I've lived in the Northwest my whole life, but I've never seen a praying mantis in the wild. Today as my son was going down for his nap, my wife noticed a strange looking visitor on the outside of his window. My wife is from Guam and praying mantii are quite common there, so she recognized this little guy right away.
I coaxed him onto a piece of wood so I could take his picture. I think once he realized his picture was being taken he started showing off by crawling around, walking onto my hand, and waving his arms around.
I put him back where I found him and he seems quite content just hanging out. I hope he sticks around, I think he looks really cool.