Over the 4th of July week, I took time off work and hung out with 2 of my God kids and one of my nieces. I had a blast and I'm pretty sure they did, too. Here are the steps I use to having a fun Aunt Hilary week.
The first step is for the girls to do their nails. We're still testing the lucky nail polish pattern theory, so Ambrosia got the rainbow trout pattern and I tried a different pattern. You will notice further down in this post that the rainbow trout pattern was once again lucky because Aunt Hilary didn't catch a single fish the entire week and Ambrosia caught a bunch.
|Step 1: Do our nails.|
|Step 2: Take kids to the mountains.|
|Step 3: Find an open spot to fish.|
|Step 4: She caught a rainbow trout to match her rainbow trout nails.|
|Step 4: He made sure he caught more fish than his sister that day and the rest of the week.|
|Step 5: Feed the kids.|
|Step 6: Practice casting|
Steps 7 through about 50 included a visit to the park, feeding ducks, trip to the prison museum, bike riding, Wii video games, slip n' slide, water fights, Farkle, Redneck Life, recipe experiments, baking cookies, movies, more fishing, farmer's market and a lot more. There are no naps during Aunt Hilary week unless someone falls asleep during a car ride.
I learned during one of our many trips to a local pond that I have these 3 kids trained to pose for pictures. I was so busy re-baiting hooks that sometimes I didn't grab the camera. Each kid would stand there until I took their picture, no matter how big the fish was, and they wouldn't let me take the fish off the hook until the picture was taken. All 3 are pretty good at posing for fish pictures, too.
|Posing for a fish picture.|
|Going to look at the crawdad.|