Dear Jack: Your New Trusty Slingshot

10 years, 4 months.

Dear Jack,

I was curious what would end up being your souvenirs from our trip to Georgia.

Obviously, the best place for your sister to buy a souvenir was the Cabbage Patch place in Cleveland.

But the best place for you to buy a souvenir was in Helen, the town where our family rode the Georgia Mountain Coaster.

You chose a really nice (and expensive!) sweatshirt that you wear every morning now on our walk to school…

And your very first slingshot, which you definitely enjoyed shooting rocks from the back porch of cabin we stayed in.

It’s such a 10 year-old boy kind of souvenir!



Dear Holly: Visiting Cabbage Patch Babyland General Hospital in Cleveland, GA

4 years, 11 months.

Dear Holly,

Last week on our family Spring Break, one of the stops on our tour of northern Georgia was the Cabbage Patch Babyland General Hospital in Cleveland, Georgia.

Mommy and I had visited there back before you or your brother were born, but we had never been since we had kids; as funny as that sounds!

Of course, we couldn’t leave without you adopting a baby from there.

You chose a little one named Ruby.

For the rest of our stay in Georgia, and everyday since then, you have taken very good care of her!



Dear Holly: You Were So Brave on the Georgia Mountain Coaster with Me!

4 years, 10 months.

Dear Holly,

As we spent time this past week in the Georgia mountains for your brother’s Spring Break, Mommy found that the Georgia Mountain Coaster wasn’t too far of a drive from where we were staying.

You and I partnered up for the ride and I’m so glad I got to go with you, because I got to see first hand just how brave you were!

Unbeknownst to you, I kept the brake off the entire decline down the mountain, so that we went has fast we possibly could.

You loved it! Even if you shouldn’t have, for your age and size!



Dear Jack: Catching Toads and Their Eggs with Your Fishing Net

10 years, 4 months.

Dear Jack,

This past week for your Spring Break, our family had an awesome time in Big Canoe, Georgia.

The family-sized tree house we stayed in had fishing supplies right there in the bedroom.

While you didn’t see any fish, you were able to find not only some toads, but also their stash of eggs.

Obviously, you left them all there in the lake, but it was really cool to be able to stumble upon them in their natural environment.

I’m so glad we chose to spend your Spring Break in the mountains of Georgia, as opposed to the beach in Florida this time around.

It was a nice change of pace for our family!



Jeep Wrangler Road Trip with My Wife Along Lookout Mountain Brow: From Fort Payne, AL to Rising Fawn, GA to Chattanooga, TN

Owning a Jeep Wrangler means that suddenly, any drive immediately becomes an adventurous road trip. That definitely was the case Labor Day Weekend.

My wife and I drove from my parents’ house in Fort Payne, Alabama to downtown, Chattanooga; the while time with the top off the Jeep and the whole time along the brow of Lookout Mountain.

We traveled through 3 states in doing so: Alabama, Georgia, and Tennessee.

About halfway through, we stopped for a hike along side of the mountain top, at Cloudland Canyon State Park.

From there, we stumbled upon some hang gliders who were flying all around us. This was quite a sight to see!

It was a fun date! I really enjoyed being able to spent time alone with my wife all afternoon, while my parents and sister watched our kids.

At age 38, having fun is still important. Having a cool wife and a cool Jeep helps make that possible!