Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Still Going Strong

This past weekend the Armstrong family was lucky enough to have Granddad and Meemaw in town for a visit. We always look forward to spending time with my grandparents as they are a joy to have around. Each time I see them, I'm amazed at how outgoing these two are considering their age.



(Granddad knows how to look at the camera for a picture; everyone else needs some training)
Thanks again to Granddad and Meemaw for enduring standby status in the Tulsa airport to visit the Armstrong family.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Another TF gone by

This past weekend I loaded up my bike and camping gear for the annual guys trip to Moab mountain biking and good times. This years' trip included good weather, plenty of deep fried goodness and a sampling of previously unridden trails. I was lucky to escape with a few close calls and only one fall off my bike with no blood drawn. Thanks to Sarah for making my hair fantastic, the shingle look in the back got lots of comments. I even had a 70 year old lady stop me in a gas station during a break on the drive down and comment on how much she liked my hair.




The Troll Doll look is coming back.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Judgements

It seems a challenge to go through life and not judge others based on life's previous experiences. Ironically, my recent experience with a neighbors' rush to judgement had me falling into the same trap of judging others. It's quite obvious from the tone of the neighbors letter that judgement had been made before seeing how things worked out. The letter was amusing but also had me judging all people who fit my neighbors' profile. I felt that anyone who resembled my neighbor (older and a member of a certain "club" in utah) must have the same hate for my chickens. An experience yesterday humbled and enlightened me.

It was Sunday morning and I was out mowing the lawn with my helper Sean nearby. As I turned to mow another strip, I saw an older woman begin walking toward me. Seeing that she wanted to begin a conversation, I shut my mower down and walked to greet her. The lady (a "club" member) is a neighbor from down the street and was quite interested in our dog, Duke. Not long after chatting, Sarah and Gracie came out of the house to introduce themselves. The conversation soon turned to the woman's work at animal control and the animal shelter. Sarah mentioned a recent trip to the animal control headquarters to obtain a permit. This prompted the woman to ask if we went to obtain a permit for Duke. Sarah and I both looked timidly at each other before giving her the honest answer.

The trip to animal control was made to obtain a permit for our backyard chickens. To our surprise, the woman was extremely excited and asked if she could see our chickens. Sarah and I about fell over after being stunned by her reaction and realized that we had already passed judgement on the friendly woman. Of course we would show off our chickens and coop to anyone who is supportive of the idea. We had a great conversation about chicken coops and other neighbors in the area who kept chickens. In addition, the woman told us about her hobby of bee keeping and plans to begin a hive in her backyard. It's great to be reminded that just because people can be thought of as members of the same "group", they don't always have identical beliefs.

Friday, May 7, 2010

Goodbye Midvale

The Armstrongs are officially one home owners again. We closed on our Midvale home and can now focus on our new house. While extremely happy with our new locale, we will always remember the fun times we had in our first home and the Midvale neighborhood.




Home when bought


Home when sold

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Barbie Cruizin'

Mia took the kids for a spin in her Barbie Jeep during a recent stay at the Williamsons.