Dear Holly: Our Family’s 1st Trip to Dollywood

6 years, 5 months.

Dear Holly,

For Fall Break this year, we did something very special as a family. We travelled 4 hours away to visit Dollywood- and we met your cousins there, as well. Amazingly, none of us had ever been there before.

You definitely enjoyed the rides, though you decided not to try any of the scarier ones this time; despite The Tower of Terror being your favorite when we visited Disney World last Christmas.

I enjoyed the rides as well, and I was truly surprised that they were more thrilling than I expected; even if Aunt Dana’s hilarious picture of me would indicate otherwise…




Dear Jack: You Actually Won Carnival Prizes at Dollywood!

11 years, 10 months.

Dear Jack,

Your entire life, you have always been drawn to the carnival games at County Fairs and amusement parks.

And it just so happens, you have the constantly ability to actually win prizes when you play!

Our trip to Dollywood this past week for Fall Break was no different.

Mommy and I let you and your sister both play one game each.

For your game, you cleverly chose a “horse race” game similar to skee-ball at Chuck E. Cheese. You competed against 3 or 4 other players, and beat them all!

As for your sister’s turn, she didn’t mind you playing for her, as you were able to throw a ball into a bucket and pop a balloon.

You were so proud of yourself- and your sister would proud of you too!



Dear Jack: Fall Break Begins and I’m Taking the Day Off Tomorrow to Spend with You

9 years, 10 months.

Dear Jack,

Tomorrow, I’m doing something I never do:

I’m taking off a day off work, and it has nothing to do with us going on a vacation.

I’ve had a really good year with my numbers as a Recruiter. So once again, I get a day off this month as a reward for my work last month.

So what better day to choose than one of the days of your Fall Break?

We’re going to wake up in the morning and go on a new hike- a place not too far from us that apparently used to be a driveable Jeep trail.

Actually, we may learn that it is still is a good trail to take our Jeep out on.

Mystery and adventure await!