Dear Holly: You Smiled Just Like the Teddy Bear

4 years, 5 months.

Dear Holly,

Last month while Mommy and I were on our vacation in Colorado, Nonna took a picture of you and sent it to me with the caption: “Good Morning.”

When I saw the picture, I immediately thought, “Wow, Holly and the teddy bear have the exact same little smile.”

And now, a month later, I still think the same thing as I’m looking at this picture again.

What a sweet little simple smile; just like the teddy bear.

You have such an effect on me; even with just your smile.

I love the relationship that I have with you.

Love,

Daddy

Dear Holly: Nostalgic for the Present

4 years, 5 months.

Dear Holly,

I feel like I have traveled back in time from the present, to better appreciate “the good ole days” right now with our family.

Especially being able to work from home since this past March, I have been blessed with much more quality time with you.

I appreciate our family’s life together so much now, in a way I never could before, that it’s like I am nostalgic for the present, before it even becomes the past.

Maybe I am seeing life in a new perspective now that I’ve only got 6 months left of my 30s.

I cherish my life with you. I’m not letting it slip by.

 

Love,

Daddy

 

Dear Jack: You Surprised Me By Wearing a T-Shirt of Me to School

9 years, 10 months.

Dear Jack,

When we were at Nonna and Papa’s house a couple of weeks ago, I found one of my old t-shirts I was given while I was a teacher in Thailand in 2003.

It has a sketch of my face with my name in Thai underneath.

I had no clue you brought the shirt back with us to Tennessee.

But this past Monday, you surprised me when you were wearing it as you were getting ready for school.

I love the randomness of how you wore a t-shirt of your dad to school- and yet only one of your classmates even asked about it!

Love,

Daddy

Dear Jack: Helping Your Sister on Papa’s New Zipline Chair Ride

9 years, 10 months.

Dear Jack,

This past weekend was Papa’s grand opening and big reveal of the commercial quality playground that he has been working on for the past couple of years.

Saturday morning, Papa used you as the final test subject for his invention “the zipline chair”, before he let any other kids try it out.

After the zipline chair proved to be a success with you, by default you became other kids’ guide in getting them set up and launching them down the hill.

It’s especially hilarious to me how much fun your little 4 year-old sister had on that thing. Not scary at all to her!

Love,

Daddy

 

Dear Holly: Three 4 Year-Old Girls on a Playground!

4 years, 5 months.

Dear Holly,

Saturday morning you got to spend the whole day playing on Papa’s new playground with not only your cousin Darla, but also a new friend named Emery who came to the grand opening.

It just so happened that are three of you are 4 years-old! In fact, you and Emery were born just about 9 days part.

Watching you all run along from one end of the playground to the next was like seeing triple!

I don’t recall hearing my words spoken from the three of you… just a constant stream of giggles.

I’m really starting to believe that 4 year-old girls are universally the same:

Sweet, playful, and adventurous!

 

Love,

Daddy