Spring has come! It's been here a little longer for a few of you, but we're just now getting a real glimpse of springy-springishness.
On Monday, we received a very special gift from two church families. One man owns a saw mill, and another likes to build things. The two got together and made our girls one amazing swing set. It isn't quite finished because the monkey bars haven't come in yet, but here's a look at the beautiful play set:
Ella was actually the first to get up the nerve to go down the slide. It's odd for Ella to be the more adventurous of the kids, but the call of the slide overtook her.
DeLaynie has always been in love swings, so she was pretty jazzed when she got a glimpse of our new set.
As was Ella.
Sadly, we got the play set on Monday, and the bottom fell out of the sky that evening, and wasn't returned until yesterday. The good news is that we received an invitation for an indoor treat....
This is DeLaynie in Heaven:
This is Ella pensively handling the fragility of life.
Maybe the difference in their reaction has to deal with the fact that I told Ella why our friends bought the baby chicks (that would be for dinner). I knew that DeLaynie couldn't possible deal with this dark side of reality, and that I would never again be able to get her to eat chicken, so I left her naive to the beauty of the food chain.
We've also been enjoying new pets, sort of. DeLaynie and Ella bought a butterfly garden with a birthday gift card. We've been watching each caterpillar build their chrysalis, and each chrysalis burst open with a brand new butterfly.
The butterflies have beautiful wings, but you can only see their colors when they open their wings, and that doesn't happen on demand. So witness the gray blandness of the underside of butterfly wings.
The girls certainly don't seem bored by it.
There's something truly special about spring and all of the changes that take place. It's a fantastic thing to watch little ones stand in amazement of all that God has done in His creation. I hope that you, too, will enjoy the moments of revelation that take place with each change and every transformation.