Monday, June 25, 2012

Fishing with Molly & Kenny in NJ!

For Daddy's 40th Birthday, Momma planned a surprise Daddy & Mia trip to visit Molly & Kenny in NJ, and take in a few days of fishing!  Molly & Mia spent the first 7 months of their life together in the Jangxi Social Welfare Institute. They were born one day apart, and we make sure to get them together at least once every year.  Molly's Dad, Kenny, has become a very close friend.  Kenny has been a fishing captain for many years, and was a phenomenol guide.  The girls had a blast together and it was one heck of a way to spend a weekend, out on the ocean, relaxing & fishing!

Catch of the Day!

The highlight of the second day of fishing was pulling up a blue fish that fought like it was an 800 pound tuna!  We had to work this fish for probably 20 minutes to land it...  Mia was a fantastic helper and was proud to step up for the photo op!


Mia was absolutely amazing at fishing!  I was a little unsure of how a 5 year old would do out on the open ocean with a fishing rod, but she was fantastic.  Once her line was baited, she was able to drop the line, work the reel and actually pulled a few fish up to the surface on her own... Not bad!  The best part was when she caught a shark!!! Actually, she caught two sharks and a sting ray, on top of several dozen black sea bass and fluke.  Molly is a seasoned fisherman, having spent many days on the water with her Dad.  For Mia, this was all new, and truly exciting!  What an amazing experience to see the unbridled joy and excitement as Mia squealed each time she got to touch a shark, hook a ray, or even cast her rod.  Priceless!

NJ Heat!!

It was gorgeous out on the water, but once we got onto dry land the heat & humidity was stifling...  So on our final day we all went to a local water park and the girls had a blast chasing each other around and splashing in the fountains!