Triathlete in the making

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.
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See on that peninsula between the palm trees? That was Ken trying to keep an eye on Rita.
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SO many women. Swimming 1/2 mile!
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OPPS there she went. We were cheering so crazily that I completely forgot to take a better picture. Off to the BIKE!
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Quick change and here she’s taking her bike down
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Walking her bike to the start line (chip marker)
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About to hop on
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Pretty smooth sailing 14 miles!
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Cheering section, Peter Cooke himself!
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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!

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Rita and her friend Debbie who also finished!
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I did it!!
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And then we found a lady bug! What an exciting day!!!!!
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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.
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Proud son, happy Mom.
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Boulder City – Jamboree and History

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.)
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Strollin’
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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.
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The Jamboree featured SO SO SO many old cars. Here’s a yellow truck for a sample.
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This wasn’t in Boulder City. It doesn’t belong here. But it was good. So I’ll leave it.
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Tents and tents as far as you could see…
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Rusty Pickle? Oh please. I don’t even know what they make. Nightmare on wheels, if you ask me!

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Peter was able to spend some time with this tiny puppy so he was completely thrilled. Note the gentle technique. Very good!
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…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!
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Lake Las Vegas: The Westin

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.
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The view from our room.
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The King napping (in the Kind-sized bed).
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Two awesome dudes, checking out the amenities. I
love amenities.
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The luxurious lobby
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A handy tour guide
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Grandma and Peter checking the water temp of the lagoon.
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The ship’s captain and his mate
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Yes, this was the SUPER MOON. It was pretty super, I don’t mind saying so.
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Eastertime…

These are the treats I made for Peter’s class
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Swimming with the darlings.
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Grammy was sick so we went to make sure her dizzies were through.
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Sally’s Easter prezzy from Aunt Becky
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Some mall boating…
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Disneyland again!
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Sally tracing Peter is coloring fun!
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Easter Egg hunt
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Eggs!
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Riding bikes at Grandma’s hood. Peter is rocking Sally Princess knee and elbow pads that match Sally’s bike.
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It was a chill Easter. Super great. Thanks for asking.

Blair Turned 40.

He’s been such a sweet brother, since day 1. I have proof:
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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.
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Our family (minus Mom).
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Catching Up

Valentine’s for school
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My Valentine’s gift
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Sweet ones.
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Baby bundt… go crazy!
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Grandma’s Fish (
RIP that one)
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Finishing Up Swim with Carly — We love her.
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Stop, please! -Officer Peter
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Valentine’s Loot
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