Dear Jack: You Were Elected for Student Council for Your Class!

9 years, 11 months.

Dear Jack,

This week was huge for you! When you came home from school on Tuesday, you explained to Mommy and me that you had decided to run for Student Council for your 4th grade class. One boy and one girl would be elected by your own classmates, based on the speech you would write and then present.

You were completely confident as I walked you to school the next day; as I had you practice your speech one last time.

When you came home that afternoon, you immediately announced, “I won! They voted for me and I got the most votes!”

I replied, “Of course they did!”

I am so proud of you. It was your idea to run.

That’s the part that makes me proudest.

Love,

Daddy

Dear Holly: The Big Tractor in the Field Behind Our House

4 years, 5 months.

Dear Holly,

To my amazement, after living in our home new nearly 6 years now, they still haven’t turned the soybean field behind our house into a new home development… yet.

This week, it was time to harvest the crops. So after dinner Tuesday night, a man in a huge tractor drove right behind our house.

You and your brother went outside on the trampoline on the back deck to wave at him.

It was a big deal!

Love,

Daddy

Dear Jack: Our Friday Off Together

9 years, 10 months.

Dear Jack,

Last Friday went perfectly! I took the day off to spend with you during your Fall Break.

We spent the morning going on a long hike that led us to a cool creek where you got to play in the mud and clay- then I took you out for donuts.

It was definitely a nice change of place.

Then on Saturday morning, you and I went apple picking in the light rain.

Even though you’re now a month away from turning 10, you still reached out to hold my hand during our hike on Friday. That means a lot to me.

Love,

Daddy

Dear Holly: How You Play with Legos

4 years, 5 months.

Dear Holly,

For this past week, we have stumbled into a new tradition in which you and your brother work on Legos while dinner is being prepared. As your brother labors over complex mechanical creatures, you just work with a handful of pieces.

Typically, it’s 2 or 3 Lego people and only enough pieces to build a small living room.

I’ll hear you do a falsetto mutter, which is apparently them talking to each other.

It is as if you are playing house, with Legos. You can spend an hour playing with just about a dozen blocks- and you’re happy!

Love,

Daddy

Dear Jack: Fall Break Begins and I’m Taking the Day Off Tomorrow to Spend with You

9 years, 10 months.

Dear Jack,

Tomorrow, I’m doing something I never do:

I’m taking off a day off work, and it has nothing to do with us going on a vacation.

I’ve had a really good year with my numbers as a Recruiter. So once again, I get a day off this month as a reward for my work last month.

So what better day to choose than one of the days of your Fall Break?

We’re going to wake up in the morning and go on a new hike- a place not too far from us that apparently used to be a driveable Jeep trail.

Actually, we may learn that it is still is a good trail to take our Jeep out on.

Mystery and adventure await!

Love,

Daddy