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A Budding Writer

Like other 1st grade students, Oakley was asked to complete a writing assessment sometime in the last couple of weeks. This is something they write at school in which they are encouraged to use all of their writing tools. I think Oakley comes with a truckload… My favorite snowy day …

“But my name…”

Lindy just walked in here while I was processing some pictures for Jenn (including perhaps her least favorite thing she’s ever made!) She was being sweet and kind of leaning on me. So I picked her up, and gave her a hug. Tim: Lindy, will you always be my baby?Lindy: …

Target. Mah-tah.

Aspen and Jenn were hanging out this week, and Aspen happened to notice a bag with a logo much like the one above. Aspen: Now I get it!Jenn: What?Aspen: Now I get why a Target bag has that shape on it. It’s a target.Jenn: Yes.Aspen: That must be their mah-tah!Jenn: …

Six

This afternoon, I walked through the garage, and I noticed the hula hoops, piled up behind the ball bin. The looked sad. Just six months ago, hula hoops were all the rage… at school, at home, in this awesome video… And now, they sit, restless, useless, tossed aside. When Oakley …

Lays Potato Chips and Archaeology

As new homes in Tennessee go, ours is in a pretty old spot. The very first settlement in Williamson County was, literally, across the street from us, and dates back to at least 1800. We’re talking really old. In fact, our local plant expert, Mike Berkley, tells us that his …

Who actually talks like that?

I love the way my girls speak… it impresses me constantly, and makes me laugh regularly. Today, I was walking Aspen and Oakley to the bus stop, and Aspen accidentally stepped on a snail. Trust me, it was an accident; this girl loves animals. As we walked on, she was …

Aspen’s helping Lindy with making her Valentine’s cards right now. Aspen: Do you want to use the “Be Mine” heart or the “Be My Valentine” heart?Lindy: This is XXXXX’s [name redacted].Aspen: So you want it to say, “Be Mine”?Lindy: No. I want it to say, “Stop pushing and hitting and …

Oakley’s Tastes

Just heard in the Martin house… Jenn: Do y’all want anything at the grocery store? silence Oakley: Bacon. No argument here, my girl.

"How do the lambs know what time it is?"

Lindy asked me that this weekend. We were sitting at lunch, eating gyros, with the Hickmans and the Watsons. I looked around the restaurant, trying to figure out what the heck she was talking about. Do you know? Would it help you if I said, “Pa rum pum pum pum”? …

Amalgam

Clearly my daughters are an amalgam of their mother (a foodie) and father (a hockey fan). Tonight’s indication came on the car ride home from our first basketball practice of the year. Aspen: Did the Predators win their last game?Tim: Yes, I think it was 1 – 0.Aspen: Who was …