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  • My turn, 😔 writing all these was harder than I thought. I’m Jen the planner, finder of everything lost, dreamer, doer, and rule bender.
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I excel at saying no to people/things that don’t align with the life I want to live and finding experiences that bring me joy. This has served me well, especially in the last few years, but can also get me in trouble. It’s an only child thing.
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I’ve spent most of my adult life working “for the man” first at PwC then IBM. I always pushed their limits of what was normal worker behavior and took full advantage of my remote status.
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These days I work for myself but still get paid by big industry. I have the freedom and stress of an entrepreneur but know my clients will pay me. I dream and dabble in other money making pursuits around my passions but nothing has stuck. Maybe one year that part of my life will blossom.
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I love mountain biking, enjoy road biking, tolerate surfing, and wish I had more time for SUP and XC skiing.
  • This is Axel. He left us a week after he turned 2 in February 2013.  The way he left is unspeakable and the most tragic of tragedies.
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We don’t focus on how or why he’s gone but we do remember our wonderful time with him and the way he lived.
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Looking back it almost seemed his soul knew his time on earth was limited. He walked at 10 months and was riding a Strider bike soon after that. He had no time for sleeping or sitting down to eat. He wanted to do everything.
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These pictures are two of my favorite memories of him. #1 was a Strider course in Denver. It was hot that day but Axel would not leave. We stayed there all day long and he “raced” every age level and loved every minute. He was 18 months.
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#2 is Axel with a dog named Poppy that was close to death when we met her while living in Sayulita. Axel and Poppy bonded and he helped her trust people again and learn to play. She was always near Axel when we watched her. After he died I learned a couple adopted Poppy and took her back to the US where she’s thriving. The couple had recently lost their son and Poppy was helping them heal.
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Axel reminds us to live life now with joy and never get too busy for what matters.
  • Family bike day. Had to convince Lars to turn around after 2 miles because he wanted to ride more dirt!
  • As you’ve seen in posts @kbikesurf loves to road bike, mountain bike and surf. He’s a natural athlete but also extremely cautious. Those two things don’t always go together but he makes it work and that combo allows this Momma to not worry as much. If he does something I know he’s 100% skilled and confident.
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He teaches me about resilience, kindness, and humor everyday. He’d rather be courteous (and safe) rather than first and while he gives 100% he could care less about the result, good or bad, within 5 minutes.
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He’s been homeschooled/unschooled/roadschooled since he was 6. He knows nothing about being confined or inactive and knows everything about freedom. Ironically, he’s a total rule follower and I can’t get away with anything.
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He’s always been a great big brother and loves teaching Lars to bike, surf, and ninja fight. His kindness does have a limit when little bro turns off his Xbox mid-game or runs off with his phone.
  • Clear skies, breezy and cool temps made for a good first day back on the mountain bike in 2018.
  • This is Lars and he’s our little miracle. Yes I know that every child is a miracle but he gets a few extra credit points.
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Some would call him a rainbow baby since he came about year after his brother Axel died. There’s no getting around that he was totally unplanned yet totally wanted with perfect timing. He figured out how to make it here despite parents that chose permanent birth control years earlier and were in their 40s.
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He’s all or nothing. He didn’t want to walk until 18 months and then decided to run and ride a bike. He asks to go to bed by 7:30 every night, sleeps for 12 hours, and then spends the other 12 full force in life.
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I mostly want to snuggle him all day because he’s so lovable. Luckily he still allows this but also likes the attention of his big brother or to be rowdy with his Dad.
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📷: taken at Axel’s bench overlooking the San Juan Mountains.
  • Thought I’d introduce ourselves. Let’s start with @randycharrette our fixer, teacher, photographer, boy wrestler, and calm keeper.
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His education and experience keep us prepared to live this nomadic life. He’s been a Coast Guard rescuer, certified bicycle mechanic, ASE certified auto mechanic, mountain bike guide, bike shop owner, and IT network specialist.
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He spent his youth living in the Outback of Australia. For fun he and his friends would get dropped off in the middle of the desert with a backpack and a compass. 😮🦂
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Clearly he’s the one that relocates the spiders and allows me to feel confident driving a truck with 200k miles down a bumpy dirt road towing 7000lbs. He always figures it out.
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Currently when he’s not toddler wrangling or homeschooling he’s practicing his photography and working on getting his drone pilot’s license.
  • I don’t normally wish to be somewhere else but maybe being back in Costa Rica would clear us of this funky sickness that is plaguing our family since we left. I feel like warm sea water, coconut water and Pura Vida would do it. That said I’m grateful to be in a home and not the camper dealing with all these body fluids. 😂.