A whopping 41% of you who took the survey/poll last week said that you come to this blog for random funny posts about our family. Hmmm.
I'm just going to hope that those of you who selected "other" were the ones who come for my profound, well-thought-out, deeply philosophical posts.
But for those of you in the former category, here's a post for you with a few glimpses from what happens when I step out my back door with a camera in hand.
First, I have to step over a chicken . . .
This sweet sight does make me wonder what kind of changes a woman has to go through in 16 years to progress from being an over-protective mother of one to a rather relaxed mother of eight . . .
Then I referee some sort of volleyball/football game in the front pasture in which the Toliver kids yet again have developed their own rules . . .
Which involve . . . the four year old holding up the volleyball net pole??
I'll just let you guess what happened .7538 seconds after I took this picture . . .
Then sometimes when I step out my back door I see strange things such as this . . .
Yes, those are very, very old cow bones which were recently discovered in a neighbor's pasture . . .
(Don't worry, the farmer knew about both the bovine death and the Toliver children's explorations) . . .
And, of course, what kind of living-in-the-country-in-Texas post would be complete without at least one mention of a fire ant hill?!
For those of you who still live in blissful Northern ignorance and believe this is "just" an ant hill pile, I would encourage you to come visit us for awhile. We'll set the timer and see how long you can stand in the middle of one of these lovely "little" ant hills before you start to scream and jump around like a crazed lunatic.
While the above picture is rather posed, my six year old son does have extensive experience in the pain that follows when you're not paying attention to the proximity of your body to a fire ant hill.
So there you have another random, welcome-to-life-at-the-Tolivers post. And I even managed to write it without a single mention of a rabid skunk!
For which I apologize to the 12% of you who voted for "rabid skunk posts" as the main reason you visit the blog.
Have a great Tuesday!