone! Us women especially eat our emotions, we just have to try hard to learn how to control it.  This is me and my struggle each day, but if I can overcome the very hard things I have so far in my life, I can do this and you can too!  Lots of love to all of the people in my life who inspire and help me everyday.”