The Chrysalis PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 24 November 2014 08:45

 

A couple weeks ago Zachariah came running into the house yelling "Mom! Mom! You HAVE to come see this! There is a chrysalis in our backyard!" And sure enough, underneath a beam on our back fence, there was this gorgeous green chrysalis. I couldn't get over how pretty it was. A week went by and there was no change to the chrysalis, but on the second week we started seeing a change in the color. It was darkening up a bit and we were able to see a pattern on the inside. It was quickly very clear that we were looking at the butterflies wing! We started checking on it twice a day, just to make sure nothing major was changing. Zachariah wanted desperately to see that butterfly when it came out!

During this waiting period we did a little bit of research and learned about the changes a caterpillar goes through in the chrysalis to become a butterfly. We knew what to look for and it was SO cool to see it all happen! A couple days later the color of the chrysalis changed from green to a blue-ish black and it was getting more transparent. A day later we started noticing air pockets, which meant that the butterfly was starting to separate from the chrysalis. From that point on we checked on it every couple hours. Sunday morning I checked on it before we left for church and I noticed MORE air pockets. After lunch that day I went out to check on it again and BOOM. This is what I saw.

Unfortunately we missed her emerging from the chrysalis, but we were able to watch as she dried her wings and prepared to fly for the first time. It was SO incredible to watch.

 

From everything I have read, but butterflies usually stay on the outside of the chrysalis for around three hours drying their wings. Her wings were looking pretty dry when we got out there, so I am guessing she had been out for a good two hours.

 

She would walk around a little bit and stretch her legs, then rest. Zachariah was absolutely fascinated by this whole thing.

 

 

 

After about 15 minutes she climbed to higher ground and started opening and closing her wings.

 

It was really cool to see how dark orange and wet the inside of her wings looked! But she would open and close them repeatedly to get them to dry.

 

Is she not gorgeous?! Goodness.

I am so incredibly glad we got to witness this amazing process. Researching it all and then seeing everything happen... it just left my jaw hanging wide open. The process a tiny caterpillar went through to become this beautiful butterfly is truly amazing and quite complicated. God is just so awesome. I am just tickled pink that we were able to see this through till the end.

Anyway. I just wanted to share our excitement with you all. :) We have quite the busy week ahead of us, but we are looking forward to all the family fun that awaits us! I hope you all have a yummy, safe and fun Thanksgiving!

 
Love PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 16 October 2014 10:03

 

I love how much they love each other.


Now, excuse me while I go melt into a giant puddle. :)

 
Zachariah: Seven Years Old PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 21 September 2014 20:54

Last Saturday my firstborn had a birthday and turned seven. Which means it has been seven years since I first became a mother. Seven years! I don't quite understand how I can have a seven year old (especially considering how I feel like I'm still 23), but at the same time I can't really remember life before I was a mother. It just blows my mind when I think about how fast he has grown!


Zachariah got his looks and brains from his dad and his eyes, attitude and tornadic sleeping habits came from me. :) Once we got through the sleepless nights, he was a pretty easy first baby. He and Daniel bonded immediately. And by immediately I mean in the hospital, the very first time Daniel held him. And ever since then they have been two peas in a pod. He has been a Daddy's boy from the get-go and it is so awesome to see how their father/son relationship has continued to grow over these seven years. They share a love of reading that is so sweet. Some of their favorite books to read together are Mary Poppins, James and The Giant Peach and The Chronicles of Narnia.

 

Zachariah loves Star Wars, Transformers, Spiderman, Ninjago, The Legends of Chima, Ninja Turtles and all things Legos. He seriously cant get enough of building with Legos. He was given seeeeeveral new Lego sets from friends and family for his birthday and he was SUCH a happy camper! We are still going through them all! I think he has two left to put together. But they will be finished this week. Legos are his happy place!

Some of his favorite movies are Wall E, The Incredibles, The Lego Movie, How To Train Your Dragon and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. He likes to listen to jazz, ska and some rock and roll. Louie Armstrong is one of his all time favorites. :)

 

His favorite foods include pizza, Daniel's homemade hamburgers, hot dogs (which I hardly ever allow him to have), my homemade cobbler, brownies, all breakfast items and fried shrimp. He dislikes french fries, tomatoes, vegetables (though he eats them at every meal because he knows they are good for us) and macaroni and cheese. In fact, he hates ALL melted cheese. It really weirds him out, which kinda cracks me up. The only exception to the melted cheese rule is pizza, and if that cheese is too stringy he freaks out. It really is the strangest thing! But he's been like this since he was a toddler, so we have learned to adapt. :)

 

His love for learning is contagious and teaching him often gets ME excited about learning new things! His favorite things to do in school are reading, spelling and map tracing. (By the end of the year we are hoping he will be able to draw and label a map of the entire world by memory.) His least favorite thing to do in school is math. He and I are in the same boat there. He is enjoying being in second grade and enjoying spending most of his time during the days playing outside and with his brothers. :)

His favorite books as of late are the Magic Tree House series and The Buddy Files books. The library has become one of his favorite places to go during the week, and he even got his own library card recently!

 

When he grows up he wants to be an artist and study ocean animals, and he is convinced that college will only take a couple days to complete. He wants to travel to Australia and New Zealand as soon as humanly possible, and one of his more recent aspirations has been to figure out a way to take his best friend Jack to Disney World. :)

His heart is so big and he is always thinking of others. The other week we were watching Star Wars and I jokingly (well, halfway jokingly) mentioned my desire to have a pet Ewok and he has been trying to figure out how to get me an Ewok ever since. His thoughtfulness just makes my heart burst.

 

He is a fantastic big brother and a wonderfully loving son. I am so thankful for him and beyond blessed to be his Mom.

 

 
A Boy and His Balloon PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 14 September 2014 20:24

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Beach Trip PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 29 August 2014 14:22

Last week we went to the beach and ohmygoodness. You guys, we had THE best time. We had no schedule, we didn't leave the condo but one time on the very last day, and we were on the beach at least three separate times every day. The boys kept us BUSY, but it was relaxed fun. Our days looked a little like this...

Boys woke us up at 6am. Everyone chill out and snuggle/wrestle in our king sized bed for a while.

Prepare/eat breakfast by 6:30am.

Head down to the beach around 7:30am.

Head to the pool around 10 or 10:30am.

Eat lunch around noon.

Rest time for the younger boys.

Have a snack and head back to the pool or beach around 2 or 3pm.

Dry off/start preparing dinner at 4:30pm. (I cooked very simple meals. Tacos, pizza, etc...)

Eat dinner by 5:30pm.

Head back out to the beach by 6:30pm.

Head to the pool once the sun sets for a night swim. (Elijah goes to bed instead of swimming)

Watch baseball with the older boys in our king sized bed while eating a late snack. (Baseball because there was NOTHING appropriate for children on tv that late.)

Everyone in bed by 9:00pm.

 

That was what we ended up doing every day. It was great. I mean, I would DIE if every day was like that, but it was good as far as vacations go! ;) Zachariah would often just stop what he was doing and say "I love our family." and that just melted me into a giant puddle. I love that we had this fun time together!

Zachariah stayed in the ocean the whole time, per his usual. He loves to look for shells with me, ride the waves, jump the waves, watch the fish swim around our feet, watch me squeal when I almost picked up a crap... You know. Normal ocean stuff. :) Micaiah still prefers playing in the sand, but actually braved the ocean a little bit this year! He only let the water get to his ankles, but still. That's an improvement! He loved running from the waves. :) Elijah didn't like the ocean OR sand unless he was being held. This was a very new experience for him! He was perfectly content on a towel on the sand as long as someone was right there with him. And he enjoyed being held in the ocean, as long as the water didn't splash up on him. So he was held a lot this trip!

Believe it or not, I only took my camera down to the beach twice (I know. I shocked even myself!) and it was wonderful. I wasn't spending the all of my time worrying about capturing everything and I could actually be in the moment. But I still got enough to remember the trip and put in our yearly photobook! Win-win! Here are some pictures. :)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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