Since I have been "grounded" until this baby arrives, we have been trying to do fun activities that are very close to home. (Only 10 days until due date in this picture.) One of our favorites is taking the kids fishing at the pond. Its shaded there, has a picnic table and relatively little bugs. No mosquitoes, at least.
The kids are never bored there. The fish are so active and take the bait quickly. Here is Blaine, helping Ryan fish with the Barbie pole. The little kiddie poles seem to always do the best. There is no shame in fishing with Barbie.
Garrett is quite the little fisherman. Because we just do catch and release right now, when we get a fish on, we just cut the hook off. The hooks are tiny and will rust out of their mouths within days. We have never caught a fish with a hook still in its mouth. Garrett is able to re-hook, bait and cast his own pole. Very handy.
Hannah doesn't care too much for reeling in fish, although she did catch 2 with the help of her daddy. She would rather hand you power bait, lures (like above), and pull the gross moss monsters off your line. Don't ask me why she hates to reel in the fish but will grab a huge, dripping wet chunk of moss, roll it into a ball in her hands and throw it in the bushes. Weird child!
We are glad we have the pond so close to take the kids to. Makes them feel like they aren't missing out on any summer activities. Happily, we will be able to go all summer long-even with the baby!