Two years ago "NY" grandma bought Ryan a butterfly net for his birthday. Well, somewhere along the way he got REALLY interested in ordering the painted lady caterpillars that came with the net--thrilling to me who can barely handle taking care of three kids every day, let alone caterpillars (not to mention our new fish, "Goldie," who happens to be a blue beta-don't ask, story for another day!). And, truth be told, last summer the timing was always off because our trips were so broken up and you need a solid few weeks at home to make the most of the experience. Once the school year started, he quit asking, so life moved on. Well, this summer he started again... And, really, our summer was likely even MORE broken up this year... but, to satisfy my insatiable little man, I put it on the calendar to order the day we came home from our final vacation (the day before I was do back to work and a week before the boys went back).
|Keeping a close eye on the larva|
|Ryan, keeping a safe distance|
|A lesson in camoflauge|
|Can you find the butterfly?|
It was TRULY a fun experience. I totally see us doing it again as it was easy and they LOVED it (particularly my friend Ryan who is more interested in the world around him than he is playing with any sort of toy).
We also, this year, attempted to grow a pumpkin! We got pretty far, too... HUGE vine with male flowers and everything... yes! I DO know the difference between a male flower and a female flower on a pumpkin plant... not because of the Ivy League education, but rather because of a quick google search when it seemed that a pumpkin would NEVER grow. Of course, I learned that we should have started in late April/early May rather than in mid-June... we never did get to the female flower because the first frost hit and our pumpkin plant has become but a statistic. HOWEVER, I do have six pumpkin seeds put aside that I saved from our pumpkin carving, so that we can try again. John, of course, is hoping that we grow prize winning pumpkins so that when we take our annual trek to the pumpkin patch, we don't have to buy pricey pumpkins on top of paying for the experience. Of course, he will have to be a little more careful in his gardening... I might have failed to mention that we'd planted pumpkins where we did and so he actually wound up picking one of the two plants and throwing it away because he thought it was a weed. Ha, ha, ha! Like I said, nature/gardening/etc? Not really our collective domain!!
And, since I started writing this post, we have gotten TWO MORE fish and a REAL tank... not just a flower vase with a beta and a plant... but a real tank, with a filter and two little guppies (also called "Goldie"... I'm beginning to think that Ryan is taking after George Foreman... all his future little dudes will be called Ryan Lennox, too... or, even worse, "Goldie"... lol... what a turkey). Ryan was pretty persistent with the fish thing and wanting a "real" tank... and, due to his struggle with soccer (a story for another post, but at the rate we are going, I may never get there), we were looking for an incentive. He turned his soccer experience around and got a cool fish tank, too. He is so stinkin' cute (very paternal) with his creatures... of course, he doesn't always remember to feed them, but lucky for him, John and I seem to be on top of that (for now... poor Goldies are probably DOOOOOOOOMED).
<3 Kimberly, John, Two Boys, and a Little Rose