When I came up with a name for this mommy blog, Sand Castles and Sippy Cups came pretty naturally.
They are two things are a part of my daily life with two toddler kids (we literally had to invest in a sand box because my two-year-old son was digging holes for castles in our back yard faster than an industrial digger on a deadline).
What does not happen on a daily basis for me is getting up before the sun rises (that happens too often … wait for the rest of the sentence) and heading out for a girls fishing trip while my husband stays at home to care for the kids. Can anyone say role reversal?
This past weekend, in a twist eerily similar to the movie Freaky Friday, my husband, a private boat captain, was on daddy duty while I was fortunate enough to hit the Gulf of Mexico with a few other escapee mommies.
To be honest, I was a little concerned about the day when I left my house forgetting my freshly prepared, hot cup of coffee (ie: my morning defibrillator) sitting on the kitchen counter. However, it didn’t take long after we boarded the charter boat, Vengence, that I quickly realized there were no tots anywhere in sight relentlessly demanding breakfast and Mickey Mouse.
I looked around at the company of the lovely ladies that surrounded me, and I realized we all had the same twinkle in our sleepy eyes. We had momentarily escaped.
While the company was delightful, our catch wasn’t that bad either. We caught some notable snapper and I was pretty proud of this grouper I reeled in (both catch and release species during our trip), not to mention a boat load of triggerfish, mingos, and a king mackerel. Hands down, the catch of the day went to mommy angler, Nicole, who reeled in this bull shark weighing in at an estimated 125 lbs!
The eight hour-trip was made even more refreshing by the friendly and witty crew among the Vengence. First mate, Aaron, kept us baited, reeling, and laughing throughout the trip. I am also not going to lie, seeing the guys clean up our mess and allowing us to relax, enjoy, and have some chat time was pretty darn nice too.
And there you have it – a mommy fishing trip that was well deserved (if I do say so myself), full of lasting memories AND another great way to take advantage of the Emerald Coast.
For more information on the charter boat, Vengence, visit DestinCharterBoatVengeance.com.
Andrea Moak is an Emerald Coast native who, along with her husband, is raising their two little ones, Finn and Stella, in the place she has always called home. She is a graduate of Florida State University with a BS in Media Studies & Creative Writing and an MA in Corporate & Public Communication.
She owns and operates Baby Boot Camp of the Emerald Coast and teaches college courses online for several universities. You can also find Andrea’s writing on her blog, MamaOnTheRun.com and on SkinnyMom.com where she serves as the entertainment/celebrity mom blogger.