Thursday, October 31, 2013

Little Girls are FUN!

The other day Lydia and I went shopping with my mom to get supplies for my sister's baby shower. Lydia was SUPER excited for this adventure and looked forward to it for two days. The day of said planned trip she asked me 500 billion times, "is it time to go shopping with Nonnie yet?" It was like "are we there yet" for the entire 500 miles of a trip:)
 So, to pass the time, we got dolled up. I did Lydia's hair in an upside down French braid. She wanted sponge rollers in her hair so bad, so we put them in the ends. The rollers only got to stay in for about 30 minutes, but her hair curled pretty good anyway.
 Yes, at 5 years old she already wants to see the back of her hair in the mirror. I'm tellin' ya, this girl is the girliest tomboy you'll ever meet. She all drama, and even practices faces in the mirror. We'll have to make sure not to let it a habit, so she isn't all about vanity when she is a teenager.

 Lydia and I had fun on our girls night out. Ben kept all the other youngins at home. I just about didn't know what to do with myself only having one with me. But we had a lot of fun with Nonnie.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Oatmeal?!

 We've just begun (began?) giving Addie oatmeal. As you can see, she really "dives in" to it:)
Ben held her while I fed her, and he was COVERED in it. 
It's so funny how each child is SO different. when we fed Levi for the first time, he opened his mouth for the spoon and everything, just like he had been doing it forever. With Amos it took him a time or two to figure it out, but once he did, he NEVER made a mess. I never even put a bib on him. I can see it's going to be a little different with Adlai. I better get to making and embroidering those bibs I planned on. I think I'm definitely going to need them this time around.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Oh, Kids!

 Recently, (i.e. several weeks ago) My youngsters were told to go to bed. Instead they were upstairs in their room creating "Muppets." At least that's what they called these things. Levi came downstairs and was so proud of his creation. I was torn. Technically, he was supposed to be asleep, therefore he was disobeying, however you have to give it to him this was a pretty darn good "muppet". So, instead I took pictures, then reminded him God wants us to obey, and sent him back upstairs to bed...to go to sleep!
Let me just inform you... this is a size 5/6 shirt with a QUEEN size quilt stuffed into it. I have no idea how he got that giant quilt stuffed in there like that. Only a kid;)

Friday, October 4, 2013

Cocoon

The caterpillar has definitely started forming it's cocoon! Ahhh! Yay! I'm so excited. I took it and showed it to my kiddos and Levi said "Cool! It's half way changed, We're going to have a butterfly."

I checked it just this morning, and it still looked like it did in the post yesterday, so in less than 24 hours, it formed half of it's cocoon! Isn't that amazing? You know God is SO Awesome! The way he created things. The way butterflies form out of caterpillars. The way a woman can grow a human being inside her, and have the opportunity from God to raise a child for His Glory. To possibly contribute to His Kingdom.

It is so funny, but this butterfly has brought me so much joy. Reminding me of God, and the fact that he has the perfect plan for me, whatever it may be. God is all-powerful, all- knowing. He is an Awesome God!

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Caterpillar Update!

 
 This is so fun! I think Mr. Caterpillar may be starting to form a cocoon. Of coarse, I could be wrong, I hate to say this but it could be dying for all I know. But, Let's stay positive... I think it's building a cocoon. Kay! Below is a pic of a rolled up leaf with a cobwebby stuff inside it. Proof that it ate on that leaf. (I think)  
 
After that, it crawled to the top of a twig in the jar and has been there since. In the position that all the cocoon's were in in the pictures I saw yesterday. There is also a black "feathery substance" forming around it. It's very hard to see, but if you click on the picture to make it larger and look inside the white circle, you might be able to see it! 
 
P.S. this is way more fun than posting about my weight, but I'll keep doing that anyway to keep myself accountable. Hope you also enjoy watching this butterfly grow!

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Creepy Crawly!

Check out this little guy, ain't he just the cutest caterpillar you've ever seen?

 
My kids found it today, they brought it to me and they were like "Mommy! Look what we found!"

 
I looked at it, and said "what in the world is that?"
 

So I went on to Google and typed in "weird caterpillars" and researched forever until I came to the conclusion that it is most likely an eastern tiger swallowtail. (other swallowtails look very similar.)
 


I found the tree that it feeds from. Or at least I think I did.  While I was researching I learned that they form a little "silk" and wrap the leaves around them to protect themselves from predators while they eat. And this tree was full of rolled up leaves with "silk" on them (it looks similar to a cobweb) and it was near where my kids found it.

 
So, I put some twigs from said tree in a jar, poked holes in the lid, and hopefully me and the kiddos, (and hubby too if he's interested) will get to see this cute little guy turn into a butterfly. Although, we may have to wait quite some time. It seems this particular caterpillar may go into a hibernation since it is getting colder weather and may not come out of it's chrysalis until spring. but who knows maybe it'll come out soon.

Also, judging by the color, it is ready to form it's chrysalis soon. They "hatch" from a small yellow egg, then eat the egg. At first they are tiny, and look similar to bird droppings as a defense mechanism. They go through about 4-5 stages in this color as they grow larger. Then, they look much like the one in these pictures, except they are green. The "eyes" are another defense mechanism, not their real eyes. Then, as they approach time to build their chrysalis, they turn brown. Isn't that cool! Isn't it just the oddest little bug you've ever seen? Well, me neither, but it is the cutest odd bug I've ever seen.