Back to School

18 Aug Cannon414-661

Around this time each year, I like to share a few words to the students, teachers, and parents preparing for back-to-school time. While this is only my personal view, I do hope it offers some solace to what can be a hectic and emotional time of year.


Have a great first day in 1st Grade, Robert!

To all the students starting school, be appreciative of the freedom you have to learn. Some children are not as fortunate. Be proud of who you are and believe in yourself. Be kind to those you meet. Some of your peers may be struggling to make friends or struggling with their own insecurities. If you see someone being bullied or picked on because he/she may seem a little different, step in and do what you know is right. Say “hi” or smile at them in the hallway. You never know what that person might be facing outside of school or battling inside. Your small act of kindness may make a BIG difference in someone’s life this school year!

To all the teachers, both new and “seasoned,” know that you have been called to the teaching profession for a reason. The minds and hearts of the students you teach will forever be changed. You have been given the chance to be an influence and an inspiration to your students. As hard as it is to deal with the politics of school systems and new policies, just remember why you are there—to educate and provide a safe environment for the young people you have been given. What you offer them today may have a lifelong impact on who they become.

To all the parents sending your little ones off to school for the first time, stay strong. I know it’s hard. You can cry as soon as you get back to your car or walk back inside. Your kids will be fine. The excellent women and men who will be teaching them this year will pour into their little minds and hearts.

For those of you with children starting middle school or high school, stay positive and encourage your child. Build them up and be available when they need you. This is a big step and there will be trials. However, your children will succeed with the support of you, their friends, and their teachers.

To the parents of seniors, this year is critical for your child. The journey to college is exciting and challenging. Enjoy the time you have with your senior and get involved in their lives if you are not already. As much as they may seem like they don’t need or want you, they do. Check in on them and ask about their studies and their lives. Be present.

Good luck this year, and know that each of you have my thoughts, prayers, and support. Have a great school year, everyone!

Mickey Monday

4 Aug WaltDisney68

“The life and ventures of Mickey Mouse have been closely bound up with my own personal and professional life. It is understandable that I should have sentimental attachment for the little personage who played so big a part in the course of Disney Productions and has been so happily accepted as an amusing friend wherever films are shown around the world. He still speaks for me and I still speak for him.”
—Walt Disney


Though the World is Fast Asleep

10 Jul


This time of night was once quiet. I expected it to change when Gretchen arrived. I did not expect William and Elisabeth to be the ones crying or up more than her. It seems our middle Tweedles have acquired an internal alarm that goes off, waking them to call out to Daddy and Mommy, while their baby sister is actually sleeping.

This is only a season of our lives though, and it will go by too quickly. As Jen remarked tonight, before we know it William will be in high school keeping us up for bigger reasons than getting out of his bed. Therefore, I will cherish him getting up and coming to our bedroom wearing his Superman pajamas and carrying his Pooh stuffed animal. I will also cherish Elisabeth crying and calling my name after William finally goes to sleep. And I will cherish Robert being the only child to fall asleep and sleep through the chaos every night.

This being said, children, please go to sleep right now. All of you.

Love, Daddy


It’s A Girl!

6 Jun

I am very happy to announce that my wife gave birth to our fourth child and second daughter this morning. Gretchen Isolde Aycock arrived on June 6, 2014 at 1:44 a.m. She is 7lb 13oz and 21″ long. Welcome to the world, Gretchen!

Gretchen Isolde Aycock

Gretchen Isolde Aycock

Proud to be a Daddy again

Proud to be a Daddy again

What a blessing you are, baby girl. We are in love with our newest little princess!

Our Disney Land

21 May

Last month I wrote a post about Walt Disney’s dream of creating a place where parents and their children could have fun together. In my quest to learn as much as I can about Uncle Walt, I have become obsessed with Disney history and vintage Disneyland. I know there are many Disney fan pages and blogs out there, but too often they have inaccurate information. So, I decided to start my own special community Facebook page for the man so many of us love dearly.

Like Uncle Walt’s dream, Our Disney Land has been created for Disney fans to come together and have fun sharing memories and stories. If you love Walt Disney and enjoy vintage Disney Parks, this “land” is for you. Our Disney Land is meant to be a place that portrays Uncle Walt and his amazing contributions to the world in a fun and educational way. Feel free to join us!

Our Disney Land is on Facebook

Here age relives fond memories of the past—and here youth may savor the challenge and promise of the future. Our Disney Land is dedicated to the fans, the memories and the magic that Uncle Walt created—with the hope that it will be a source of joy and inspiration to all the world.


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