Weekend Plans

11 Jun

Goooooood mornin'... let's roll!

Goooooood mornin’… let’s roll!

 

Due to a weekend full of rain, my family and I had to cancel our weekend plans to head up to the in-laws fishing cabin in northeast Iowa on the Mississippi river. All three of us were really excited. So, when we found out that the weather was not going to cooperate and we were going to have to cancel our plans, needless to say we were all disappointed.

Because this is an outdoor blog I found myself stumped on what outdoor or whitetail activity to “blog” about. But the more I kept thinking about this past weekend and not being able to go fishing, the more I realized I had just as much fun at home with my family, even though we didn’t do much.

Because my wife has her own business (Sarava Designs – baby apparel and accessories) she spent the majority of the morning catching up on orders while I kept an eye on our tornado of a child. I’m not real sure how to explain my daughter, so I’ll do the best I can… She reminds me of a lion or a gorilla in a zoo enclosure that is alway looking for an escape. The second you get up to throw something away or go to the bathroom is the same time she will decide to put something in her mouth, throw something over the upstairs railing, or play with the TV chords. So, for the safety of the child and more importantly myself, I decided to let her run free.

After the usual 30 minute Mickey Mouse Clubhouse routine, I packed up the diaper bag, stuffed her in a stroller, and header to the local coffee shop for a fresh pastry. One the way I bet I heard the words “shoe” and “tree” no less than 70 times, as those are the only words she really knows. We picked up a muffin, some apple juice, a cinnamon roll, and 10,000 napkins for cleanup. Back in the stroller and off to the park to eat.

After she smeared the muffin all over her face dumped half of the apple juice down the front of her shirt, it was time to play. Like an midget on crystal meth, she was off. Climb the stairs, play with the built-in steering wheel, down the slide, and then repeat. Call me a sissy if you want, but I was in heaven. This beats just about ¬†any day in the timber, any of the sheds I have found, and any deer I have ever killed. There’s something about seeing your own flesh and blood happy, it’s truly euphoric. That is until she crapped her pants.

 

Ava goes down the slide for the 100th time.

Ava goes down the slide for the 100th time.

 

Next stop, the local library. Nothing to exciting. We read a couple books, put together a 3 piece puzzle, and played with a giant stuffed bear. As she was roaming around, pointing things out, and jibber jabbering I saw a face that was typical most mid to late mornings… the HULK was coming and it was time for a nap. I put her back in the stroller and we headed home.

Don’t get me wrong, I love fishing, hunting, and a variety of other outdoor activities, but nothing, and I mean NOTHING comes close to the love I have for my family. Watching my daughter grow and develop is absolutely amazing, and I wouldn’t have traded that morning for any weekend on the river or in the woods.

If you take one thing away from this article, let it be that your family is the most important thing you have in this life, and when it’s over, it’s over.

Don’t worry, this weekend I will be checking my trail cameras for the first time and will let you all know what I find.

Thanks for reading,

Dan

 

One Response to “Weekend Plans”

  1. katie June 11, 2014 at 9:17 pm #

    What a great day!!

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