Ryan found some hedge trimmers in the flower bed today and started falling everything in sight.

He wanted to find a “full size tree” to cut down. I said “no”. And explained that mommy and daddy were happy with the amount of trees currently surrounding our house and didn’t want to decrease that for his momentary fun. He continued to beg (very persistent child) and I kept saying “no”. Finally he asked what it would take to let him cut down a tree and I said that he could buy his own land and cut down whatever trees he wanted (as long as they weren’t protected by local government–more on that later). To which he replied, “that won’t work, I don’t have enough money”. True! So he ended up going to town on one of the stumps left in the wake of the beavers (more on that later).

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