Tuesday, December 1, 2009

My crazy kids and their lizard obsession.


I should start by saying that Fall in Alabama is prime lizard catching season. It's warm so the lizards are still out, but it's cool enough that they are pretty slow so that the kids can catch them, and that's good news to the Caffee children. You see the Caffee children will get up and get all of their school work done early (without complaints) just to get outside to catch lizards (and whatever else that they may come across). These crazy kids have caught up to 34 lizards in one day, they affectionately refer to that day (often) as "The day we caught THIRTY FOUR lizards". LOL!


They head out early with a five gallon bucket and start their day. They each have their own job during lizard catching season too- I'm tellin ya, these kids are serious, you would think they were getting paid $5 a lizard by the way they act. LOL! Tim is the lizard finder, Molly said he is the best "finder"; Molly is the actual lizard catcher, because she is the fastest; and Maddie is the lizard holder, think, nursery worker. (What with the hard-core lizard catching and the five gallon bucket, I think this post deserves to be filed under the "Confessions of a Hillbilly category".)


I asked Molly "You only catch the green lizards right?" and she replied, very seriously and emphasising with her hand on each word, "We will catch any kind of lizard... as long as it's not poisonous".


They also catch the occasional frog (above) or turtle too, but lizards are their favorite.


On one fine lizard catching day, I was happily working in my loft and talking on the phone to a friend, when Molly ran up the stairs screaming and laughing with a lizard hanging off of her nose! She said that Tim stuck the lizard on her nose while it's mouth was open. Silly boy. Well I grabbed the camera, took a few good pictures for her future husband, and promptly told her that she was on her own getting that lizard off of her nose. LOL! Mama don't do lizards. She eventually pried it off and let it go along with the rest of the the day's catch, feeling that it had been tortured enough for one day, and lived to continue her lizard catching career the very next day. So there is our lizard story...I hope you enjoyed it as much as these crazy kids did!

Next up, my new bag! I'm going to get Molly to take pictures of me wearing it today, this should be fun!

12 comments:

Brenda said...

Those pictures are hilarious! I love your family!

LadySnow said...

I would not like those in my house! But the picture is funny. :-)

Jody said...

Your family is too much fun!

KBriggs said...

Your kids are BRAVE!!! i wouldn't even get close to one lizard...instead of running behind them to catch i will be the one being chased. LOL

Leslie said...

Oh how I wish we lived in the country so my kids could have these kind of adventures. For now my kids' country adventures are limited to times we get to go to Nana and Papa's house.

Oh, and I love that you took pictures for "her future husband". lol

julia said...

I love lizards. I may have to do a post about the one my students caught and took care of for a whole school year.

Julia said...

I just posted about my class's lizard and I linked to your blog. I hope you don't mind.

Goosegirl said...

Hilarious!!
We have lizards here too but neither of my girls has ever caught 34! Your kids have to go into the lizard catching business for sure. Maybe a reality show or something! Heehee!!!

And, for the record, I would totally freak out if I had a lizard on my nose.

Molly said...

You guys crack me up! Love the lizard on the nose...and her totally joyful smile in the process! The team work of your kids in catching them is great...I love that everyone has their own responsibility...even the "little sister!" My kids loved this post.

Debbie said...

This is too funny!

Dee said...

Can my boys come live with you? LOL When we're on vacation and headed south-they can't wait until we spot the first lizard on a bush or tree trunk. The saddest day of Bean's life was the day he was so excited about seeing a lizard in the grocery store, he jumped out of the cart to catch it...smack dab onto the very same lizard. Heartache all around!

Thanks for such a great smile to end the evening!

Renata said...

My 3 boys are here & think that your kids are so cool! They would love to join in their lizard hunt!

What a fun family you have!