Monthly Archives: October 2009

Cougar Crazies


Cougar Crazies

Originally uploaded by Jason Archer

We’re winding up a good weekend here in Archer-land. Friday night was snuggle night. We baked pizzas and watched some TiVo. Saturday morning I got to sleep in and have breakfast with Brian, Chad, Chuck, and Sam. Great time to connect with the fellas. The rest of the day belonged to Grace.

We went over to SAU for homecoming. The day started with the Lady Cougars volleyball game. We then went over to meet up with Dr. Beebe and Mrs. Beebe for a book signing of his new book with Richard Foster. After we enjoyed seeing them, we headed over to the soccer game, stopped off to have cookies and punch with Steve and Heather Castle, enjoy a half of soccer, then head over to the SAU Fieldhouse for the old timers basketball game to see Chuck Brant, Chris DeBacker, Ryan Cottingham, and Duane Skene. It was fun to watch. There were a lot less mullets than when they played as students. Micki finished up her class she was in all day and met up with us in time to head into Jackson for an art festival in Jackson. We got a chance to see Mary Lou Miller’s art downtown. After grabbing dinner, we headed back over to the SAU Fieldhouse to see the SAU Men’s Basketball team play an exhibition game.

All in all a full day. But really a day with no agenda. That was the best part. Even more than the enjoyment of a great fall day was the people we shared the day with. Throughout the day we ran into people we knew or friends along the way. Truly a day to measure the worth of a life. Richness in relationships. A really great day.

Head Bag




Head Bag

Originally uploaded by Jason Archer

So this is one of the many reasons why I love Isaac Strodtbeck. We’re finished with Taco night at Strods. Kids are playing. John is making dessert. And apparently Isaac is still hungry. He comes over to the chip bag which has crumbs left. He does the obvious hand grab in the bag to get out big enough crumbs. But when that effort goes down, he simply commits to going all in. Just grabbing the bag and putting it over his head to let whatever chip residue slide directly into his stomach. And this is what “Growing Up Strodbeck” is all about. Well played, I-man. Well played.

Pirate Girls




Pirate Girls

Originally uploaded by Jason Archer

Last Saturday we had a fun time hanging with Durochers and Pirate Island. Unca Sam asked Grace to babysit Baby Jasmin while the Duro family did Pirate Island. It was a perfect fall day at Flavor Fruit Farms for apple cider, roasted nuts, and apples. We hung out for awhile, had the traditional hot dog roast for lunch, and headed home. I picked G up on the bike later in the day. With so much love for apples, I talked to the owner of Flavor Fruit about what kind of apples he uses for Apple Crisp. We got some “Spy” apples, picked that morning, and I went to town on making an apple crisp and apple cobbler. Just in time for a spontaneous bonfire with Strods, Chilcotes and Millers. A really nice Saturday.