On Sunday, we woke up to sunshine in the Poconos. It was still pretty chilly outside, but we didn’t even care. After breakfast, we layered up—I wore a long-sleeve t-shirt, a hooded sweatshirt, AND a Northface fleece—and headed outdoors. We took the kids down by the pond to explore.
Soon we decided to venture out on the dock to go fishing. I was a nervous wreck about Nora being out on the dock without a life preserver of some sort. I knew that if she fell in, Michael or I would be going in right after her, but still. And because it was so cold out, the Puddle Jumper we had brought with us for her to wear down by the pond wouldn’t have fit over her arms. Soooo… I made her wear it like this:
Tightly around her waist, but without the arms. I figured it had to be effective for at least keeping her on the surface long enough for us to grab her, right? I’m glad we didn’t have to find out. We were, of course, very careful out on the dock with her, regardless of what kind of “safety device” she was wearing. Anyway, so that explains the weird looking floatie on my kid for all of the upcoming fishing pictures. :)
My brother had a little kids’ fishing pole for Hunter, so Hunter and Nora took turns catching fish. With a lot of adult assistance, of course.
I didn’t know that Nora would be all that into it, but surprisingly, she was. She had no problems standing and/or sitting there while we waited to catch a fish—as long as she could be involved in reeling in the line. I taught her to watch the little red and white bobber and she was happy to do so. Adorable!
I love the way Nora is looking at the fish in this pic. She was really curious about them! (Oh, and by the way: It’s a catch-and-release pond. We let all of them go!)
Tyler was teaching the kids about the different parts of the fish. The scales, the eyes, the sharp fins on top. Each of them took a turn touching it. Again, I was surprised Nora was into it!
Once the kids were up again, I set them up with a little outdoor art project. A long sheet of paper off of a roll, and a bunch of (washable!) Crayola paints and brushes.
Bryce eventually got in on the action, too. I tried to put the paint brush in his hand, but instead he tried to take it in his mouth! Goofball.
While it was nice out and we still had everyone in the same place, we decided to get our annual group photo out of the way. We often leave this task until the last morning, and it’s always chaos as everyone is trying to pack up and leave. Smart thinking this year!
After dinner that night, we all headed back outside for a fire in the firepit.
A weekend in the mountains wouldn’t be complete without s’mores! And of course, our sweets-loving girl was thrilled with this special treat.
My mom asked Nora if she could have a bite and SHOCKINGLY, Nora said yes and let her have it!
AboutI'm Heather. I'm 31 and have been married to Michael for five years. Together, we have two beautiful little girls we love more than anything, and a miniature dachshund who drives us crazy. I'm a full-time working mom who has very little time for my own "stuff" these days, like home improvement, cooking/baking, cake decorating, and photography. Despite the team not making the playoffs since 1999, I'm STILL a Buffalo Bills fan, which I think speaks to my loyalty AND sense of humor. I can't wait to pick up the pace with travel again some day... you know, when we're done being ruled by tiny fists. Welcome to my blog.
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