Tuesday, May 19, 2009

They're Baaaack

The boys returned tonight from their annual fishing trip. Charlie snapped this picture, on the way down, in Missouri~
They usually leave Thursday afternoon/early evening, and drive about halfway. The next morning, they make it to Gene's in the afternoon. It takes about 10 hours, without stops. But there's lots of stops (so I've heard).
This was Sam's first time going. He was thrilled to finally be included with the big boys. Here he is with the dogs he's heard so much about (Geno and Grandpa are in the background, cleaning a "slimy bastard"~
Charlie, in front of Gene's new boat, bigger than last year, to accommodate the extra passenger :) ~
Sam's first fish~
Grandpa said this was Sam, measuring for his "fish story"~
19" - that's the same size as newborn Mary!
Charlie, Sam, Geno and Daddy~
With Grandpa~
Mary - happy to have her boys home~
We went to Roundheads to watch the Blackhawks, and keep the vacation vibe going a little bit longer~
Gene (and Dorothy) really are saints in the making. Gene is Grandpa's friend from a long time ago when he used to drive a truck. This is the 5th time he's hosted the fishing trip since he retired to Arkansas. It really is man-heaven. Deer walking through the backyard, satellite TV, little-t0-no fresh fruit and bathing ;). All the while Dorothy provides homemade desserts by request. One night she happened to mention that she wasn't sure what she was going to do with her stimulus check. Charlie whispered in Scott's ear "She should buy more pie supplies!". Apparently she makes the best pie and ice cream this side of the Mason Dixon. What a great trip!
(Except for the first and last photos, all are courtesy of Grandpa).


Amy @ Experience Imagination said...

Wow! Charlie looks so grown up all of a sudden! The fishing trip sounds like an absolute blast.

Claire said...

omg! Sam's fish is HUGE! looks like a great trip- how fun.