Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Kai's First Pets

So this Sunday as we were eating lunch in a restaurant and nice man came up to us and showed us a couple baby turtles he had for sale. How cute. He put them on Kai's highchair tray (we were actually done with our food at this point) and began to tell us what great pets they make, how they don't smell, how Kai would love them and never want another toy, how Kai couldn't possible kill them on account of their really hard shells, how they don't smell, how we could take them with us to Puerto because there it is okay to take one or two on an airplane just not more than that, how they don't smell, how you only need to clean there tank once week and how they have no smell what-so-ever.
Kai fell in love with them, we fell in love with the idea of Kai getting to have a pet...and I figured of all the jungle pets he may want in the next two years--snakes, gross insects, crocodiles, monkeys...I could handle a couple baby turtles. Basically, we got suckered in...
So now, we have two baby turtles living in our laundry room in a big plastic tub that Tyson and Kai made into a home for them with sand and plants and water. Kai loves them and has named them Crush and Jellyman--thank you Finding Nemo. The problem for me, the BIG problem is that whole part about them not smelling. Because. They. Do. We have cleaned their water not once a week. But. Every. Day. And still, they smell. So, we are currently on day 5 of having these precious baby turtles and I am making plans for a "Send Crush & Jellyman Back To Their Other Turtle Friends in the River" Day coming up soon. I know, I'm a terrible mom...I'm a terrible pet owner and I should have remembered that...I don't like pets. As cute as they are I think we would all be better off if they were where they are supposed to be. In. The. Amazon.
So there you go...the story of Kai's first pets...a story I am hoping will end soon...I'll keep you posted. In the meantime here are some pictures of our boy loving his baby turtles. They are cute. Just not cute enough to make up for the smell.


5 comments:

Pink or Blue Booties said...

awww but they are sooo cute! lol. I would suggest a cat or something very low maintenance! lol!

craig jacobso said...

I love this story! I did put up with every pet from mice to snakes but we did have a big yard in the country. Except for awhile Chelsea's snakes lived inside in a secure (so I was told) glass box. Well one did manage to escape(they were cornsnakes but to me a snake is a snake!), and I had to live under the fear of finding it in my bed, etc for 6 months until we found it dead in the garage!Needless to say after it's sibling lived in their box outside in Craig's shop. At least they did not stink - that would have really done me in! Mice were in the shop too to fed the snakes! I totally understand and you are a great Mom!

craig jacobso said...

That was my story! Patti Jacobson

Julie J said...

Ha ha ha! Oh Tracy, you are too funny. Kai looks absolutely smitten and you are such a good sport!

Vicky said...

How can you break his heart?? Can't you see that he is totally in love with them?? You maybe a mean mom, but that is part of the deal...sometimes we have to be for everyone's sanity:) I think I am actually talking to my teenager when I say that! Love you sis!