Saturday, August 04, 2007

Happy Birthday to Don . . .


But since we'll be involved with our church later on this evening and all tomorrow, I thought I would celebrate blog-style today.

Last weekend we began our celebration early. Since Don had the weekend off and his fishing buddy, TJ, was free; we did something that we have wanted to do since we moved to Virginia Beach. I decided that Don has enough stuff and no where to put more stuff, so I decided the biggest part of his present would be a charter boat fishing trip. We also found a coupon for buy one afternoon fishing trip, get one free!!! Now that is our style! =)

We had a great time pulling up fish after fish! By the time all was said and done, we had a bucket of Croakers. Each of us even caught a sand shark! A few others on the boat caught Flounders, but they had to be a specific size in order to keep them. Another guy caught a stingray! It was a lot of fun, so much so that even the less experienced fisherman could have a great time as well and even catch some fish.

Here is a few pictures from Don's Birthday Celebration Day - the week before his actual birthday!

A picture of where we will be fishing. You can not tell by the picture, but it was storming like crazy when we left the dock and in this picture. But as you can see by the rest of the pictures, we escaped the rain, thunder, and lighting when we got further out into the Bay.

The Happy Couple!

Heading out of the marina and out to the fishing spot. We were fishing out by the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel (which has three tunnels and many miles long!!). We were out to the second tunnel and around the bridges.

Our fishing companions - TJ and Shannon! Shannon is holding up her "dukes" that have been wrapped with the "Seabands" that are suppose to prevent motion sickness. Let's just say she won't be endorsing them anytime soon!

The first shark caught - by your's truly! Look Mom, I'm holding it! Aren't you so proud!

The Birthday Boy's double catch!

TJ and his big catch of the day! This is a black sea bass.

Our bucket full of fish!

Don's Shark!

The guys in their glory!

Thanks again, TJ and Shannon, for coming and celebrating with us!

AND . . .

Don, I am so glad that I have a chance to celebrate with you another year of eldership! I love being married to you and I love how the Lord has brought us together and given us such a strong bond! Happy Birthday Donny!


Conleys said...

happy birthday Don! those are great pictures. i'm glad you all had a good time last week on the boat. we're looking forward to the GAMES tonight.

Tim & Kristen said...

We want to say a happy birthday to Don as well. You are such a happy couple and so cute together!! That is such a great idea to take a trip for a birthday gift. I was thinking even for Christmas this year, that if we are not able to go home it would be fun to do some little trip for a present or part of a present or whatever. I will have to keep thinking of ideas. You had a great one!!!

Erin Neiner said...

Happy, happy birthday, Don!
Looks like you had a blast!
Katrina~I am very impressed you are holding that shark! Yikes!! :)
The seabands crack me up! I was very (VERY) nauseous with both pregnancies; so much so, I didn't care about the fashion fo-pa that the seabands were. They did help though...for future reference! :)

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Don! Sounds like you guys had a blast on your trip!! We went on a deep-sea fishing expedition once. Let's just say Abby wishes she had had the seabands.....not a pleasant experience. :-) But we're glad you had fun. Hope your day is a great one.
Ben and Abby

Beth and Jason said...

I had no luck with the seabands Erin, but you do have to try anything sometimes! I can't believe you're just holding that shark up! Those are cool pics! Looks fun.

The Horaks said...

What a great idea for a birthday present! You guys look like you had so much fun!

Jon and Lacey said...

Happy Birthday Don! What a great birthday idea, Katrina! Looks like you guys had so much fun! Surviving the heat?

jess said...

Happy Birthday Don - you're wife plans some great events! Shannon had told me about the trip and coupons - we are going to have to check into fishing before the summer's over. (We went shark fishing on our honneymoon, and I have to admit that I wasn't looking forward to it... but once we got out there - I loved it!) Katrinia, are you still going to be working at the school this year, just not teaching or are you doing something else all together? I couldn't remember.

Don & Katrina Hines said...

Hey Jess,

I'm coaching volleyball, and signed up to sub. However, I got a new job that I can do from home. I'll have to explain more details later! It's exciting!

The Ingrams said...

Happy Birthday Don! Its a little belated, but its looks like the fishing trip was a success. That was such a great idea, Katrina. Also, I'm curious about your job from home. I'm looking forward to the details.

S&s said...

Sorry that this is late...but happy birthday Don from Steve and me and Cali!! (I am VERY sorry that Cali chewed Godiva's bed!!!!!!!!!!)

jeileenbaylor said...

What a fun time together for his birthday! It looks like it was such a beautiful day too! Love you girl. Hope all is going well... we've got to chat sometime soon.

Reads said...

Katrina, great job planning birthday fun. I know Adam would love that kind of trip. Here in Ohio we just don't have the option! Thanks for the comments on my blog, if you do end getting to go on the trip. I have few suggestions for you!! Hope your birthday was lots of fun!

T.J. and Shannon said...

"Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you, Happy (Belated) Birthday dear Don....Happy Birthday to you." I hope we were the first ones to sing to you on your blog. :)
Thanks for sharing your fishing trip with us.

Nate, Kris & Adrianna said...

You make me laugh, Katrina. Maybe all your longing for MI will make you come back here and visit us. :-) Then we can walk the beach, pier and see the Musical Fountain for fun. We do love the area here - it's SO beautiful. I keep telling Nate we've been so spoiled: first VA Beach and then here. And we like the small-town feel too. So you're not teaching next year?? I'm glad for you.