Well we are back from vacation and our wonderful visit to Gigi and Papa's house. We had a great time playing, eating and relaxing in the fabulous Las Vegas. Hopefully, I'll get myself organized and will be able to post some more pictures of our trip later on this week.
The second night we were in Vegas, Mark, his dad, his brother, Parker and Carson decided to ride up to Lee Canyon to go Deer Hunting. Please keep in mind I hate guns and don't buy them for my boys, and make Mark keep his guns at his dad's house. However, my boys have inherently known what to do with a gun since they could start walking. They turn everything into a gun, whether it is the spray bottle or a pair of chopsticks. They were so excited to go, I didn't see how I could deny them their fun. It was almost dark, so I wasn't too concerned about them actually getting anything. I should have known better.
I got the lovely phone call about an hour after dinner. Carson and Parker were both yelling into the phone, "We got a deer! Papa owes us $10 dollars. It was so AWESOME mom!" Awesome isn't quite the word that comes to my mind when I think about hunting and dead animals. I think it is a boy thing. I hope this picture doesn't gross you out too much. According to Mark, Parker and Carson were right in the action, seeing the deer before it was shot, and afterwards watching Papa and Uncle Steve clean it out. They didn't find it gross at all and loved shining their flashlights on the liver, stomach, intestines, and other internal organs. If nothing else, I guess it created a real life anatomy lesson for them. Should I be worried as a parent, that they now play Deer Hunting around the house, with Gracie as the deer?
Actually, my boys had a wonderful time with their Papa, dad and uncle. I don't think it would have mattered if they got a deer or not, but they just enjoyed their time together. They enjoyed the drive together, the treats and the conversation. The fact that they actually got a deer was total bonus. They made a great memory together. When we were driving home through South Lake Tahoe, Parker saw a deer and Carson said, "Shoot, I wish my Papa and Uncle Steve were here to see it." As for Papa, I think he would probably say his life is complete after hunting with his two sons, and two of his grandsons, in the mountains they love so much.