Happy 4th Birthday Paxton KaOn

Paxton turned 4 on June 10th! We started the day in usual birthday fashion with balloons and streamers up and he opened the presents from Clint and I and from his brothers and sister. We had played at a friend’s house a couple of weeks before and he really liked the Daniel Tiger trolley that…

Weekend Coyote Ridge Hike

On Sunday on our way home from church we decided to hike Coyote Ridge. We pass the trail ridge each week and Clint and I have biked/ran it but the kids have never been on the trail. We planned ahead and packed hiking clothes and lunch. The kids were excited and ate their lunches as…

Bobcat Ridge Hike…

We decided to not really take a week off for Spring Break this year. We decided we’d rather finish a week earlier in May and have more summer free time. However we decided to make the week that the littles didn’t have preschool and the bigs didn’t have their Wednesday enrichment a little lighter and…

Large Family Hacks….Chores

Everyone’s favorite subject….chores. And there is lots of opinions on chores and allowances and such out there. Ultimately I told the kids that I don’t get paid to do the laundry and Clint doesn’t get paid to make dinner every night and taking care of chores and cleaning/picking up/etc etc is just what it means…

Colorado Springs Weekend….

This past weekend we got to get away and go to Colorado Springs. Leighton had a gymnastics meet at the Olympic Training Center and so we made a weekend out of it. His meet was actually Friday evening. The meet was really neat, it was held in the basketball gym but the boys got to…

Winter Camp Out

We have started having family nights once a week, usually on a Friday or Saturday evening. We either play a board game, watch a movie or play a game on the Wii (super high tech here, we own all of 2 games on the Wii….). It has been a lot of fun and just some…

And Christmas 2018….

So we are nearly a month removed from Christmas but I’m just getting around to finally getting our Christmas post written and posted. Our Christmas was broken up a little this year because I worked day shifts both the 24th and 25th. I made it home in time on the evening on the 24th to…

An Atypical Thanksgiving 2018

Our thanksgiving was anything but “typical” this past week. My parents were out of town and my brother and his new wife had other commitments so when we started looking and planning we all sat down and talked about what we really wanted to do. No one wanted turkey and we decided we’d rather spend…

Armstrong Elections 2018

I think the first election that I remember is 1988. I was almost 8 and my parent’s voting place was at my elementary school in the gym. I went with my mom and they had set up a kids voting booth and we got to vote on important things like Abe Lincoln vs George Wasahington…

Playing In The Leaves

Despite our early snow storm a little over a week ago we are back to more fall like weather. And one of the best things about fall time is playing in the leaves. We have a number of trees at our house but they aren’t huge and so they don’t have a ton of leaves….