Pre-ride for Missoula Enduro
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
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).
Bailey (a good idea)
Homeschooling (a good idea)
Growing our own food (even when we don't have a yard- a good idea)
Becoming certified to teach women's self-defense ( a SUPER good idea)
Roller Derby (mostly good!)
Supporting Emma's passion for horses (a fantastic idea)
Lesson at Windy Walkers
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.
Pausing for a photo op in Helena
Trail Maintenance and a ride.
Photo from an article Jared wrote for Singletracks.com
Our first real family vacation was due to a mountain bike riding clinic that Jared wanted to attend. So totally worth it.
Working on bike handling skills on our vacation in Colorado.
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.
More family vacation fun!
Practicing her new skills (with her helmet under her hood).
Playing in the skate park builds bike handling skills.
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.
Casualty of the Bozeman Enduro as well as some scratches, bruises and sore muscles. Thankfully the shades got the worst of it.
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.
I need to work on my bike riding muscles!
Here I am trying out BMX!
Goofing off at the park
Teaching Emma to ride (with pedals)
Didn't take her long to get the hang of it.
River's Edge Trail
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.
Pre-ride for the Missoula Enduro.
Hiking while Jared rides.
Emma ringing the cow bell as Jared finishes the race.
Well deserved high-five.
Sure there are less dangerous hobbies out there, but really? I wouldn't ask him to give up his passion for anything.