Here are a few glances of the back of our property. Lots of cactus, rock and some creepy crawlies.
Cactus was an interesting new plant for the kids to get used to. You can tell them to be careful all you want....but it only takes once of falling into one of these prickly sensations to get the message across. Boy O learned a painful lesson early on and subsequently spent an extended period indoors having the spines removed from his backside. Like I said, it only happened once.
We have seen some pretty amazing wildlife from our dining nook and sitting on the back porch. In addition to the regular herds of deer that infiltrate our garden, there are some things I hadn't expected, such as large walking sticks, tarantulas, a variety of snakes and my least favorite-the scorpions. I never really thought much of them until I had my own experience of being stung by one in my bed. Having never thought much of enlisting the help of a professional to come spray our house (not a big fan of chemicals), I informed Daddy O that I would be spending nights elsewhere until our house was scorpion free. The very next morning, I joyfully answered the door and welcomed in our exterminator who proceeded to drench our house in scorpion napalm. And I continue to be happy to see him every few months.
This is a picture taken just this evening-they are easy to find if you lift a rock up off the ground. This little guy is pretty tiny...
Despite the terrain being so incredibly different, we have found ways to have some backyard fun. We seem to be doing just fine without the flat, soft areas. The kids enjoy having the sprinkler right on the playground.