Annnnd again…bikes and skis

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Happy LOVE day to all of you last week.  Sam and his one eyed monster box came home with lots of fun stuff from his friends and this card from cousin Kate in the mail.  Thank you Kate!

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Not much else going on around here.  It’s snowing pretty hard here right now.  Finally a good sized storm our way.  The boys did a bunch of biking and skiing all weekend.

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Carter, River and Sam spent lots of time together.  Thankful for such good friends!

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Skied with friend Holden and Dan on Sunday.  They were shredding!

We’re wishing my brother Justin a speedy recovery, as he had a ski crash in Colorado over the weekend.  Currently in the hospital in Grand Junction recovering from surgery where they fused his C5&6.  Hoping they get to come home in the next few days.

And just a few videos…

 

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Grandpa Mike and the best news!

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I’ll just start right off with THE BEST NEWS of the past year and a half….Ruby’s tumors are shrinking…like, not just shrinking a little but a lot!  You can clearly see the right side is the almost golf ball sized tumor from November and then just a few months later this past week, it’s significantly smaller.  This is just amazing.  It’s almost like it wasn’t real last week.  Such happy, happy news.  They’ll continue on with the study she’s in with the trial drug Entrectinib.  You can follow Ali’s BLOGAli’s BLOG for all updates.

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Had to take a picture after she walked in and announced, “my cancer is going away!!”  Man, I was holding back the tears in that public place.  Her smile was so big and tender.

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And you know what else is the best?  When Grandpa Mike surprises you after you walk out of school.  Gah, these two!

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Last week was FULL of lots of big smiles.

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Snacks and listening to Lord of the Rings

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Even the neighbor boys LOVE Mike.  Thank goodness he loves to play, play, play. 😉

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Cozy Sunday morning.

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I keep reminding him he needs to make his school Valentines box.  For the past week he’s refused.  Glad he decided to get with the program.  I told him I’d help with that bottom part. He was happy to make things easy with a one-eyed monster.  Whatever works, dude!  I remember pretty much every year when I was in elementary wrapping a box in foil and calling it good.  Yes, I didn’t really care 😉

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I’m still spending quite a bit of time working on my mobility, stretching and rehab of my SI joint and taking care of my lower discs.  I was able to do a few things the other day in the gym that I haven’t done for over a month.  I won’t be doing those things heavy or a lot at this point, but it’s promising that I’m taking good care of myself and making myself better to actually do these things-just with lighter weight and not as often.  And in general, I just want to live and be healthy and strong…not be a hero lifting really heavy and over exercising all the time (that has been a bad habit and cycle I’ve been in the  past three years).  I’ve been feeling great with less intensity and most active recovery in my fitness life 🙂

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A rare day I join them at Brighton.   This kid is shredding people.  Something happened in the last couple months.  It’s like he’s biking, only he’s on skis.  I’m terrified, yet really excited for him all at the same time.

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Love these three generations.

 

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Thank you Mike for the dinners, visit and just coming to spend time with us. We never want you to leave but hoping we can get a biking trip in together before we see you in Cali in August.  LOVE YOU!

And just a few videos..

 

 

 

 

 

More skiing…more biking

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Another week in the high 50’s means more biking and a bit of skiing 😉  Dirt jumps for a few hours on Saturday, followed by some shredding at the skate park for these boys, Ted and River.

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Yeah buddy!

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Found an air behind Go Ride (our local bike store)

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Oh and they thought it was “hot” enough to wear swim suits the other day.

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I don’t even know…

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Ali and I found a new, yummy and super healthy place to eat.  CoreLife Eatery in Sandy.  Delish!

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He’s been doing push ups and planks in the morning before school.  I was doing 50 push ups a day for the month of January, usually in the morning to get my body moving.  I didn’t ask him to do anything, he just wanted to.    These kids watch us like hawks, so I’m glad I can be a good example 🙂IMG_20180131_110414Thank you Ali for a great day at Deer Valley last week with Mom and Siri.  Girls only ski day was so fun!  LOVED being with these three.  Oh, and my back didn’t hurt at all when I was actually skiing, so that was very encouraging.

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Thank you tourist from CO insisting we take our goggles off.  😉

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They went night skiing Friday then again Sunday morning.  He was skiing some steep stuff in the trees!

And one from the dirt jumps…

 

Staying mellow

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This is where you’ll find me a lot.  I’m dedicated to doing all the mobility, stretching and strength work I need to in order to keep my SI joint pain in check.  I’ve also found out I have two discs in my low spin that are at the beginning stages of bulging.  Yeah, real fun.  No wonder I’ve been feeling it!  My fitness life and routine has take a big turn and I’m hopeful I can keep things at bay with all of this correction/rehab work that I’m doing.  We’ll see how things are in a couple more weeks.

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Played with the girls a bunch last week.  That snow is quickly melting and we’re back to 10 degrees warmer  than normal and dry everyday.  Hi Annie!

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I’m still able to teach my Burn classes as usual and spin.  So thankful for that!

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Another epic breakfast sandwich from Dan.  Buckwheat waffle, arugula, fried egg, bacon and an onion “jam”  Holy crap that stuff is SO, so good.  This is better than any breakfast sandwich at any restaurant.  For real.

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And a little bit of ski time for the boys.  Sam was happy and willing to go this weekend 🙂

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Have a great week everyone!

 

S-N-O-W

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Most exciting news of the past week….a proper Utah storm in the valley!

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He went right out and has played on and off out there for hours and hours with the neighbor boys.  He didn’t want to ski at all, but I’m just glad he’s having fun!

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Sledding time with River and Ali’s fam.

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Of course Dan was only wearing shorts…at least he’s wearing boots, gloves and a hat 😉

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Back to school tomorrow after their three day weekend.

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Spin is ALWAYS better when Ali’s there!

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Another Saturday, another awesome class.  And see that guy on the floor?  He’s one of my regulars and one of my new physical therapy specialist friends.  I’ve been having some really bad pain in my lower back the past two week.  Like, stop me in my tracks, I can’t do much type pain.  No lifting from the floor or doing anything high intensity.  I can walk, stretch, do light lifting on my upper and that’s about it.  I have been teaching spin but I’ve been going pretty easy.  After talking with another trainer and my new friend PT Brandon, it’s clear I’ve got SI joint pain.  It is NOT fun and it’s something that’s been building for years and I’ve neglected several things, mobility and listening to my body more for one.  I’ve got my knee problems, abductor issues, super tight hips and glutes and one of my legs is longer than the other-that right there is probably the main culprit.  I’m SO uneven and my whole right side sucks right now. BLAH.  Starting tomorrow, I’ll be seeing a few different people to try and first, correct the joint and uneveness and then start from square one of my mobility and ways to go about my fitness life a bit differently so that I can keep this in check.  My arthritic knee is a separate issue but in reality, it’s all connected.  Hoping for more insight, answers and help from here on out.

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Thankful I could go for a walk today.

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And thankful to have friends from out of town who have a place at Snowbird.  One of our favorites things!  We had the pool and hot tub to ourselves for an hour.  It was SO, so beautiful up there.

 

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!

 

 

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…