Monthly Archives: January 2008

“Mr. Durocher” and Oswald

"Mr. Durocher" and Oswald

Originally uploaded by Jason Archer

“Mr. Durocher”, as I was sure to call him at school, brought a friend to Parma Elementary last week to enhance our learning. What a great way to bring the outside world into our room.

We were talking about the letter O and about oceans so Oswald the Octopus was an excellent correlation.

Sam did a fantastic job! He told the kids so many interesting facts. My kids were especially interested in how small of a hole Oswald could get through. They also liked learning that an octopus has blue blood. He even let everyone touch the octopus.

Even Ms. Haney came in to see Oswald. She wasn’t so sure about touching it, however. She said that if Zach wasn’t touching it, she wasn’t going to either. Well, Zach got brave and he did touch it, forcing Ms. Haney to get brave also.

It was a great day of learning! Thanks Sammy! When my class came to school the next day, they asked me what Mr. Durocher was going to bring them to see for letter S week. I didn’t tell them I think he has a Shrunken head. :O)

Grace and Julie

Grace and Julie

Originally uploaded by Jason Archer

For Gracie’s 10th birthday, we gave her a choice of celebrations. We could have friends from school over and celebrate with a party or we could go to Chicago and get an American Girl Doll. We kinda’ already knew what the answer would be, because Gracie has been wanting an American Girl doll for a while. We were the ones who weren’t ready to make the financial investment for this doll when she was younger. We were that with age would come responsibility. (Check back with us in a few months to test this theory.)

Our day in Chicago was a truly fun experience. We got up late and took our time getting there. The weather was beautiful. Chilly, but sunny nonetheless. Grace loved going to the American Girl Place. Jason and I were absolutely amazed by the amount of stuff there was to spend money on. And believe me, a lot of people were spending it. We did pretty well and only bought one additional outfit and a special comb more than we had initially thought we would. We could see however, a lot of other people were not sticking to their budgets. It was crazy! I was amazed most of all by the doll hair salon that is located at the store. You could bring your doll in there and get it a hairstyle for more money than it would cost me to get my hair done. Unbelievable!

Grace was so adorable with her new doll, Julie. It has been so sweet to see her caring for her doll. She hasn’t really ever been interested in dolls very much. But she is loving this one. I am glad we waited to get her this gift.

Julie came with a book all about her and her life as a fourth grader living in the 1970′s. When I went to tuck Gracie in for bed a little while ago, she told me she was so glad I had come in because there was only one chapter left in her book and she wanted to save it to read tomorrow while she was in school. Cutie.

Well, any day in Chicago is a good day, but when it’s a birthday celebration, it’s even better. We did a little shopping at the usual stores, Gap, Old Navy, Express, Marshall Fields. We visited Garrett’s Popcorn shop for some yummy popcorn for some friends back home. And we had Linner (our word for the meal that’s kind of lunch but kind of dinner) at Giordanno’s. It was a great day!

My Great Gift

My Great Gift

Originally uploaded by Micki Archer

So, over the years Jason has always been the one to do any blogging for our family. To be really honest I just haven’t put forth any effort. He’s the one who spends his day at a computer, so it just has seemed natural that he’d be the one to do the blogging. It has come to my attention over this Christmas break, however, how little blogging is being done on our family website. For this reason, I asked J if maybe I could begin to help out a little. Of course I was met with a very excited, “You bet!” from Jason.

At first I was thinking about how great it was going to be to put up new stuff all of the time. I was thinking I could at least put something on each day; even if it was something small. After considering how ambitious that sounded, I thought maybe I’d try to do something at least once a week. Now, I’ll be delighted if I can just get this blog uploaded. :)

Anyway, I am going to be more helpful, and I think I am even going to have Gracie begin to contribute to our site. After all, she is way better on the computer than her Momma is. We’ll see how things go.

For now…here is one of my favorite pics we took this holiday season. It seems as though Jason and I are rarely in a picture together because one of us are taking the picture. We took this the night of my work’s Christmas party. Yes, the Archer’s did take the white elephant gift that pressed the limits just a little. Needless to say it was very entertaining. Especially because our district Superintendent was there. The gift we ended up bringing home…a trophy of a cheerleader that reads, “Parma’s Number One Cheerleader.” Yep, that will definitely be re-gifted next year.