Dear Jack: Carving a Jack-O-Lantern with Papa

10 years, 10 months.

While Nonna was inside the house, painting baby pumpkins with Nonna in the kitchen, you were outside in the front yard with Papa carving up our family’s official Jack-O-Lantern for this Halloween season.

Thanks to some cheap props from the dollar store, you two were able to make a really cool, and scary, Jack-O-Lantern for us to display out on our front porch.

And that carved pumpkin alone serves as the extent of our family’s Halloween decorations, despite being surrounded by neighbors, and neighborhoods, of just about every other house decked out in huge inflatables and plastic skeletons in their front yards!

Dear Jack,

Love,

Daddy

Dear Jack: Showing Your Sister How to Play at a Pumpkin Patch

10 years, 10 months.

Dear Jack,

It is our tradition as a family to visit one of the nearby pumpkin patches each Fall season. This year, with your sister being a 5 year-old girl, not a preschooler, it was clear she was interested in participating in more adventure than in previous years there.

You were sure to show her the way- and she was just as eager to follow you.

Whether it was going into the spooky house, jumping off the mountain of hay, and going down the huge tunnel slide together.

I loved being able to watch the two of you have fun together.

Love,

Daddy

Dear Holly: To Miss Seeing You for a Day is Like Missing a Month

5 years, 5 months.

Dear Holly,

Now that we are on our 2nd hamster as a family pet, which only has a lifespan of about a year and half, it puts it into perspective that a day in the life of humans is equal to a couple months in the lifespan of a hamster.

I feel like in a similar way, time passes by too quickly on my end as I watch you grow up; in your little girl phase.

One day is not just 24 hours. One day, for a 5 year-old girl, is more like a few weeks, or even a month!

So when I don’t see you for a few days, like when you recently spent the weekend in Alabama with Nonna and Papa, it made me feel like you grew up a little bit more without me!

I do my best to cherish every minute I have with you!

Love,

Daddy

Dear Jack: You Were an Usher in a Wedding This Weekend

10 years, 10 months.

Dear Jack,

This past weekend was a first for both of us. It was the first time either of us had ever travelled to or spent time in the Midwest.

You were asked to serve as an usher for my friend Kaylie’s wedding near Indianapolis.

She needed some appointed young men to direct guests from the parking lot to the ceremony area behind the barn, where the reception was held.

You did a great job helping people. I am proud of you and I could tell you appreciated being asked to truly help out, in a sort of an adult role; not just a kid’s!

Love,

Daddy

Dear Holly: You are Going to Be the Flower Girl This Weekend!

5 years, 4 months.

Dear Holly,

This has been a long time in the making… that this weekend, after well over a year of planning, you are going to be the flower girl in our friend’s wedding!

I heard that Mommy is going to accommodate you as you get your hair professionally styled for the event. It’s going to be a big deal!

I will be so proud to be taking pictures of you the whole time. I know that you are going to feel like a real little princess.

Not to mention, this will also be the first wedding you’ve ever gone to that you’ll actually be old enough to remember.

Love,

Daddy