Friday, September 10, 2010

Vacation - Fun Stuff Pictures

Besides working on the house (which I think is fun!) I did some other things with the kids. 
Nick and I went to Jacob's football game in Auburn and watched him knock over the defenders on the other team. I felt kind of sorry for them! 
Denise and I went to lunch in old town Auburn and walked around a bit... not a whole lot there except for restaurants. 
Nick, Ashley, Laine and Jacob spent the labor day sat and sunday with me up there at the house. We had a lot of fun... Jacob loves to follow Nick around and he took them on a little hike as soon as we got there. They brought up wood for the firepit where we had smores on Sunday night. Sunday is the day I took Jacob and Laine fishing in this little lake outside Jackson called Lake Tabeaud. (the locals say, "tah-boo") the lake is one that PG&E built for power generation and we started out fishing by the levee. Stayed there for a bit watching the fish jump and torment Jacob until we decided to try and find another spot. The lake has a picnic area we went to and walked around and met some more locals. They told us how to get to the "inlet" which is where the fish are when the water is so warm in the summer. So we packed up and drove for a few miles on this gravel road and found the inlet. There was another local who fished the spot as often as he could and has caught 70 fish in the last year. (You wonder why he didn't throw any of them back?) Once they know you are a local they will talk forever, just a different world. Jacob caught a fish and was so excited about it until I told him he had to clean it... which he and Nick did when we got home. Ashley turned a bit green and had to leave when they were doing that. Laine wanted to give it a try! Laine did fish for a while and then got bored so I let her use my digital camera to take pictures. It was really funny when I reviewed them because 17 were of her face, and there was a good number of my behind!! I am sure she was giggling like crazy! 
That night we had a fire in the firepit and made smores... that of course was a big hit! Just like camping. 
Here are some of the best pictures from the weekend:

Jacob's game - he is #94
Jacob's fish - Pic taken by Laine
Jacob fishing in the first spot - the fish were jumping but not biting sending Jacob into a frenzy of finding the right spot.
Laine Self Portrait #1
Laine fishing at the inlet
Nick working on the log rack he made me
Finished rack
Enormous praying mantis in the front "yard"
Dinner
Laine and Ashley waiting for the fire to get going
Firepit - view from deck
Smores
Smores and Jacob intently watching his marshmallow