Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Sharlene's First Week In Minnesota

Here are some pics from Sharlene's first week in Minnesota. Of course we had to take her fishing.
Sharlene has made friends with a fluffy white duck named Peepers. Peepers & Sharlene joined my Mom, Dad, Sisters and Grandpa while we fished on Blackduck Lake for walleyes.
The lake was very busy that evening. We didn't head out on the lake until 6:00 in the evening. Here is a picture of all the boats waiting to get in and out of the lake. There was a line of five boats waiting to be put into the water and about four other boats waiting their turn to get off the lake.Sharlene helped me fish. Mom or Dad would cast my line out for me and then Sharlene and I would slowly reel the minnow and jig back to the boat.

Sharlene and I caught the first fish. It wasn't a walleye so we didn't keep it. It was a northern. When my Mom was about to take this picture my Grandpa and I backed up so she could take it. Well Grandpa tripped over the minnow bucket, knocking it over spilling minnows all over the floor. We just about fell out of the boat and Grandpa dropped the fish, which made my Mom scream and jump on the seat because the northern tried to get her foot. It was so funny. We quick took this picture, released the fish and saved all the minnows. That is why we are laughing in the picture.
We fished until it got dark outside. It was neat watching the sun set over the lake. We saw bald eagles flying over us and pelicans landing in the water near our boat.
We caught 21 fish total. In Minnesota people have to have a permit to fish - but kids don't. People are able to keep six walleyes for each person in the boat and they have to be a certain size, if they aren't you have to throw them back into the lake.
Here is a picture of me holding a walleye. You have to be careful when you hold them because their fins are sharp and they have sharp teeth. My Grandpa is proud of me that I will hold the fish, because my Mom is to scared to hold them and my Uncle (my Mom's brother) will only touch the fish if he has gloves on.
Sharlene also came with my Mom and Dad to my school to watch my second grade musical. The musical was called Kids In Space. One of the teachers at my school wrote the musical. We all had to wear red shirts and sun glasses. Sharlene loved the musical. After the show Mom brought Sharlene down to my classroom so that she could take my picture. This is a picture of Sharlene and me with two of my really good friends - Nick and Tucker. Tucker and I have been in the same class since Kindergarten.

Sharlene Arrives

Sharlene has arrived in Bemidji! Here are pics from the day she arrived. Ashlyn opened the package while she was at her Grandpa and Nana's house. She was so excited to finally meet Sharlene.
Ashlyn immediately took her down to show her the lake, since that is where we spend a lot of our time in the spring, summer and fall. Ashlyn and Sharlene even spent some time digging for gold coins in the sand box by the lake (a pirate left a pile of gold coins buried all through out the sand box and the girls have lots of fun looking for them).

Ashlyn will be posting about what she wants to be when she grows up soon - here is a hint it has something to do with her two favorite things - water and animals.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

When I grow up

When I grow up I want to be a Florist. I love flowers. My favourites are roses, violets and blue bells. I would go to the flower market each day and get the freshest flowers I could find to put them into special bouquets for people to come and buy for all different occasions. I would like to make people happy with my flower arrangements. I would have a basket of flowers especially for little kids so when they come into my shop they could pick a flower out of the basket.

My mum tells me I must go to floristry school where I will learn about all different flowers, how to arrange them and what flowers you give for each different occasion.

To be a florist in Australia you need a minimum qualification of a Certificate III in Floristry. This is a 1.5 years full time course or 3 years part time.

I know Red Roses are for love, so when you go on a date with a boy he should give you red roses.

Brightly coloured followers are good to give to your friends for their birthdays or to say thank you.

White lilies are given to people you love very much when they die.

Ashlyn, what do you want to be when you grow up?

Quick News Update:

Sorry we haven’t posted for a while we have been busy. Mikaela spent all of last week off school as they shut down due to some confirmed cases of swine flu.

We thought we had lost Pinky on Saturday. She had gone to Nanna’s for a sleep over a few days before. Thankfully on a search of Mikaela’s bedroom we found her hiding tucked up in between Mikaela’s bed and the bedroom wall. Pinky, had us scared for a minute bit is very safe now.

Mikaela went to a fancy dress party. Her costume was a 60’s Rock ’n’ Roll outfit. Here she is with her cousin.