Dear Jack: The BB Gun Range at My 40th Birthday Party

10 years, 4 months.

Dear Jack,

This past weekend we hosted my 40th birthday party in Alabama at Nonna and Papa’s house. Amazingly, your friend Landon and his family drove there too; though they live in the neighborhood next to ours in Tennessee!

I know it was a lot of fun to be able to hang out with one of your best friends… in a different state, 3 hours away!

Papa and I set up a “BB Gun Range” for you and your friends to shoot aluminum cans at in the woods behind the house.

You guys thought it was hilarious when Landon shot a BB and it got stuck right there in the middle of an acorn.

And having an April birthday, I was so grateful it only rained that morning, and stopped an hour before the party began.

Otherwise, we couldn’t have opened the BB gun range!



Dear Holly: Getting Your Own Gifts at Your Brother’s Birthday Party

4 years, 6 months.

Dear Holly,

This past Saturday, we celebrated your brother’s upcoming birthday with an early birthday party on Halloween.

You are one special little girl, because it wasn’t just your brother who received gifts.

First, you received a special water marker scribble pad; which has quickly proven to be a fun creative outlet for you; from our family friend Kaylie.

And Nonna and Papa gave you the clothes washing set you have been wanting for a long time now.

So while your brother spent the weekend playing with all his new toys, you definitely didn’t feel left out on your end.

It was like a little “half birthday” party for you, since you just turned 4 and a half!



Dear Jack: Trying Out the Games for Your Halloween Birthday Party

9 years, 11 months.

Dear Jack,

For many weeks now, we have been planning for your upcoming Halloween-themed birthday party. One of the games you came up with was “Dodgeball with a Giant Eyeball”.

Therefore, you and your sister have been sort of practicing in the living room after dinner while Mommy and I clean up the kitchen.

It’s especially funny because the inflatable eyeball is nearly as big as your sister!

I’ve already told you that I’ve predicted by the time that eyeball makes it through a game of dodgeball with a group of 10 year-old boys, it probably won’t be inflatable anymore!



Dear Holly: Since You Didn’t Get to Have Your Double Birthday Party with Isabella…

4 years old.

Dear Holly,

We had much bigger plans for your recent 4th birthday. But like many things this year due to COVID-19, as it is for everyone else, we had to majorly alter what we originally had in mind.

The original plan was to have a double birthday party with your friend Isabella from your class at school, since the two of you were born just 6 days apart.

We bought you matching unicorn dresses and even had a pony ride lined up.

But instead, you got to spend some time with Isabella long enough for the two of you to play together in your dresses- and to exchange gifts.

You are so happy about the bath time Barbie she got you. Not only do you bath with it, but you also sleep with it.

Technically, this is your first Barbie doll, at age 4, since you don’t perceive your Elsa or Anna dolls as Barbies; even though they are.

Here’s to hoping that next year for your 5th birthday, we can have the kind of birthday party we had planned for you this year!



Dear Holly: You Joined the Parking Lot Sword Fight at Your Brother’s Birthday Party

3 years, 6 months.

Dear Holly,

Last weekend for the end of your brother’s birthday, we let him along with ten other 9 year-olds run around the cul-de-sac with inflatable snake-shaped swords.

It reminded me of the gang fight in the 1983 movie The Outsiders– just a never-ending, chaotic feud of violence.

Granted, it helped in our case that the only weapons were inflatable.

You were just in luck, because there happened to be one extra snake sword.

Without any prodding, you gladly joined the mass sword fight.

The funny thing is, none of the boys realized you were fighting them.

But the whole time, you were laughing mischievously as if you were secretly winning the fight!