Monday, August 22, 2016

Summer Wanes

It's been a darn fine back third of summer. Although this summer has been epic hot here in Utah, we've made the best of us and have had a great time hanging out as a family, cycling a bunch, and staying cool any way we can!

We were so blessed to hang out with friends visiting from Oregon - the perfect reason for a party!
It was so fun to see these kids hang out together - they couldn't get enough of each other! I suspect it had a lot to do with Pokemon
ChenXing stayed cool by learning to swim in the Qualtrics pond. She's so cute - like a great big otter!
Sasha and I invested a lot of time in matching outfits, riding the tandem, and snowcones
Weird Al at Red Butte - epic.
Jamie takes the hill at Wildflower Pedalfest. I'm not fast, but I don't give up!
This is a natural formation called Devil's Slide outside of Morgan, Utah. It's not really that cool, but after missing the pulloff twice we figured we better document the fact that we actually found it.
Everybody had a blast at the Qualtrics summer party
Balloons, face painting, and snowcones. Perfect. Hair by Sasha, in case you were wondering.
Sam with his signature "no flavor" snowcone.
Sasha gets in one last flip before sunset

And now it's time to go back to school! Sasha and WanYing (4th and 2nd) started today, Ben (8th) starts tomorrow, and Sam (10th) spends this week backpacking with his class with the official start of classroom hours next week.

It's crazy to see my babies getting so big so quickly. I'm so stinking proud of them and can't wait to see what this year brings!

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Riding Seattle to Portland

Two days. 204 miles. Ten thousand riders. Five friends. Seattle to Portland was an epic weekend!

The weather was perfect, the company was amazing, the route was gradual and beautiful, and chocolate milk, spaghetti, and meatballs never taste as good as when you have 114 miles of riding under your belt!

Day 1 - here we go!
"175 miles to go" wasn't exactly the most encouraging sign...

Day 1 of riding totaled 114 miles - a big day! A shower and sleeping bag have never felt so good.
Day 2 was a more manageable 92 miles - we were a little stiff, but still ready to hit the road at 7.
Tah dah! We arrive safe and sound in Portland!

STP was an amazing adventure. Well-supported, a beautiful and gradual route, and judging by our experience the weather must always be perfect for riding in the pacific northwest because we enjoyed dry-but-cloudy skies and temperatures in the 70s! ;)

Now to plan a family STP adventure... my kids are up for 200 miles a few years from now, right?

Monday, July 25, 2016

Lagoon Mini Vacation

This weekend we indulged in a two day mini vacation to Lagoon, a local amusement park that we hadn't visited in years. To make the trip extra-easy, we reserved a campsite in the surprisingly shady and very convenient Lagoon campground to take advantage of Lagoon's great bounce-back rates.

It was a great trip! We did every roller coaster and big ride in the park and nobody threw up - a good time was had by all.

Ben quickly realized that the people mover was the easiest way to hatch his Pokemon eggs
Ben was also very excited to find "Benz" bumper cars
We did every big roller coaster! From Cannibal with its 116-degree descent... The Bat... JetStar...
...and of course the Wild Mouse, Wicked, and Colossus. Oh, and Ben rode Rollercoaster (the old wooden coaster) 13 times!
The girls got the best of both worlds - they were tall enough for the big roller coasters and still little enough to get a thrill out of face painting and the carousel
It was a great little vacation! Glad we had time for Sunday afternoon naps because, shew!, we needed it after two action-packed days at Lagoon!


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