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.
The traditional silly picture.
Together again at the same school. Probably for the last time ever. Tear.
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!
When she is with me, she never paddles. Hmmm. Looks like a great day on the water.
I don’t think that is what the mats are for! Naps? Nah. We need more activities!
Yoga in a park in Boulder — epic.
Check out that Warrior 2.
M & L? Mountain Lions! Got it.
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.
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.
Another great camp experience. I am sure we will be back next year!
“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.
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.
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.
She has the lane to herself. People were cheering her on from the sides. Nice to get random shout-outs.
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.
Live action from the final stretch…
Until next year!
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.
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.
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!
Pretty big rock wall. About 40′ up. Quite the challenge for any climber.
Bouncing our way through summer! But it will be fun when this place goes back to snow and we ski once again!