Monday, June 29, 2009

Cradle School

Okay, so I JUST found out about this program offered by Family Service Society. It is for children birth to 5 years old and apparently open to all Grant County residents. They meet every Tuesday thru-out the summer and various locations. Our 1st "meeting" was at Matter Park. The kids got to play, make a couple cute crafts, have snack then head home....lasted maybe an hour.

The next Tuesday was a trip to the FIRE STATION!!! How cool is that???? Here are some pics of Joseph and Anna. Although Anna is technically too old, siblings are permitted to attend...we would have to pay for them if there was an admission fee to any of our outings. BUT...Mom, Dad and child are FREE...totally free!! :D

This is our Cradle School group. These are some of the fireman who took time out of their day to give us our tour. They really made the kids feel special. They all just seemed so excited to show us how everything worked and they were really patient with the kids, letting them try things out! Very impressed with these firemen!! Thanks a bunch Fire Station 1.

All the kiddos got to spray the fire hose...
I thought they should be spraying the passing cars! :)

Watch for our next field trip to the Marion Airport!

Welcome to Marion White Castle

Welcome to Marion White Castle. Jessica, Joseph and I drove into town last night at around 9:15ish to get in on the grand opening. This morning I remember why I only eat sliders once or twice a year.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Fun Family Gatherings!

The "Armstrong" side of my family got together to celebrate my cousin, Ashley's, high school graduation. We took a Sunday afternoon drive down to southern Indiana to celebrate with them!

This is Ashley with her family.
My cousin Dale, his wife Faye, their son Christopher and Ashley's boyfriend.
So really Dale is my cousin so would that make his daughter, Ashley, my 2nd cousin??

So this is the Armstrong men...telling tales I'm sure.
My uncle Freddie on the right, my brother Jim and then cousin Dale

Not such a good picture but here are the ladies listening to the tales.
Cousin Sherry on the right, my neice Alex and sis-n-law Tammy

Here they are...standing still for the moment!
The line up left to right: Cousin Loren, Cousin Christopher,
Uncle Leon, Uncle Freddie, Uncle Don, Brother Jim and Cousin Dale

Here we are...all the Armstrong's that were there!! :)

The Family Business!

Next graduation open house will be in 2011 when Jessica graduates!! WOW!!
Maybe a wedding will be tossed in there before that...hopefully no funerals.
For now we part...until next time!

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Happy Anniversary!!

Today is our 21st wedding anniversary...
off to celebrate!! :)

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Schools out, schools out...teacher let the monkeys out!

Last day of school...waiting on the bus...7:15 am.
They haven't seen that time of day since!! :)

Joseph already enjoying his summer break.
Think he liked his ice cream???

Birthday Bliss...

Yummy b-day cupcakes to share with the youth group

Lot's of candles on that, there cake!! :)

It took two blowers...created lots of smoke too!! :)

Brian and Joseph showing off their new brad nailer! Joseph will like this gift because it requires safety glasses. Any time Daddy puts on his glasses...Joseph does the same! :)

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

In Honor of Brian's B-day...

Remember in grade school when you used to bring treats in our your b-day to share with the class??? Never made sense to me, they should treat the b-day child!! Well, sticking with that theme, Brian thought it would be cool to treat YOU on HIS b-day so he worked out a little deal with Sonic...

Sonic Drive-In's across the country will be giving away free Root Beer Floats to all customers tomorrow (Wednesday, June 3, 2009...Brian's b-day) from 8:00 p.m. until midnight. More details here.

I recommend you call your local Sonic ahead of time to verify they are participating in this promotion.

Monday, June 1, 2009

Birthday idea

If you are wondering what to get me for my birthday.

Since high school...

I am getting ready to clean up my office. It is much needed. But before I do I wanted to give you a little insight into a strange side of me, I keep things a long time. This marker I use to highlight in my Bible. When I preach from a section of scripture I get out this orange marker and underline what I am preaching from. Not all that strange, many people do that. What's strange is that I've had this marker since at least high school. So the age of this marker is much older than the teens in our youth group and older than many that are in the seats on any given Sunday at Chapel Pike. Since getting this marker I've graduated high school, finished my degree at IWU, gotten married, had four children, gained 50 pounds, grew a giant bald spot on top of my head, lived in six different houses, served at two different churches as youth pastor, will shortly celebrate my 41st year of life on Wednesday and my 21st year of marriage in a few weeks....

It has been a good marker, still works, it's getting pretty light, but works great for what I do with it. It has been a good marker.