Saturday, July 5, 2008

Family Farm Fun Fest & First Fish Fishing!!

Well, we had a GREAT time on our family vacation! I wouldn't necessarily call it a reunion, but it was the first time that my whole immediate family (Mom & Dad, the 5 of us, and my brother & his wife & daughter) went away together in a long time. The last time we did this was maybe 15 years ago, and there weren't any wives or kids yet. OK, so I guess it was a reunion of sorts...

Here's the farm...

If you want more pictures of the farm go to my wife's blog.
Most importantly, the boys got to go fishing. And caught their first fish. Actually, they both caught their first 6 fish. 6 monster sunnies each. Boy, those sunnies put up a fight...
Here's Ryan's FIRST FISH EVER!!!



And here's Kevin's FIRST FISH EVER!!!

My Dad was reeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeally far away when he took the pictures. Those sunnies are actually about 10 pounds each, and about a foot long...

Sean didn't go fishing. He just sat on the dock saying, "EEESH!!".
Oh, yeah, and, I got the obligatory hook in the finger while I was untangling one of the boys' lines. He thought I had let go, so he cast his line out. I hadn't let go yet. ouch. I have to say, I managed to not use any regrettable words in front of the boys (or my mom) when it happened! All I could muster up was "AAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHH!".

Oh, and at one point, the fishing line got hooked on the anchor rope of the diving dock, so I got in the canoe to unhook it. All the while, my beloved bride was sitting on the dock, convinced that I was going to fall in. She even took a picture of me...

Thanks for the support baby! I couldn't have done it without you!!

We also had a great time with my parents and my brother, sister-in-law and neice. She is adorable!! The boys absolutely loved her!

The boys also enjoyed spending time with Pop Pop and Grandma. Here they are pondering the deepest thoughts life has to offer...

I think in this picture, they were pondering whether we could finally go inside the Villa Como to eat some pizza!
And here are the boys pondering about the snails in the pond...
The highlight for me was going out to dinner with my beautiful bride and my brother and his bride. We had a great adult dinner at a restaurant on a lake, and enjoyed being family. Then our wives made fun of us because we HAD to go to an ice cream place that we went to when we were kids. They even had the same posters that were up in 1985. no kidding. One was a picture of Jane Fonda in an exercise outfit that boasted, "We have low-fat frozen yogurt!".
So, a good time was had by all! It was a real blessing to get away as a family again. Hopefully we can do it again soon!

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

I just read both of you blogs and it is so fun! I feel like we just had a chat and we're right there with you! Glad you had such a nice vacation. It looked like a gorgeous place. We miss you guys!

Love, Amanda

Jean C. said...

And I must say, you were very, very patient and very composed as you unhooked your finger in front of the boys! What a dad! Thanks for sharing your family with us! It was such a joy to see the boys having so much fun and to see all those fish get caught!

Gail said...

Wow, What a great time you all had. I wish I was there! Did you eat the sunnies or throw them back?

danielle said...

eeeeeeeeewwwww! We threw them back!
Danielle

Bill said...

Greeeeaaaaaat time!!
I wouldn't change a thing about it.
Oh, and the fish-hook-in-finger...
Must be a fam-tradition; I remember a similar incident in '85 or thereabout.
Bill C

Reepicheep said...

Sweet Jeter shirt!