Mattie Turns 1 Year Old

Mattie turns 1

The snow is gone, spring has sprung, and it already feels like we are heading into summer. One year ago we were underway with COVID stay at home orders. Mattie was born at a good time to provide some much needed entertainment.

Now that she is 1 year’s old her favorite past times are: being chased, eating dirt from the flower pots, waving at planes, unrolling the TP in the bathroom, flushing the toilet, playing in Lucy’s bed and pretty much anything outdoors.

The MBAA season is already coming to a close with 2 final races left next month at which point we will look at heading out of town for the summer.

Here are some pictures from the latest happenings.

Easter at McDowell Church
Easter at McDowell Church
Helping unload the dishwasher
Mattie helping unload the dishwasher
Her hair is getting long
Her hair is getting long
Wagon ride
This is how we do wagon rides now
She likes her pretzels
She likes her pretzels
Baby proofing
Baby proofing
Mural
Our friend Vanessa painted a mural on our wall of the local mountains
Lockers
Built a storage locker for the garage
Globe
View from the top of Pinal Peak in Globe

Snow, Petroglyphs, and Arizona Sunsets

Snow in the Desert

January has got off to a somewhat normal start being able to hold the first 3 MBAA races. We have not had any COVID transmission at the events. It helps that they take place outside and everyone is wearing masks.

Evie’s folks spent the month of January down the street from us and got to enjoy the great Arizona winter weather.

Mattie is doing well, a few teeth popping through, 10-months!

Racing resumes in the desert.
Racing resumes in the desert.
Mattie loves to swing!
Mattie loves to swing!
Snow in the desert is always neat, it didn't last long.
Snow in the desert is always neat, it didn’t last long.
Found a natural spring in the mountains behind out house.
Found a natural spring in the mountains behind out house.
And some petroglyphs nearby.
And some petroglyphs nearby.
Testing out the Deuter pack.
Testing out the Deuter pack.
We finally got a rug for the living room.
We finally got a rug for the living room.
Our orange tree is budding out.
Our orange tree is budding out.
Lucy hasn't been forgotten.
Lucy hasn’t been forgotten.
We've had some spectacular sunsets lately.
We’ve had some spectacular sunsets lately.

2020 Draws to a Close

Hiking with Mattie

Mattie is almost 8 months old! She’s crawling everywhere and pulling herself up. She’s always moving.

When we did the turf in the backyard I never thought how great it would be with a kid. I love it even more now. It’s like having another living room. She loves it out there.

I setup a home gym out back and Mattie likes to workout with dad. We have also been going on a lot of Chariot  (bike trailer) rides. I did not realize how great that would be. She pretty much sleeps the entire time, but it’s a great way for her to get in a long nap and me to get some bonus miles.

We cut down our Christmas tree and even cut a Mattie size tree for the patio.

Around the house I’ve been painting some doors and put on new hardware and my dad helped me make a live edge shelf out of a piece of wood from a tree at Evie’s parent’s house. I also added under cabinet lights and tiled the backsplash. Just waiting on our stove.

The MBAA season is suppose to begin next month. As of right now everything is going ahead as scheduled, we’ll see what happens. It’s a little hard to get super motivated to train so in addition to some riding I’ve been doing a lot of backyard workouts and hiking with Mattie to keep it fun.

Happy Holidays!

Kitchen Backsplash
Tiling the backsplash & under cabinet lights.
Live Edge
Wrap around live edge shelf.
Test drove a Tesla Model Y the other day, it’s very fast! (and quiet)