Sunday, July 19, 2015


I love this guy.

Missoula Enduro (25)
Pre-ride for Missoula Enduro
June 2015

I love his willingness to work hard at a job he doesn't particularly love so that we can live this safe, comfortable life that we live. 

Emma and I are working on building a board game based on one of her favorite book series.
"The Books of Elsewhere," by Jacquline West
July 2015

I am so appreciative that he puts up with all our crazy ideas (even ones that don't always turn out awesome- which surprisingly enough, I don't have any photos of).

Snowy Day- KLS (22)
Bailey (a good idea)
January 2015

Homeschooling (a good idea)
July 2015

Working on the Backyard Garden (10)
Growing our own food (even when we don't have a yard- a good idea)
July 2013

Rolling photos by Emma 15Dec13 (6)
Becoming certified to teach women's self-defense ( a SUPER good idea)
December 2013

ECRG V. CCQ 16May15 Fight for Lead (25)
Roller Derby (mostly good!)
May 2015

Horse Lessons- Windy Walkers (19)
Supporting Emma's passion for horses (a fantastic idea)
Lesson at Windy Walkers
October 2014

And so many other crazy ideas that I have come up with. 

I love his sense of humor, his sarcasm, his ability to keep me from jumping feet first into every random thing that strikes my fancy. I love his quite love for Emma and his tolerance for Bailey. 

And I love his passion for mountain biking. 

Helena Ride
Pausing for a photo op in Helena
July 2015

FB Screen Shot
Trail Maintenance and a ride. 
July 2015

Single Tracks Article Photo
Photo from an article Jared wrote for
August 2014

19-21May14 Boulder, CO (136)
Our first real family vacation was due to a mountain bike riding clinic that Jared wanted to attend. So totally worth it. 
May 2014

Rock Springs 18May14 (37)
Working on bike handling skills on our vacation in Colorado. 
May 2014

And his passion is contagious, even if our passions do not always line up. His passion has given me the nudge I needed to find my passion(s). While my passions are not as consistent as his, they are just as fierce while they last. And his passion has shown Emma that even adults can be passionate about something. 

Last day in CO (34)
More family vacation fun!
May 2014

Pony and Pump Track- Perfect 6Apr14 (219)
Practicing her new skills (with her helmet under her hood).
April 2014

Skate Park 30Mar14 (85)
Playing in the skate park builds bike handling skills. 
March 2014

Skate Park 30Mar14 (41)
For everyone!
March 2014

His riding hasn't always been, and won't always be, sunshine and rainbows. Between broken bones, broken bikes (and gear), mother nature, and work commitments, keeping his passion alive sometimes requires work on both our parts. 

Broken right clacvicle

Bozemen Enduro (5)
Casualty of the Bozeman Enduro as well as some scratches, bruises and sore muscles. Thankfully the shades got the worst of it.
July 2015

I'm not going to lie. Every time the phone rings when he is out on a ride, my heart skips a tiny beat. But, despite the risks, time, and money commitment, supporting Jared's passion for mountain biking is so totally worth it. Riding keeps him happy and healthy and is something fun he can share with me and Emma. 

Ride with Jared FB screen shot
I need to work on my bike riding muscles!
July 2015

Tina's BMX Debut 20Aug13 (8)
Here I am trying out BMX!
August 2013

First Family Bike Ride 2014 (27)
Goofing off at the park
January 2014

Riding with Pedals collage
Teaching Emma to ride (with pedals) 
April 2014

Bike Ride 27Apr14 (6)
Didn't take her long to get the hang of it. 
River's Edge Trail
April 2014

Even when we are not on bikes, Emma and I love to share Jared's passion. It's get's us out and about, seeing new places, trying new things. 

Missoula Enduro (26)
Pre-ride for the Missoula Enduro.
June 2015

Missoula Enduro collage
Hiking while Jared rides.
June 2015

Missoula Enduro (154)
Emma ringing the cow bell as Jared finishes the race.
June 2015

Missoula Enduro (155)
Well deserved high-five. 
June 2015

Sure there are less dangerous hobbies out there, but really? I wouldn't ask him to give up his passion for anything.