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Wednesday, July 15, 2009

This is the end, at least for now...

By show of hands - how many people are sick of hearing about my critter invasion?

That's what I thought. I swear, it's starting to feel like Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom around here. So despite the fact that I have a hilarious story about a recent encounter between myself and a black snake in the swimming pool... plus another good squirrel story... I'll give it a rest.

Right after I finish this post.

I'm sad to say that the birds gobbled up all the baby frogs. Really, it's been like a frog buffet around here. I know the whole circle of life thing, but it's still kinda sad. We actually went looking for them today and the bad news is we couldn't find a single one. The good news is their good for nothin free loading parents who can't be bothered to use the stream behind the house like they're supposed to adult counterparts were swimming happily in our pool. As usual.

Trust me when I say it's better to get them out when they're alive than it is to scoop them out dead. Blech.

Except today the kids didn't rescue the frogs. They played with them.



They built elaborate boats for the frogs.
And zoomed them back and forth for hours.



I know there were a lot of people yesterday that swore this was bad news...
who were mortified by all the slimy frogs...

But I sat by the pool for 3 1/2 hours and read books. No one asked for snack or drinks. Frankly, no one even talked to me. It was as if a babysitter had taken the kids for the afternoon. It was that peaceful.

And then I held up my end of the bargain and made the kids release the frogs while they were still healthy and viable and able to make more baby frogs.

And that was peaceful, too.

51 comments:

♥ Braja said...

Mother Nature the babysitter???? Damn she's fickle....:))

ScoMan said...

I have no objection to the critter stories. I'm getting a giggle out of them, so bring them on I say!

I love the idea of the kids making boats for the frogs.

It will be an afternoon they'll remember for a long time.

Shame about the baby frogs though =(

Yaya said...

Frog babysitters...you could be on to something!

Juls said...

Oh my. Yay for the baby frogs going bye bye..BOO to the birds for overstuffing themselves on the frog buffet.
Maybe a few little frogs wouldn't be so bad. It is kind of sad that they ate all of them.

Double Yay for free babysitting!!

Michel said...

I kinda like the critter stories!! I think you should keep them up!

Plus, you always seem to have good pics.

Stacy (the Random Cool Chick) said...

Wait...no...I'm sitting on my hands...I want to hear the hilarious story about a recent encounter between yourself and a black snake in the swimming pool... plus another good squirrel story... I've been enjoying the entertainment factor! ;)

Apparently Mother Nature accepted your apology...having the chance to sit by the pool for 3-1/2 hours and just read? Heaven. And the pictures of your girls playing with the frogs - priceless. ;)

D said...

Glad to hear you had a peaceful day.

Lindy said...

Where can I get some of these frogs?

The Good Cook said...

Oh... you gave me such a memory jolt! 13 years ago I lived in Florida and my then 3 year old would play for hours with the two little frogs who lived in a crack by my pool.

thanks for the trip down memory lane...

Ginger said...

Note to self - Find some frogs to employ for later. I'm pretty sure Baby Jack (who is 13 months old) would be entertained by frogs for hours. I'm also sure he would eat them.

Glad you enjoyed your small break. :)

LadyFi said...

Mmm.. I've never thought of having frogs as babysitters... but I do know that bugs of all sorts are a pretty good replacement!

And I did so NOT raise my hand.. I'd love to hear more critter stories!

3 Bay B Chicks said...

Your plan is genius. Granted, the playing with frogs does make me a bit weak in the knees, but it is genius nonetheless.

There is not much I would do for three hours of peace and quiet. :)

-Francesca

Hit 40 said...

KInd of you to worry about the little frogs. Now they can multiple for an even bigger crop of critters next summer.

Justin Narin said...

It is good that your kids love frogs and play with them... it certainly would be a memorable afternoon especially since they had made a boat for the frogs and played with them for 3 1/2 hours... nice pics :)

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TKW said...

Oh, those pictures are precious, Kathy! I especially love the last one.

You got to read for 3+ hours?!! Bitch.

I personally am loving the critter stories, so if you feel inclined, Bring 'Em, Gorgeous!

zelzee said...

Next thing you know they will have all their Barbie furniture out there making a house for them.

beth said...

holy cow!!! 3 1/2 hours! really?!?! i'm so jealous. i even think it would be worth finding some frogs for that kind of quiet time!

evenshine said...

Yeah, but look how much fun the kids are having!! Such intense concentration!

Hard to believe they'll be cutting these apart in a few years in Biology....

Tammy Howard said...

So - all's well that ends well?

I like the critter stories, too - but I might have to draw the line at a snake story (shudders)

Danielle said...

Awe, little froggy baby sitters. I may have to try that with the gardener snakes in our yard. :)

Jen said...

I like the animals stories. I so want to hear the rest. Maybe just write them and share them later.

the ungourmet said...

Looks like so much fun for them! My kids would have had a blast too! I wish we had little frogs to play with! :0)

~Thought's By Dena~ said...

love the pics and your critter stories!!!!! Wow a free babysitter...maybe we all need to invest in frogs!!!!!!

Kristina P. said...

Maybe you should buy more frogs and just throw them in the pool!

leigh bhe said...

Have I told you about the tree frog swimming pool races of my youth? Oh, kathy you would LOVE them, and I am sure my parents felt the same way, although I distinctly remember NO one watching us at our pool!

forever folding laundry said...

I love it when the kids occupy themselves for hours without a TV in sight. Awesome! Looks like a fun day!

(I do want to hear that snake story, though.)

~Keri

Nana said...

I say keep the frogs, you fool!!

Anything that will keep kids entertained that long has to be a good thing.

K said...

My kid spent about an hour yesterday throwing sticks into some woods near a park. It was the most peaceful time all day.

Gotta love the cheap entertainment.

Sorry about the baby frogs. It is a little sad.

Kim said...

3 and one-half HOURS?!?! I'm getting me some frogs.

Grant said...

You could have had frog legs for dinner. Have the kids pick their favorites and then roast them.

Nikki said...

Reminds me of mud pies when I was little. My mom hated when me and my friends made them, and she always used to stop us mid-way through the process.

Eventually she learned to just let us go, because we'd be intrigued by mud pies all day, and she'd have time to relax.

i am the diva said...

i'm pretty sure that if i had a frog babysitter, my baby would just eat the frogs... so you are lucky!

for a different kind of girl said...

First, your daughters are adorable!

Second, your daughters are far, far braver than I will ever be, no matter what size the frogs are!

Third, where can I find me a ton of tiny frogs for three hours of peace and quiet?

(finally, gah! snake in the pool!!!)

faemom said...

How cute are your girls!
I'm so curious about the snake.

WhisperingWriter said...

Okay, we need some of those creepy frogs over here. I could use three hours! I could finish a book!

ck said...

I'll be waiting for the snake story. Snakes I can handle. Frogs...not so much.

Susie said...

Don't tell me that you and Mother Nature made a truce?

JoeinVegas said...

Frogs eat the bugs, so they are good. And fun to play with.

peewee said...

The birds ate up all the mini frogs?!?!?!?!?

WHAT the hell is happening over there in NC???

Kathy B! said...

I thin I have in fact made a truce with Mother Nature. Either that or she is lulling me into complacency so she can sneak up on me and REALLY zing me. I'll let you know...

CynthiaK said...

Okay, 3 hours? Really? I'd give anything for, well, a single hour of peace!

Send those freaking frogs up north here! We've already got the squirrels...but frog babysitters? I'll sponsor them. Get them across the border pronto.

:)

Alicia @ boylerpf said...

I'd be wishing for more frogs soon..3 1/2 hours of peaceful bliss all because of frogs? My idea of heaven!

passions and soapboxes said...

We have seen those frogs and they are the tiniest things. I believe they might be tree frogs. As for the rest of you seven biblical plagues I repeat I am sorry I didn't know Mother Nature was listening.

blueviolet said...

I'm suspicious. It's all just a little too neatly wrapped. Watch for that other shoe, k?

Rachel said...

We finally let our baby frogs go, too. A sad and proud day!

Lisa (Jonny's Mommy) said...

I love the critters stories! Especially since I had a squirrel invasion not so long ago!

Looks like the girls really had fun with the frogs. I'm glad they were able to release them though! :-) I'm sure the frogs had plenty of stories to tell their froggy friends! (Sorry, I've been reading Frog and Toad lately).

Zeemaid said...

oh no you don't... I definitely want to hear about the black snake in the pool episode!!!! C'mon pleeeeease?

I just love it when the kids find something like that to occupy themselves with for hours. Good for you!!!

Sandy said...

I just LOVE stories about kids playing outside with nature/learning about nature. That's how I grew up, even though I really was a city kid, and to this day it adds to my appreciation of nature. Glad you had such a nice day, too.

Gibby said...

3 and 1/2 hours???
We were right. Those frogs WERE sent from heaven.

Drew said...

I took a bunch of these young kids (probably 19-22 yrs old) from a drug rehab and had them clean up the bay by our house. I think it was very peaceful and relaxing for them.

TuTu's Bliss said...

This is wonderful! "It's a Jungle out There" pointed me your direction and I am very grateful!