Monday, December 5, 2011

A year in review

For quite some time, I've been meaning to post pictures and comment on how fast Isabel's first year went by . Finally, pictures from a year of growth.

November 22, 2010












November 22,2011

Friday, November 18, 2011

Pushing hard

I was able to bike commute every workday for the previous two weeks, resulting in significant improvement in my ride time. Thanks to a constant push from the south wind I posted my best time yet this morning.


Thats a pretty impressive gain over my previous best set a month ago. Also happy that I can roll out of bed a little after 7, bike commute and still arrive at my desk by 8.

Monday, November 14, 2011

You're Big

Mat (from Boise), Sean and I attended the Utah Grizzlies hockey game Saturday night followed by a post game skate session. Sean was able to get autographs from the whole team (including Grizzby the mascot) on his hockey gloves. He loved every minute of it, especially when Grizzby came by our seats and "stole" some popcorn from Sean's bucket.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

October fun

The Armstrongs have been enjoying the Fall season with lots of good times. We made a trip to Cornbellys to kick off the season.

We had a picnic in the park while the weather was still nice. Sean loves to pose for the camera.

Gracie trying to avoid having her picture taken.

Gracie cooperating

Bel at the park

And of course we carved pumpkins

Seriously Mom?

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Ride fast, stay warm

Fall has officially arrived in SLC with morning temps in the mid 40's. This is the point when fair weather bike commuters return to their cages til spring. I just ride harder to stay warm. Set a new personal best for getting to the office.


Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Picture Post 2

Things are busy around the Armstrong house but I did manage to break out the camera and snap a few pictures.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Harvest Time

A cold and wet spring this year ruined every SLC gardeners dream of a bountiful harvest; thus the lack of posts showing my garden/veggies. Everything in my garden looked and produced about a month later than in previous years.
I'm usually tired of squash by now but still wishing more would come in right now.

Probably the sturdiest bean trellis I've built yet. The beans have taken to it well.

I've been planting spinach for the last few months and am now enjoying lots of salads.

Gracie showing a days harvest

I couldn't post this many pictures without one of Bel. If only you could hear her little laugh and squeals.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Bike Walking

Over the weekend, I was unable to ride a section of Gooseberry mesa and had to walk. Bike shoes don't offer much traction on steep slickrock. This is what happens when your foot meets a disk brake rotor.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Do chickens like apricots?

Thanks to an abundance of apricots on our tree this year, I was able to answer the question posed by the neighbors in a letter they delivered last year.

I have been throwing a 5 gallon bucket full of apricots into the run on a daily basis. By the end of the day, the apricots are all eaten. Yes friendly neighbor, chickens do love apricots. Thanks for your concern.

Friday, July 15, 2011

I'm happy

Granny meeting her Grandbaby

Friday, June 17, 2011


Two of the cutest kids I know.

Don't forget Isabel

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Monday, May 23, 2011


A few trips to the grocery, gingerly packing the kids along with bread and other fragile groceries into the bucket, made me realize how badly I needed a front basket for my Madsen bucket bike. I already had a great bakers style rack on front but something to contain said items was lacking. I searched the Internet many times trying to find a stock basket with proper dimensions for the rack. I even purchased a basket made for a rear rack in hopes I could make it work. Unfortunately, the basket didn't attach well and wasn't exactly the look I wanted. I finally came to the realization that it would have to be custom made. All I needed was a basket weaver to help me out. After many searches on the Internet and an inquiry to a basket weaver in the UK, I stumbled upon Dunbar Gardens in Mount Vernon, Washington.

I was excited to make the discovery given their location. It just so happens that I visit Mt. Vernon once or twice a year for business. Not to mention the fact that they grow, cut and cure their own willow prior to weaving baskets for many uses. During a business trip to the area in February, I made a visit by the Dunbar Garden farm to see their operations and place my basket order. The chance to meet Katherine Lewis, Dunbar basket weaver, was excellent allowing me to pick my basket weave style and color. A few months later, I received the basket and couldn't be happier with my purchase. We have since made countless trips to the grocery, park and various other destinations with the basket providing great storage.

Thanks again to Katherine for such a nicely crafted basket.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Sunday News

Apparently our Beauty and the Beast costumes for the Tour De Brewtah were good enough to make the Sunday edition of the Salt Lake Tribune. Thanks to the Peterses and McCormack's for joining us. Good times

Photo Credit: Sarah Miller

Tuesday, April 12, 2011


Sean has lots of sprouts growing throughout his garden. Might be a few more weeks til we have fresh salads.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Little Gardener

Sean and I sowed more seeds in his garden area last weekend. He now has his own little area which has lots planted and more to come. I will let him hit the seed stand soon so he can decide what to plant.

Gracie and Mom going for a bucket bike ride.