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Mr. Peppy Businessman

This morning, before I left for work, I said goodbye to Oakley.  She responded with an upturned, “Okay!”.  And so, of course, I mocked her, responding with equal pep.  I mean, that is my job as her father, right? We went our separate ways for the day; me to work, …

Sinister

So, we were chatting on the way home from soccer practice tonight.  The conversation started with a neighbor, who is divorced.  Lindy was asking if that meant that the Dad was at work, and I explained that it meant they were no longer married.  Good stuff.  Then, this… Oakley: I’m …

“The Call of the Bird”, by Oakley Martin

Jenn found this story and others in Oakley’s school bag tonight.  She had torn them out of her notebook from the summer and placed them in an envelope titled, “Short Stories for School”, by Oakley Rhea Martin. I’ve captured it precisely as she wrote it… “Caw, Caw, Caw,” the crow …

“The Orange Tiger”, by Oakley Martin

He was so pretty.  He was very valiant.  He had very bright black and orange hairs.  He had a very loud roar.  And that was who he was.  The Orange Tiger.  They called him magnificent.  Awesome.  Their leader.  Spectacular.  Their war hero.  At least against elephants.  But maybe not against …

Dwayne

You’ve probably heard me talk about reading to the girls before… Even though Aspen and Oakley are fluent readers, we still read aloud with all three of the girls nearly every night.  We’ve cranked through the entire Harry Potter series, the Chronicles of Narnia, and several other books.  (That reminds …

Brothers. And best buds.

I’ve been traveling for the last week or so. For whatever reason, I don’t talk to my girls every night. It might be because I just don’t like talking on the phone, and they really don’t like it all that much either. But when we do talk, it’s pretty fun. …

Oakley’s First Grade Year – Coming to a Close

Oakley has had a brilliant first grade year. Literally, brilliant. Credit can go to many… her school has served he so well this year, her teacher, well, we’ve talked about that… and her mom is OK, too. I’ve got two things to share… first, as video. Oakley’s school play took …

Oakley’s Haiku

Oakley wrote a haiku at school (ok, 2 haikus). I’m guessing it was an assignment in her class, from her teacher, but who am I to know. She brought it home tonight. Haiku #1 I love my mommyMy mommy is wonderful!!I love my mommy

“I thought you were gonna say…”

We’ve discussed, more than once, how Oakley has a talent with words. She reads beautifully, and writes equally well. I think she’s nothing short of brilliant. And, in a way, I was telling her that in the car today. We’d been cruising along, talking a bit about the words she …

Happy Birthday from “Academic”

One thing I love about Oakley is that she just decides to do stuff. It’s not because she’s asked, or she feels she has to, she just decides to do something. This birthday card is a perfect example. front inside… sorry about your age, Aspen