Walking Through Life One Step at a Time

Walking Through Life One Step at a Time

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

A Walk on the Wild Side...

I have always had a love/hate relationship with nature. 

Things I Love:
1. Warm weather
2. Wind
3. Thunderstorms
4. Starry skies
5. The smell of campfire

Things I Hate:
1. Bradford Pear Trees (or trees of death as I call them since I'm highly allergic).
2. Random bugs flying in my eyes and mouth.
3. Any kind of reptile (especially big ones called snakes)
4. Mosquito bites
5. "Wild" animals (bears, or any other scary animal that attacks humans)

At our school, we have a really cool area out back called the Wetlands.  They built it last year so that as the years go by, we can grow the wetland and our kiddos can enjoy looking and studying the 'critters' and plants that a wetland brings. 

I've ventured out there a time or 2 with my kiddos and my heart is always beating so fast! Going into nature with 17 kids is a big responsibility!  They released a black snake in the wetlands to "take care o' business"...if you know what I mean.  Well, the first time we headed out there, I was met by my friend Ms. Carr and she informed me that our "friend" was out there.  Her kiddos almost stepped on it...YIKES!!!!!  I cautiously walked around with my kids and we saw lots of cool things (fortunately, I saw the snake heading away from the wetlands as we approached).  One of my kids told me with such excitement that this was the first woodpecker he had EVER SEEN!  I was so glad I was there to see that moment!  We also saw some cool silkworm nests high up in the trees.  My kids are such eagle eyes!

Well, yesterday after school I went to a class that was all about the wetlands.  At the end of the class, we went out there to check the traps that one of the teachers had set earlier. 

 *Flashback*....when I was a lifeguard, the scariest part of my day was "checking the traps".  I would take the lid off real fast, jump back, and peek into it usually finding a frog or a pool toy but just knowing I'd find a snake.

So needless to say, I wasn't too thrilled to check the traps.  I planned on staying at the back of the group in case something large was in that trap.  So how I ended up doing this....I'm not so sure.

Side Note: I swear that trap was out a lot farther then it looks, my rubber booted foot got stuck big time in the mud, and yes...I'm wearing pearls. ;)

Hoping and praying there is nothing big in that trap.  I love how our leader is clapping for me like I just won the Nobel Peace Prize or something..ha!  Luckily, there were only fish in there. 

In one of the traps, we did find some extra large tadpoles.  They looked like snake heads with itty-bitty tails.  Noah was fascinated and got to get an extra close look!

This boy loves dirt, animals, and getting messy.  I'm so glad he's mine! :)  He talked about this experience all night long and wants to 'set traps' here at home.  No telling what we would find in these East Tennessee traps!

Get outside with your kids!  We "save" earthworms after a rainstorm by putting them back into the soil.  It's some of the most fun I have with my little creature.

Keep Walking...and Keep Wild!

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