Today was Tee's turn to spend with Baby Boy. He wanted to fishing for the first time, too. It was so fun to do some "firsts" with the kiddos. I actually got to see him crawl for the first time -- he happened to do it while I was babysitting and I was lucky enough to catch it on video so his mom and dad could see. Anyway...Baby Girl, momMA and I went to a trout pond in Renton. Today, there was one much closer in Woodinville. I liked being able to experience both. The Renton experience was more rustic and redneck (not complaining...I'm a Yooper...can't get much more redneck than that) while the Woodinville location was catering more to Yuppies, I think, who wanted their kids to have a fun experience in a more "refined" environment.
Theo was quite excited to get started. He grabbed his pole with enthusiasm and didn't seem quite as uneasy about the flopping fish as Little Girl was. We worked well as a team. I taught him how to throw in his line and I held the net. When he'd get a bite, I'd say, "Okay, Bubba, walk backwards." He'd walk backwards until I could reach the fish with the net and we did this twice, very quickly. He caught two rainbow trout about 13" each! I'd gone with the intention of catching three...enough for his family and me to have a little sample. After catching his second one, he decided he was done. One of the trout in the bucket jumped too loud for him. He baited the hook instead and watched Tee bring in the third one. It was so much fun to be with him and watch him experience bringing in his first fish!
We drove back to his house in time for lunch and when Megan asked him what he wanted, he said, "Fish, please." I taught Megan how to fry them (also a first) and we snacked on the fish while waiting for Tim and Baby Girl to get home.
When I got back to D&MA's I started to cry. I know I'll get to spend time with my babies again but it won't be as frequent and I love being their Tee. I'll miss the more frequent contact with my adopted kiddos and doing special things with each of them. I am blessed to have been a part of their toddler years and early development. Thanks Tim and Megan! I love you guys.
Tee's handsome little man
Holding the pole like a pro
His catch...a 14", 13" and 12"
Mom frying up her boy's first trout he caught all by himself
Getting ready to try his first bite ever
"Mmm...Mama, I like this fish!" (Music to Tee's ears)