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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Little Chippy

Sophia's latest obsession is acorns.

Her preschool is surrounded by giant oak trees and the playground is full of the things.  Which means that whenever I come to pick her up from school I find her gathering acorns.  The first day, she had them all gathered in her shirt.  The next time, her pockets were stuffed full of them.  By the third day of school, her teachers gave her a bucket to gather them in and finally, an old juice container that she could bring home.

The problem is, I didn't really want a million acorns all over the house.  As it was, they were all over the car and the front porch from spilling out of her backpack and pockets every time we got home from school.  But she wouldn't hear of letting me put them in the yard for the squirrels. She worked hard for those acorns!

Until last night.  She brought her Juicy Juice container down to the living room and proceeded to dump three thousand acorns out on the floor.  Somehow, I convinced her that we should put the container out on the deck with a few acorns on the ground around it and see if the squirrels would come find them.

Then I promptly forgot about it.

Until today after school when Bria was practicing her violin.  I was standing with her, making sure she was doing the right shifts on her piece, when I noticed a little chipmunk on the deck gathering Sophia's acorns.  Violin practice was immediately forgotten as we all pressed our noses (and camera lens) against the window to watch the little guy fill his cheek pockets with the nuts and scamper off, only to return a few minutes later for more.

GatheringLittle Chippy

Isn't he so cute?  The girls and I were enthralled.

He finished up gathering all the acorns that were on the ground, so he knocked over the juice bottle and he climbed right inside to get some more!  The funniest thing was that once he filled up his cheeks, he couldn't get back out.  But he was a smart little guy, so he spit them outside, climbed out of the bottle and filled right back up.

Chipmunk in a Bottle

Then Sophia and I went to dump out a few more for him so he didn't have to go through that rigmarole anymore.

His very full cheeks tell me that he appreciated it.  Don't you think?

Chipmunk Cheeks

He worked hard for about 3 hours to finally get every last acorn, minus the ones that he deemed unworthy--it was very fun to watch him inspect each nut and throw the rejects behind him.

And guess who is more excited than ever to get more acorns at school for "Little Chippy"?

32 comments :

  1. Bwahahaha!! I didn't know chipmunks used their cheeks to carry their stash around! I thought chipmunk cheeks were just little so every bite filled them right up. Oh, that is so great! How incredibly entertaining. Thanks for taking pictures so we all could see.

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  2. Okay, that is the coolest thing I've ever seen. We have been reading a story about a chipmunk everyday this week, and my 3-year old was so excited to see pics of a real one. What a neat experience. (This is katie, Cyndie Tracy's sis.)

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  3. That is so cute!! I want a chipmunk now.

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  4. What an awesome photo essay, Lara. That is great!

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  5. your world is full of sweetness, Lara :)!

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  6. OMG that is the cutest thing ever! Excellent photos. What an awesome experience.

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  7. Oh, I just LOVED those pics! My hubby and I have been looking at them and the one with him in the bottle is priceless. Man. Those funny little cheeks. =] Thank you for sharing these!

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  8. Oh I just love this!! I will have to share it with the kids. It reads just like a child's book. Told from the mother's perspective (you know, about the three thousand acorns on the living room floor. . .) Super awesome!

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  9. We had a pet squirrel when we were growing up as well! I miss living in a place with seasons and more furry wildlife.

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  10. How fun! I love that you took pictures so we can see the chipmunk with his big cheeks.

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  11. So stinkin cute! And that he got stuck in there when his cheeks were full... I feel a YW object lesson coming on.

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  12. That is so fun! And Chippy and his cheeks couldn't be cuter!

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  13. that is SO cute! thanks for sharing, I can't wait to show my children :)

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  14. That is the funniest thing ever! Let's hope that Sophia doesn't decide to cram food in her mouth chipmunk-style now...or at least, if she does, that you have the camera handy!

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  15. Awesome! Reminds me of the squirrel we fed nuts to in Finland--it would take them from our palms. So cool. We named it Fred and then realized it was engorged with milk--definitely a mama. We renamed her Fredrina. :)

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  16. What an adorable story. Such a fun little friend to get to watch, and love his cheeks! Nature is filled with such beauty, its always wonderful to be part of it!

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  17. A blog named "Overstuffed" is definitely the right place for that chipmunk with his overstuffed cheeks! ;)

    Great photos! Our 2 acres are filled with oak trees. They seriously grow like weeds. We've had several million near misses of big head lumps as all the acorns fall in the autumn. They can be quite scary sounding, too, when they fall on your roof or balcony. The other day, one nailed my husband's foot! Poor guy.

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  18. Oh, man! I'm so in love with this post and now I want to live where you live.

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  19. Holy crap, that thing's cheeks get huge, he's like a snake. :)

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  20. Oh my goodness!! That is the cutest thing ever. I LOVE that last photo of "Little Chippy." Sophia is HILARIOUS!!! I tell your mama she'll keep you guys young forever! :) We miss you all!!!!

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  21. That is so neat! I love those pictures. And I'm sure Sophia was SO excited. Only this one squirrel came? I wonder if you will have a whole herd of them next time she brings home a cartonful.

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  22. That is seriously adorable. Who would have thought that this annoying thing your daughter was bringing home would turn out to be a little memory for all of you? Awesome. Great great photos, too.

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  23. Me and the Boys are reading this and laughing. That is the cutest thing-You are so good at grabbing your camera all the time!

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  24. Love it! Makes me want one more trip to the cabin this summer to enjoy scenes like this!

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  25. I love the one of the chipmunk in the bottle. What a fun time!! Lucky chipmunk!!

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  26. That is totally awesome. I love the pictures.

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  27. My son is on my lap and got very excited when he saw the chipmunk. So cute! I love the chubby cheeks. You are so lucky to live where you do and be able to see nature so up close and personal like that.

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  28. Oh, I've got to show these picts to my kids, they lurve chipmunks!!! The cheeks-full pic is the topper!

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  29. Aaaaah! I love chipmunks! He is so cute.

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