Dear Holly: Using Your Pink Jeep to Haul Around a Rotting Pumpkin

4 years, 8 months.

Dear Holly,

This past weekend, though the weather was barely warm enough to do so, we spent some time outside so you could play in your new Jeep you got for Christmas.

Your brother decided to take an old pumpkin that has been sitting on our front porch since Autumn and began to have fun destroying it in the cul-de-sac.

Your new Jeep was used to carry that heavy load around until your brother found a good spot to roll it down the hill.

It’s a good thing you have hefty new vehicle to help in events like this one!



Dear Holly: Taking Driving Lessons For Your New Surfer Girl Pink Jeep

4 years, 8 months.

Dear Holly,

You’ve been asking for a pink Jeep for a while now. Well, this year when it was being decided what you would get for Christmas, Mommy told me, “Like Daddy, like daughter.”

That means that your “main” Christmas gift this year was a pink, electric riding Jeep, which is now parked next to my black Jeep in our garage.

With this only being your first week into owning your Jeep, you’re still taking it a bit slow; as your brother is eager to give you daily driving lessons, until you are confident enough to drive your pink Jeep on your own.



My New T-Shirt: 6 Speed Manual Transmission Symbol

It is true that I am of a dying breed. Not only am I of the minority of drivers who can drive a manual transmission, but I am of the shrinking group of people who actually still owns a stick shift vehicle and drives it it as my main vehicle everyday.

In 2020, only 1 out of 8 new vehicles on the car lot even have the option to be sold with a manual transmission. Not only are vehicles with automatic transmissions more efficient on fuel, but they are also less expensive. It used to be the other way around!

It only makes sense that for the few of us who can still drive a manual, and who still do so daily, we are a unique group of people. We actually like the fact it’s not easy, even if it’s all muscle memory to us at this point.

I drive a 2010 Jeep Wrangler, which I have now owned for a year. One of the reasons I was able to snatch it up was because I didn’t flinch when I saw that it had a manual transmission.

Granted, I had never owned a vehicle with a stick shift before, but I had driven my dad’s old 1988 Ford Ranger during college a bit; while making money mowing lawns- as well as driving it when my own car was having issues.

A year into driving a manual transmission every day, it feels wrong when I do drive my wife’s car, with its automatic transmission. I always instinctively press my left foot down on the floor when I start the car.

So it only makes sense that with my $150 Amazon shopping spree for my recent 39th birthday, I chose this 6 Speed Manual Transmission T-shirt.

If you would like to order one like it, just click this link.

I also ordered the same thing for the spare tire cover on my Jeep. I will do another blog post and video on that once it arrives!

Dear Jack: Taking a COVID-19 Family Hike Near the Water Tower

9 years, 5 months.

Dear Jack,

Fortunately, we live in a part of Tennessee where there is no shortage of places to play the in creek or to take a hike. So since the COVID-19 lockdown started, we have yet to run out of new places to go as a family.

Last Saturday we took a surprisingly fun (and long) hike, just 2 miles from our house. There is a water tower up on the hill next to the Kroger. In my Jeep, I had driven up the service road to the water tower, but only recently learned there is a hiking trail from the other side of the hill as well.

We have lived here for over 5 years and never realized what a cool trail we live near! Granted, your sister is just now old enough to appreciate something like this.

I look forward to us going back!



Dear Holly: Life is Nothing But Saturdays Now!

3 years, 11 months.

Dear Holly,

I learned last Friday that my job is now on furlough until July 1st; hopefully sooner than that and not later. Therefore, you are out of pre-school until then: You are with me instead.

So now while Mommy is upstairs in the office still working, it is you and me and your brother all day; living like everyday is a Saturday where we don’t have to run any errands and do any housework.

All we have to do is fun, and a learn a little bit along the way.

Each day, we take a Jeep ride to one of many nearby creeks, then playing outside in the cul-de-sac, and then doing crafts inside.

I admit, this is not an ideal situation, as I have temporarily lost my job. However, it gives me a lot more time with you- and that makes me very happy!