Happy Monday Everyone! How was your weekend? Did you do something nice for your Mom? Kyle and I spent Saturday with the kids at Camp Soaring Eagle. Generally we volunteer as unit leaders meaning we are in charge of a group of kids for the whole weekend. However we had prior commitments on Friday which meant we could not do the whole weekend so we offered to lead an activity if they needed any help with anything on Saturday. The activity available: fishing. Kyle enjoys fishing and it was set to be a nice weekend so it seemed like it would be a good fit. I however am unwilling to both bait a hook and remove a fish from the hook (as that makes me realize these are living things we are shoving hooks through and not just a fun sport) rendering me somewhat useless as a fishing activity leader. I figured Kyle could probably handle that and I would be there to make sure no children fell in the pond or hooked each other. (I was successful as neither happened although we had some close calls with the latter.) When we arrived we got our standard name tags… the only problem was mine read: “Alicia – Fishing Pro.” Whoa, Fishing Pro, that is quite the title and not to mention a lot of pressure and a big expectation to live up to! I have fished before on this pond with my unit of kids and I knew they didn’t catch much so I figured no one would catch on that I wasn’t actually a pro. But then something unexpected happened. The first unit showed up and one girl alone caught 14 fish. In one hour. There were 5 kids in that unit for a grand total of nearly 40 fish all of which Kyle had to bait and unhook. Actually to be fair we had another girl that would be helping us out but her official title was not “Fishing Pro” but rather “Life Guard.” She was just about the cutest girl you ever saw who was also completely okay with both worming hooks and removing fish- Win! But that many fish in one hour kept them plenty busy. When the first group left I decided to test out my skills and try for myself. Almost instantly I caught a tiny little fish and as I was reeling it in a HUGE bass was coming up on it trying to eat it! I am watching this unfold from the bank and feeling slightly bad for my small little fish whose lip I have officially hooked. I am reeling that sucker in as fast as I can to try to save it of course only to have the big guy swoop in for the kill. However in the process the little guy managed to free himself/herself from the hook and the big guy managed to get himself/herself caught. I then had this huge fish on my line pulling in all sorts of crazy ways. Then Kyle says, “I think you hooked it in the side.” It did keep flopping to the side so while at first I was excited I instantly got super grossed out that if I started to reel it in, the hook would rip from it’s side. So I said, “Ew, you take it.” Kyle started reeling it only to realize it was in fact hooked in the lip as per normal fishing procedure. His/Her mouth was as wide as my fist and Kyle had a hell of a time trying to get the hook out. On the first try I caught what could have been the largest fish in that pond. Turns out I am a fishing pro after all. I never tried again after that.
Alright… moving right along to today’s wedding from Photography by Verdi. It is bright, summery, and packed with all the right details. The fact that it takes place at a vineyard means it ranks high on my list of fabulous weddings. It also includes sunflowers, a lemonade stand, and all sorts of wine barrels! This wedding is part beach, part vineyard, and part farm and if you’re like me, you will absolutely adore that combo!
Images submitted via Two Bright Lights.