We've been living in Steamboat for a couple months now...we actually moved when Ellie was a week old. People seem impressed that we moved with a newborn, but honestly moving with two toddlers was the hardest part.
Running has taken a bit of a backseat this summer as we try to get established and do it all with not much daycare. Daycare is almost crazier than the housing market which is pretty impressive. So I've had to be more of a stay-at-home mom than I ever imagined I would be. It has been one of the hardest things I've ever done. Period. I have always been impressed by stay-at-home moms, but I'm floored now at how other moms do it. After two months I feel like I'm slowly starting to get better...just in time for school to start! I haven't been to a library this much since college when we would go to find out where everyone was going out that night. Its a little different these days, but its been a great place to spend some time. Now that Ellie has gotten a bit older I'm able to get out for good ol' stroller runs several times a week when the boys are in camp or daycare. And on days when everyone is home I've taken to stroller walks for naptime.
I'm itching to get back to training and spending some time in the mountains. After crewing Dan at Never Summer last weekend I'm missing the ultra community more and more, but I'll get back there. I know the summer is coming to an end soon and the boys will be back in full-time care so I can get into more of a routine with training again and I'm sure someday I'll look back on this summer and miss the extra time I got to spend with them, but right now its just one day at a time, one run at a time, head up and lets make this work.
Everyone has told us how spoiled Steamboat kids are and that's what this adventure has been all about. The kids and giving them the best opportunities possible. So far our experience has been exactly that and I honestly can't imagine a better place to raise our crazy, insane, wild, outdoor loving kids. When we get uncomfortable is when we grow...apparently we've grown a lot these past few months. Its been stressful, its been hard and at times I've wanted to give up and just take the easy route...but that's not me. I've never taken the easy route, never turned down the chance to be uncomfortable and grow...so I'm going to keep plugging along one mile at a time and try to enjoy every minute of it...we get one shot at this life so live it with no regrets!
Fish Creek Falls
|Crewing Never Summer|
|The boys on a boat ride at Adam's Camp|
|Nine Mile Peak with Ellie|
|Lots of camping...lots of s'mores|
|My little lady and I|
|James loves being a big brother|
|Baby's first camping trip...5 days old|