the butterfly pin
the butterfly nose ring
We'd heated up our garage for a few days, and must have confused a butterfly, causing it to hatch. Dan gave it to Hattie, who absolutely loves it. She's done nothing but carry it around for 2 days now. She used her birthday money to buy a butterfly house online from Insect Lore (http://www.insectlore.com/). It will come with a certificate for some caterpillars to raise and observe. We'll request those when the weather in warm again, so we can let them go after observing them for a while.
I didn't realize that she thought we'd push the order button, and suddenly there would be a knock at the door and someone would hand her her butterfly house. She's had 3 major episodes of tears because her beautiful butterfly will be dead before it gets a butterfly house! Children are resilient, though, and she's looking forward to the day when she will have some painted ladies to enjoy. I thought this would also make a good home school project. Maybe my older children can write some reports on what they observe, and Hattie can draw some pictures and add some captions. Look for the results in a couple of months!