Monday, December 23, 2013

Family Hunting 2013

Pheasant hunting has been a tradition in Cody's family for as long as anyone in their family can remember. It's a time to enjoy good company, beautiful land, and the harvest season. While the bird numbers may have been down this year, the amount of fun, laughter and bonding shared during the season was not affected.

We always knew that Grace would enjoy this pastt ime with her Dad. Even though he's had just girls, it has been evident that while they might be out there in pink cameo and sequins, they'd be out there with their Dad. This was proven true this year, you can especially see it in one of the photos that you can see Grace's fingernails - painted bright red and girly as ever - but still enjoying hunting with her Daddy.

Grandpa Cecil and Grandma Marcella's house often serves as the "base" of the operations. There you can find a cozy place to rest your feet before or after the hunt, a sink and tools to clean the harvest, soda's and treats galore, and smiling faces greeting you upon arrival. It's the best kind of base for a hunting operation I've ever seen.

Think this face is excited to get out in the fields? I can't tell?

 How about this face? Think she's excited to spend the afternoon with her master?

Painted nails red nails, blaze orange and a root beer. Happy place for this blondie.

One of my favorite stories from this year was that Cody and Grace were walking a row, and Cody shot a rooster. He couldn't tell if Remi was after it, or if she didn't see it. He told Grace to stay put, and not move. He was going to try to chase down the rooster and he didn't want her getting ahead of the group. So Grace stayed and Cody took off. All of a sudden he heard Grace screaming his name....over and over. He didn't know what she was screaming about so he RAN back to her. What he found lit up his face. Remington indeed had seen the bird he shot and brought it to Grace! Grace was screaming for Cody because she was so surprised that Remi had retrieved the bird to her! She was delighted....and Cody certainly was too.

It was a fun weekend in the field for all of us. We were lucky that Grandma Michele was also there for the weekend with Kevin hunting. Grandma Marcella, Grandma Michele and Tina all stayed back at the "base" to hang out with Annie while we were in the field. A delightful day!

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