Thursday, August 20, 2009

100th Post A

I cannot believe that this is my 100th post!

I came up with the idea of starting a blog during a stressful period at school and I never could have imagined where it would lead me.

I am so thankful for each and every one of my followers.

Remember that garden Soccer Mom and I planted? Well, it's definitely not what we envisioned it to be. The vegetables never grew and the torrential downpours ruined most of the flowers. It wasn't a complete bust though! We had planted a ton of milkweed not really knowing what it was. We knew it would attract butterflies and we were very interested in having a butterfly garden.

After a month or so, we noticed that the leaves of the milkweed were destroyed! At first we were distraught, but then we saw a MILLION caterpillars! If you've ever read Eric Carle's The Very Hungry Caterpillar then you will be surprised to know how accurate it is. These caterpillars ate every leaf!

Once we determined that our garden did in fact have Monarch caterpillars, SM and I started watching videos about them on Youtube. We were so excited to see them go through the different stages.

We noticed that the caterpillars began disappearing. There definitely wasn't as many of them left and we think that the lizards were eating them.

But we saw this:
A Chrysalis! SM checked on it multiple times a day and I took a picture of it every morning. One day, SM came inside while I was eating breakfast and told me that it was no longer green, it had turned black. I went outside and was shocked to see it! I didn't take a picture of it right then, but a little while later I went out with the camera and a butterfly was emerging!


I was so excited!!! I called into the house for SM and Sporty Sister and her friends to come outside. We all watched in awe as the butterfly emerged. SM teared up; she was so excited to finally have the cycle of life completed.

When we went back to check on it, it must have flown off because it was gone! (We're assuming it wasn't eaten by a lizard or something else...)

I felt like the life of the butterfly was a perfect post for my 100th. You never know what something so little and tiny can develop into!

-College Prepster


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