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Lake Tahoe Ironman & Wedding

Where to even begin with this post. Wow, what a fantastic week with an amazing group of friends this was last September. One that will surely never be forgotten with this crew, who are also known as The Honey Badgers. It is the group of crazies who roped me into doing my first half ironman in Boulder and who have roped me into doing my second this coming fall. After arriving and driving on the steep inclines into Squaw Valley in Tahoe and witnessing thunder-snow for the first time in my life, with AM temps on race day as low as 36 degrees, it was clear that only a honey badger would have the courage to jump into that lake and start such a race. Once you see the start pictures, you’ll see what I mean! Oh, but what an amazing sight. If you aren’t aware of how badass a honey badger truly is, you need to watch this and it will all make sense, hence the reason for the name of this KC Triathlon Club. It goes without saying that when preparing for such a race with people who are also insane and choose to work out for double digit hours, they become really close and cover just about anything and everything that fleets through one’s mind, which is why it’s always a good time when this group of friends gets together. The youngest badger, who competed in his first Ironman, was in the running to qualify for Kona, where the cream of the crop compete in the world championships. He missed it by a matter of seconds. All badgers, some who have raced as many as 6 Ironman races, muscled through what was one of the most difficult courses that Ironman has put on. The climbs and descends and the fluctuating temperatures, made for a very challenging day out there. And if you think what you read isn’t crazy enough, one particular honey badger put on his suit (not his wetsuit), the day after the race to marry his best friend, with all their friends and close family to witness and celebrate such a joyous occasion. Rev. Mark Frady, married these two and really had a lovely service to tie their marriage knot. Sure, everyone was a little tired, sore and not walking so swiftly after a long day, but the couple was thinking ahead and booked a sailing charter for all to relax before their sunset ceremony. Summere, glowed and looked absolutely stunning in her dress and the backdrop of the lake made for the most picturesque ceremony. Going through all the pictures brought back the memories of a fun week. Congratulations friends, especially as you are preparing for the arrival of your baby girl! Looking forward to the fun adventures in store for 2014, Honey Badger family! I love you guys!

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A LABOR OF LOVE

With this being the ONLY home we physically stepped in to look at and after weeding through lots of places online, June 26th was when we got the keys to this 1967 raised ranch in Shawnee, KS. It was previously owned by a 90 year-old couple who had built the home and had lived in for 45 years, who were moving in with their daughter. We learned from neighbors that it was a house full of love, life and happy memories. The couple loved their yard and had quite a garden in their hay day and that was evident with all that was blooming. When my boyfriend, Riley and I first saw the home, we both saw huge potential with the neighborhood it was in and with its solid bones and structure. With his skills and know-how working for a general contractor and with my artistic eye, we knew with a little love, we could whip this place into modern-day shape. Little did I know the skills and know-how that my man processes, which has left me quite impressed and blessed. Within the first 2 hours of owning the place, he/we had all the carpet ripped out, all the borders peeled off and a decent start at unveiling many decades of wallpaper in each room. A few days later, Riley had the wall between the dining room and kitchen torn out and was onto tearing out the ceiling to extend the vault that existed in just the dining room. He’s done all the sheet-rocking, mudding, taping, sanding, electrical work, plumbing, tile and grouting, cutting new trim, putting in a new sliding door and exhaust hood, as well as a good amount of all the other little fun stuff in between. I’ve been busy with most of the wallpaper peeling, priming, sanding, painting, cleaning, floor resurfacing, setting up a space to live within the chaos and other miscellaneous tedious stuff that isn’t as rewarding as the “show work.” I have learned a great deal through the first few months and have discovered there are tools out there that the common home-fixer-upper doesn’t know about that makes things go a lot quicker and smoother. My eyes have been opened and my mind enlightened. With the help of my mom, Riley’s family, friends, Nathan, Stuart, Ashleigh and her amazing moving crew, we have gotten further along than we could have done so alone. Thank you family and friends and to all the encouraging words and visitors along the way. This is the beginning of what will be a labor of love that will most likely involve a little blood, what has already proven to be a lot of sweat and yes, probably a few tears. With a 1 year-old German Shepard puppy (aka the project supervisor) and two people with multiple bicycles and various hobbies that also include “stuff,” sharing space was slightly tight and yet spread out, going back and forth from an apartment and condo. The dog is very excited to have a backyard she can romp around in and run back and forth along the fence to harass the neighbor dogs. This is the first round of our updates to our new home as we wait to get our Amish-built cabinets and Riley-made concrete counter tops completed. Stay tuned for our second round of updates.

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