Fall Soccer 2016

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Soccer Fall 2016

What a season!

Soccer clubs nationwide moved to birth years for teams this year so Kayla was forced to find a new team. Luckily, she found a perfect fit! She was put on a team that turned out to have the Dad of girl in her first grade class as a coach. The girls became friends at soccer and at school. And the coach was terrific!

They really had fun at practices and at the games. The captain changed each week and with it brought the big responsibility of naming the team for the week. Each kid picked something crazy with multiple words.

Kayla has several goals over the course of the season. Sometimes multiple in one game. We lost track. However, we did find her being less aggressive this season that in the past.

All in all the team ended up winning every game they played! Even the final weekend where they played 2 games back to back and had the record on the line. There are no real standings at this age level but when you win all your games to go undefeated…that is pretty cool!

Kayla will be back on the field in the spring with the same team trying to keep that record alive.

I do feel like the bad dad at the moment for not posting tons of pictures but it was just soccer every weekend. Maybe in the spring I will be a better historian.

Back to School – 1st Grade

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And with that, summer ends. School begins. Big changes for Kayla as she goes into first grade at a new school. But now being at the same spot as her older sisters, somehow makes things a little bit better. We are excited to see how this change works out.

Back to School

The traditional silly picture.

Back to School

Together again at the same school. Probably for the last time ever. Tear.

Back to School

Avid 4 Adventure Camp

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Time for camp! A full week including a variety of sports. Kayla is at a ripe age for going and learning a lot of skills — canoes, kayaks, hiking, mountain biking, and more!

Avid 4 Adventure Camp

When she is with me, she never paddles.  Hmmm.  Looks like a great day on the water.

Avid 4 Adventure Camp

I don’t think that is what the mats are for!  Naps?  Nah.  We need more activities!

Avid 4 Adventure Camp

Yoga in a park in Boulder — epic.

Avid 4 Adventure Camp

Check out that Warrior 2.

Avid 4 Adventure Camp

M & L?  Mountain Lions!  Got it.

Avid 4 Adventure Camp

So this was the big breakthrough of the week.   Kayla won’t try her bike at home anymore.  Can’t get it.  I gave up for a while.  But at camp, well, she just took to it after some work with the teacher.  Those teachers know how to teach kids.  They do it every week.  Kayla was riding in no time.

Avid 4 Adventure Camp

She even would come home from camp and tell me to take her riding.  She jumped on her bike here and rode around the block 2 times!  Guess she mastered that skill.

Avid 4 Adventure Camp

Another great camp experience.  I am sure we will be back next year!

Leadville Firecracker 5K 2016

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Distance 3.11 miles
Time 41:19
Pace Hers!
Rank 156th
GPS Analysis Strava

FIRST RACE!

“So anybody want to race 5k in the morning?”, I asked. Harmless question. Sydney said, “Yes!”. Reagan said, “OK, I want to beat Sydney“. Kayla pops out, “Me too!”. What? You are 6! You can run 3.1 miles at 10,000 feet. But I didn’t tell her that. Let’s see how it plays out. Ignorance is bliss…for her.

Leadville Firecracker 5k 2016

In a disappointing move, the race did not start as usual with the lighting of some fireworks.  Bogus.  But we were off.  Kayla went hot of the chute.  In Leadville?  Who does that? 2011.  But then the climb up 6th Street.  Kind of a proud moment for a Dad that gets his thrills running here.  My kid is on course (for a bit) cruising up the hill.

Leadville Firecracker 5k 2016

Mile 1 was pretty good.  Mile 2 slowed down.  Lots of spring, walk combos.  She didn’t want to pace it right.  Not her style.  We hit the hill looking back down Harrison Ave and it was smooth sailing.

Leadville Firecracker 5k 2016

She has the lane to herself.  People were cheering her on from the sides.  Nice to get random shout-outs.

Leadville Firecracker 5k 2016

Crossed the line to find the big sisters done about 4 minutes ahead of us.  That’s not a lot of time.  This pacer must have did a great job!  And the runner wasn’t too bad either.

Leadville Firecracker 5k 2016

Live action from the final stretch…

Until next year!

Leadville Firecracker 5k 2016

Summer Fun @ Copper Mountain

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We spend a lot of weekends at Copper Mountain skiing in the winter. But it turns out they keep the place pretty busy in the summer too. Festivals and events are happening all the time. But during the weekdays it is nice and quiet and the kids love to go there and play. You can get a “summer season pass” where you can enjoy their activities. Ride the chair lift. Play mini golf. And do some of the stuff shown below. I may even drag my bike over there and have it drop me off up top and ride down.

Copper Mountain

The go karts are the best part.  Hard to find a decent track around here these days.  This one is short but got my juices flowing.  I started in the back and passed all cars.  But one girl was killing me.  Looking over her shoulder and blocking me in the turns.  She was probably 10.  I noticed her whole family cheering her on from the bleachers.  I kept working her and finally took her in traffic to win.

Copper Mountain

Bumper boats are always a good time.  Spraying other people with water in the face.  Kayla got pushed out in to the center of the lake (see below) where the fountain was spraying.  Her boat was going in circles and it was just raining down on her.  She was soaked when she got off the boat.  Still had fun!

Copper Mountain

See Sydney and Reagan to the left of the fountain on the zip line.  More zip fun in Colorado.  This one just runs across the lake.

Copper Mountain

Pretty big rock wall.  About 40′ up.  Quite the challenge for any climber.

Copper Mountain

Bouncing our way through summer! But it will be fun when this place goes back to snow and we ski once again!