My husband...oh my dear husband! He loves himself a good Bass Pro Shop! After visiting his first one in my hometown of Hampton, VA nearly 2 years ago, he has made it his personal goal to visit as many as possible. If we are traveling and pass a billboard for one, we are going. So as a result we have been to Bass Pro Shops in Atlanta, Destin, Nashville, Louisville, Charlotte, and, as of today, Jackson, Mississippi. Yes my friends, we packed up the van and drove 3 hours north to get to the Bass Pro Shop. Of course, the trip consisted of more than that but the main motivation was the Bass Pro Shop. My children think it is an amusement park. Paul will pack his pocket full of quarters and the children will play in the shooting gallery and get pictures taken with every taxidermied animal in the place. My daughter affectionately calls it the "fishie store."
My husband early on decided I needed a motivation to love the fishie store as much as him. So, bless his heart, he searched and searched til he found something there I would love. I have wanted a cabinet full of Lodge cast iron cookware for as long as I can remember. Bass Pro carries the whole line. Every time we go,HandyMan treats me to one piece. I have a wonderful collection, each piece with a story to tell of the trip we were on and the fun we had. Today my pick was a fajita maker/server.
But today was extra special, because today my son got the next size bow...a real compound bow. My 5 year old is shaping up to be quite the archer. Unfortunately, compound bows take a certain measure of strength. But the sweet salesman worked with my husband and son til they found the perfect fit! Needless to say, there was a happy little boy and a very proud daddy walking out of the Bass Pro Shop today.
The trip included a visit to Target (we don't have one on the Gulf Coast of Mississippi..a travesty!) where my daughter bought fairy wings for herself and then informed us that they made her an angel (Shhh...be nice Mommy!) HandyMan then spent his Home Depot gift card from my dad on a miter saw. And then a trip to the bookstore was in order where I came away with a bag full of 50% Christmas books for next year's Advent season, including a Treasury of 8 Jan Brett winter stories for only $9.99. And finally, a meal at Outback where we enjoyed chatting and endured horribly tough steak and bad service. HUMPH!! Luckily, the calming beat of the rain on the roof of the van, the quiet children and the good conversation on the ride home made up for the dinner! Oh, and he let me take the pug on the trip!