Monthly Archives: July 2004

Grace’s Tooth

Two nights ago Grace FINALLY lost her first tooth. This was an event. She had been talking about how other kids had lost teeth that she knows. When will she lose her teeth? How soon before it happens? She asked my parents when I lost my first tooth. When did Micki? It became a right of passage.

In the interim, every other day we had “phantom lose teeth”. Grace would say, “Feel this, I think it’s loose.” It wasn’t. Well, finally about two weeks ago we had a legit lose tooth. And she relished in it. Wiggling it. Updating us on it. Status of the tooth. Two nights ago in bed it “fell out”.

The first picture of “Gaps Malone”

I was at work when it happened, so Mick informed me that the tooth fairy was going to leave her a note and give her the tooth back, since mom may like to scrapbook it. How thoughtful of that fairy! You know what else that silly fairy did? She didn’t leave the money under Grace’s pillow. Because our dog Lisa Marie was guarding the door. Scared the tooth fairy away.

So, Grace got $3 for her first tooth! I thought that was a little high. But according to other parents, which of course, we base all of our decisions on, the going rate for the first tooth is $5. Then $1 for any tooth after. Learning as we go along. So, Grace lost her first tooth, encountered the tooth fairy, collected some loot, and is already looking at the gap. Because she can see growing up….Another Tooth!

Michigan Adventure ’04

It’s Hell week here at the Archer home. I’m working round the clock getting ready to roll out an entirely new Web site for Spring Arbor University. Micki is taking her first grad class. We have a deadline for our company, and I am stuck. Waiting on some resources to get started. So, I thought I would take some time to recap another Archer Family Adventure.

This pose sets the tone for the day, baby!

We took off early on Saturday morning to hook up with the Strodtbecks in Grand Rapids. Met up, got everyone in their van, and drove to Michigan Adventure. Our second summer going together. It was a blast. We set up the TV/VCR in the Kia for Grace, so the ride there and back were relatively quiet. By the time we got to the park it was lunchtime, by design. We tailgated with sandwiches and snacks, and headed in for some fun!

Strods before the chaos insued

Ethan was immediately fired up about going to the bumper cars and wanted to ride with me. Grace of course wanted to head to the water park, but it was chilly and the high was supposed to be around 70. So, water park action was on delay. We hit the merry go round, swan paddle boats, and made our way to water world. All the time looking for bumper cars. What we didn’t know is we had passed them in the front of the park.

My cute girls riding the horsies

We headed back and had fun. Ethan and I rode together. Mick and Grace teamed up. And John and Issac partnered for some mayham. We only managed to hit Mick and Grace once. They hit us. So, E&G were trash talking it up after the ride on who hit who the best. By this time we decided to hit the water park, so John, Ethan, and I headed back to the van to get the swim gear and drinks. Mick and Grace headed to the kid rollercoaster, Cat and Mouse. They waited in line for over 30 min, and I watched as Grace saw her life flash before her eyes. She was scared spitless. Screaming. Hating every minute. By the time she exited the ride and hugged me, she was ready to get on it again. Said it made her “tummy feel jiggly inside”. I tried to explain to her the concept of adrenaline, but really couldn’t connect the dots.

Ready for our boat ride. Did someone switch our lifevests while I wasn’t looking?

The water park was basically for Grace. It was cold and windy. Cloudy. Ethan was not interested in getting wet. The adults were freezing, and Issac and Grace played. They could have played forever. So, we headed home for a late night. Mick got food poisoning and I got it late Saturday. Sunday we spent sick in bed. But it was a fun time. Great friends. Great time.


Well, its only one day after Mercedes has gone back to PA. We miss her. But we sure did have some fun while she was here. We got together on Sunday at the Ohio border to do the drop off. It was great to meet Katherine’s new husband, David. Seems like a really cool guy. Looking forward to hanging out at the family reunion and maybe helping them fix up their new house.

We headed home and the girls enjoyed tearing the playbasement apart with toys, games, and movies. Later that night we all got into the hot tub for a little “soakey, soakey”.

Monday we started out on a VERY special adventure. We didn’t tell the girls where we were going to the Detroit Zoo and Builder Bear Workshop. After getting closer to the zoo, they saw the big reveal. Had a great time. Of all the zoos we’ve been to, I think Toledo is #1, Binder Park is #2, and Detroit is #3. But it was a cool zoo, and we had a great time. The shorter two ladies that came started to poop out towards the end, so we made a break for the kkkkkKia and headed into the AC, cold drinks, and a short ride to Builder Bear Workshop.

Fortunately for Grace, she brought her “Tiger” with her. Her present on our special date to Detoit to the Tigers game and Builder Bear. Mercedes had said about a month ago that she had never been and always dreamed of going. So, Grace got a new outfit for Tiger and Mercedes got a new friend, Cuddles. They had a blast, and Mick and I enjoyed creating it for them.

We got home late, so the girls got to sleep “after hours”. Tuesday they got to chill, spend a couple of hours in the pool, play Crash Bandicoot, and in the evening we made custom birthday cards for Katherine and Alison. 3-D ballerina cards. Wednesday morning Mick got the girls into the car for the ride back to the border and lunch with Katherine, Alison, Cassie, and the girls. They had some fun, and my ladies headed back home.

It’s so cool to connect as a family. For better or for worse we’re stuck with each other. So, better to enjoy these special memories together than apart. We’re looking forward to being together in PA on Labor Day weekend, and another special trip for “The Big Cuz” next summer.