Monday, September 29, 2014

Apple Prints

We couldn't let September go by without making apple prints.  In addition to red, yellow and green paint Eve also asked for pink paint since her favorite apple variety is the pink lady!

Autumn Maple Leaves

My Reader...

I love how the light in this photo is shining in on Grace while she is reading. Grace was so enthralled with her book that she didn't even notice I was there!

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Rules of the Game...

Jack was outside playing soccer in our yard one day after school this past week. He thought the cows looked a bit confused by what was going on so he picked up his ball, walked over to the fence and started explaining the rules of the game to the herd. Jack was delighted by how attentive and what excellent listeners the cows were! 

The Life Cycle of a Butterfly!

Every day for the past two weeks Eve has helped to gather milkweed leaves for our monarch caterpillar to eat.  In the picture above, Eve is peeking though a tiny hole that she discovered on one of the leaves.  Eve has really enjoyed watching the caterpillar change and grow each day and more recently watching how the caterpillar builds a chrysalis!  Earlier this week, Eve worked on making a butterfly life cycle project, which serves as a terrific visual demonstration to easily explain how a caterpillar turns into a butterfly.  

To make this project I divided a paper plate into four sections and labeled the outer edges of the plate with the four stages of the butterfly's life cycle.  Eve went outside to collect leaves and small sticks, which she glued to the appropriate life stage.  Eve used a dried bean for her egg and chrysalis.  Eve also colored her caterpillar and butterfly and put everything together to complete the life cycle!

 Here is Eve's finished project showing the life cycle of a butterfly!

Here is Eve admiring her work!  Eve did a wonderful job explaining the life cycle once her project was completed.  This was such a fun project for Eve and a great way to show her what has already happened, what is currently happening and will happen to our monarch caterpillar!

Friday, September 26, 2014

A Chrysalis!

We did not zip our butterfly net completely yesterday and look who found their way out!  I happened to be walking by and spotted our monarch caterpillar crawling out.  I'm quite certain he or she was in search of the perfect place to build their chrysalis because a few hours later we found this...

 ..a chrysalis!  This is very exciting news for our monarch loving family.  
Here are Grace & Jack this morning trying to get in as many rounds of UNO as they could before leaving for school!  This is their favorite game right now.


Such a beautiful sunrise on a Friday morning.  The perfect way to start our day!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Goodbye Summer!

 I'm hoping for a few more of days like this before the colder weather is here to stay!

First Day of Autumn

Happy first day of autumn.
I love all of the colors that this new season brings.

Smiling Jack!

Here is a picture of Jack at his soccer game on Saturday morning.  I LOVE how Jack is always smiling...even while he is playing out on that soccer field!

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