Monday, August 26, 2013

Caterpillars are getting so Big

Day 5: Our little critters are getting soooo big! Should be forming into chrysalides soon. :)

Friday, August 23, 2013

Our Caterpillars Have Arrived

Avery and Callum are very much fascinated by the bug world these days. They are always making little cages for their rollie pollie bugs and making sure they have plenty of leaves and flowers for them to eat. (im only assuming that's what they eat) Avery loves butterflies and had studied about the life cycle of the butterfly last year in school. I had remembered that my sister (thanks Auntie Jeanette) had sent the kids a butterfly kit about 3 years back and we had forgotten all about it, until I recently found it in our garage. I thought this would be a perfect time to send away for our live caterpillars. Well, we got the caterpillars yesterday and we didn't see them moving. We thought that their life was sadly cut short by the heat. (It was only near the 100's yesterday) Poor little things. We decided to keep them anyway and put them up on the fireplace just in case, which I'm glad we did. Sure enough, almost every single one started moving by the evening and we have atleast 8 little critters climbing around the cup today. Yay! So now we wait and watch them grow. After 7 to 10 days they will climb to the top of the cup and attach themselves to the paper where they will form into chrysalides. Then we get to transfer them into the butterfly cage and watch them turn into Painted Lady butterflies and Avery and Callum will eventually release them. How exciting! I thought it would be neat to keep an update of the transformations. Here are the little critters climbing around. We haven't named all of them, but we have atleast 3 names picked out so far, Snappy, Crystal, and Bella. :)

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Callum's First day of Pre-K

Callum started his first day of Pre-k at his new school last Tuesday. The teachers are very hands on and nurturing and it is a smaller in-home class environment. I think he will transition very nicely. There seems to be lots of activities planned for the kids to keep him very busy during his day. It will be nice for me too, as the school is just a 4 min. drive up the street. I think Callum is happier and feels more secure knowing that I am only a few min. away. Just that alone gets us all off to a good start!

                              Callum at his 1st day of Preschool

Avery's First Day of School

Avery started 1st grade back at her school last week. She was assigned to Mrs. Sheehan and absolutely loves her (thank goodness). She only ended up getting about 5 of her friends in class this year, but she's excited to make some new friends. Phil and I had the opportunity to meet her teacher at Back to School Night and we're really happy with her. Another great year filled with lots of new and exciting things! Here's a picture of Avery and her best bud on the first day of school. They didn't get the same teacher this year but will still have lunch and recess together.

                                   My "First Grader"! :)