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Linden’s Hierarchy of Needs

This is from a writing sample that just came home from school yesterday, on Lindy’s last day of 1st grade. My needs: 1. Foods that are healthey [sic]. 2. shelter.  3. water.  4. clothes.  5. care.  6. love. My wants: 1. pet dog.  2. pet chickens.  3. uneven bars.  4. …

Quotes of the Day

Tonight, we finished a book that concluded, more or less, with two characters falling in love.  As I tucked Lindy in, we had the following discussion: Lindy: I’m in love with my daddy.Tim: I love you, too, Lou.Lindy: But he’s too old for me… And he’s in love with someone …

A Dad’s Nicknames

Someday, I suspect that these nicknames will have left me, but for now, they each belong to one of my girls.  Can you guess whose they are? Oakaloo Malouda Spinosa  

100% Sucks

At a soccer meeting about a year ago, some sage coach told us, the parents, the following.  “If a soccer team is losing 90% of their games, someone is doing something wrong.  If a soccer team is winning 90% of their games, someone is doing something wrong.” You see, kids …

Our Favorite Children’s Books, So Far

“There are many little ways to enlarge your child’s world. Love of books is the best of all.” – Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis My daughters have a great love of books. In fact, they were convinced that the “JK” on their Valentine conversation hearts referred to JK Rowling. (They also thought …

Another Author?

The following text is published as written in Lindy’s book she brought home from school today.  (Her handwriting is lovely, but I’d have to destroy the book to share that with you via a scan, so we’ll just go with text for today.) The Bee Who Loved to Sing Yay! …

Oakley’s Happy Birthday Wish… to Me

Daddy is playful. He is the best daddy you could ever have; even if you searched the whole entire world.  Daddy is the man of the family, just like our chicken Solo is the man of his roost.  Sometimes, though, he will beat up the lower man of the roost, …

Lois Lowry is Brilliant

Sometimes I read books that are fun, but not important.  Yes, I’ll admit it.  I liked Hunger Games a lot.  I’ll even admit that I liked 3.5 of the 4 Twilight books.  (At some point, Renesme just becomes laughable.) But then there are other books, books that are both fun …

“Love Bug” by Oakley Martin

It was a Monday evening, and I had just gotten home from school.  Now I was tromping up the stairs to my room.  I got upstairs and sat on my window seat.  Something cracked under the seat of pants!  I practically jumped up and out of my pants.  Who would …