Gone Fishin’

It’s that time of year here in AK… fishing season! Blake and I like to get out as much as we can each summer. A couple good trips will fill our freezers with enough halibut and salmon for the year. However, the girls haven’t done a lot of fishing with us, mostly because a lot of the fishing we do is on open water or along fast-moving rivers or streams. It’s just too dangerous for them. Yesterday we went out on a mission to change that.

We headed out to a nice little lake about 10 minutes from home, Beach Lake. This lake is perfect for fishing with little kids. There’s a nice size dock with plenty of room for them to run around. The water is clean, shallow, and warm. Also, it’s stocked by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

The girls had a great time throwing their lines in the water. Lillian is getting so good at casting. It took her awhile to get the hang of using a bobber. She’s used to casting and then reeling her line in right away. We had to explain to her 853 times that you need to leave your line in the water and wait for your bobber to go under. Hazel enjoyed hanging her pole off of the dock. She was so proud of herself and thought she was really accomplishing something, haha. It was fun to watch them get so into it.

We only had one minor meltdown and of course it involved life jackets. Lillian put hers on and went about her day. But Hazel, holy hell. She threw a fit for a solid ten minutes (yes, that’s minor) before she realized it wasn’t coming off no matter how loud or long she screamed. Once she finally gave in, we gave her a couple snacks and a La Croix and she was fine for the rest of the day.


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Forget what I said above. I just remembered that there were two meltdowns. Lillian got a sliver as we were packing up to leave. It’s a miracle her finger didn’t fall off.

We didn’t catch anything but we had great weather, no one fell in the water, and the girls got some good casting practice in. That’s a win in our book.

Until next time,

Happy 3rd Birthday, Lillian Grace!

Last month we celebrated Lillian’s 3rd birthday. When asked what she wanted to do for her birthday she said, “Let’s go to Kodiak Island!” After we nicely shut that idea down, she suggested that we go camping instead. On the weekend of her birthday we headed to a beautiful campground on the Kenai Peninsula. To make the weekend extra special we packed a cake, some fun birthday snacks (this was a hit with the girls), and loaded our toy hauler full of presents so she would have things to open all weekend long.

On the morning of her birthday she was so excited to wake up and be three. We started the day off with birthday pancakes and then played at the campground playground, hung out by the lake, and went canoeing. We ended the day with cake, presents, and s’mores. It was a good day and she loved every minute of it.








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Since Lillian is getting pretty good at communicating, I thought it’d be fun to do a birthday interview with her this year. I’d say most of her answers are pretty accurate. Here it is:

How old are you? Three.
What is your favorite color? Green.
What is your favorite animal? A cow.
What is your favorite book? The giraffe book. 
What is your favorite tv show? Mickey Mouse.
What is your favorite movie? Minions. 
What is your favorite song? Hunting, Fishing, Loving Every Day.
What is your favorite food? Carrots, corn, and ham, cheese, moose.
What is your favorite drink? A popsicle drink.
What is your favorite snack? Popcorn.
What is your favorite outfit? A dress. My tutu. 
What is your favorite game? Play chase with my friends.
What is your favorite toy? Old McDonald Had a Farm switch toy.
Who is your best friend? Umm, you’re my best friend.
What is your favorite thing to do? Play with you, Mom.
What is your favorite thing to do outside? Running. Playing with sand. 
What is your favorite holiday? Have snow. Make a snowball. 
Where is your favorite place to go? A camping trip.
Where would you like to go on vacation? To Mexico to swim on the beach. 
What makes you happy? Umm, you make me happy.
What makes you sad? Nothing, just nothing makes me sad. 
What is your favorite thing to do with Mom? Dance with you. Lay with you. Sing with you. 
What is your favorite thing to do with Dad? Rake the grass. See animals. See some moose. Dad takes me to the airport. 
What is your favorite thing to do with Hazel? Feed her a bottle. Play with her. Play toys with my little baby. 
What do you want to be when you grow up? Hazie can grow up like me.
What did you do this year on your birthday? Umm, have a birthday cake and party hats, lots of party hats. Open presents.

IMG_0836Life with Lillian is an adventure. She’s such an outgoing, funny, smart, stubborn, and active little girl. She is constantly testing the limits and our patience, but is sure to follow everything up with an “I love you, Mom” or “Dad, you’re my best friend” to be sure she stays out of trouble. Did I mention she’s manipulative? ;)

Happy 3rd birthday, Lillian Grace!! Love you wild, our wild, wild child. ♥