On a normal Summer day like any other, the kids were running around between neighbors' houses, our backyard, their rooms, and harrassing me with various questions and statements...
"Mom, can we go to the pool?"
"Missy, can we put the sprinkler under the trampoline?"
"Mom, when's lunch? Can we go to McDonald's today? I want chicken nuggets."
"Hey Missy. Did you know that godzilla...(this is where Carter starts telling me various trivia about Godzilla that I neither understand nor have the energy to care too much)?"
"Missy, when's Dad coming home?"
"Mom, where's Marc? Why is he at work? How long is going to be there? Can we go see him? What's he doing?"
"Hey Mom, what are you doing? Can I sit by you? Click on that! Can I see that picture of your friend's baby? Can we go to CartoonNetwork.com?"
"Can I play on the computer? Can we play the Wii? Are we going to go somewhere? Do we have to take a nap today?"
Then one question from Corrinne broke in among the others:
"Missy, do you have any chairs?"
"What do you mean do I have any chairs?"
"Chairs that we can use outside. Me, Maggie and Mollie are putting on a caterpillar show."
Not soon after did I receive a text from my neighbor, Amy (Maggie and Mollie's Mom), with this picture:
So, I sent Corrinne to get our camping chairs from the garage and went back to my work on the computer for a few minutes.
Within minutes I realized the house was quiet. Really quiet. Thank goodness. Work in peace. No questions. No comments. Aaaaaahhhhhhhh.
Wait. Too quiet. I had already forgotten about Corrinne's reason for needing chairs and got up to go and find the children and see what they were up to. I was pleasantly surprised to find this outside:
The Caterpillar Show! The older girls had tons of real caterpillars and had given all the younger kids several to handle and play with in their laps.
Maggie helped them gather strays, or gave them more if they wanted.
While the kids played with the squirmy critters, Mollie taught about the life cycle of this particular type of caterpillar!
Big, fat, juicy, bright green caterpillars that turn into Black Swallowtail Butterflies.
Summer is truly magical, and so are these kids!