I was perusing my photos the other day (okay, unearthing them from where a certain 4yo had inadvertently hidden them within a folder within a folder within a folder--it was the Inception of photo files) and came across some that I had intended to blog, but never did. And because I have the time and desire right now but can't seem to come up with something worth saying, I'll share this!
A year & a half ago we were living in my mother-in-law's basement, as you may recall. Having been raised in good 'ol Wetstern WA, there are a good number of things that I have seen photos of, but never seen in real life. So one balmy August evening as I took out the garbage, I noticed something rather large and dark on the sidewalk. It was the biggest beetle that I've seen in my life!
See? That thing was crazy big!
So of course, I did what is normal and instinctual for most normal people: I got a clear container and cardboard out of the recycling bin, caught the thing and took it inside to show my tucked-in kiddos!
(You must pinky swear that you will never EVER tell my mother-in-law. I may just be disowned.)
After I took it outside, I was returning the Goliath Car-Eating Beetle to its natural habitat--the driveway, when I saw something ELSE in almost the exact same spot that I'd found that first insect!
Now I know that this isn't a huge deal, but let me remind you--I'd never seen one in real life before, and this one was also way bigger than I expected. So what do you think I did? (Please don't tell.)
See the circles on the Albacore Tuna cardboard? Yeah, it was almost as long as a tuna can. So Dang Cool!!!!
But the funniest bug story that I've experienced in a while was at my parents' house. They have lots of these guys in their yard in August, and the kiddos like to try to catch them.
So one visit--and don't forget--this was when these kids
looked like this:
They were pretty small 1 1/2 years ago. So anyway, Lee came up with this funny look on his face & said, "Mom, I think I should eat this." I was taken aback, but recalling the amount of cable we watched in that bachelor pad, including where that guy travels all over & eats some crazy junk, I thought about it for a moment and responded that if he really wanted to, he could.
I never thought he actually would. Less than 3 minutes later, he came in announcing that grasshoppers are gross. !?!?!?!?!
This one just loved to make friends with the ladybugs on MIL's hops. What funny kids I have.