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2018 in Review

I was getting sentimental on New Years Eve this year – thinking back to NYEs of past, way back, 20 years ago, and I realized that I couldn’t remember who I was with or what I did for a few of them and I am someone who has always had a pretty good memory! Specifically, I remember 1997 (Phish at MSG, waiting in line that fall over night in NYC to get tickets as an 18 year old freshman at Cornell) and I remember 1999 (black tie private party at the Rockefeller Center in NYC on Y2K!), but I can’t remember 1998. Just think, kids today will not have this luxury – everything is documented here, on the internet! But anyway, because my brain is starting to selectively remember things, I wanted to look back on 2018 while I still could!

January 2018 – The boys officially started preschool at Roots and Wings, rotating and having an individual day. Our au pair of 2 years, Megan from Australia, had to go back home and we all felt a void immediately. We filled it with dog walks, strider biking, and when it finally snowed, skiing. The boys skied at Heavenly and Sierra with a host of helpers including the Gardners, and Kyle and Jenna. Our friends from Oakland visited and we had fun playing in the snow at Kahle Park and skiing at Sierra. I skinned up to watch the lunar eclipse over Lake Tahoe early one morning and it was an amazing site.

Preschool, here we come!

Feb 2018 – We continued progress toddler skiing with the hockey stick method. We got some snow in Lake Tahoe and had some great powder turns. I went to Revelstoke after 5 years away and got to catch up with some great Canadian friends and ski more powder than my legs could handle. My legs got tired and I missed my kids – they cried every time I video called, so I flew home a day early. I crashed in a hotel with some cool folks from Jackson, including Lynsey Dyer’s cousin AJ. I forgot my keys in Canada and had to use AAA to get a ride to the dealership and get a key made. Looking back, wow it was ridiculous!

Stoked to be in Revelstoke with friends


March 2018 – Returned from Canada to three cuddle machines and a full on Miracle March in Tahoe – lots of great skiing, runs to the valley floor from Heavenly, storm days, great backcountry days – best of the year in Emerald Bay chutes with boot top powder and no other people in site. Superhero birthday party at Kahle Community Center for the now 3 year old triplets went off and was super fun!

When you feel like you found your church.

So much fun at the triplet’s third birthday party!

April 2018 – 2 awesome Alpine Meadows powder days with friends, more toddler skiing, a visit to Oakland to hang with our friends, a visit to St. Louis with family to see my youngest cousin get married, the boys started soccer and it brought back a flood of memories, but they were not quite ready. Lots of work to finish up a fast track project that was on track to be one of the fastest publicly-funded projects ever completed in Tahoe!

Soccer mom so hard!

May 2018: Spring trips to Mammoth to ski with the Mountain Collective followed by some great skiing on Tioga Pass in Unknown Couloir and a steep icy run down “Meghan says it goes” or Chute out with Greg. A great day trip with PK down to Mammoth and another great day trip down by the Saddlebag Lake area that was almost too pretty to make our minds up about what to ski! Then we visited my sister and her family and my mom in Denver and the boys loved it. We had a blast at the zoo, various splash parks, and the children’s museum. After that trip, I came back and met up with friends from Bozeman to ski Shasta the day after my birthday… we climbed and skied the last day of May and it was in a total cloud and we couldn’t see anything, but we summitted anyway!

Greg about to drop into Unknown Couloir off Dana

Sometimes this is the view from 11,000 feet

Sometimes this is the view from 14,000 feet

Boys loving life at the Denver Childrens Museum

June 2018 – got to play tour guide to friends from Bozeman and Jackson in Lake Tahoe and did a lot of biking and boating. Went up to Shasta for round 2 since I hadn’t skied with Will this season and the forecast looked favorable – skied a new line off the Hotlum route. Lots of great waterskiing and beach time with the boys.

Sometimes this is the view from 14,000 ft

Lake time with out of town friends is so fun

July 2018 – kept turns all year going with a trip up Freel Peak to ski a pretty nice patch of snow. Biked around on 4th of July and other busy weekends with the triplets in the chariot. Some great day dates flyfishing and paddleboarding with PK – celebrated our 10th wedding anniversary 1 day late by flyfishing in Markleeville. My best friend Lauren visited and we had too much fun going on hikes, fishing, boating, playing with the boys and seeing Phish in Tahoe. Camped at Silver Lake with some friends and visited the potholes for the first time. The boys got so dirty but it was somehow fun.

Inflatable SUP made trips to Angora Lake super fun!

Happy Beacan at the beach in July


Peaceful times on the river

August 2018 – I was training to ride Rose to Toads and so I was fitting in a few long bike rides a week… but then I broke my thumb on an early morning ride out to Scott’s lake/Dardenelles – just broke the tip off on a rock garden. It’s still healing as of Jan 2019, but not affecting me. So we spent a lot of time at the beach and I kept my turns all year streak going (month 23) at the patch out near Roundtop. The boys used a kids waterski trainer for the first time and Declan and Beacan loved it!. Started construction on the Kahle Basin just 9 months after getting funding.

Future water skiers

September 2018 – was able to waterski again and enjoy locals summer in Lake Tahoe. It was a pretty cold September though and I was working at lot with 2 construction projects going! The boys started preschool 5 mornings a week and every day they were so excited! Our backyard fence was finished and our backyard was transformed into an awesome play area – it changed the whole feel of our house! We took an awesome evening end of September boat ride to Emerald Bay with Kelly and hiked to the tea house with the boys on Fanette Island. And the boys all did awesome on a kids waterski. And we ended the month with a great fall camping trip to the Eastern Sierra with friends – our last trip before getting a truck camper!

Last camping trip in a 4 person tent! Major upgrade coming!

Hotspringing on the eastside!

Local’s summer… finally may be getting this waterskiing thing!

October 2018 – we bought our very own truck camper – a used Lance 865 out of Colorado. The day it showed up, we took it camping in Coloma for a kids camping weekend. I was able to kayak the upper run of the South Fork American and had a great time and then the triplets had a fun time rafting and camping. I knew I had a hernia surgery scheduled for mid-month, so since my thumb was mostly healed, I started biking as much as possible and conditions were great – some fabulous fall rides on the flume, chimney beach, and toads. Surgery was uneventful and I recovered well so we set off on our first long trip of 2018 – 5 days camping on the California Coast! Our first nanny Lina came to visit and we had such a good time that the boys wanted to camp forever! Then we capped off the month with Halloween dressed as dragons and somehow squeezing in month 25 of turns all year on manmade snow on Mt. Rose. Looking back, despite surgery, this was a great month!

Major upgrade! 5 day trip to the coast in a truck camper!

Fun times in the ocean!

November 2018 – I’m a November hater – I just don’t like the darkness… but I need to change my attitude! I was still healing up and there was no sign of snow. With a nice weekend forecasted, we took one more trip in the camper and the boys loved camping again. We had smoke in a lot of California and the Camp Fire was raging as well as others – things seemed bad. But at the end of the month, right on time, the snow came and I had a fabulous powder day skiing at Kirkwood with friends on the final day of November. The boys rekindled their love for skiing and we found out that Cormac had really caught the skiing bug.

November was kind of blah and then the skiing got GOOD!

December 2018 – Was it that deep day at the local backcountry spot or the 16 days that month that Cormac skied? The kid became a skier this month. He went from skiing holding mom’s hands to skiing all by himself of any blue run, even dipping in for some powder turns. Yeah, that is my highlight of the year. Now just hoping that Beacan and Declan find the same passion!

It’s a lot of work to ski with toddlers, but when it works, it works!

The family out skiing at Kirkwood!

I feel like there is something I didn’t do in 2018 and that is travel to a new place so that is a goal for me in 2019. I did have quite a few micro-adventures closer to home though and honestly, that may be the best thing about having kids – that everything becomes new and exciting again. So, I’m looking forward to loading up the family and getting out there with the new truck camper – both near and far. And I’m hoping to connect with many of my friends again – in person, not on social media. I’m also hoping to bring my energy – the energy I get when I’m living my best life – to the world. And I want to write some of this down, so I remember it! Happy new year!

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Travelin’ Triplets

We did it. We successfully took a real family vacation earlier this month to Kauai. My husband and I had been talking about going to Hawaii for years now figuring that we needed to take advantage of living on the west coast. We have mostly spent our vacation time and money visiting family in the midwest and on the east coast. I was committed to making Hawaii happen before the triplets turned 2 and would need their own plane tickets, so I started scouring the internet for cheap fares. The perfect fare from Reno popped up and I jumped at it!

Images like this are reasons why I wanted to take these babies on a Hawaiian vacation

Images like this are reasons why I wanted to take these babies on a Hawaiian vacation

After much research and internal deliberation, I decided on Kauai as it seemed ridiculously beautiful, somewhat mellow, and small enough to not feel like we had to seem a ton of things with triplets in tow. I figured we could book a house near a beach and try to walk most places – that way there would be an element of relaxation. Seriously, anytime you load triplets in the car, it feels like work! We rented a fantastic place in Ha’ena on the North Shore of Kauai off AirBnB that literally couldn’t have been more perfect for 14 month old triplets.

Triplets enjoying drinks on the spacious lanai at our rental.

Triplets enjoying drinks on the spacious lanai at our rental.

Kauai – go. It’s unbelievable. It has the perfect climate. You can swim, hike, snorkel with sea turtles, or just nap in a hammock. Hanalei Bay is probably the best beginner surf spot I’ve been too (summer only likely). The boys flourished in their new surroundings becoming more adventurous at the beach each day. Adjusting to the time change lets you wake early and see some incredible sunrises.

A bonus of the time change with early wake up time! Sunrise and a DOUBLE RAINBOW!

A bonus of the time change with early wake up time! Sunrise and a DOUBLE RAINBOW!

We didn’t do everything perfectly, but overall things went smoothly and here are some of my top recommendations.
1. Buy these zip car seat bags and pack a few more things in with the car seats. We used NRS cam straps to strap our Inglesina high chairs to the seats with a baby blanket. All airlines allow you to check a car seat and stroller per child with no charge.

Triplets after dinner in our clip-on high chairs we packed from home

Triplets after dinner in our clip-on high chairs we packed from home

2. If you rent a house, ask them to borrow pack n plays for you. If not, look for some baby rental spots in the town your visiting. Craigslist is a good spot to look.
3. We brought our own car seats, high chairs, and hiking backpacks to carry babies. We gate checked the hiking backpacks. You can pack some extra things in the backpacks. We can’t recommend the Osprey Poco enough! We have THREE!

The backpacks were useful for trekking to secret beaches and the Napali Coast hike!

The backpacks were useful for trekking to secret beaches and the Napali Coast hike!

4. We hit Costco when we got into town and stocked up on food for the week and bought a wagon. We figured that if we didn’t like the wagon, we could take it back before we went home. We liked it though and checked it as a stroller on the way home.

The wagon proved to be super useful!

The wagon proved to be super useful!

5. Bring a stuffed toy for each kid to snuggle with on the plane. Also, feet pajamas keep airport germs off more of their bodies and encourage sleeping!

Babies hanging out in SFO

Babies hanging out in SFO

6. Buy a few new books (indestructibles are good because they pack small) and some toys at the dollar store and pull them out on the plane.
7. Download some videos on a kindle or ipad. My kids wouldn’t wear earphones, so I just played it off the ipad and it was loud enough on the plane that others couldn’t hear it.
8. Snacks, duh.
9. Carry on extra clothes for accidents, extra clothes for adults too.
10. Bring extra bottles, sippies or straw cups, pacifiers and a few extra adults if you can swing it!
11. Pack some simple baby proofing stuff for your rental – plug guards, hair ties, zip ties, and cam straps were amazing and versatile.
12. If you have any space at all left in luggage, pack it with diapers and wipes. It just saves you a stop when you get there and money if you’re going to a place like Hawaii!
13. Make memories and have the time of your life!

Everyone is having fun in paradise!

Everyone is having fun in paradise!

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The New Normal

Four months in and having triplets is starting to feel normal. I’m starting to look like myself again. The remnants of a multiple pregnancy are clearing up and I only have 5 lbs left to lose. I credit my attempt to provide breast milk for three babies with the weight coming off quickly. The sight of my stomach guarantees I’ll be in a one piece this summer, but I’m hopeful that goes back to “normal” too someday.

Trip to the Carson Valley Swim Center with the crew!

Trip to the Carson Valley Swim Center with the crew!

The boys are doing great. They get more fun everyday. We’ve completed two trips with them. One “practice trip” to the Eastern Sierra over Memorial Day weekend where I got to ski! And one longer trip just a week ago to Hood River, Oregon for a wedding. They are good travelers so far, but the logistics are exhausting. It forces me to slow down a bit and try to do just one thing a day. At the end of the day, I feel the energy has been sucked from me because if breast milk is energy, it literally has been.

Triplets at the top of Mammoth Mountain

Triplets at the top of Mammoth Mountain

At the Watchman's Tower at Crater Lake

At the Watchman’s Tower at Crater Lake

Declan and his dad in Hood River

Declan and his dad in Hood River

Now that I’m back to work, I have much less time for recreational pursuits. While on leave, I was running, riding bikes, or swimming at least 4 times a week. Now I’m lucky if I get in one bike ride in a month. I’m considering selling my Santa Cruz Bronson because most days I’d rather hang out with the boys anyway (or catch up on some sleep)! My new go to work out is “housewife hill” or the Old Meyers Grade. Pushing 2 out of 3 triplets up that thing is a legitimate work out. A friend pushes the odd triplet out and we spend time catching up. Yep, I’m a total mom.

Top of Meyers Grade with our favorite walking buddy

Top of Meyers Grade with our favorite walking buddy

A few days ago, around 10 pm, I came to the realization that I’ve never tried so hard at something in my life as I’ve tried to be a great mom, which is saying a lot, because I’ve done quite a few really hard things! Luckily, many have helped prepare me for this ultimate challenge.

How could you not give 110% for these guys?

How could you not give 110% for these guys?

To keep up on the triplets, follow @tahoetriplets on Instagram. I really want to get on the Ellen Show! Let me know if you can help make that happen!

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First Public Slideshow on Shifting Ice and Changing Tides!

A week from today, I’ll be giving the first public slide show on the Shifting Ice and Changing Tides expedition from last April. In case you haven’t been an avid reader of this blog, the show will cover the expedition of an all-female team via sailboat to ski first descents in Iceland and Greenland! I was a member of the team and worked on the project for over a year before setting sail last April! The trip was amazing and I hope to bring you along with the slide show!

Just a teaser to get you excited! See more amazing photos like these next Friday!

Details:

Date: Friday, January 9th, 2015

Time: 7pm

Location: Tahoe Art Haus and Cinema, Tahoe City, CA

Cost: FREE!

More info here! 

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SheJumps California Whitewater Weekend!

I’ve barely been in my kayak this summer so I’m really looking forward to this event put on this weekend (August 8-10) by the California Chapter of SheJumps!

Join other females for a weekend of whitewater instruction and progression on the South Fork of the American River! We will camp along the river at the Coloma Resort Lotus for two nights and do runs varying from Class 2 to Class 3. Open to women of all experience levels.

Gear is available to borrow from California Canoe & Kayak. Bring a kayak, skirt, helmet, pfd, and paddle if you have it.

Sign up for all scheduled activities HERE including :

Women’s Whitewater 101 Clinic ($229), Saturday & Sunday. This class is for total beginners to the sport of whitewater kayaking. Students will learn how to exit the kayak safely, how to maneuver the kayak, and how to engage currents correctly in a Class 2 section of the South Fork American river. Sign up here! Sign up here.

Women’s Whitewater 201 Clinic ($229), Saturday & Sunday. This class is for women that have taken a introductory whitewater class before and are ready to get back on the river and work on skills. The class will run a section of the South Fork American River from Marshall Gold State Park to Camp Lotus. Sign up here.

Step Up Your Kayaking with Playboating Concepts  with pro Jessica Yurtinus ($75+Eventbrite fee; open to Class III paddlers with a reliable roll), Saturday, Chile Bar play run! Sign up here!

Get it on the Gorge, a guided paddle on the Gorge with professional kayaker Sara James (donation to SheJumps, open to Class III paddlers with a reliable roll), Sunday, Gorge. Sign up here.

Other Scheduled Events:
Friday Social Hour at Marco’s, Friday at 7pm: to get aquainted and talk about the weekend.

Group paddle on Chili Bar, Saturday, 9 AM @Coloma Resort, 9:30 at CCK (free; open to Class III paddlers with a reliable roll)

Saturday Dinner: eat well, drink heartily and make some new paddling friends! Slideshow by Sara James. Bring a dish to share or cook at camp!

Group paddle on  the Gorge, Sunday, 10:15 AM at Coloma Resort or 10:30 at CCK (free; open to Class III paddlers with a reliable roll)

Camping at a SheJumps group camp at Coloma Resort both Friday and Saturday nights. $15/night.

Here is the complete schedule for the weekend:

Friday

Any time after 1pm on Friday: show up at Coloma Resort and check in under Meghan Kelly (Reservation # G102271). Coloma Resort is located at 6921 Mt. Murphy Road in Coloma. Please pay Meghan $15 for each night you plan to stay if you didn’t pre-pay.

6:00 PM: Meghan will be at camp to greet people.

7:00 – 9:00 PM: Informal social dinner at Marcos  in Coloma.

Saturday

9:00 AM: Meet at CCK for 101, 201, and Step up your Kayaking with Playboating Concepts clinics if you’re signed up.

9:30 AM: Meet at Coloma Resort to Shuttle up to Chili Bar for open Chili Bar Run. Self shuttle and take out at Coloma Resort or join some less advanced paddlers for a trip from Coloma Resort to Lotus or Greenwood.

12:30 PM: C to G run for Class 2 boaters! meet at Coloma Resort. Scout Sorcic will be the point person for this and some paddlers from the Chili Bar run will likely join to help too.

4:00 PM: Roll Session by Scout Sorcic and co. Meet at Coloma Resort and we’ll find a spot near there!

7:00 PM: Potluck at Coloma Resort. Bring your favorite camping dish to make or share. SheJumps will have a few main vegetarian courses available.

8:00 PM: Slide show by Sara James and others!

Sunday

9:00 AM: Meet at CCK for 101 and 201 clinics if you’re signed up.

10:00 AM: Meet at Sierra Rising Bakery for Sara James’ “Get it on the Gorge” run and the open Gorge Run. We’ll set shuttle from there. (we’ll need to break down camp prior to this!)

2 or 3pm, let’s all meet for a beer at CCK!

What to Bring

Boat, paddle, pfd, skirt, and helmet – all of these things are available for rent from CCK but call ahead!

A dish to share on Saturday night

Camping gear

We are excited to recognize California Canoe & Kayak as a partner for this event!

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Committing to New Goals in WRITING!

I spent the last year and a half planning and preparing for the Shifting Ice and Changing Tides expedition. Although the expedition itself is over, we have a lot of follow up work to complete still. Still, just 3 days into my “normal” life, I’m finding myself looking for new goals. I’ve come up with quite a few and wanted to share them to keep myself accountable! I also find that writing things down starts the process of fruition.

Here are a few of my goals for the spring, summer, and fall in no particular order:

Race in an Enduro Mountain Bike Race (I signed up for the Battle Born Enduro on June 7). I’m kind of scared, but with my Santa Cruz Bronson, I should be fine!

This bike makes me a super hero… sometimes!

Ski a new volcano in the Cascades (I’ve skied Shasta from the summit and that’s it, so the opportunities are vast!)

Chilling on the summit of Mt. Shasta with views of some other Cascades! I need to head north!


Train for and race in the Teton Picnic with my Shifting Ice teammate Pip. This involves biking to Jenny Lake in Teton National Park from Jackson, WY (21 miles each way), swimming across Jenny lake (1.3 miles each way) and climbing the Grand Teton (10 miles). It’s a way more hard core version of my triathlon.

Play music more – I have a new ukulele that I’ve only dabbled with.

Compost all my organic waste by building my own secure compost box out of pallets I’ve collected.

Eat more locally (join a CSA for vegetables, fruit, and eggs if possible)

Grow more food! Inspired by Iceland, we’re going to try to construct some sort of hothouse or greenhouse off one of our decks. We have a design in mind.

Train my puppy Scout to be a great frisbee dog.

She averages less than 50 percent right now… We need to up those stats!


Be a better friend and family member. This should be a constant goal.

Redo my avalanche, swiftwater rescue, and wilderness 1st aid certifications.

Become an efficient enough sailor to sail on Lake Tahoe by myself in any condition!

One of the few times they let me drive the boat. I have no idea what I’m doing in this photo… I already know more and hope to increase that knowledge!

Visit Nat Segal in New Zealand.

What should I add to this list?

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We made it!

The Shifting Ice and Changing Tides crew is home safe after a very successful expedition to Iceland and Greenland. I cannot thank everyone enough for their support. It sure helped pull us through the tough days and make us extremely grateful for the great days!

The crew in Nuuk after a successful journey!

Special thanks to my newest sponsor Moonlight Skis for providing me the most lightweight setup that still performed well in a huge variety of conditions! Check them out!

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