Saturday, May 31, 2014

Hooked on fishing

There is an awesome program in our local community, and from what I am told, also takes place in other places too. Nonetheless Hooked on Fishing, Not on Drugs is a free fishing day for kids under 14 that takes place at Horseshoe Lake in Upper Bidwell Park. Before this annual event they plant 8000 pounds of catfish in the lake! There is a one fish per child limit and frankly, the only way you are not going to get a fish is if you choose not to put your line in the water. To make it easy for anyone to participate, they provide poles, bait, assistance from local fishing gurus and free fish cleaning. There is nothing bad about any of this program. We wanted to be there early because anyone who knows anything about fishing knows you go as soon as the sun comes up. Duh! We were not there that early but lets just say we left so early that I did not get to watch The Pioneer Woman this morning. That's okay. Being there to watch my boys catch their first fish was the best reason to get up early on a Saturday morning. And I took lots of pictures so let this be your warning, this blog post is long and loaded with pictures of my favorite little boys and my favorite fishing guru, my husband.









Can you see the intensity in his face? 




 My favorite picture of the day. 

Dalton's catch!

He is so proud. Look at that smile.



As the fish grabs the worm, Clayton said, "I think something is happening here." Dad helped reel him in. 


Clayton was excited for the catch but is not a big fan of the slimy fish. 

And tonight dinner was courtesy of my little boys. Fish tacos. Yum!

I hope you made memories today that will last a lifetime. I know we did. 

Thanks for reading! ~mrs.c 

Monday, May 26, 2014

A Museum packed with Memorial Day meaning

The holiday weekend afforded us a trip to visit with my parents in Turlock. We had not been down in awhile and decided at the last minute (that being Friday) that we would head south. While down in the warm and toasty Central Valley, we took a drive 20 minutes south to the old Castle Air Force Base in Atwater. The base is the home of the Castle Air Museum. Like many little boys, airplanes are super cool. The museum  was holding their "Cockpit Day" which affords all who visit the chance to step into many of the nearly 60 restored planes on display. And who doesn't love a museum that lets you touch things? This is important when you have kids. 

Our boys are 4 and 2 so we spent most of our time just marveling at the mass of each of the planes rather than discussing the history and significance of the aircraft. Nonetheless, the boys had a great time and their mom and dad had a chance to reflect on the history and spirit that surrounded us on this Memorial Day Weekend. And like a good blogging mom, I took a few pictures along the way.







These boys were serious about getting behind the wheel of this plane. They had to turn their caps around!





I'm already looking forward to our next trip. The museum is also home to a Presidential Air Force One plane that was used during five administrations. They were offering tours but we were getting close to lunch and nap time and knew we would be pushing our luck if we opted for the additional tour so we decided to wait. This now gives us a good reason to go back. If you are in the area, I highly recommend making the trip to Atwater to visit the outdoor museum. And if your kids are under 5, they get in free! This leaves you a few bucks for trinkets in the gift shop. Which by the way is loaded with books and toy planes too. 

Do you have a favorite museum that is kid friendly? Thanks for reading. ~mrs. c

Saturday, May 3, 2014

How a Farmer Gardens

One of the most important requirements Jake had when we sought out to purchase a piece of property to build a home and plant an orchard was adequate space to have a garden. Today that prerequisite was met. Introducing...

The Cecil Family Garden 2014


It doesn't look like much more than a clean piece of worked up soil but after we got done today, it is now a heavily populated plot with LOTS of seeds. Corn, zucchini, tomatoes, squash, pumpkins, beans, peppers and numerous varieties of each. 




Jake loves to plant seeds. I love to mark what it is we planted. Jake thinks I'm crazy. 


kid + shovel + dirt = perfect day


As with anything we do, we did it as a family. 



It was lots of work and little brother needed a snack.


And mom got the greatest treat of all...lots of dirty clothes. 
But that is okay!

Stay tuned! I will attempt to share pictures of the garden on the blog as time permits. 

So what did you plant in your garden? Thanks for reading. ~mrs. c


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