This is the pond that sits in front of the Four Bear's home...and no, that's not their home in the picture. That's a cedar sauna that is now used to store fishing poles, lawn chairs, tackle boxes and that sort of stuff.
This is Mama Bear, our birthday girl, enjoying her special day. Her morning started with a birthday visit from Suzanne with a special birthday surprise.
This was not the biggest fish of the day. At the end of the day Matthew, Donna's son, ended up catching the biggest fish.
All in all, the day was beautiful and everyone had a great time. We all fished and kept Papa Bear very busy, cleaning and fileting all the fish for our next gathering. The kids took fishing breaks to cool off & jump into the pool that's set up near the pond.
Donna & Randy brought over about a bushel basket full of fresh green beans that they had picked from their garden that morning, so when Jimmy & I finished fishing we sat and visited while breaking beans. And yes, we washed our hands really good first. We told Mama Bear that we expected to eat some of her great green beans the next time we came over. *LOL* She makes the tastiest green beans...but there isn't anything she can't fix that's out of this world! I love her cooking.
Papa Bear grilled steaks, hamburgers and hot dogs and baked some potatoes on a second grill. We had a fresh green salad and all the fixings and for dessert of course there was the birthday cake & ice cream, and Donna made some brownies.
All in all, we had a wonderful day of fun in the sun...Well, that's not exactly true. We tried to stay in the shade most of the time because it was hot, but nobody complained about it, except Papa Bear a little...but of course he was busy cleaning the fish and later with the grilling. He was a busy bear...thank you Papa Bear for all that you did.
OH! And I almost forgot, but I didn't think to get a picture of this...Papa Bear's present to Mama Bear. Papa Bear ALWAYS makes Mama Bear a present and this year he carved her a beautiful walking stick. This coming Saturday, August 12th will also be their 24th wedding anniversary...so, they have a lot to celebrate.