Joey has family that has land in Moreauville, LA. The cousin that owns that land has made a wildlife preserve of sorts with all kinds of exotic animals. They also have hunting land where Joey killed his buck this year. After going there last December for the first time, he insisted that we drive the 3 hours so the boys could go and see the animals. They got to pet and feed some deer. We also saw some kangaroos, peacocks, giraffes, camels, monkeys, and emus. But the highlight of the trip was when Samuel caught a huge fish. He was so excited to fish with Joey. Luke just ran around and I just sat and watched as Samuel would make cast after cast. He never tired of it. He was standing right next to Joey when Joey noticed there was a big fish swimming right by the bank. Right at the same time Samuel made a noise and then started to let go of the fishing pole. Joey grabbed it and helped him hold it while he reeled it in. It put up a good fight but Samuel got him in. The fish is called a "choupique"- which is actually the Cajun name for it. They threw it back in, but it is an edible fish. Samuel threw a fit when it was time to go. Even Joey, who will waste many hours fishing, was ready to go. I don't know how he did it, but he turned my boy into an avid fisherman and he's only 4 years old!
These two pictures are of Lars and David. The first was taken on May 25, 1997 at Katie and Kevin's house. Lars was 8 1/2 yrs. old and David was 9 years old. The second was taken at my house on April 19, 2009. Lars is 20 1/2 yrs. old and David is 21 years old. It was Sue's suggestion to re-enact this picture and I think they are both adorable! We had a great time at our crawfish boil last week. Joey boiled 5 sacks of crawfish, about 200 pounds and only about 20 pounds was left at the end of the day.
We had a lot of fun at Elizabeth's house on Easter Sunday. The weather was overcast and kept threatening to rain, but it held out for us to complete the two egg hunts that were planned. Elizabeth always does a fantastic job with these hunts, Fleetfoot!! This year the "little kid" hunt participants were Samuel, Luke, Jacob, and Polina. They got candy filled eggs and eggs with prize certificates that they redeemed for fun stuff from Elizabeth. The "big kid" egg hunt participants were Amy, Julia, Aaron, Mary Catherine, Jimmy, Jackson, and Joe. Their eggs contained money and gum. The big prize was one $50 bill hidden in one egg. Mary Catherine found that egg and most of the other money eggs as well- I think a total of around $75. Aaron was talking big stuff before the egg hunt saying, "I hope everyone brought their tissue for when I find the $50 egg." He was the big winner a few times in the past. After the egg hunts were over the children brought out a bucket game where the object was to put bean bags into other people's buckets that were on their backs. The person with the fewest bean bags was the winner. The kids had a lot of fun with this game and then the adults joined in. I've added a few links to the video I took of first the girls playing and then the boys playing. Too funny! It was a great day!
Update: I had to add this one from my sister's camera. It's the little people playing.
It would seem that the reoccurring theme for this Easter is that Barrett could not get enough to eat. He loved his goodies from the Easter Bunny (Three books, a bag of Nilla Wafers, & a bag of Animal Crackers) and his Easter lunch/dessert. While Barrett was very good the entire day, he was all too willing to catch some shut-eye whenever the chance presented itself. He passed out right before Church, when we were supposed to take the traditional photo in front of the Japanese Maple. When we finally got to Nonnie & Grandpa's, Barrett spotted the cookies during the photo shoot and had a one track mind after that. Poo-Poo couldn't resist letting him have one, which only made matters worse! One of my favorite pictures from the day is Barrett shoving a whole cookie into his mouth, while my mom just sat and watched. Hope ya'll had a wonderful Easter.