Monthly Archives: August 2005

Builder Bear Part 2


After the Event
Originally uploaded by jason@thearcherfamily.org.

This summer Grace saved up her money. She went online the beginning of the summer, went to Builder Bear Workshop’s Web site, clicked on some stuff, and printed it out. She brought it upstairs, put it in her room, and put a big label on it, “My Dream”. She had chosen a $28 dog, a $13 dog carrier, and a $8 leash and dog collar. She had about $3 saved. I told her she may want to aim a little lower. Maybe just go for the dog. But she worked this summer well. She got her $1 allowance for her work. Saved that. Then she babysat animals. First the DeBacker’s two guinea pigs. Then Strod’s cat. She saved that money. And we went for a special family adventure to 12 Oaks mall near Detroit. Took the whole Sunday. Grace was excited to go, but had added up that she didn’t have enough for all of it. So she decided to buy the carrier and collar/leash because she had other animals she could use it with. Micki and I had already decided that we were going to buy the dog for her because she had been such a great servant at Thad and Nicki’s wedding. No complaining, long hours, and a great heart. We got to the store, and Grace went to the carrier. She got it and then showed us the dog she would save up for next. Micki took her aside (I wanted her to have the big reveal), and told her how proud we were of her and her spirit. And we told her that we would buy her the dog. She was so excited. So, we did the whole thing. Stuffing, creating a name, etc. Grace bought the bag and we bought the dog. Then we drove into Ann Arbor, walked around awhile downtown, and had dinner at the Ann Arbor Brewery. Great fish and chips. And awesome onion rings! It was a relaxing and fun day. A day to spend in affirmation of Grace and also to not be in a hurry, hang out, and have a good time together. What a blessing.

Mini is Here!


Mini is Here!
Originally uploaded by jason@thearcherfamily.org.

This summer Micki got an iPod Mini. Pink of course. She’s getting into the land of technology slowly but surely. It was fun to connect it for the first time, for her to name her pod, and to create some playlists and upload them. Now we’ve got one of the entire iPod family. I have the 60GB color pod, Micki has the pink iPod mini 6GB, and we also have a sleek little iPod shuffle. The bottom line: You gotta love Apple.

The First Day of Second Grade

This is a blurry pic of G in front of her locker this morning. The first day of second grade. We went to her open house last night and it was fun. Mrs. King is her teacher, and she seems awesome. I hope it will be a great year for Grace. She seemed pretty excited to go. I think after working with Jr. High and High School students for years, we’ll cherish as much as we can the desire to go to school. We walked together through the back yard after I made an egg cassarole and cinnamon rolls for breakfast, we shimmied over to the school, put her stuff in her locker, and saw her off to class. Micki has our high-end camera for her kids today, so I’ll have to post the cute pic of Grace and Mrs. King from last night at the open house. Well, it’s August 24. We had the fan on in our bedroom last night to bring the temp into the 50′s. The pool is closing. The hot tub is opening. Pretty soon the leaves will be falling. It’s starting again. Fall. My favorite season. Fresh starts. New beginnings. And today is Micki and Grace’s. Me? I’ll just keep making Web pages and videos.