Dear Jack: I Think You Found Your Spirit Animal

11 years, 1 month.

Dear Jack,

There are so many reasons you love to spend time at your Aunt Dana’s house; like you did the week leading up to Christmas, while Mommy and I still had to work.

But one of those reasons is because you get to play with your cousin Calla’s pet cats while you are there; since the only pet we have at our house is our hamster.

Specifically, it seems their cat Cocoa particular likes you; as if the two of you are on the same level.

Perhaps a housecat is your spirit animal. I could see that.

Love,

Daddy

Dear Holly: You Definitely Believe in Santa!

5 years, 8 months.

Dear Holly,

I am so happy that I had a front row seat to watch you enthusiastically tell Santa what you want for Christmas this year!

From the very moment you sat on his lap, you began rattling off a long and very specific list of everything you hope to see under the Christmas tree this year.

I cherish this. I love it that Santa is so real to you at this age; that as your Daddy, I can help present you with that of that important childhood magic.

Something tells me this is going to be a very special Christmas…

Love,

Daddy

Dear Jack: I’m Not Sure If You Still Believe in Santa, But…

11 years, 1 month.

Dear Jack,

This past weekend we visited Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus in Bell Buckle, Tennessee; about an hour from where we live.

I was surprised how willingly you went along with it; knowing it was really more for your sister to experience.

You and I have never had the conversation about Santa, but I get the feeling you simply see him as a holiday tradition; not as an actual person.

Either way, you totally went along with it; including getting your picture made with him.

Really, I think you were just there for the free hot cocoa!

Love,

Daddy

Dear Holly: I Finally Was Able to See You at Gymnastics!

5 years, 7 months.

Dear Holly,

When this school year started, you began gymnastics and your brother started Taekwondo. Mommy always been the one to take you to gymnastics, which happens to be at the same time as when I am taking your brother to Taekwondo.

But this week, it worked out better for me to take you instead. You being in gymnastics makes a lot of sense!

You are very energetic and daring. So for an hour, twice a week, you get to run and jump, and challenge yourself- specifically with the balance beam.

As much as I loved watching you in your dance recital earlier this year, I definitely see how gymnastics could be the better fit for you… at least for now.

Love,

Daddy

Dear Jack: Your Roblox Advent Calendar

11 years, 1 month.

Dear Jack,

Something you spent some of your birthday money on from last month was a Roblox “Action” Advent Calendar. I think it was a very good use of your money.

I have enjoyed how each morning before school, you lead your sister in discovering the new Christmas-themed Roblox toy for that day.

It makes me wonder if this will be your final Christmas to still care about toys at all?

You’re getting to where you love collecting hoodies- as well as pursuing cool shoes, to set you apart from your classmates.

Christmas is only a week away now. I am very excited for what we have planned!

Love,

Daddy