Monday, September 20, 2010

What I Did On My Summer Vacation: By Archer

We had a busy summer so I thought the best way to document what we did was to divide it into three parts. Archer will be part one, Della part two, and Chad and Caitlin will be part three.

Most of Archer's summer was spent outside in the fort that Chad built. Our backyard was the place to be if you are a little boy who lives near us. They would spend hours out in the yard hammering, eating Otter Pops, and making dangerous looking structures out of precariously stacked scrap wood. I caught this shot of Archer between one of his many trips in and out of the house. Notice the guilty look on his face. I found out later that he had snuck a permanent marker outside...


Archer enjoyed eating plenty of corn that we grew...

When it was too hot to play outside Archer would build couch cushion forts and tents in his room. Here are some of the many things he tied to the bottom of his bed which I had to cut off because I couldn't untie the knots he had made...

I love projects that take up a lot of time and this was one of them. Archer painted these letters and taped them on the garage for Chad's birthday...

He also helped me decorate the door with streamers but Della tore them down and tried to eat them...


Archer spent lots of time with the chickens...

He also started gymnastics this summer. This is the best sport ever! There are no games to attend every Saturday and I spend all of his practices in an air conditioned room. What's not to love!?! Plus, it was the most hilarious hour of my week...

We took a day trip to Old Town Spring where we ate at a super greasy restaurant that was covered with license plates. Archer insisted that I take his picture in front of them...

Chad and I thought it would be fun to take the kids blackberry picking. Boy were we wrong. Apparently this activity is like torture to Archer because he started freaking out. I took some video of the tantrum that ensued after he announced that if he didn't get a drink of water right then, he was going to die of thirst.




Archer also started a blog called Amazeable. Archer chose the name, background picture, and wrote or dictated his own posts. Here is a link to what he wrote over the summer.

Remember how I like projects that take up lots of time? I don't really know why, but Archer had been begging us for an electric pencil sharpener. So back in June I told him that he could earn money to buy a sharpener all his own. It took three months for him to save $11. We made a big deal over our trip to Office Depot to buy the sharpener. As soon as we got home he tore all the batteries out of the Wii controllers and stuck them in the sharpener. I showed him how to lightly push the pencil into the hole and he went to sharpen all of his pencils. On his way to the pencil box, he dropped the sharpener and it broke. He never even got the chance to try it. It was seriously one of the saddest things I have ever seen. Don't worry, we bought him a new one.

One night while getting ready for bed Archer asked Chad "Do you think God has a great deed for me to do like Noah?" Chad said "Oh yes! You are going to be a great missionary and a daddy someday." Archer took this to heart and devised a plan "Dad, I think we should write our favorite scriptures on a piece of paper and give them to our neighbors." Chad told him that the church has already made something like that called Pass Along Cards. Archer was so excited that he wanted to get some from the missionaries ASAP. So the next night they brought over a stack and we talked about who we could give them out to and what we should say. As soon as we were done Archer ran outside to play. As the missionaries were leaving we opened the front door just in time to see Archer running from one neighbor's doorstep to the next. We called him back as we thought it might seem strange to people that the neighbors the hardly knew were sending their 6 year-old son out to preach about Jesus Christ. But don't worry, it didn't deter Archer. He entire stack of cards was gone in a few days.

7 comments:

Allison said...

Caitlin, Archer really is amazing. I loved this post and cannot wait until we see you.

Jill said...

I've said it before, but it must be said again. We love (and miss) Archer.

That last story killed me. You two are truly great parents.

Marissa said...

Love all the stories! I'll have to do a summer summary on our blog too.

Amy said...

Oh Archer he is a thirsty boy!

Beth said...

Thank you for sharing Archer's summer with us...I loved the first picture with his guilty bright red sweaty face. You know he was playing hard in that Texas sun.

I love the last story too!

I am goung to to his blog next...I can't wait to read it!

Belle of the Blues said...

Love this post! This feeds my hungry soul! We have to figure out a way to get together sometime (sigh). Archer is hilarious.

Kati said...

will you be posting a photo of the fort out back? I want dave to make one with the boys after we get the basics done on the house....