Father’s Day 2013

We had a low-key relaxing day with Grady’s dad this year.  It was a nice change of pace from the rat race we’d been dealing with for a few weeks.

Grady drove us to a few new places that we hadn’t fished before.  It was a gorgeous day to be out.

DSC_0088 copyI was really impressed with my little guy.  He’s learning well from his daddy.  I was surprised when he “wormed” his own hook.  Little Sis watched in wonder.

DSC_0090 copyThe only help he required was for Mommy to hold the hook steady.

DSC_0099…and for Papa to get the fish OFF the hook.

DSC_0101 copyCade out-fished everyone that day.  Bittersweet for his dad who loves to see his kids excel, but gets slightly urked at being outdone.

DSC_0094 copyDaddy kept leaving the SpongeBob pole in the truck so Jackie let Miss Monkey fish with her.  I’m sure she’ll be a natural.

DSC_0122 copyWe moved a few times and ended up at this really gorgeous spot.

DSC_0116 copyDSC_0120 copyAfter much persuasion we finally got her to touch the fish.  It’s always so comical.

I am NOT a fisherman.  I don’t have the patience for it.  But… I do love to go along.  I’m always looking through the lens and chasing a kiddo around.

DSC_0103 copyI love, Love, LOVE the Flint Hills of Kansas!!!  Miles and miles and miles of beautifully green hills dotted with cattle.  Miss Monkey and I took a little stroll around the pond.

DSC_0113 copyDSC_0126 copyThis is why this part of the country is referred to as the Flint Hills.  The country is covered with these large flint rocks.  We had to be careful because they’re home to snakes, lizards and spiders.  We didn’t see any snakes or spiders, but were entertained by an interesting lizard.

DSC_0128 copyI’m not sure what it is about this picture that puts a smile on my face and brings peace to my soul.  It could be Monkey’s profile or the vibrant colors or her carefree nature, whatever it is makes me want a HUGE print for my wall!!!

The day was great.  It ended with a campfire cookout of steaks and potatoes and a few cold beers.  Perfection.

Peace, love and fish tales!!!

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