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Thursday, September 23, 2010

Walnut War

Often times, people ask me what it's like to have FOUR boys.

Well, it's just normal every day life to us.

Here on our farm, we are blessed (ahem) with walnut trees. Every year my husband is sure we are on a gold mine of money if we could just shuck and shell and package and sell these nasty walnuts. So we pick them up. We put them in baskets. In the spring we toss them in the outdoor wood burner we have.

These humongous trees we have in our drive way send these wonderful little hard concrete feeling balls to rain down on us. You can hear them ping the shed. They pound our roof. The torpedo towards your head. It is no joke that at times the boys have gone out to play with helmets on.

If you are truly blessed, you can get three walnuts bound together that have fallen from the tree still bound as three. These the boys bring into the house to display on my desk or throughout the house. We are truly blessed (ahem).

Or you just leave the walnuts in the yard and they make great baseballs. Or you use them as a fetching ball for the dog, and when she picks one up in her mouth you throw her another and then watch her spastic mind try to figure out what to do. That's kinda funny, in a mean sort of way. You can just leave the walnuts in your yard for the mower to find too. Then they turn into torpedo's, shot out by the whirling blades. Then they are weapons you just don't want to deal with at all....and windows in your home just don't stand a chance against them.

BUT, if you are a bunch of brothers blessed with these wonderful walnut treasures, you might do this.........



7 comments:

Becca @ Our Crazy Boys said...

Totally reminds me of where I grew up. Looks like my front yard :)

And why do they all gang up on your oldest?? Poor kid...

Kim said...

I get asked what it's like to have 4 daughters! And my husband gets lots of sympathy pats—even our dog and our cat are females! Something tells me that my girls would be right in there with your boys flinging walnuts at each other : P

Rachel Hammond said...

Love it...we have a walnut tree too, but my kids aren't as (ahem) creative...:)

Kimberly said...

Left you an award on my blog! Happy Weekend! ~Kimberly

BlondesPoopMascara.blogspot.com said...

Love it. We have a massive walnut tree in our yard and a creek right beside it. So, we toss ours in the creek...not each other. But, as soon as our boys learn they can do that...I'm sure they'll try this too. [Mr. Blonde]

Amy said...

Ok, I laughed and then felt bad for your oldest (?)

So cute.

Karen said...

Your poor dog - to her (him?) it was a really confusing game of fetch.