August 25, 2009

This Week’s Visitors


This week we had quite a few visitors, some pleasant and some not so pleasant…and of course the kids had alot to say about them!

First off, the stars of the week were Bob and Larry. When I showed the kids the tomatoes and cucumbers that had grown in the garden, the little boys yelled out “may-tos” and “cumers” while the older three referred to them as “Bob” and “Larry” from the Veggie Tales. Of course you know I had to go inside and stick some googly eyes on them so that they would really look like Bob and Larry! While picking some beans from our garden, we found this cute little frog. The kids were very adamant about “Froggy” needing some water to swim in…since he probably came from our neighbors pond. I tried to convince them that we just needed to release him, but they proceeded to fill up the container with water and dirt. I was too busy trying to save the poor frog from my kids that I didn’t get to take a pic of the “home” they were created for him!

Next up, we found this on our sunflowers. I told the kids to come look at the grasshopper. KJ took a look at it and said, “Mommy, that is not a grasshopper. It is a praying mantis. I can tell because it has things on the side of its head kind of like my puff balls.” (She was obviously referring to her hairstyle! If you look closely, you can see the “things” she was referring to!)

We also found this caterpillar of sorts crawling in the grass. Honestly, I have never seen a caterpillar this big before. I am not even really sure that it is a caterpillar. But, the kids did name him Wormy. They decided that Wormy needed some stuff to make him feel more at home…… Awhile later the kids yelled for me to come look at Wormy jumping and doing flips. I don’t think he cared much for his new home. I tried to tell the kids that he probably wanted to get out, but they informed me that he was just “being an acrobat.”

Finally, our unwelcomed visitor was the rodent below. I told the kids that it was a big rat. My husband later informed me that it was a possum. I am assuming that it showed up because of the compost materials that we threw over the fence. (Long story short, we attempted to have a compost and it didn’t work. So, we ended up throwing the stuff inside of it over the fence.) The rat, errrr I mean possum, was probably having a field day with it. I tried to explain this to the kids, but JJ recommended that get a basket and put some food in it so that the rodent won’t have to go back over the fence to eat. Isn’t he so thoughtful!?!?!?! I, on the other hand was not so thoughtful!!!

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  • Ticia

    Watch out because possums will dig holes.
    Love the Bob and Larry. Too cute. What’s the secret to getting the cucumbers to produce the cucumber and not just make endless amounts of leaves?

  • Mary@notbefore7

    LOVE the Bob and Larry – so awesome!