Nope, no baby news around here just yet. Soon, hopefully soon! In the meantime we've been growing some beautiful Monarch butterflies. Sydney and her cousin each found a caterpillar on July 3rd. We brought them home and before we knew it that had each formed their chrysalis. A couple weeks later two beautiful Monarch butterflies emerged.
Hard to see much in these pictures....the orange cup still has a little green chrysalis at the top, the red is just after the butterfly emerged.
We are using this book as our guide.
It's got great instructions for care as well as a nice listing with pictures of different kinds of butterflies. We've checked out every possible library book on butterflies and this is by far the best. We've already had a discussion about the rather short life span of butterflies, so hopefully Sydney won't be tramatized if they don't make it very long. She's already planning her specimen box! (Yep, pretty sure I have a little scientist on my hands here.)
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Books I've Read This Year
November 2010 House of Dark Shadows by Robert Liparulo
The Girl Who Played with Fire by Steig Larsson
Made by Hand by Mark Frauenfelder
October 2010 Heat Wave by Richard Castle
Skippy Dies by Paul Murray
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Gunn's Golden Rules by Tim Gunn
Room by Emma Donoghue
September 2010 The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
The Witch of Portobello by Paulo Coelho
Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout
Lord of the Flies by William Golding finished 1/2 and got bored
August 2010 The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown
Sweater Quest: My Year of Knitting Dangerously by Adrienne Martini
Friday Night Knitting Club by Kate Jacobs
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
Cleaving by Julie Powell
Knit Two by Kate Jacobs