The great butterfly hunt of 2012 has begun. So far…. painted ladies, red admirals, american ladies, commas, clouded sulfurs, orange sulfur, cabbage white, spring azura, hummingbird moth, and monarchs! Spotted: mourning cloaks. The butterflies always spend a short time in the butterfly tent and then are released back into the wide world.
There has been a lot of bouncing, scooting, running, rolling, dancing, and general rowdiness going on on the deck.
I have lots of little helpers.
And big helpers.
Holding the first monarch of the season!
And here is the king of the monarchs, the catcher of the first monarch plus two more. Exciting times. 🙂
This little girl goes, goes, goes. She is getting more and more successful at catching butterflies. She tells me, not “I caught a butterfly!”, but “I caught a red admiral!” or “I caught a cabbage white!”.
She spent a good deal of time running around outside with her baby strapped to her “like Mommy”.
Keeping an eye on those big brothers.
And at the end of it all she sometimes needs a little bit of “Little Bear” to get through that last stretch of late afternoon. Her brothers found her today and caught the tail end of it with her.
It was our goal to get back into a good rhythm this week and, wow, did everyone rise to the occasion! I knew today was bound to be good when it started out with happy children cleaning up from breakfast while singing “Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing”? What can I say? At the end of the day I can only think over and over, “I am rich! I am rich! My joy is abundant!” All thanks be to God, my Fount of Every Blessing!