Five years ago we started attending Young Hunters Day, an annual event that is sponsored by our local Hunters Association. The first year Hubby took just our oldest two boys, in 2009 and 2010 we all went (you can see pictures from 2009 and 2010 in the archives), and last year I stayed home with the little ones.
This year Hubby ended up having to work, so I decided that it couldn't be too hard to take all the kids on my own. I had sent an email out to a bunch of friends hoping that some of them would be able to make it as well, and said a prayer that it wouldn't rain. The weather was beautiful and my kids had so much fun this year with so many of their friends!
I realized on the way that I forgot my camera, but my little point and shoot happened to be in my purse and I was able to take some pictures before the battery died. I also should have packed sunblock and a hat for the baby. We were prepared for rain, but not for so much sun! I thought I did a great job at keeping Bud in the shade, but despite my efforts his white little head still ended up pink. (He's all set for next time... I just found him a "Turtlel-y Cute" bucket hat for summer!)
As usual the children were able to participate in archery, trap shooting, laser shooting, fishing, pelt identification, and tomahawk throwing, with safety emphasized of course. Every child present could win one of the many raffle prizes and a yummy BBQ lunch was provided as well. Here are a few pictures from this year:
~ Archery Shooting ~
Twinkle Toes aimed for, and hit, the cougar. I told her she reminded me of Susan from the Chronicles of Narnia, with her bow and (nearly) perfect aim. ;) She was pleased!
Even though the event is for children ages 5-16, Rose insisted on waiting in line for a turn with the bow and arrows, and she wasn't disappointed!
~ Trap Shooting ~
I was amazed that the boys were actually hitting the clay targets as they flew threw the air! While I was watching, Captain hit one out of three and Rascal hit two out of three. (It's hard to see in the picture, but the clay disk is that little speck right above the middle(ish) cloud.)
~ Tomahawk Throwing ~
"String" (as I heard him called) got very excited when Rascal hit the target with the Tomahawk!
"So, are you two Mountain Women?" asked String.
And even our little Snuggles decided to give it a try!
~ Pelt Identification ~
~ Raffle Prizes ~
At the end of the day there is a raffle. Each child receives a ticket and when their name gets called they get to go into the building to choose their prize. (No parents allowed!) I always love seeing what each child chooses on their own. This year Captain picked out a headlamp, Rascal picked a camping chair, Twinkle Toes picked a new slip in slide, Chiquita picked a (very girly) baseball glove and ball, Snuggles picked a combo prize with a kite, badminton, and a really neat "balloon helicopter," and Rose was SUPER EXCITED to finally have her VERY OWN sleeping bag, and looked so excited carrying it out of the building! My little camera was dead by this point, but I somehow managed to figure out how to take a picture of them all with their prizes using my cell phone! :)
Afterwards we headed to the park for our local Catholic Homeschool Group's End of the School Year Fiesta. It was a pretty busy day, but filled with fun and friends!