Dear Jack: You Got to Drive a Real Boat for the 1st Time!

11 years, 9 months.

Dear Jack,

On our recent vacation to Naples in Florida, your Uncle Tom was thoughtful to rent a boat for our family one morning.

Most of the time, it was Uncle Tom who was driving through the canals of Tampa; as we actually saw dolphins several times!

But once the coast was clear, he handed the steering wheel over to you for a while.

You were truly driving our boat!

And you confirmed: Your favorite part about us getting to rent a boat was when you got to drive it.

Now that I think of it, I don’t even think I’ve ever driven a boat!

Love,

Daddy

Dear Jack: It’s Obvious You Got the Mechanical Gene from Papa

11 years, 8 months.

Dear Jack,

There is definitely some irony in me having so little skills in anything mechanical, since Papa raised me. I should be able to rebuild cars, build a treehouse, or do pretty much any kind of handyman work around the house.

However, I’m pretty much useless when it comes to all the amazing skills that I grew up seeing Papa do my while life.

The good news? While that gene completely bypassed me, it went straight to you!

That is evident in this picture that Nonna sent me from this week when you and Papa were building birdhouses.

You speak that language completely. Your life will definitely be easier than mine in that regard!

Love,

Daddy

Dear Holly: You are the Only One Without a Tan!

6 years, 2 months.

Dear Holly,

It’s not for a lack of you not being outside in the sun enough. You love being outside. In fact, you accompany me most days on my morning walk; whether you’re walking the two miles alongside me, or whether I’m pulling you in the wagon.

Yet still, in any group, you remained the “untanned” one of the group.

Whether it’s in our family of 4, or among your cousins, or your friends… the sun simply turns you pink at best- or should I say, at worst?

As you like to say, “Daddy, I’m always the brightest one!”

Love,

Daddy

Dear Holly: Staying at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort and Spa

6 years, 2 months.

Dear Holly,

We apparently are one classy family, living the high life! At least that’s how I felt last week when we stayed on the top floor of the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort and Spa in Bonita Springs, Florida.

I was so happy because as a family, we got to enjoy their water park; including water slides and a lazy river.

We never even had to leave the parking lot once we arrived.

Plus, there were fun free activities like you and your brother getting your faces painted; as well as getting balloon animals made.

We are all definitely looking forward to going back!

Love,

Daddy

Dear Jack: Seeking Danger at The Florida Aquarium in Tampa

11 years, 8 months.

Dear Jack,

Last week on our way down to Naples for our family summer vacation, Mommy set us up with a visit to The Florida Aquarium in Tampa.

Your favorite part was getting to check out all the most dangerous animals there, starting out with the crocodile; who apparently decided to swim up and have his photo made with you.

When it came time for the jellyfish, you actually got to pet some of them. Even now, I’m not sure how that works without you getting stung!

Same thing with the stingray!

And though it wasn’t necessarily dangerous, you and I both kept laughing when we saw some weird fish with teeth that looked human!

Love,

Daddy