Saturday, June 13, 2009

I'm baaaaack :)

I had a nice hiatus from the computer. It was good to take a break and get my priorities in order. I want to be a good steward of the time God gives me. I have missed blogging though. It is therapeutic...and fun!

Let's see. Since last time I blogged, we took Evie into the eye doctor to have her eyes checked. I had started to notice in the past few months that she was putting her face really close to her book when she was reading. The doctor said she was farsighted, but that it should correct itself in a few years. She now has reading glasses that she wears when reading, being read to, or if she is on the computer. I have to say, she looks sooooooooo adorable. See?

We had ordered some butterfly larvae in the mail over a month ago, and the caterpillars arrived a few weeks ago. It was amazing to see them change from a caterpillar to a chrysalis. Completely cool to watch. God is such an awesome God! To see His creation like this was just awesome. Literally the caterpillar to chrysalis stage happened within about an hour. The caterpillar went from hanging upside down in the container to looking like a leaf. Here are the 5 chrysalids. Four of them are hanging on the white disc, but one fell down at the bottom of the tent.

We watched almost all of them come out of the chrysalids, and it was such an amazing sight to see! Their wings would be all curled up, and they would uncurl within a few minutes. I can't believe I didn't get a single picture of them! What was I thinking! I was so glued to watching it with Evie that I didn't even think to take a picture! The very last one that came out had a lot of trouble. It was the one that had fallen to the bottom of the tent. It came out and couldn't get the chrysalis away from it's body. By the time it made it out, it's wings had dried all curled up. I looked online to see what to do, and even tried misting it with water. It's wings never uncurled. Evie was really sad, but in a way it was it's own homeschool lesson in what happens sometimes in nature. We were able to let them all go free yesterday. We took them out and put them on our flowers, and 4 of the 5 flew away. It was pretty cool. The other one we just put out on the flower. We knew it probably wouldn't live long, but at least it was free. We are going to send away for more caterpillars. It was such a fun thing!

Hope you all are doing well. It is good to be back in blog-land :).


Daisy said...

Hi ya Jen! Glad to have you back! :) I remember when my children were in kindergarten how excited I was watching the whole process. They also had eggs in an incubator and I was SO excited watching the chicks hatch. I think I was more excited then the kids! :o)

Evie looks cute!

SchnauzerMom said...

Glad to see you back. Evie looks very cute with the glasses. Watching the butterflies sounds like fun.

Kelly said...

Hey you're back. Glad to "see" you again. Evie looks ADORABLE in her glasses.