My boys are no stranger to responding to "the pet question". "Do you have any pets?" "Yes. Bees and worms." -CJ or "No." -EMan. Yes, we do keep bees. We have one hive that's been around since spring of 2013 and a second hive in the works to be populated starting spring 2014. Yes, we do keep worms. Composting worms. In a bucket. They live in the garage. Though many wouldn't consider these pets, we're not real traditional pet people. Along those lines was a surprise for the boys yesterday morning. First they needed to wash out their sandbox toy tub. It had to do with their surprise. Then we gave them a couple of books. Which is funny, because earlier in the day EMan said, "Is our surprise books?" with genuine excitement in his voice. They started flipping through the books and CJ was (once again, genuinely) excited. "I love science stuff!" It took a little prompting for them to figure out that there was more to this surprise then a couple of books. Their hint: the titles: "Mommy, Me and My Chickens" and "Young Chicken Farmers". Both highly recommended books for preschool-elementary school kids about taking care of chickens. Daddy read both of the books to them while I anxiously awaited them to be done so we could move on to the next portion.