The Day We Didn’t Race

Adam and I have loved going to the Frozen Dead Guy festival in Nederland, CO for years. This year Adam signed us up for the Coffin race. We put together a team of 7, built a coffin, planned costumes (uh, we were all going to dress in black and paint our faces–except Adam who doesn’t do face paint) and lined up babysitting. Ellynn and Jason even drove all the way out from Provo (a 12 hour drive in stead of 8 because of a snow storm). Adam & Sierra left for Nederland early this morning, a little while later we saw that the race was moved to tomorrow due to high winds. Since it is Sunday, we won’t be racing. We went up to see the parade and decided next time they say there are high winds, we should believe them and stay away. It was unbelievable. To ease our sorrow, we ended the day with a dance party.


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The day before Thanksgiving, the kids and I needed an adventure. So, I piled them into the car and we drove to Boulder. We ended up at Chautuqua Park, one of my favorites.

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My Birthday!

I wish I wouldn’t have waited so long to post this, ’cause I know I’m going to forget important details. My birthday started with my first half-marathon distance (actually, my phone GPS didn’t track the whole run…but I know it was at least 13.1 miles). Gram watched Tristan and Ruby for me & had baklava for me on my return. Then she took me out to Happy Sumo for lunch. After school got out, the kids and I went to visit my sister, Janelle, then off to my parent’s for dinner. Oh, and Erica made the most delicious carrot cake cupcakes and I ate waaayyyyy to many. The Friday before my bday, my friends surprised me and took me out to dinner. They even provided the babysitter! Adam was at work for my actual bday, but that just meant we could extend the celebration through the weekend :).

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Rocky Mountain National Park

We took our annual trip up to Rocky Mountain National Park on Saturday. We sure missed having Pa & Grandma Danna with us, like we did last year! We took a hike (not to cub lake again, a new trail through the meadow). While driving we saw elk, two moose, and a few big horn sheep. One of my favorite traditions during one of my favorite times of year :).

Oh, this lady! There was a group of people observing this elk (from a logical, safe distance). Then she comes along for a close up shot and all of us tense up waiting for the elk to show her whose boss. But he didn’t. A few years ago, Pop and Gram got too close to a bull elk and he started to charge Pop. Fortunately, the elk changed his mind and left peacefully…leaving all of us (especially Pop) a bit shaken up. Ever since then we like to call Pop “elk bait”, but not to his face.

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Sierra’s 9th Birthday

Pumpkin carving! Sierra invited over a few friends from school and church, along with Jay & Grace. We painted pumpkins, made “mummy” snacks, and painted faces.What a fun group of kids. I’m so proud of Sierra. At her parent/teacher conference last week her teacher said, “Sierra is THE MOST motivated, dedicated, hardest working girl I know!” Without a doubt that is true. She is struggling in a few areas at school, but she is so amazingly determined to succeed that she surely will! I love you sie-bear!

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