Dear Jack: Building and Testing an Erector Race Car with Papa

10 years, 3 months.

Dear Jack,

Though I was convinced you had already spent the rest of your Christmas money a while back, you surprised me by revealing that you still had a leftover Target gift card.

After careful research there in the toy section, I brought to your attention a $15 race car, made by the brand, Erector.

You decided this was the most exciting way to spend your money, but specifically stated that you wanted to wait to build the car the next time you were with Papa.

And that’s exactly what you did.

Not only did the two of you spend a couple of hours building it, but you also tested it out on cool ramps.

Good thing you have Papa to help you with stuff like that, because I am confident I would be useless in a project so technical!

Love,

Daddy

Dear Holly: You Appreciate the Snow and the Beach in Moderation, Like Me

4 years, 10 months.

Dear Holly,

Just a few weeks ago, we were in the middle of what I would call a Tennessee Blizzard.

With your school closed, as well as your brother’s, Mommy and I were in a situation where we needed to not only keep working from home, but also keep your brother happy by letting him play in the snow; and to keep you happy by keeping you inside.

Whereas your brother was outside most of the day, each day that week playing in the snow (and never got sick!); you enjoyed the winter weather just long enough to go sledding and for a few photo ops.

It reminds me of what it is like when we go to the beach: All your brother wants to do is to stay outside, while you’re like me (and most people)… A couple of hours, and we’re ready to go back inside!

Love,

Daddy

Dear Jack: You Dressed Up as a Character From the “I Survived” Books

10 years, 3 months.

Dear Jack,

Yesterday, your school had a fun theme where the students got to dress as a character from one of their favorite books.

You asked me, “Daddy, what can I dress up as?”

I looked in your closet, and found an old newsie hat that I gave to you a few years ago.

This week I’ve been reading an “I Survived” book to you, that your cousin gave you.

I said, “You know, most of these books take place during a time when boys wore hats like this one.”

Therefore, you got away with wearing a hat at school all day.

And funny enough, no one even asked you who you were dressed up as.

Love,

Daddy

Dear Holly: No Adults Required When You’re With Your Cousin

4 years, 9 months.

Dear Holly,

Two things are certain when we visit Aunt Dana in Alabama: A) You’re going to have fun. B) I will hardly see you the whole time.

With your cousin Darla, the two of you easily keep yourselves entertained; especially with all the dolls and toys there.

Last weekend when we were visiting there, Mommy and I needed to sneak out to the store to pick up some dinner to cook, and you never even knew we left the house!

Really, it’s like no adults are required when you are with your cousin, who is the same age as you!

Love,

Daddy

Dear Holly: You Got to Be a Little Dragon with a Green Tail

4 years, 9 months.

Dear Holly,

You love it when your brother invites you to play dress-up using his random superhero accessories and Dollar Store plastic weapons.

He spent much of last week teaching himself to braid yarn; he made you a special green one.

So when it came time for you two to play dress-up last Saturday morning, he placed the green braid on you.

You announced to me, “Daddy, look! I’m a dragon!”

Then you turned around, announcing, “See, here’s my tail!”.

Had we let you go out in public that day dressed in your dragon attire, I’m sure you would have!

 

Love,

Daddy