Dear Jack: CentriKid Camp for Kids

10 years, 7 months.

Dear Jack,

As I write this to you now, you are half way through your very first week of overnight summer camp.

We didn’t even plan it! It just came together last minute; unlike the typical culture of our household.

But you just happened to be in Alabama last week at Nonna and Papa’s house when your cousin Calla was getting ready to go to camp at CentriKid.

You really wanted to go, so they were able to squeeze in one more kid- that’s you!

I am confident that you are always going to love and remember this week as a highlight of your childhood!

Love,

Daddy

Dear Jack: Catching Your 1st Fish with Papa

10 years, 6 months.

Dear Jack,

Last week on your first dose of “summer camp” this year, you were at Nonna and Papa’s house in Alabama.

It was very special because you got to spend some time at the lake in Cedar Bluff; thanks to my Aunt Rosa.

You explained to Nonna and Papa, “I could just live here… this place has everything!”

As I knew you would, you caught your first fish while you were there!

Hopefully we’ll be able to send you back there at least once more this summer; in between all of our other upcoming family trips.

Love,

Daddy

Dear Jack: Getting 2nd Place in Your 1st Archery Tournament

9 years, 8 months.

Dear Jack,

Last Friday, Mommy and I got to see you in action on your final day of Archery Camp, at Music City Archery.

The week of camp ended with a tournament for all the parents to see.

You were so proud that we both were able to come see you shoot the arrow at the target.

I was impressed that you seemed to effortless hit the bull’s eye, multiple times.

And that’s amazing, for a boy who had never done archery before.

You won the 2nd place prize for your age group.

Needless to say, you are currently searching for a bow and arrow of your own!

Love,

Daddy

Dear Jack: Keeping You Physically Active During the Summer of Covid

9 years, 8 months.

Dear Jack,

With Mommy and I both working from home this summer, and you being stuck here with us, we’re doing what we can to be able to get you out of the house and have some fun whenever we can.

I have made a routine of taking you out to parks on Saturday mornings before it gets too hot. We go on hikes, play in creeks, and sometimes you get to get some exercise on playgrounds that aren’t closed.

This week has been particularly special, because Mommy signed you up for Archery Camp! You love coming home each afternoon and telling me about all the fun you’ve had getting to shoot arrows at different types of targets.

I won’t be surprised if archery becomes an ongoing interest for you!

Love,

Daddy

Dear Holly: You are Glad Your Brother is Back, After He was Gone a Week

3 years, 1 month.

Dear Holly,

This weekend your brother returned after a week of summer camp at Nonna’s and Papa’s in Alabama.

It is true I could tell that while he was gone, you didn’t mind having all the attention from Mommy and Daddy. Somewhat ironically is that you were more independent; being able to play by yourself while Mommy and I worked on dinner.

However, by the end of the week, you started mentioning to me that you wanted to see Jack again.

And he definitely felt the same way about you. The two of you are glad to be back together.

 

Love,

Daddy