There is no denying these kids are ALL BOY! Everywhere we go we are on lizard lookout. We've chased lizards from the doctors office to the park. We have a few living around our house that stick around. I don't know WHY they stick around. They've all had tail casualties. Oops. They grow back. The boys are professional lizard catchers big and small. They bring in the tiniest lizards I didn't even know they came that small! They always bring their catch inside to see me. I always send them right back out! That's the last thing I need is a dead lizard carcass to be found in November under the couch! I try to make them realize to respect them. I use the "let them go back to their family" idea so that we can catch them again sometime. Secretly wishing they would realize that they WILL be caught again thus vacating our yard in favor of a less boy friendly one. But here they stay.
Jason taught them about lizard earrings a long time ago. It makes me cringe but they think it's funny to put lizards on their earlobes and parade it around for others to see.
It doesn't just stop with lizards either. This tangle between a dragonfly and june bug was also caught by Lincoln. He actually asked us to put a string on it so he could fly it around on the string. That's a Nana thing to do!
Jackson caught this little one below the waterfall. It just so happened to land on his finger. You didn't think anything other than that, did you??
I took Jackson and Lincoln to the local park with a walking trail. It was hot and we didn't stay long but we did go for a walk to wear them out a little. As Lillian and I walked along in the stroller, the boys were only a few steps ahead. I said stop, STOP SSSSTTTTOOOPPP!!! and when they finally listened to me I told them they had all just walked by a tiny snake on the sidewalk. I am usually pretty creeped out by snakes but this one wasn't much bigger than a straw or pencil. They wanted to catch it but the only thing I had to catch it in was my water bottle. So...
They caught the snake and put it in my water bottle. That's love, bc I use that bottle EVERY day! I even helped them catch it in there. We brought it home to show their dad and then planned to let it go in the lake near our house. That same night, I asked Lincoln where the snake was. He looked at me with big eyes and said, "I let it go." Where? I asked. He said "In our yard!?!"
Frogs are also never safe with Lincoln around. It's not unusual to see him double fisitng frogs around here. He will be out catching frogs before breakfast even. He's pretty good about letting them go back to their homes. He looks for them under our grill. He got a surprise the other day when looking for frogs. He thought it was a salamander. Nope, It wasn't. It was a snake. So he'll have to be more careful when frog hunting from now on.
He claims this frog was "tryin to tell him something!"
They are ALL boys, all the time but I adore the way they take it all in. They can be entertained by nature like children should be. And I hope by learning this love of nature, they will pass it along to their own children someday!