The kids have adopted pets over the past few years...a few stray cats (Girl, Meow, and Taco). And when our house was over run by stink bugs, Marianna announced that she had a new pet. She didn't like it AT ALL when I told her that stink bugs were not pets and she needed to flush it.
I put my foot down today! I put it down HARD! When this creepy guy slithered into our back yard, and the kids ran in saying "Momma, we found a snake!!"
Needless to say, for the rest of the day we stayed inside, and I prayed for the snake to move on his way. I hope we have an understanding now...he can stay out in the woods, and stay away from my house...and my munchkins who want to adopt anything that crawls or flies or slithers into our backyard.