Army Guy Adventures: Operation Bluebonnet

You might remember my post the other day about my struggles to save little children from snake and fire ant bites and keep destructive people out of my little bluebonnet patch. I put up a  No Trespassing Sign (with a handwritten PLEASE!) and it was working, until yesterday.  Yes, Imp's Army Guys are back, with a vengeance...  On a side note, "why doesn't Blogger's new post editor have a spellcheck?" she asks when she tries to type "vengeance".

I was out inspecting my bluebonnet patch for damage and trying to find the perfect bluebonnet to photograph when I heard a rustle in the middle of the field. I gingerly tiptoed through the weeds, flowers, and snakes and spied this:

I was outraged. To think that the Army Guys were invading my bluebonnet patch
when I had that sign posted right out in the open! What in the world were they thinking?
I was going to approach them but I decided to remain calm and keep quiet. It wasn't as if they were doing any damage. That is, until the unthinkable happened.


I decided I had had enough and I was going to confront them and tell them to get the heck off my property. After all, I had a NO TRESPASSING SIGN with a PLEASE posted in my patch!

While I was gathering my courage to approach them and trying to find the appropriate words to tell them off, Army  Guy re-enforcements were called in and I realized the battle was already won. By the Army Guys. I am a mother to two little boys and a couple of dead bluebonnets were not worth risking the ire of the chocolate-addicted Army Guys.

I started slowly backing out of my snake and fire ant-infested field (thinking that nature might resolve this issue) when I came upon this shocking display of criminal intent and absolute disregard to my NO TRESPASSING sign:

I snapped.

I won't go into any details, but let it be said it involved Imp and Duke's giant Tonka dump truck, a hard cement surface, and one angry bluebonnet lover. It was not pretty...

This entire encounter was shot with a camera and my Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Camera Lens and edited in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2.


Anonymous April 9, 2010 at 9:59 PM  

Hilarious...great (camera) shots Rita!


Cate April 9, 2010 at 10:08 PM  

this is such a cute idea! i love love love it!

Tammy Dunlap April 9, 2010 at 10:17 PM  

Love your sense of humor with photography!

Tiki April 9, 2010 at 10:36 PM  

Oh Rita - you are just cracking me up! I'm loving these army guy posts!

J. April 9, 2010 at 11:18 PM  

Oh girl, that was great. Perfect!!!
I think my fave is the last one. I literally burst out laughing.

Mia April 10, 2010 at 12:14 AM  

Fantastic post!

Shannon April 10, 2010 at 2:52 AM  

Love the pics! They made me think of my own son, who use to play with army guys all the time. He is now a grown 11 year old and will have nothing to do with them. Cherish these moments!! I can remember getting upset because they were always all over the place, and now I wish they were! They grow up WAY too fast.

Amie aka MammaLoves April 10, 2010 at 5:40 AM  

As the mother of three boys, you have no idea how much I love these!!

The battle being waged in my garden involves hydrangeas v. whiffle balls.

The Wilcoxson's April 10, 2010 at 6:03 AM  

it makes me think of Toy Story and the army men in that movie. I guess because I am so excited about the new movie this summer. Great shots. I am a lover of bluebonnets and found some great ones the other day. Of course I had to travel to get to take photos of mine, but it was well worth it. You make me laugh and i love everything you do and use your templates/actions all the time in my crazy life of toddlers.

Angie April 10, 2010 at 6:16 AM  

I LOVE this! LOL
I needed a good laugh today and you certainly accomplished that!

Scott April 10, 2010 at 7:28 AM  

I think the army guys are winning! LOL!

I agree with the spell check, that's why I use ieSpell.

amy! April 10, 2010 at 8:29 AM  

hehe, great sense of humor, fab photos and edits!
thanks for making us think outside of the box.

Jerry Jones April 10, 2010 at 9:07 AM  

I enjoyed this post with a hot cup of coffee in hand, thanks for the morning smile.

♥ Calamity Anne ♥ April 10, 2010 at 9:55 AM  

Fun story!!! Fantastic photos!!!

Jen Stafford April 10, 2010 at 10:31 AM  

Okay, these Army Guy posts are crackin' me up! So funny :)

way outnumbered April 10, 2010 at 10:43 AM  

I feel your pain...great job protecting your precious bluebonnets!

amymom24 April 10, 2010 at 10:43 AM  

Hilarious! You should totally enter those into this contest:

bigguysmama April 10, 2010 at 10:48 AM  

Absolutely hyserical! Felt like I was watching feeze frames from a Toy Story movie! Great photos! Such drama.


Rebecca April 10, 2010 at 12:25 PM  

hahahahahahaha this is so funny,Rita!
I can imagine your house is full of laughters and gigglings!!

Rita April 10, 2010 at 1:03 PM  

Thanks everyone! When I was writing this post last night I couldn't help but crack up.

My husband came over to see what I was doing. He read over the post and looked at the photos and said "at least you crack yourself up!".

And it is true! I have so much fun writing these silly posts. Sometimes I need a break from technical stuff and just want to have a bit of fun with both my photography and blogging.

And it thrills me that some of you guys actually enjoy it!!! Thank you so much for appreciating my crazy sense of humor.


TerriK April 10, 2010 at 2:04 PM  

ROFLMAO!! & great pics, too!

Sereina April 10, 2010 at 3:58 PM  

Hilarious! Certainly brightened up my day. :)

lisa and jayson April 10, 2010 at 4:29 PM  

love your blog!! one question for lightroom 2 or wait for lightroom 3? i'm new to photography and am using the 30 day trial of lightroom 2 and love it.

Dar April 10, 2010 at 4:50 PM  

Rita, that was the cutest story and I love your "army guys" photos. very cool!

Stefunkc April 10, 2010 at 6:30 PM  

I love this! You crack me up:c)

Angie - April 11, 2010 at 1:46 AM  

I LOVE your blog! I've learned so much about PS using your FREE tutorials and actions!!

I've linked you on my FB fan page to share your awesomeness!!/pages/Treasures-for-Tots/189979926301?v=wall

Emmy April 11, 2010 at 9:40 AM  

Lol! This post is awesome!! Great pictures and just too too funny

Erin @ Puddin' Sugar April 11, 2010 at 1:03 PM  


cynthia gayle April 11, 2010 at 1:22 PM  

This is such a special story!! My own son (now 26 yrs old) had his own set of army men that were always on a warpath in my flower beds!! As a "memorial" to these war times, all the army men are "buried" in one of those flower beds. Each year I run across them and rememeber the days of his youth!!!! Thanks for stirring memories!!

Jeanne April 11, 2010 at 1:45 PM  

Very funny post. Curse those dang army men, they have no respect for nature!

Dawn April 11, 2010 at 3:14 PM  

As mom of a gregarious boy, I LOVE your post! : )

jennifer lorton April 12, 2010 at 11:45 AM  

So wonderful, I love these pictures. What a social commentary.

Lynn April 13, 2010 at 10:44 AM  

Hahahahaha, very funny!

Sprittibee April 13, 2010 at 5:42 PM  

Are you in TX? :) I was admiring the many patches today as I drove down the freeway - scouting for a spot to take photos of my kids tomorrow.

I love these pix by the way! ;) Cute!

Sue April 14, 2010 at 2:53 AM  

What amazing photos..and great story...I sure hope you scrapbook??

Anonymous April 14, 2010 at 10:50 AM  

HAHAHA, that just cracks me up! At least they never called in air support!

Debbie April 16, 2010 at 7:11 PM  

I remember years ago my brother had army men...and always left them scattered about. They definitely hurt when you step on them barefooted.

Love this. :)

Shell April 20, 2010 at 7:59 AM  

hahahaha I love it!! Stunning pics too!

kim April 23, 2010 at 8:12 AM  

Can't even tell you how much I love these!! I have two boys and the army men are taking over our house!