Thursday, September 29, 2016

an announcement

i'd just like to bloggerly announce that true can out stair-sprint his mother, 4 out of 5 sprints, for 5 sets. these are not your ordinary stairs.  these are gigantic cement "outdoor theatre" steps that come about knee height on me.
on top of that, while at cx practice, i came to the conclusion that by the end of the season, true will be faster than me on any course.  i am both proud and a little pissed off.  but more on the proud side.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016


we spent a day in roslyn with good friends...riding bikes and eating food (no, really tracy?  you guys rode bikes??!!).  if you haven't been to this sweet little town then you should go.  it retains the charm of a bygone era and amazingly, although focused on tourism, it remains very untouristy.  we dream of having vacation property here!

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

tahoe trip, part iv, business as usual

there are some things that we ALWAYS do when we go to tahoe.   that's because we LOVE to do these things, and the tradition is deep with the boys.  it's fun to see how each "same" thing turns out differently from the year before, and how much it stays the "same".
riding at the tahoe city xc center is always a must! here, luca and i found a trail we've never done, FUN!

tahoe without a dinner at Bacchi's would not be a tahoe trip 

"italian dinners" indeed!  meatballs here reign the top of our list

skylandia pier-  we love this "locals" beach

on the long drive home, we stop in ashland, oregon, and stay at the Palm Cottages., complete with a saltwater pool

the kids love dinner at the ashland brewery, and here they talk about how much they miss their dad

missing pictures from other traditions that we ALWAYS do:

  • popsicles (4 a day is the general rule, although colder this year, so one seemed to suffice)
  • putt-putt golf-  the kids insisted on the full course (yawn), which might have been about 10 holes too many.  we'll remember that for next year. 
  • peach pie- grammy always makes a peach pie for the kids.  it was gone before i could take a picture
  • bat watching- the last rays of light in the day are usually spent on the porch, searching for bats

Monday, September 26, 2016

go true go!

True, racing Marymoor, 2016.  Top ten finish!  And below, not so long ago....2013 wow.

Tahoe trip part III, the COUSINS!

i couldn't believe that we were lucky enough to actually see the cousins, but we were!   my boys were ecstatic to spend time with these big bartholomew boys-  and it was fantastic to be with them.  all of the kids got along really well and it warmed my heart to see true and luca so enamored with their cousins.  we were sad to say goodbye after only a day together and we're already planning for next time.
luca, true, caleb, gabrial, david (missing michael, who stayed behind with his girl)

caleb was the absolute best to his young cousins!

Friday, September 23, 2016

Trip to Tahoe, part II, Adventure!

tahoe trips always involve a little adventure! each year we like to do some of the same stuff and we always work in some new stuff.  our new stuff this year was really cool.....and involved digging up some bravery.  we decided to give tree top ropes courses a try.  i had to dig pretty deep to summon up some courage and i spent the entire time pretending i wasn't nervous. holy cannoli.  i was nervous.  the course is set up as green (easy), blue (getting harder) and black (hardest) diamond.  each level brings you up higher in the trees.  while you are securely harnessed in, and kinda safe, there is still room for injury with errors.  did i mention i was nervous?
this 7 year old...not nervous.  he was a monkey. was rocking black diamonds within 30 minutes of arrival

this 10 year old, like me, cautious

one of the more complicated bridges

like a pro

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Tahoe Trip, Part I, Crater Lake

summer is not complete without our annual pilgrimage to tahoe.  sometimes aaron can get away to come with us, sometimes he can't.  sadly, this year, he had to stay behind (we blew vacation time on chelan, lake wenatchee, winthrop, two trips to bend...not a bad summer at all!).

while driving to tahoe, we decided to take a little Crater Lake detour-  the kids have never seen this lake and i firmly believe that everybody should see it at least once in their life!   it was funny to explain to true and he actually has been to crater lake a little nugget inside me.  i was likely about 2 weeks pregnant with true the first time i had ever been to the lake (a memorable, but miserable trip for me as i was soooooo sick and could not figure out why!).

the basin was smokey from a fire recently extinguished to the west.  in fact, we came upon fire rangers whose job it is to just go to the lookouts and watch for any possible flare ups.   we ended up talking to these guys for a while, as one of them crawled under our car to dig out gravel that was stuck in the suspension (long story that involves a high pitched squeal that i wanted to ignore....these guys were heroes who figured out the issue and fixed my problem **note to self...always carry a 6-pack in the car to reward heroes in situations like this.  a bag of Pirate Booty doesn't do the trick**).

Luca was terrified of the edge...lots of signs warning people that getting close to will cost them their lives

Monday, September 19, 2016

the canoe files

aaron has taken adventure to a different level-  his restored canoe, complete with a trailer to haul while attached to his bike.  it's quite the scene- 16ft of canoe and a couple feet of bike, with a kid on the back....and two riders behind, all making their way to green lake to go on a sunset paddle.
i was skeptical, but i happily admit, this was really awesome.  i gotta say, i love this city!
store stop for dessert in the canoe

luca loves to help

and it's unloaded and ready to go

yes, it is that much fun!

a completely new perspective of green lake

Thursday, September 15, 2016

CX is here!

oh it's racing season again!  this time, cyclocross....the kids fave!  the first race was sunny and dry and the course was flat and fast.  luca, oh my little luca,  the kid raced his heart out.  his category is only supposed to do 1 lap, but he never stops at 1, and he completed 3.  amazing.  he's starting to look kinda pro too.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

first day 2016

the first day of school 2016-   which is true's last first day of elementary school!  (cue tears from mom).  we've come so far...with these kids not needing a parent to escort them to their class- we got a few winks from luca and true blew me a kiss and then boom....first day drop off complete.
thanks to our bonus auntie joan for the awesome thrift store duds.....the kids are proud to wear them and i think they look rather handsome.
"back" to school!