Birthday Poem for Cayley’s 11th Birthday

Happy birthday to my sweet girl Cayley

she’s now eleven thus no longer a baby.

An adventurous girl always looking for fun,

while keeping her dad and I quiet young.

The youngest of the girls by ten years

makes her seem older to many of our peers.

She has had many intriguing obsessions*

each of which creates perpetual questions.

She’s may be growing up in the information age

but she still reads books by turning a page.

She is special in so many ways

I thank God for her each and every day.

I Love you Cayley

You’re becoming quiet a young lady.

* Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Curious George, The Wiggles, sharks, Paul McCarthy, The Beatles, anything Adidas, playing office, looking at her sister’s photos on Facebook, and making up different voices.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



God’s Creation is Amazing, Take Time to Watch and Be in Awe

Within a matter of minutes Cayley and I watch one caterpillar, then the next, and finally the last one shed it’s skin for the last time as it passed from the larval (caterpillar) stage to the pupa (chrysalis) stage of metamorphosis.

Under the caterpillar’s skin this time is a jade green casing which is called a chrysalis. Inside the chrysalis, which is only about an inch long, the caterpillar will miraculously transform into a beautiful butterfly. We must wait 9-14 days to watch our butterflies emerge.

Today’s lesson was fun and educational to watch. I took these time lapse photos. Once hubby is home I can have him show me how to upload the video I took. Blessings and may you too find awe in God’s creation.



Learning About Metamorphosis of a Monarch Caterpillar

Yesterday Cayley and I stumbled upon a garden which had be devoured by hundreds of monarch caterpillars; sad for the home owners, but score for us. I was able to share what a treasure they had in their front yard 🙂  As a new home owner, I don’t think he was really excited about an infestation of large ugly green caterpillars.  I asked if we could take a few and happily he obliged. So we took three large specimens for the science project we would start.

I rummaged through our cupboard and found a pastic cookie tray (21×9) that made the perfect terrarium for our three object lessons. Be sure to put holes in your container.  When we returned from BSF all three caterpillars had crawled to the top of the container.

Here is a really informative website on the Monarch Butterfly Metamorphosis. I didn’t realize how much they eat.  Hence why we looked for the biggest ones in hope they were done feasting on milkweed which they do for 9-14 days. NOTE: they eat a lot so they excrete a lot = a mess.  You might also want to put each caterpillar in it’s own container which I read after I put all three together.  http://www.butterflybushes.com/monarch_metamorphosis.htm

As I write this all three caterpillars are hanging in a J-shape which will last for one complete day before they shed their skins one last time as they pass from the larval (caterpillar) stage to the pupa (chrysalis) stage of metamorphosis.

We will wait 9 to 14 days for the transformation from caterpillar to a butterfly is complete.  So many object lessons ahead.

Learning can be fun and I have such fond memories of doing this with Caryn and Courtney when they were Cayley’s age.