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Post-dinner, post-board game playing... this kiddo is trying to rewrite “Paradise City” by Guns N Roses because he thinks it could use some tweaking. I will forever love this boy and his big goals, even if his constant beat-boxing gets a little old. Who knows... we may have the next Matisyahu on our hands. The boy came dream... #boymom #tobeachildagain #childhoodunplugged #whatmattersmost #familytime #musicman #slightlyobsessed #grateful #thisisreallife #letthembelittle #minime #musicislove #musiclover
No pictures can do the golden hues justice tonight. The sky is dark all around, and the leaves are ablaze in the sunlight peeking through. #thewondersofnature #steamboatsnaps #steamboat #coloRADo #fallinsteamboat #getoutside
The colors have hung around later than usual this year. Today may be one of the last days to see the golden hues, as we’re set to get snow again tonight. Fall... such a fickle season in Colorado. Mother Nature loves to remind us winter is just around the corner, but summer was just a few days ago. #coloRADo #steamboat #fallincolorado
Sometimes life throws you curveballs... like a six-day migraine or a crazy snowstorm when fall colors just popped. But the news of Las Vegas knocked me off kilter more than I could imagine. Such unnecessary heartbreak for so many. I’m hugging my loved ones a little tighter these days and praying for a better world for our kiddos. #whatmattersmost #bethechange #coloRADo #steamboat #familytime #thisisreallife #WeCanMoveMountains #boymom
When you're trying to purge and come across your printed copy of Kayla Itsines' Biking Body Guide and wholesale catalogs from 2015, and you do such a good job of letting go, but you just can't get rid of the one from @emilymcdowell_ because you kind of want to be her when you grow up. Her empathy cards are a fave of mine, along with everything else she rolls out. #shesafreakinggenius #andfunnyashell #youredoingafuckinggreatjob also... #iamnotahoarder #stationery #stationeryaddict
That moment when you buy 80s rockstar temporary tattoos online for your kiddo's 7th birthday party, and half of them look like this. 😳😂Let's just say we'll be sticking with eagles against the sun and tigers against a bed of flowers considering most of the kiddos will be 6. #momfail #whoopsies #imafunmom #butnotTHATfun #boymom #lettinggoofperfection
My little bug turned SEVEN today. I don't know how the years have gone by so quickly when the days seem so long sometimes... but I wouldn't trade it for the world. Our little fighter came into the world eight weeks early, running into hurdle after hurdle, and you'd never know it today. I forget sometimes how hard those first few months were, until his birthday rolls around, and everything comes flooding back. I have a feeling the hardship of those early days were prepping him for something amazing one day. #boymom #enjoyinglife #familytime #grateful #birthdayboy #letthembelittle #minime #momlife #thisisreallife #tobeachildagain #whatmattersmost #32weeker #preemie #luckynumber7
What a weekend! I hit major burnout with my running back in July and had to allow myself to step away from it for a while. But when I decided I needed to let go of running @rrr_steamboat this year, I immediately knew I still needed to be a part of it. I started volunteering for this race four years ago, and it has left me feeling awestruck every single time. People stepping out of their comfort zone to accomplish huge goals... if that doesn't inspire you, I don't know what will. This year, I volunteered, crewed and paced... and couldn't wipe the smile off my face the entire time. I am so grateful I got to cheer on these three ladies in particular. They knocked it out of the park, and I am unbelievably proud of them. #altituderunning #coloRADo #steamboat #runrabbitrun #rrr100 #rrr50 #rrr2017 #mountains #mountainrunning #dreambig #welivehere #grateful #getoutside #gotailwind #happyrunner #realrunning #trailsisters #ultrarunning #whatmattersmost
When you show up to work packet pickup for @rrr_steamboat, and see blue skies and clouds for the first time all week = 🙌🏼. The smoke haze has been brutal this week, but the skies are in the runners' favor today. Let's hope there is more of the same tomorrow. #altituderunning #coloRADo #steamboat #grateful #getoutside #mountains #mountainlife #mountainrunner #running #ultra #ultrarunning #whatmattersmost #rrr100 #rrr2017 #rrr50 #trailrunning
I pulled out my orange @running4thosewhocant hat for Sunday's race at 10K feet. The last two months, I was so burnt out on running. It had become a chore instead of the joy-filled, stress-reducing activity of days past. When I pulled out this hat, my list of #MSwarriors was tucked neatly inside. Reading through the names was what I needed to remind me that I GET TO run... that little oomph I needed to pull me out of this funk I've been in. My @momentumjewelry wrap gave me a gentle push, too. Trail on Sunday, followed by road on Monday. Both runs reminded me how hard it is to run short. I can't remember the last time I tried to run fast! Let's just say my turnover needs a little work. 😉Looks like I'll need to stick to the treadmill the next few days with the smoke from the local wildfires building up in the valley. Praying for those in the fire zone and those who are fighting. #altituderunning #boymom #coloRADo #fitmom #getoutside #hshive #lettinggoofperfection #mountains #mountainlife #momentumjewelry #oiselle #r4twc #running #realrunning #steamboat #trailrunning
I've been a bit MIA as of late. To be honest, I needed a bit of a reset. It's amazing what taking a bit of a break can do for your soul. One thing I had begun to notice was how frustrated I had become. Frustrated with others' behavior, frustrated with my running, frustrated with relationships, frustrated with our housing situation, frustrated with where we are in our lives right now... just plain frustrated. When I finally sat back and gave myself time to think through why I was so damn frustrated all the time, I realized all of it was stemming from me. I was creating the frustration myself by setting expectations that weren't being met. Whether the expectations were realistic or not doesn't really matter. The problem was that I was drawing a line in the sand and not extending a little grace. And the person who needed the most grace was me. In August, I finally allowed myself to let go of some those expectations, showed myself (and others) a little grace, and am finally feeling a bit more appreciative. This year has been a year full of big goals and even bigger achievements. Despite that, I was holding my feet to the fire on even BIGGER goals and even BIGGER achievements. And it was exhausting. In July, I started feeling the weight and realized life just wasn't much fun. It was hard to let go of some of those goals (because, dammit, I follow through!), but it has also been one of the most freeing things I could do. This weekend, I'm running SHORT, and I can't wait. Next weekend, I'm crewing and pacing a friend who is chasing her own big goal, and I am over the moon to be there to support HER. Here's to letting go of expectations and appreciating everything that comes.... and extending a little grace.
And just like that, summer was officially over. {insert requisite first day pictures from yesterday here} #firstgrade #boymom #dreambig #letthembelittle #momlife #whatmattersmost
Poor dude. August hit him like a ton of bricks. Or... like a kiddo who forgot to brake on the downhill. You know it's a doozy when there are still remnants of tears an hour later. (I'll spare you the bloody pictures, hence the filter and no pic of his leg. 🤢) A block from home, as he was bleeding on my shirt and crying crocodile tears, he asked me when he'd look normal again and told me his teeth hurt. He can't catch a break... or brake. #boymom #letthekids #lettinggoofperfection #letthembelittle #momlife #thisisreallife
Another day, another month. Tomato, to-mah-to. Adios, July. I'm putting you to bed. July was chock full of two weeks of migraines, a kiddo with big emotions, a lot of frustration and even more tears. Oodles of tears. Sometimes you have to call a spade a spade and wave the white flag. This household is ready for a good month, so we're saying goodbye to all of July's troubles and making August a good one. Please. For the love. #lettinggoofperfection #thisisreallife #bigemotions #itsokaytocry
Sometimes I forget I GET to live here. The fam went for a walk with the dog last night, passing the baseball tournament in town, counting the different states we saw on license plates... and I was reminded that not everyone gets to live amongst such beauty. I moved to #steamboat with a friend sixteen years ago with plans to stay a year. You see how well that played out. #curseoftheyampavalley #coloRADo #mountainlife #grateful #thisisreallife #summerinsteamboat
Yesterday was our anniversary. It's hard to believe we've been together nearly 15 years already. I looked back at some pictures from the beginning, and we looked so young. I had a baby face. He had hair. 😉 Marriage isn't always rainbows and unicorns, but I cant imagine it any other way. I'm thankful we've been able to grow together all these years. #lettinggoofperfection #happyanniversary #happynumber8 #enjoyinglife #grateful #whatmattersmost #thisisreallife
Thanks to the @steamboatrunningseries for putting on another great race in the series. First annual #HahnsPeak hill climb in the books. This is the photo @skirunfoodie took of me as I got to the top. No one can ever say I'm not expressive. 2nd photo: looking up at where we're headed. 4th & 5th photos: the views that make it all worth it. Turned out to be a nice Saturday run with @s_snow. #altituderunning #fitmom #gotailwind #hshive #happyrunner #mountains #mountainrunning #oiselleco #flystyle #running #ultratraining #viewsfordays #steamboat #coloRADo #steamboatrunningseries #momentumjewelry #truckerhatsandtrails
Sometimes you're not sure if your kiddo is listening and learning, whether you're being a good role model, and if what you're trying to instill in them is setting in. And then suddenly, you know you're the best you can be, and he is watching and learning. While Finley is at camp today, I decided to do a deep dive into all the "stuff" that has accumulated around the house. I started with his activity books, and stuck between the pages of something else, I found this. And my heart exploded into a million pieces. (In case you're wondering what the brown thing is/says -- "rabders" is technically the sign for Rabbit Ears, the first pass I ran over during my @msruntheus segment. He even added #MS to my hat and pigtail braids... and snow!) You may remember my list of #mswarriors... his teacher's sister was on my list. Her name was Trish Welty, and she passed from the disease. I love that Finley was able to share and learn about MS, while also connecting with his teacher around the cause. Awareness lives at all ages. Why not start with the next generation? #boymom #bethechange #cureMS #dreambig #fightms #finishms #grateful #letthekids #momlife #mountains #msruntheus #orangearmy #r4twc #running #whatmattersmost
That moment of sadness when your kiddo didn't want to take a post-race photo with you for the first time ever. He also chose not to run the kid's dash at today's Mountain Madness race. My heart might be breaking a little, BUT I'm all for him exploring what he likes best. And right now, at almost 7, he's exploring sassiness, and that breaks my heart even more. Wore my @momentumjewelry wrap today for a little extra motivation. Today's half marathon was the last road race of the season before tackling @rrr_steamboat 50 training. Bring on the trails! (Also, if you couldn't tell, I lopped all my hair off a couple of weeks ago. Less maintenance + less dreadlocks post-run + donating my hair = win/win.) #momlife #boymom #coloRADo #steamboat #steamboatspringsrunningseries #fitmom #gotailwind #oiselleco #oisellevolée #flystyle #r4twc #momentumjewelry #run #thisisreallife #ultratraining