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….

Just Mommy Night

This Fall on Friday evenings it is just me running the show. That hasn’t really happened in as long as we can remember on a regular consistent basis. From time to time Clint has a meeting or something but not something that he’s had every week for an extended amount of time. As it turns…

First Real Snow of 2018

We had our first real snow over the weekend. Technically it snowed last Wednesday and Leighton came tearing down the stairs at 6:30 all excited about the dust of snow that he saw out the window, but the first actual snow came over the weekend. It started Saturday night after it had been 65 just…

Wedding Fun…

Last Thursday my brother married his bride, Heidi, and we were excited to welcome her into our family. The 7 of us all had roles in the wedding which made it a lot of fun, I was a bridesmaid, Coppelia was a flower girl, Paxton and Leighton were ring bearers, and Edric and Caedmon carried…

Chuseok 2018

Last week was the Korean holiday, Chuseok, which is the harvest festival. In Korea traditionally families visit grave sites of their ancestors and have feasts of traditional foods. It is also a time to play games and celebrate families.   Each year since Edric has come home we have worked to celebrate the major Korean…

A Mouth Of Metal

Last Thursday Leighton got braces. 1st set of braces are paid for in full….only 4 more sets to go for the other kids. Unless of course they need a second round….and then maybe I’ve still got 9 more sets to go….maybe I’ll luck out and someone won’t need them…..maybe. Anyway before all that makes me…

Fishing With Kids….

Really I just wish I had a video of our fishing adventures while we were camping a few weeks back. It would be hilarious. I took a bunch of photos, but they no where near do the experience justice.   I’m pretty sure Clint spent about 98% of the time un-tying fishing line or switching…

Hiking On The Yurt Trip….

It kind of amazes me how the kids woke up super exicted to go hiking every morning at the yurt and then we got oh all of about 10 feet on a hike and suddenly everyone was tired/hungry/etc etc…. Not quite sure how that works. Actually though we had a great time hiking, even if…