|The "butterfly hotel"|
(Excuse the bike helmets.)
You may be wondering what possessed me to do something like this. Well, it was actually a friend's idea, so all the credit should go to her. I believe she ordered the larvae through Boreal Science. The butterfly kit was big so we split it up between a few families and each got 10 larvae. All 10 of ours hatched, but one had already died when we went to release them yesterday.
We've actually decided to home school our kids (or at least give it a try) so this was part of "school." To be honest, I feel kind of overwhelmed by the idea and worry that I'm going to mess up my kids! It would be awful to leave them with a huge hole in their knowledge. Being part of a community of homeschoolers will certainly help though, and I do love the idea of being able to pick and choose curriculum to tailor your child's education exactly to them. It doesn't have to be "one size fits all" which will hopefully make for a really great education experience for them. At any rate, I know I won't regret spending the time with them. They grow up so quickly. Homeschooling is not for everyone, and truth be told, we're still in the process of figuring out if it's for us! We think it's worth a try though.
p.s. Notice all of our nice, new dirt?! It's funny how exciting dirt can be. The yard already looks 10x better because all the weeds are now buried. Hopefully they stay buried.