I don't know if you guys are around enough lately to notice, but the next door neighbor's kids have a bad habit of treating our driveway and yards as if they are their own. They are constantly using our yards and driveway as shortcuts, which I wouldn't care so much about, if I didn't see them running through Katrine's garden as they do so.
Since the weather has been getting better lately, there is often sidewalk chalk drawings on our driveway (and even on the sides of our garage). Last night when Craig took Bailey out one last time before bed, we noticed some nice blue writing on the bottom of our steps which said "Assholes" and had a drawing of a skull and crossbones on it as well. Now, we don't know for sure if this writing was the kids' or not. Craig doesn't think that kids are capable of this. Being around kids more than him, I personally wouldn't put it past them. However, its also very possible that one of the many loud and obnoxious groups that were out and about last night did this. However, the chalk definitely belongs to the kids next door as there is some blue sidewalk chalk drawings right next to their house on the other side of our driveway. So who knows...
A couple weeks ago, I witnessed them tying each other up in Eddie and Angel's yard to a wooden stake/post thing as one of them laid there and yelled "Help Me" to people who walked by. Now kids will be kids, but do they need to do this in our yard?
Now, all of this has bothered me considering they have their own yard and driveway to play in and they also will sometimes leave their toys all strewn about ours. However the last straw, was today. Yesterday, we noticed that we left a dog rope toy in Eddie and Angel's yard from the party the other weekend (sorry, guys). I picked it up, and at the time just threw it over by our stairs because we were heading out. We forgot to bring it and the kids found it I guess. This afternoon when we went out for the afternoon, I noticed it by the tulips in Katrine's garden. It appears as if they used to to completely whack all the bulbs off of one of the tulip plants leaving the plant flowerless and about 10+ bulbs on the ground. While, neither of us saw them doing this, there is not a doubt in my mind that it was the kids next door and I am very bothered by it.
I personally would like to say something to the parents about this. Craig has never really cared up until this point, however he is upset today about Katrine's flowers.
I just wanted to let you guys know about this situation since it is occurring in your yards and gardens and get your opinion. Do you guys think that this is worth mentioning to the neighbors?
So would this piss you off too? If you were to say something to the parents, how would you go about doing it? Letter in the mailbox? Face to face? etc