Thursday, June 23, 2011

A Catch on Father's Day

We spent Father's Day here in Birmingham with family. We worshipped at North Shelby and then Chad's mom cooked for all of us... the food was delish, of course, and the kids had fun hanging out with their cousins and grandparents.


This little dude wasn't in the best of moods due to an upset tummy. He couldn't seem to keep anything down and was a little cranky after missing his morning nap. But after a bubble bath, a change of clothes and some juice, he perked up a little.

One of the things on our bucket list for the summer is to fish in the pond at Grandaddy's. So Chad decided that Father's Day would be the day. On the way back from church he stopped at Academy and went in to get Mary Ella her first rod and reel. I told him I'd be glad to run in and get it and he quickly told me no, that he was going to pick out his daughter's first fishing rod. I didn't argue! And when he presented it to Mary Ella, she didn't argue either. Hot pink + Dora + glitter = winning combination.

After lunch we ventured off to the pond. Grandaddy and MeMama live on what used to be a golf course. I think they've closed the clubhouse now and this is what remains of the greens. Sad!  :(

Here's our fishin' hole.

I snapped a few pictures at the beginning when Chad was teaching Mary Ella the basics of fishing for brim (with Velveeta for bait, nonetheless!)

She practiced and practiced... waited and waited...

It was getting hotter by the minute but still, we waited and waited.

After almost an hour of fishing with no luck whatsoever, they had almost decided to call it a day.
But then...

She got her first bite!

Chad coached her through reeling it in and she did everything herself until the fish reached the edge of the stone wall, and then he helped her pull it up out of the water! (Notice how she is making sure I am capturing the moment - ha!)

I don't think any of us could believe it... after that long we finally caught a fish! And SHE caught it herself!

Now that's a proud Daddy.

She couldn't stop looking at the fish. And Chad couldn't stop smiling. (Neither could I.)

I have a feeling he'll remember this Father's Day for a long time!

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