Wise Thoughts, by Ivan

February 7th, 2020

Mornings are always a challenge. Most parents can probably relate. Coaxing the kids out of bed, urging them to hurry it up getting dressed and packing their lunches and making their beds, checking their pants to make sure they don’t have holes in the butt (cause they refuse to wear underwear…too hot they say. We live in the desert, can’t argue with that one). And then the morning routine inevitably culminates with bickering in or over the bathroom, followed by Ivan taking F O R E V E R to do teeth, face and hair. I like to blast opera music to keep my calm.

This morning was no different. Ivan’s in the bathroom taking F O R E V E R to unscrew the freakin’ cap off the toothpaste tube and squirt some paste on his toothbrush! “Hurry UP!” I command. And he responds with this, ever so sweetly and calm:

Ivan: Mama, what’s your weakness?

Me: Patience.

Ivan: Yep. You are correct. I think that’s Dad’s too.

Me: Yeah, you drive us crazy! Now BRUSH YOUR TEETH ALREADY!

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January 26th, 2020
Silas’ doing Floor at a gymnastics meet this weekend

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Hueco Cruisin’

January 19th, 2020
Nuns & Donkeys, Uncut Yogi, The Devil’s Butthole. All v6.

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January 12th, 2020

Game on.

Paul nearly sending Sarah Stand, v9
Silas working his mega proj Nobody Here Gets Out Alive, v2
Ivan sends!
And I continue to work Serious Legends, v9. Good news is that I can still stick the crux, even after time off for holidays

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Pittsburgh Handstands

January 5th, 2020
Silas showing off

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January 1st, 2020
The woods of upstate New York

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December 30th, 2019

The year’s summary in photos. Well, not really. We did a lot more than what is shown below but were really bad about capturing photos this year. I’ll try harder next year. ;-) The 2019 highlights: a new garage/woody, our return to route climbing, a facelift for the rusting van, celebrating our 15 year wedding anniversary and Paul’s 40th birthday, fall bouldering at all of our favorite places (Hueco, Priest Draw, Yosemite and Joshua Tree) and the usual holiday time with friends and family in the east.

Happy New Year everyone!


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Van Life. Guess where?

December 2nd, 2019

And yes, the van is blue.

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Nailing the Crux

October 14th, 2019

..but now struggling on all the other moves. Climbing, why do I love you so?

Serious Legends, v9

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Silas Sends!

September 30th, 2019
His first v2! Three Sheets to the Wind on West Mountain!

…and then quickly sends his second, Under the Covers directly next to it.  This boy is on fire!!

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