Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Butterfly Hunting

Well, at least we can say we did science today.

This morning, we went to the orthopedic surgeon and scheduled Peter's foot surgery for May 15. Please keep him in your prayers. He will have to wear a full cast on his leg for a month after the surgery, which should be very interesting. Then I took advantage of a napping baby and ran around like a mad woman picking up piles of stuff. The house is so disorganized right now and I don't function well amongst chaos. It is still messy, but an improvement nonetheless.

And just how did we fit science into our day? While I was picking up, I let the kids play outside. They have been on the lookout for butterflies ever since we went to San Diego's Safari Zoo. There was a butterfly exhibit that really impressed them. It was pretty amazing. For only $15, you could get your own butterfly net at the zoo. Or, you can get one for each kid in the dollar bin at Target. Which is what we did. The quest for catching a butterfly had been unsuccessful until today. I spotted one in our backyard and told the kids to be gentle. Fifteen minutes later, they had caught one! They were so worried that they had injured it since it just sat there on the porch. After taking a few pictures, I coaxed it onto my finger and it fluttered onto Jack's shirt. He was a little frightened and excited all at the same time. Oh how the kids cheered when they saw the butterfly was not hurt. I snapped one more picture and then the butterfly left our back yard and landed safely in the neighbors flowering bushes. We came inside and looked up what kind of butterfly we had caught. He was a male Eastern Tiger Swallowtail. And that, my friends, would be science class for today.




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  1. I love Peter's expression in the background! Prayers for the surgery.

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    1. I do too! He was not happy about being confined like that.

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  2. Beautiful butterflies! Keeping you in our prayers!

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  3. I must have missed somewhere that Peter needed surgery. :-( Keeping him in prayer.
    I think you can order butterfly crysali online -- thinking about investigating that. Or maybe we'll just go to the exhibit at the conservatory. "Yours" is beautiful.

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    1. Barbara- we decided to have his extra toe removed. His toe really sticks out to the side and would make it hard to wear shoes.

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