How does a family who loves fishing announce they are adding another family member? First, you have some t-shirts made with a fish-hook heart on the front that says "Guess What!!" on the front and "I'm Getting A New Fishing Buddy!!" on the back. Then, you invite a bunch of friends and family over and have the girls walk-in with their t-shirts.
Then, comes the gender reveal! How do you top the t-shirt idea? Well, first you call in a few favors from a family friend to cut out pieces of wood into the shapes of fish. Next you paint 3 of the fish green, 1 fish pink and 1 fish blue and call into a pair of other friends who own a print shop to make some lettering. You also ask the baby's shutterbug aunt to come and take photos (FYI: I am that aunt!!).
Our new fishing buddy is going to be a niece!!!
Our 2 nieces are excited about having a baby sister to teach how to fish and camp and play Princesses with.
We are excited to add another niece for us to spoil and make memories with! In December, watch for photos of a fishing themed baby shower!
I LOVE fishing with my family. My parents, siblings and grandparents used to go camping and fishing together every summer and those were some of the best memories. Even though we were very young, my brother and I remember a lot about those trips. My husband and I don't have kids of our own, but we have nieces and nephews that we can share those times with and hopefully they will have similar memories when they are adults. Last Sunday my brother and I remembered different moments from one trip that I will have to share in a later post.
I decided to paint my fingernails for the weekend. Thanks to Pinterest I had the perfect design! I also think they were my lucky charm. Before the next family fishing trip, I think the girls need to get together and do our nails.
We had a hard time deciding on a lake to go to because of all of the fires around us. We didn't want to go too far from home in case we needed to rush home and we also wanted to get away from the smoke. We found the perfect lake and there is a chance this will become our regular Father's Day lake. It was a beautiful day, there weren't a lot of people there and the fish were biting. (If Father's Day had been a week later, this lake would have had smoke around it, too.)
For most of the day we had this entire area to ourselves so our niece and Uncle Kris did some exploring.
The fishing started off really slow but nobody got bored because there was plenty of sand castle building sand available.
My niece loves to reel in her line whether there's a fish on the line or not. I wish she would have caught a fish that day because every fish we caught was a fighter and she would have had a blast!
My brother started off the day with a little catfish. This little guy was set free to get a little bigger.
My niece borrowed Papa's hat for a few cute pictures.
When we broke out the sandwich stuff for lunch, the fish all of a sudden decided they were hungry, too. My brother caught this nice Wiper.
Then my dad caught a nice sized catfish and when I went to grab my camera, my rod almost went into the lake. My Wiper fought hard and I had a blast fighting it to shore. My sister-in-law was able to grab my camera and get a picture of Dad and I's double header.
After lunch the fishing got a little slow until we started talking about packing up to move to another spot. All of a sudden my dad said "Cole, my pole! Cole, my pole!" and my brother had to grab the rod so Dad could reel in his carp. That carp went back into the lake.
After that excitement, we sat to rest and enjoy the view a little while.
My niece is 4 years old and she has decided she wants to cast her rod by herself this year. Her first try she almost caught her Papa so she let Uncle Kris help her on her next cast.
There is a very good possibility she will outcast her Aunt Hilary some day.
Before we packed up, I caught one last carp. I almost lost him. When he came to shore my leader line loop snapped and my carp bounced off my brother.
We were all so tired that we didn't fry up the keepers that night for dinner, but they will be dinner one of these nights very soon.
Be careful outside everybody! Colorado wildfires have gotten very scary these past 2 weeks. Even if you aren't in a fire area, you are probably in heavy smoke if you love in or are visiting Colorado.
Girls In The Outdoors
A real girl's perspective of enjoying the outdoors.