Saturday, March 20, 2010

Sportsman's Expo for Con and Dad

Wayne was a good dad/husband today, and not only took the camera with him, but used it to capture memories. Thanks Wayne! Thanks Con for being such a cute little poser!

He is going to fill us in on all the pics when he gets a minute.

When Conrad woke up this morning he asked Risa "Do you know what today is Mommy?" "We are going to spend MAAN time together!" I don't know where he heard, or got that, but it was certainly about as manly of a day as it gets! For those who haven't experienced the Expo, it is a bit stinky at times depending on who you are standing by and the proximity of that person. It is Redneck Central! Conrad asked me multiple times "Daddy, what's that smell?" I wanted to reply "Tobacco and BO." but I didn't.

Conrad saw the door open to this and cried "HUMMER!!! Can I get in?" He proceeded to jump in and started to turn the steering wheel. Conrad LOVES Hummers!

Anyone who knows Conrad knows that he loves animals of all kinds! He was thrilled to be able to hold a real live black bear cub! The bear's claws were quite sharp and it made a loud grunting noise the whole time Conrad held it. Conrad laughed with delight and said "Daddy, I think he might have a cold, because he has a frog in his throat." We plan to stop at Bear World in June. By then these cubs will be 80 pounds!

This cub's fur was very soft. Conrad stroked it's fur for 5 min. This cub wasn't a grunter. I was amazed at their paws. They didn't have much fur on them, and they almost looked like little hands with long fingernails. Conrad said his favorite thing at the show was holding the bears.

The main thing Conrad remebers about the Expo from two years ago was Dock Dogs. The dog owners get the dogs all jacked up to go and retrieve a stuffed toy. One can tell the dogs totally LOVE doing this. It is play time for the dogs! The purpose of this event is to retrieve the toy in the least amount of time. The platform is 2 feet above the water's surface, so it makes quite a splash when the dogs hit the water running at full speed. Conrad and I watched this show for about 30 minutes. He loves animals, so this was a huge hit for him!

Conrad wanted to tie some flies. The volunteers were extremely kind and patient with the kids. Conrad tied two different variations of a traditional woolly bugger. They asked him what colors he wanted to use, and he picked out the material.

Conrad worked the bobbin with a tremendous amount of skill. He loved tying flies, and asked if he could do it at home! This makes me very proud! I will have to get my kit out of the basement so we can tie some flies together. Who knows, maybe Conrad's small fingers will be able to tie those tiny delicate size 24 dry flies with more success than I have?

Con loves taking the boats for a "dry" test run. The boats were lined up right next to each other and you could hop from vessel to vessel.

The DWR put together many great booths that were not only fun for the kids, but very educational. This exhibit taught about erosion. Conrad loved this event, and helped them put the eroded sand back together in the model mountain and river. In fact he loved it so much we did this event six times! I liked playing in the sand and seeing the water wipe out the little buildings, bridges and people. In this photo his is pointing out the the fence is broken so the animals are able to escape from the farm. Too funny!

I do believe Conrad had a great time. Tonight in prayers he said "Please bless that the year can go by quickly and we can go to the sportsman's expo again soon" Thanks for being such a fun Son Conrad. Thanks for making this day truly special!

1 comment:

thefab5 said...

So cute and memorable. I love that you guys do so much with your kids. You are both amazing parents!