Dear Holly: We Matched with Black and White Stripes

3 years, 8 months.

Earlier this week, after I got dressed for work one morning, I walked out into the living room to see that you and I were ultimately wearing the same thing:

Mommy had dressed you a new black and white striped dress that you had never worn before.

Meanwhile, I was wearing my black and white striped shirt; my first time to wear it since last winter.

Once we got to your school, I had your teacher take a picture of us.

It’s a bold choice to wear the visually jarring combo of black and white stripes, so I thought it was really interesting it happened on the same random day.

Love,

Daddy

Dear Jack: Your Homemade Cubicle

9 years, 2 months.

Dear Jack,

Last week, I was so relieved that the time had finally come to upgrade your sister’s car seat to a booster seat. Granted, we had to order two of them; one for each car.

I was relieved because, in theory, it’s much easier to buckle in a kid in a booster seat as opposed to a car seat.

For you though, you were excited because that meant you to play with two huge boxes until they finally flattened out; largely due to you teaching your sister to be an escape artist, as you closed in the open side with pillows.

I especially liked the work cubicle you made, too!

Love,

Daddy

Dear Jack: We Now Have a Shooting Range in Our Living Room

9 years, 2 months.

Dear Jack,

Ever since your birthday, which was exactly 2 months ago, your Nerf gun collection has been growing. You now have 3 rifles, one crossbow, and one bow-and-arrow set.

In other words, there are plenty of darts to be shot in our house.

Thanks to the free cardboard blocks to that donated to us this week, we now officially have a shooting range in our living room.

Honestly, I have to say- it doesn’t bother me at all. I would much rather you shoot your weapons on a disposable yet sturdy target, as opposed to your sister.

Love,

Daddy

Dear Holly: The Hamster Didn’t Get the Toy Blocks After All

3 years, 8 months.

Dear Holly,

Last week, my coworker Lori was able to get some free cardboard blocks from her community’s “buy, sell, trade” Facebook page. The simple concept was that these blocks would be perfect for our family’s pet hamster.

He loves to chew cardboard and make beds out of small boxes. So it was a perfect idea.

However, the blocks never made it upstairs to the hamster’s aquarium.

That’s because you and your brother have been making up games all week using them. Castles have been built. Escape rooms have been constructed. Towers have been set up.

Imagine- that kids would actually get to play with toys intended for kids, as opposed to a hamster!

Love,

Daddy

Dear Holly: You Got to Take Home Snoopy Last Weekend

3 years, 8 months.

Dear Holly,

As I picked you up from school last Friday, I learned that it was your turn to take home the class pet, Snoopy, for the weekend. You were so excited!

You took the stuffed animal everywhere- as we ran errands, as we went out for dinner, to church…

Then on Sunday afternoon, you proactively arranged for Jack to find our Peanuts DVD (which I didn’t realize we still owned) and spent an hour or so watching Snoopy on TV.

This just so happened to be during the time slot I was going to make you take a nap.

Snoopy saves the day!

Love,

Daddy

Dear Jack: Star Wars Matters Now

9 years, 1 month.

Dear Jack,

You and I recently went to go see The Rise of Skywalker; as more of an obligation to the fact we’ve seen all the other new Star Wars movies.

I knew that you liked it, but by this past weekend, I realized that at age 9, you are old enough to officially care about Star Wars now.

This past weekend when we visited the public library to check out some books and DVDs for the week, as is our family’s custom, you specifically wanted to check out Episode II: Attack of the Clones.

I softly warned you that it’s not one of the best ones, but you didn’t care.

Turns out, you loved watching it.

Afterwards, you started looking up Star Wars Lego sets online to spend some of your Christmas money on.

The funny thing is, you have yet to see the original 3 Star Wars that came out between 1977 and 1983.

We’ll get there…

 

Love,

Daddy

Dear Holly: Seeing Frozen 2 with Your Cousins During Christmas Break

3 years, 8 months.

Dear Holly,

This Christmas was very special. Not only did you have your two older cousins come to visit from California and Mississippi, but you got to see Frozen 2 with your younger cousins.

You have obviously been very excited to go see Frozen 2- and finally, it worked out for us to see it as a family… alongside your cousins. It was an ideal situation.

The funny thing is, once the movie was over and Mommy asked you what you thought of it, you responded, “I didn’t like it. I wanted the other Frozen.”

Apparently, you were under the impression you were all going to see the original Frozen movie in the theater together… despite you watching it every Saturday morning at our house!

Love,

Daddy