My children had one of those rare days today were they begged to go outside. Maybe it was because the rain finally stopped. Maybe it was to escape my meatloaf dinner. Whatever. They wanted to run and play. I had a feeling, though, a mommy intuition that my little darlings were up to something. Of course I was right.
They were in the process of tearing down a tree. Yes, a tree! They were attempting to rip to shreds the magnolia tree that was given to us as a wedding present over 6 years ago.
In all honesty there wasn’t much hope for the tree to begin with. It sat in a container at my in-laws’ house for over three years until we got around to planting it at this house. It has never really had any leaves sprout amongst its twigs and has pretty much resembled a stick in the ground since it was planted three years ago. As you can see from the photos we can’t grow much in our yard…including grass. No, not that kind of grass. Geez!
I didn’t yell at them for trying to take down our wedding tree. I was just happy to see them working as a team.
When they did finally see me sneaking around the backyard with the camera, Jake came running to show me this:
It was some weird rock-like foam thing he found outside. He proudly told me that he had found some gold. I cheered and asked him what he was going to buy with his gold. He looked right at me as if calculating something in his head and said:
“The gold is 13 dollars and for that I’ll get a lizard!”
Gotta love a man with a plan.