Dear Holly: Our New Fireplace Warms You Up… Even When It’s Not On?

6 years, 6 months.

Dear Holly,

This past weekend, our new electric fireplace arrived in the mail. To my surprise, it really added a whole lot to the ambience of our living room.

It simply plugs into the electrical outlet- and has an option to use the heater option, the fireplace display, or both at the same time.

Shortly after we got it set up, we had just the fireplace display on.

You ran up to it, bending towards it so you could heat up your buns.

Within seconds, you announced, “Ah, that heat feels good!”

I decided not to reveal to you that there was actually no heat coming from it. You were already convinced!

Love,

Daddy

Dear Jack: Our Family’s New Saturday Morning Tradition

12 years old.

Dear Jack,

It is now family tradition each Saturday morning that we hang out at The Factory at Franklin, which is about 30 minutes from our house.

This started about a month ago, when I suggested our family go get a donut from Five Daughters Bakery, and then over to Honest Coffee Roasters.

While there, we walked through a shop that had an Enneagram book on display, that decided to buy on a whim.

I turned to the chapter on Enneagram 6, which is what I am, and I read, “My idea of relaxation: A quiet Saturday morning with people I love.”

And now we go to the Franklin Factory every Saturday morning; knowing that however busy our weekend may be, we can at least start it out with a time of fun and relaxation together as a family.

 

Love,

Daddy

Dear Holly: Tastes Like Life Cereal?

6 years, 6 months.

Dear Holly,

Last Saturday morning while our family was hanging out at The Factory in Franklin, you and your brother wanted to get your designated treat at Urban Sips Sweets; a place your brother always likes to get shaved ice at.

Out of the dozens of flavors they have on the menu, you surprisingly chose “sour apple” for yours.

I had my reservations that you would even like it; especially when they had other options that seems more likely for a 6 year-old girl, like “cotton candy” or “birthday cake”.

But you confirmed that you were pleased with your choice of “sour apple”.

You told me, “Daddy, it tastes like Life cereal.”

I’m not sure how, but I’m just glad you liked it!

 

Love,

Daddy

Dear Holly: You are Finally Really into Barbie Dolls Now!

6 years, 6 months.

Dear Holly,

I figured you missed the boat, when it came to caring about Barbie dolls. I assumed that you just happened to be a girl who never really got into them. I didn’t give it much thought.

But clearly, at age 6 and a half, you totally care about Barbie dolls now!

Last weekend, you managed to scrape together all the loose change and 2 dollar bills you could find in your room, and were able to buy an 8 dollar Chelsea doll to add to your now growing collection.

I get the feeling this might be a Barbie kind of Christmas…

Love,

Daddy

Dear Holly: This Has Been Your Biggest Halloween Yet!

6 years, 6 months.

Dear Holly,

When Covid happened a couple of years ago, I feel like it sort of put a damper on Halloween for the past couple of years since.

But this year, Halloween was back!

Last weekend, we actually went to a Halloween party at your friend’s house, and it wasn’t even related to anyone’s birthday. That’s like the first “non-birthday” party you have ever been to.

And for trick-or-treating, you and your brother used our Radio Flyer wagon to gather candy, as opposed to tradition Halloween buckets.

The result: The wagon was completely full of candy!

This has been a big Halloween for us all!

Love,

Daddy