Winning sans Podium: The Sturdy Dirty Enduro

“Life happens for me!” We don’t have enough control in this world that we MAKE life happen and I prefer to not be a bystander who life happens TO. Life happens FOR me! This was an insightful piece I picked up at Steph’s Women’s Strength Summit. The past few years have been tough, yet somehow I’m…

Mommy, look… I have a baby in my belly, too.

For the first 2 years of Zander’s life, I thought this day would never happen. Zander has been the best thing we’ve ever done and raising him has become the craziest and most exciting thing for us. With that in mind, before we had him I couldn’t have imagined loving anyone or anything this much….

To My Mom and My Son: Mother’s Day

Why I love my mom (pictured with my niece): 1. She’s a beautiful person. 2. She always works very hard – at everything she does. 3. She has a HUGE heart and taught me to love everyone. 4. She is very resourceful and has always found ways to accomplish what she wanted. 5. She taught…

The International Date Festival – Round Two

Zander’s first outing (when he was 2 weeks old) was the International Date Festival in Indio. Beyond the great date shakes,  it’s also the Riverside County Fair with rides, dart games, the s.c.r.a.p. gallery, a petting zoo and lots of other silliness. Now that he’s a year old, Zander got a bit more out of it….

Project Applesauce

What do you get when you combine 60 apples, a 6 month old Alexander and a free Sunday? Our friend Kenny had some apples that were getting too ripe, a bit mealy, so we decided to have some fun with them. Since Alexander just hit 6 months, he’s starting to explore real food and this…

A Beautiful Poem…

by Margaret Atwood You begin this way: this is your hand, this is your eye, that is a fish, blue and flat on the paper, almost the shape of an eye. This is your mouth, this is an O or a moon, whichever you like. This is yellow. Outside the window is the rain, green…

Chapters

Just after high school, someone told me “you should write a book.” I’m not much of a writer, but I am beginning to build some great stories in this big adventure. It’s been three years since I started my blog and I find myself at a crossroad… recovered from pregnancy and childbirth and back on…

Pics of the day…

He makes me smile… so I thought I’d share! This is a wonderful colorful quilt my friend Maria made for him.

The ABCs of a pro cyclist and beginner parent

We’ve gotta teach Alexander the ABCs soon, so thought I’d practice. Enjoy! Alexander rocks… every day! Back on the Bike with Brendan and Baby – pulling the Chariot and trying to get in a daily ride, even if it’s just to the Post Office. Craziness on the road – took a road trip to NM…

Tadaaaa….. Alexander Ray Collier

I’ll start out by answering the one question that I’ve received the most – It was harder than any race! Yep! Take all of the pain from Tour Divide (you know, the month of riding at high elevations with swollen limbs, anemia, dehydration etc.) and give it all to me in a matter of 11…