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Monday, January 21, 2008

Crappie fishin' on Caddo Lake

The weekend after Christmas (12/29/07, to be exact) hubby decided he'd like us to take a fishing trip to Caddo Lake. I was super excited because I love to go fishing and I love adventures/road trips even more! We got up at 5:30 a.m. so we could leave early and make the hour drive to the lake. Apparently the crappie (pronounced "crop-ee") are hungriest at dawn and so we needed to get there when the sun was just coming up. Here we are in the truck at 6:15 a.m.!

It was SOOO cold that morning! I'm positive the temperature was in the 30's! We both had on about 3 layers of clothes but that wind will cut through anything!

The boat launch was in the middle of what looked like somebody's backyard but I think it's actually a make-shift campsite. There are "cabins" you can rent; although, they looked more like shacks to me. We had to stop and pay the $3 fee to launch the boat...

and then we headed out for a full day of fun! The sun wasn't quite up in the sky yet but it's light cast a hazy glow on the water and Spanish moss-laden trees. The drive across the water to our fishin' spot was headache-inducing cold but the scenery was worth it when we got there. I love the way water looks so smooth and yet mobile at the same time. The milky sunshine made the water look like an enormous mirror and it was so peaceful.

We got to try out hubby's new binoculars and saw a blue heron scooping up fish in his big bill. I wasn't able to get any pictures of the bird because he was too far away. With the binoculars, though, he looked like he was only 10 feet away!

Our first stop of the morning proved to be the most fruitful and hubby was right in his element! Here he is doing what he loves best.

We traveled around on the water and tried several different types of lures (hubby did anyway, I just threw out my line with whatever he put on it) but unfortunately, the fish weren't biting like we had hoped they would. We went through a lot of minnows and even more hot chocolate but after about 8 hours on the water we were both just wiped out. Have you ever noticed how being out in the fresh air, wind, & sunshine just zaps the strength out of you? We headed back home with a decent catch and a handful of great memories. There's nothing I love more than just having a good ol' time with my husband. We have so much fun together and I can't imagine my life without all the fun adventures we have together. I'll leave you with a picture of my sweet husband with our final catch. It'll definitely make a decent fish fry!

Christmas...just in the nick of time!

Today is January 21st. In my world that's just about perfect timing to tell y'all about the wonderful Christmas my family and I shared almost a month ago. I don't think I've been that excited about Christmas since I was a kid! My sweet hubby and I spoiled each other way too much but it was soooo much fun! And, hey, it was our first Christmas as a married couple so it was extra special! On Christmas morning we were so excited to open our gifts that we got up at 6 a.m.! And no, we didn't just rip through the presents; we actually read the account of Christ's birth in Luke first and prayed together. Then, we took turns opening our gifts and just enjoyed each other's company. That afternoon, we went over to my parents' house to eat dinner and visit. My Sis's husband was still up in North Dakota on TDY so we all decided to wait on his return to have our family Christmas. Which was great because we got to have Christmas twice!! We didn't take many pictures this year, but here's a few...

Me and my Sweetie in front of the giant Christmas tree at the Boardwalk on Christmas Eve

Our tree on Christmas morning (with a sleepy Buster & his sleep-over pal Duke)

Mama & Daddy at our family Christmas about a week later

My Sis and her hubby at the family Christmas

It was a great Christmas this year...er, I mean last year. The only bad thing was, it ended too soon! It's such a shame to have looked forward to something for so long and then it's gone in ONE day! Oh well. Good thing it comes around every year!

Hope everyone is having a great Monday! Toot-a-loo!