Mother of Geckos

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After the big sisters got new pets, Kayla got a fish. That only lasted so long. Fish can get boring quick. On a visit to Fort Wayne, Cousin Ryan introduced geckos. He raises them and explained the care of them. Kim and I both had iguanas back in high school so there is some reptile experience. We found a good local dealer and got a cool tank setup.

So introducing FLIP and MOJO! Two ladies that Kayla now keeps in her room. Daily duties include feeding and watering down the cage. She gets them out and they crawl around on her.

Geckos

Geckos

Geckos

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