Day number 2 of our school year was even more special than day 1 because we celebrated two sweet little girls’ 4th birthday! I can hardly believe it’s been four years since those two little peanuts came into the world!
Now…. They were pretty tired and crabby today because a certain little boy got them up early so he could give them their gift from him. He and I split the total cost of the gift, and he used $10 of his own money to pay for it. He loves his little sisters and was thrilled to give them a super fun gift that he had used his own money to buy!
We did schooling today but I also gave them all extra time to play. We played outside for a while and burned off some energy playing freeze tag. During a break in the game the kids climbed up to the little clubhouse platform on the swing set and Snootz pointed out an amazingly large web. We are reading Charlotte’s Web right now (for the second time) so I was excited to make the connection between the web and the book. I’ve never seen such a well made, large web before and was truly amazed by it. But then I started to get concerned…… I thought “That’s an awfully large web. Where is the spider?!”
I was looking around and saw something in the corner of the plastic binoculars that are connected to the set. It looked like a small toad. I pointed it out to Snootz and said “Look at that thing. Doesn’t it look like a toad? But the feet look so weird.” I asked him to bring me a stick…….And then I poked it. AHHHHHHH! I screamed so loud because the thing shot out of it’s hiding spot and ran onto the web, and it was HUGE!!! I felt like I might be in the middle of the rainforest rather than in Wisconsin. Kitty Cat and I scrambled to get off the platform (the other two were already off) and then I made a run for the house to get my camera. When I came back out the spider was back in it’s hiding spot so I had to poke it again. (Yes, I like to provoke large creepy crawly things). Sure enough it came right back onto the web and I got some photos. It’s super cool and, in my opinion, also pretty creepy. I hope that thing finds a new home on it’s own because I don’t want to deal with it.
Does anyone know what kind of spider it is? We have large pine trees behind our house but live in the suburbs, not the country, although we have so many wildlife stories you’d think we live in the country.
Anyways, it’s our birthday spider and her name is Charlotte.