Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Butterfly Effect

Sparkle's new home in our lemon tree
Chris holding Sparkles
Waiting for him to come out
McKenna and her Sparkles

About 3 weeks ago McKenna was given a caterpillar to take home in it's own little bug house. She had learned at school that it would turn into a butterfly and she had so much fun watching the metamorphosis. We watched the caterpillar eat all of it's food. She would say every day, "He's getting fatter and fatter!" She chided her sister whenever she tried to touch the bug house, "Don't Adeline you'll kill my caterpillar." Eventually he made his cocoon or chrysalis-whichever bug terminology you prefer. It was an exciting day and we waited patiently for the butterfly's arrival. Of course we were in San Diego when the butterfly made his first appearance, but Daddy made sure to take good care of it until we returned. McKenna was entranced and she named him "Sparkles"-her name of choice for just about everything. On Sunday McKenna wanted to release him and we agreed-mostly because I didn't want it to die in it's bug house. She loved watching him but when we opened the cage she was leery. Only Mommy or Daddy could touch it. Sparkles couldn't fly so well-we'll blame it on Adeline. He kept flipping up side down and just couldn't get the hang of it. He even fell in our pool and Daddy had to rescue him twice. We decided to let him live in our lemon tree and we told him goodbye. I hope he is still alive-it was a nice experience Sparkles.


Mandy said...

Hahah I love it! So cute. I saw a butterfly house thing at Walmart and thought about getting it for Avery. Such a neat thing. PS so jealous that you have a lemon tree!! And can do things out of doors!! Haha

The Hann Family said...

So cute. Tate named his Gary. Don't know why, but I like Sparkles better.

Chelle said...

Ohh, that's a sweet little story! and what a great dad to rescue Sparkles from the pool TWICE! :)

jayme said...

I loved watching the caterpillar change into a butterfly. So cool!

Nana said...

What a great experience for your family. Sparkles is a perfect name! She will always remember her butterfly. You are such great parents! It makes your Aunt Gwyn miss you and love you even more when I get to hear these sweet stories about your family. Hugs to all~