Monday, June 20, 2011

what a weekend!

"Father's Day Weekend - 2011" will be going down in the books.  Not in the baby book, necessarily, but definitely in the record book for the state of Virginia and possibly even in the Guinness Book.  You know, the one that's full of world records and such.

Every year, for as long as I've known Jeramie, he, his brother, and his dad have gone fishing in Kerr Lake over Father's Day weekend.  They would always come back from their trip bragging about who caught "the big one" and playfully arguing over who was the best fisherman that particular year.  A few years back, they decided to make it a little more "official" and bought the most hideous looking trophy I've ever seen.

Jeramie "won" the trophy in 2009, his first Father's day.  He wasn't able to actually go to the lake, due to Ethan's health, but the guys put out a line for him and it just so happened to be the one that the most fish nibbled on!
Jeramie's trophies for 2009 - fishing and poker

(Okay, okay.  So, it's not that bad, but it has sat on my mantle for a little longer than my decorating tastes prefer.)

Once the trophy came to be, it would go home with whoever caught the most pounds of fish during their weekend trip.  It has been shared between the three of them over the years but this year, without a doubt, it went to my brother-in-law, Nick.

At 57 inches long, 43.5 inches around, and weighing in at ONE HUNDRED and FORTY-THREE pounds, I introduce to you "Big Willy" ...

It took Nick about 45 minutes to reel it in, and then it took the three of them to actually get it in the boat.  It beats the current state of Virgina record by 34 pounds and, from what the guys have been able to find, it is 13 pounds heavier than the current world record.

Is that crazy, or what?!

Just about a month ago, my father-in-law caught a 95 pounder in the very same lake.  I'll tell you what ... it sure does make me think twice about dipping my toes in that Virginia water!

Although not nearly as exciting, Ethan had a big weekend, too! We went down to my parents' house while Jeramie was away at Swamp Loggers the lake, and he slept in a twin-sized bed for the very first time!

He is quickly outgrowing the pack and play that they have set-up for him there, so we tried our luck at getting him to sleep in his new twin bed.  I was shocked by how well he did! He successfully took one nap and slept through the night both nights we were there.  I was a little worried about him coming back to Raleigh and having to go back into his crib (his twin bed here isn't quite ready yet), but he's done great in it, too!

Just one more reason to admit that he is, most certainly, growing up.

That, and this ridiculously cute haircut he received from his Aunt Bubbie! It was waaaaaaaaaay past time for one ... thank you, Bubbie!


I hope all you Daddies out there felt, and continue to feel, loved and celebrated.

Y'all have a great week!


Tara said...

That is ONE BIG FISH!! Yikes! And so cute about the first time in the twin bed! We are getting there with Liam, but more of that fact I hate lugging around the pack-n-play whenever he stays the night or needs a nap someplace else! Glad to see yall are doing great and I love the haircut!

Annie B. said...

Glad to hear it was such a great weekend! Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving some love! I am so thankful that there is a community of heart mothers out there who get it and TRULY UNDERSTAND. Thanks so much.

Erin Lavin said...

Is that a real fish? OMG it is insanely huge.

BlessedMommy said...

That is so exciting!!!! (both the fish and sleeping in a big-boy bed)!

What an awesome weekend!!!

Anonymous said...

What a great post Joye! From the Fathers day big fish write up to the cutest little boy that has taken over my heart!

I am so proud of him in the bed! He is growing up so fast.

Love you guys!
Grandma A.

Stefenie said...

That is indeed one big fish. I have seen them pull out some monsters on our area of the river and yes it does make you think twice about going in for a dip. Yikes!!

Love Ethan's new hair cut!!

Jenn said...

Okay, I was like, where is she going with this world record stuff? Oh my WORD, that is the biggest fish I have ever seen. Did they keep it?

Ethan is so cute with his haircut. And don't even get me started on the big boy bed. Make it stop!

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