We had nurtured these little guys since they arrived as tiny caterpillars...
but the day had come... they had to be set free.
They were really hoping that some of them would stick around our yard for awhile so we could watch them(that's happened before) but we couldn't have anticipated the joy that was about to occur.
A couple of them stayed on us and on the flowers we were by for a long time!
The kids were so happy and thankful for the extra time they got with their butterflies.
They didn't seem to want to leave! I think they loved us... :)
We order caterpillars every year and it's always exciting, magical, and educational.
It has definitely become a spring tradition for us and we look forward to doing it for many, many more years to come. Who knows? Maybe next year their new baby sister will be holding a butterfly in her hand too! We keep talking about all the things we are going to do with her and we look forward to adding many new traditions as well!