IRON GIRL 2012
Bright and early the swimming leg commenced…
Looking for Rita in a Lake of identically dressed women, not so easy but we finally got it! Thanks to Ken’s keen eye.
See on that peninsula between the palm trees? That was Ken trying to keep an eye on Rita.
SO many women. Swimming 1/2 mile!
OPPS there she went. We were cheering so crazily that I completely forgot to take a better picture. Off to the BIKE!
Quick change and here she’s taking her bike down
Walking her bike to the start line (chip marker)
About to hop on
Pretty smooth sailing 14 miles!
Cheering section, Peter Cooke himself!
Done with the bike, starting the 5k!
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DONE!!!!!! With her sweet sister! Her card read, “Impressed, but not surprised” cool sentiment and true! Two years after knee replacement… doing this was a huge accomplishment. Doing it at all is a HUGE accomplishment. Congratulations Iron Girl Rita!
Rita and her friend Debbie who also finished!
I did it!!
And then we found a lady bug! What an exciting day!!!!!
Back at home — she was feeling great and even better with her bucket of corona’s and balloons awaiting her! Tom and Vonnie hooked her up.
Proud son, happy Mom.
We went out to see the Boulder City, Nevada: JAMBOREE! It is a nostalgic place and this trip proved to be a fun one.
Kurt and a Cactus. (He regretted this.)
Ken’s Grandma Cooke? Some thoughts on this are Kurt’s Grandpa says this was modeled after a photo of his mother. So I took a picture. Pretty cool either way.
The Jamboree featured SO SO SO many old cars. Here’s a yellow truck for a sample.
This wasn’t in Boulder City. It doesn’t belong here. But it was good. So I’ll leave it.
Tents and tents as far as you could see…
Rusty Pickle? Oh please. I don’t even know what they make. Nightmare on wheels, if you ask me!
Peter was able to spend some time with this tiny puppy so he was completely thrilled. Note the gentle technique. Very good!
…The best part of the Boulder City trip this time. THIS is the very place where Ken and Rita / Dad and Mom were married approximately 36 years 3 months and 3 days ago (from today)… and they’d do it all over again and again!
We took a trip out to Lake Las Vegas as guests of the triathlete, Rita Cooke (and Ken). More on that later.
Here is the beautiful resort from the private beach.
The view from our room.
The King napping (in the Kind-sized bed).
Two awesome dudes, checking out the amenities. I
The luxurious lobby
A handy tour guide
Grandma and Peter checking the water temp of the lagoon.
The ship’s captain and his mate
Yes, this was the SUPER MOON. It was pretty super, I don’t mind saying so.
Here’s a picture of a dolphin stuck in HB’s wetlands.
An article on the matter.
Yes, we were some of the MANY looky-lous.
HE did get out at last.
May he be well. Glad you enjoyed your stay, fella.
These are the treats I made for Peter’s class
Swimming with the darlings.
Grammy was sick so we went to make sure her dizzies were through.
Sally’s Easter prezzy from Aunt Becky
Some mall boating…
Sally tracing Peter is coloring fun!
Easter Egg hunt
Riding bikes at Grandma’s hood. Peter is rocking Sally Princess knee and elbow pads that match Sally’s bike.
It was a chill Easter. Super great. Thanks for asking.
He’s been such a sweet brother, since day 1. I have proof:
His party was a super fun red, white and blue theme. The gazillion friends that came speaks to how swell of a guy he is… and the photography studio was super fun too.
Our family (minus Mom).
Valentine’s for school
My Valentine’s gift
Baby bundt… go crazy!
Grandma’s Fish (
RIP that one)
Finishing Up Swim with Carly — We love her.
Stop, please! -Officer Peter