Tuesday, May 26, 2009


Sunday, we got together with Jim's family for a few hours. They live 3 hours from us. The story: My mother-in-law wanted to come to Albany to visit her sister-in-law, who was transferred from their hometown hospital to a hospital in Albany. Jim's brother and family came as well, and we all got together at Jim's cousin's house in Albany. We had a terrific time as the kids played with "Uncle Paul". He's wonderful with the kids! Of course, they all love him!

On Monday, the boys and I went to my parents' and sister's house for another outdoor celebration and a time for relaxing and chatting.

TJ (nephew) with Jared and Owen battling, Star Wars style!

A week or so ago, we received our "butterfly larvae" -- caterpillars for Painted Lady butterflies! For his birthday, Jared received a butterfly habitat. We had to send away for the larvae with food -- all contained in this little cup. This was the day he received it in the mail. Now, a week later, they are all hanging from the top of the cup in their chrysalides. The last two began that leg of their journey this evening. It's incredibly awesome (and mind boggling) what happens! It's been so cool to watch! They'll hang like this, and tomorrow probably, I'll carefully transfer them to the mesh cage (habitat). Under the lid is a piece of paper that they're attached to. I'll remove the paper and pin it to the habitat. It'll be a week or a little more before we see butterflies emerging! It's so cool!

checking out the caterpillars

I LOVE thrift store bargains, as I've probably mentioned before. Today I dropped by our local store to see if they had a pair of sneakers for Owen -- his are really worn out. At Payless the other day, I found some for $15! I don't think so! So then, jackpot! I found a great pair of barely used sneakers for $1 AND a pair of Owen-sized LEVIS for $1.00 (retail: $30)! They're barely used as well! Of course, I had to check out the video and book section! Got White Christmas and a Veggie Tales videos plus several books: about adventures, about animals, and about Bible stories (Arch books). All for only $6!

My late nights are catching up to me. I'm SO TIRED lately! So I'm off to bed now.

Until next time...

blessings, joie

1 comment:

Nancy said...

I love watching the metamorphosis process. It is miraculous! Can't wait to see the pictures of the butterflies.