What Kind of Pet?

You may remember from my 30 Before 30 list, that I wanted to buy the children a pet before my birthday later this month week.

Well, I’m proud to announce that we are now technically “pet” owners!

A few weeks ago, we loaded the kids up in the car and told them we were going to get them a pet.

And then told them that we would be getting worms.

Yes, you read that right. Worms!

{We did assure them that we still have plans to get them a fish.}

Since we’d been studying garbage in school, we’d also studied about recycling and how we can reduce our waste. I’m not an “environmentalist” but I do believe that we are called to be good stewards of the planet that the Lord has entrusted into our care.

One way we are going to try to reduce our waste is buy composting with worms! Nolan is pretty good about composting our leftover food, but after reading about vermicomposting in one of the books from the library, I thought it would be a good project for the boys. After all, once you get the worm box set up, you just have to feed them {I mean, there’s more to it than that, but they definitely aren’t high maintenance}. And…if they die…they die… Not a whole lot invested or a whole lot of attachment.

We brought them home from the bait shop. {Note: if you want to try this, buy the redworms}

And set them up in their own little worm home {a plastic box with drilled air holes, newspaper shreds, some grass clippings, a little bit of dirt, and some food}.

Mr B wouldn’t touch them. He was afraid they would bite.

But T and I enjoyed their wiggly sliminess.

Worms aren’t really “friendly” pets as they don’t like to be handled much, which was a bit of a disappointment to  the T-meister. But he and Mr B are still both very anxious to feed them. So cute. :)

I’m excited to give the boys the “responsibility” of caring for something while using our food waste to feed the worms which results in excellent compost! Score!

School = real life = pet = mark #13 off the list. And, yeah, I realize worms are bit of an unconventional pet, but we’re still excited to give them a try!

And since we’re talking homeschooling…In total randomness, I found out our blog is in the running for “Best NEW Homeschool Blog” over at The Homeschool Post. Say what??!! Considering we’re not even a full-blown homeschool blog, and there are tons of other blogs {which I’m sure are great} in the running, I’m not thinking we’ll win, but I’m totally honored that someone would even nominate us. {And whoever that was – how thoughtful! Thank you!} But if you’d like to vote for us {scroll down and look for “Best NEW” category} – feel free!

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  1. the artist says:

    This is such a fun idea! I still remember raising meal worms in 4th grade- I may have developed an unhealthy attachment before the science project was over:) Happy Birthday this week!!

  2. katy says:

    dude, i totally just voted! :) SUPER exciting!

  3. Erika says:

    T’s face is just amazing. Pure excitement! :)

  4. Sarah's Mom says:

    I will be doing this! I am learning about compost now when I should have learned it from my grandfather when I was young. I just wasn’t interested then..oh well!

  5. Jerry Gach says:

    This is such a great idea. Like it. Thanks for sharing.

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