Running Date


This morning Scott and I got out for a few miles of trail running. We tried out a new to us trail and we will definitely be going back.  As we climbed (and climbed) and the sun was coming up, the views just kept getting better.  Scott was pretty sure we climbed about 2000 feet in 3 miles or so.  Beautiful!





Happy Sunday to you all! 

Getting our pumpkins today…fall is here and winter not too far behind! 


Best Buddies Forever


Just about once a year we get together with our China travel companions. We are so blessed to have such wonderful friends living so close.  Jay and Kristen and their two kiddos live down in Denver and always make it a point to give us a call when they are in our area.  Mason and Kyra were adopted from the same region in China and we were so lucky to be able to spend that time in China with such awesome people.  Because we went through the adoption journey together, we are surely bonded as family:)

Here is one of the first pics taken after our precious babies came home…Hard to believe it’s been 6 1/2 years!

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Here is our latest round of pictures. It sure is hard to get a good pictures of two busy third graders!




They are still precious:)

Happy Monday.




Camping at Lake Granby….running, biking, paddling…..


Last weekend, Sam and Alice had a cross-country meet at Snow Mountain Ranch in Granby so we decided to make a weekend out of it and camp.  Both of the kids finished so well. Sam finished 8th overall and Alice finished 2nd.  Alice led the entire race and was beat at the finish line. She was pretty upset (and so was I) but she definitely learned that she has to sprint through the finish:) We enjoyed the weekend away.  The leaves were turning and so beautiful.  Scott and the kids got out for a nice bike ride, we spent one whole afternoon taking turns on the SUP and I got to sit in my chair by the fire and finish a book.  Perfect.








Everybody had fun in the lake, especially Rosie:)

The End of Our Summer…


I see that my last post was on….ahem…..August 6th.  Since I didn’t give any updates on the end of our summer, I guess I should do that now.  Once that is done, I can give updates on September:)

We had an awesome end to summer. The kids and Scott finished up mountain bike racing and by the end of summer, everybody (but the photographer) was racing. It was so much fun to watch my family doing what they love!  Sorry, only girl pics this time:)

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We always love it when the USA Pro Challenge comes to the county.  Scott and the girls were asked to award a jersey to one of the female riders.  This was super special because it was the inaugural year for the female riders in the Pro Challenge.  I love that my girls could watch not only the men but some seriously strong female riders. Sam donned a tutu and fuzzy hat for the Funkadelic Pond Skimming Challenge.  He made it all the way across on his first try and took an epic swim on his second.  Great fun for riders and spectators:)

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We even took some time out to get our arts and culture on.  We spent an afternoon in Breckenridge checking out the blue trees (Deforestation awareness) and the flying dancers (probably not their real names) from Australia.

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We got in a few concerts around the county and tried to spend as much time together as possible before the first day of school.

Happy September to you all!


Climbing a 14er



Sam and a friend had the opportunity to climb Mt. Quandary yesterday with their new church youth leader.  They took off at 5:30 am and reached the summit in 3 1/2 hours.  Mt. Quandary is our local 14er, meaning it is one of the many 14,000+ foot peaks in Colorado.  There are many people who work really hard at climbing all the 14ers in Colorado.  This is not an easy thing to do because 1) the air starts to get pretty thin up there 2) the ascent is super steep and rocky and 3) weather conditions can change in a heartbeat and it can be cold and blustery once you get above treeline.  They had a perfect morning for climbing and had a blast!IMG_5189




This is a mountain goat and her baby.  Sam said they were right off the trail and not bothered at all by the hikers.




Just another Tuesday night in Frisco. The kids and I rode our bikes to the adventure park for the kids mountain goat run series. We arrived a bit early so the kids  could play around on the pump track and jump park. Alice and Paige ran the 5k and Mason ran the half mile fun run. He was a little nervous so Sam ran with him. I was so proud of Mason but more importantly, he was so proud if himself. It was a gorgeous evening to be outside.