Dear Holly: All You Need is Rugs

4 years, 7 months.

Dear Holly,

Shortly after getting our new floors for the downstairs, we happened to find an amazing deal on a rug to place in the living room. Our new furniture is still on its way, so the rug is quite the main attraction during play time.

You love it so much that for one of your Thanksgiving crafts last week where you had to list what you were thankful for, you listed Mommy and me, your brother… and the rug.

Forget about toys. It seems all you really need is a rug in the living room.

Love,

Daddy

Dear Holly: Thanksgiving Break Begins!

4 years, 7 months.

Dear Holly,

As the holiday season has now begun, you have had so much fun already, spending time with your cousins. You got to spend the night with your cousin Darla, who just turned 5.

I know that whatever the two of you got into, you were having a blast.

I am really looking forward to the holidays and all the time we will spend with family; this year, more than ever. I’ve even packed board games for us to play during Thanksgiving.

However, I noticed all the character pieces are missing in our Monopoly set. I think you might have something to do with that…

Love,

Daddy

Dear Jack: Papa’s Surprise at His Birthday Dinner

9 years, 11 months.

Dear Jack,

Last night, we took Papa out for his birthday at Tito’s Mexican restaurant; the place in town that is subtly known for throwing whipped cream in your face if they find out it’s your birthday.

Plus, the food is really great!

I secretly signed to our waiter that it was Papa’s birthday… then waited for everyone to be finished eating, so that the wait staff would deliver the complimentary birthday sopapillas; along with the infamous whipped cream.

Unbeknownst to me, you were given to the responsibility of throwing the cream in Papa’s face.

You aimed for his mouth, but directly got his eye instead!

Dear Jack,

Love,

Daddy

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!

Love,

Daddy

Dear Holly: Your New Pre-K Big Girl Bed!

4 years, 3 months.

Dear Holly,

As a convenient side effect of Mommy needing to move the guest bed out of the office to accommodate your brother starting 4th grade from the guest room, you have now inherited the guest bed as your own!

That means you got moved up from your little bed to a very big, comfy one!

You are very proud to move up to your “big girl bed”, which happens to line up with you starting Pre-K.

The next step is to paint your bedroom pink; hopefully Labor Day Weekend.

I know you are going to love it!

Love,

Daddy