Dear Jack: Dressing Up for Wacky Day, With My Face as the Theme!

10 years, 5 months.

Dear Jack,

You had mentioned earlier this week that “Wacky Wednesday” was coming up at school. My closet happens to serve as a prop station for such an event!

For example, you considered wearing my Afro wig, but decided it would be too hot and itchy.

Yesterday as I was loading you up in the Jeep, I got a good look at your final costume:

A t-shirt that a friend made for me back in college, featuring a sketch of my face; with my name in Thai below.

And the socks were the ones with my face on them; a gift from Aunt Dana and Uncle Andrew from a few Christmases ago.

Needless to say, you were definitely wacky enough for Wacky Wednesday!

Love,

Daddy

 

Dear Holly: Your “Tea Party” Themed 5th Birthday Party

5 years old.

Dear Holly,

I have a feeling you’ll always remember your very special 5th birthday party we had for you, as we hired “Lil Swee-tea Party” to host a tea party at our house.

You and your friends were truly mesmerized by the fanciness of the occasion!

There were special crafts for you all to do, like making a special skirt for your dolls.

And it was very exciting to see how kitchen table transferred to something into something that looked like it should be from a Disney princess movie.

I’m so glad I was able to spend every minute there with you!

Love,

Daddy

Dear Jack: Your Pop-Up Ice Cream Store

10 years, 5 months.

Dear Jack,

Over the weekend, you spent hours carefully crafting the box from one of your sister’s 5th birthday presents into what started out as a race car (I think?), but eventually evolved into an ice cream store for your sister and cousins to buy treats from.

Conveniently, your sister already had plenty of plastic ice cream toys for you to give out when customers walked up to your ice cream store; which, now that I think of it, seemed more like an ice cream truck.

You even installed a pulley system, allowed you to place the ice cream in an after hours drop box… that’s assuming the ice cream didn’t melt by then!

Love,

Daddy

Dear Holly: I Taught You How to Drive Your Pink Jeep Wrangler This Week

4 years, 11 months.

Dear Holly,

Though you received your pink Jeep as a Christmas gift, the weather’s just now getting nice enough to drive it!

Up until now, your brother has always driven it with you as the passenger.

But this week, you asked me if you could drive it for the first time by yourself. You were ready.

You were hesitant backing it out of the garage. I assured you it was okay, as I instructed you to steer while I pressed the gas pedal with my hand.

By the time you drove out of the garage, you didn’t need any more lessons from me!

You were gone.

To enhance your driving training, your brother chased you on your pink Big Wheels.

You are proud to drive a Jeep like Daddy!

Love,

Daddy

Dear Jack: After School Target Practice in the Backyard

10 years, 4 months.

Dear Jack,

Springtime means more daylight when you get home from school. So we have been taking advantage of this by doing target practice with your BB gun in our background.

You carefully designed a target out of poster board for us to shoot. And I have been lining up empty seltzer water cans on the fence post.

Another way you’ve been getting practice is with the new wildlife hunting game you’ve been playing on your laptop.

Mommy and I even asked you this week if you think you would eventually be interested in learning to hunt. You are pretty curious to the idea, actually.

A bit ironic for our vegetarian son to consider hunting animals!

Love,

Daddy