2009 Biking Stats

I rode a Gary Fisher mountain bike early in college that I loved. It was later stolen from the living room and thus ended my bike riding. Last January 1st I took an old Iron Horse bike out for a ride and fell in love with biking all over again. I bought a Felt 720Q bike from Bob Albright and later bought a used Gary Fisher 29er, another Gary Fisher road bike and another used Kona Jake the Snake Cyclocross bike.

I’ve certainly been addicted. I’ve found it to be a great joy in life to ride roads or trails (Indian Creek, Mill Creek both great in Johnson County) and look at God’s beautiful creation. From the hope of spring to the groaning in winter I’ve loved every minute of riding these bikes. Best rides have been to the Kansas river on Mill Creek and the Katy Trail with Tony, Tomi & Bob last June (picture below).

This year I rode 1,335.2 Miles. That is the equivalent to leaving my house and riding a bike to Tomi Ardiles house in Mesa, Arizona. However, Google says that would take me 21 hours by car and I rode for nearly 5 days, (109 hours). 91 different rides, longest ride was 60 miles on the Katy Trail, shortest was 0.7 when it was freezing outside. Fasted I ever went was 36 mph down the hill by Redeemer.

For 2010 I hope to ride 1500 Miles. I raced one cyclocross race in ’09. I hope to do a few more in 2010. It’s a great activity that can be done for a life time and sure beats sitting in a deer stand. I would encourage anyone to take it up.

Here is the monthly breakdown of miles. Big dip in October for coaching soccer and December cause it is soooo cold!

China, Lead Paint and Recycled Dirty Books?

Beckham has a hand me down Winnie the Pooh book that used to have a plastic panel on the side to play sound effects on each page. Recently the panel came off revealing this book has not always been a Winnie the Pooh book. Check it out. Sure glad it didn’t used to be a picture book!

Here is a closer look at it.

Snow, Day 2

Today Beckham discovered that he can eat snow. This came in handy for us when he busted his lip. We were able to tell him, “Just eat some more snow.”


There’s lots of snow here


But that means we are still stuck at home…


Our weird kids

This is Sadie Piper trying to help. She heard it was bath time, so she emptied the linen closet of all the washcloths. She was very proud.



This is Sadie Piper on the way to church Sunday. Kinda creepy.

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And at the sporting goods store. Becks’ face is awesome!

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I don’t have an explanation for this one:

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Our VERY White Christmas!!

We got about a foot of snow last night to make it a White Christmas! This is the most snow us Texans have ever seen! We spent 30 minutes getting dressed (but at least this year we have finally have real snow gear!) and headed out! Becks had a great time making snow angels and sledding.







Sadie Piper took three steps out, smiled…


…then spent the rest of the time crying in the garage (she didn’t want to go inside OR stay outside. Such a girl!).




Other than Re-formation & Re-fried beans, I usually try to avoid anything that begins with “Re,” (Re-thinking the gospel, Re-thinking How We “Do” Church, Re-incarnation, Re-Yankees) But I did find this ReTooning Interesting at least.

Popovers for Christmas Eve!

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These are one of our favorite breakfasts! They are reserved for special occasions, and it doesn’t get more special than Christmas Eve! 🙂 They are hollow muffin-like yummy things that you put strawberry butter on!

We have a popover pan, but you can make them in muffin pans too. Since they rise, you have to follow the directions exactly. They are picky like that.

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The rod and the sword

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Looked down today and saw this. Here’s what came to mind:

Eph 6:17″ “and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God,”

Proverbs 13:24: “Whoever spares the rod hates his son, but he who loves him is diligent to discipline him.”