Sunday, April 26, 2009

Heat Wave

So the summer weather that recently blessed the PNW has finally made it's way East. We are having summer right now! Hot Friday, hot yesterday, hotter today and hotter tomorrow. It is 90 degrees right now (I'm guessing this isn't normal for Pennsylvania in April and that heat records are probably being broken). It is feeling lovely. 90 is a little warm and sticky, but no complaining from me. We all slept in the backyard last night and I had to keep reminding myself, 'it is only April.' We got a lot of work finished up in the yard including the first mow of the season (we have a HUGE yard) and a vegetable garden (modest...but at least there's something), tent, baseball, hose, hammock, name it!

I'm excited to have my vegetables planted. Rand is excited for his little creation....
I went grocery shopping while Rand was mowing yesterday, and came home to this:

That's right, Rand mowed a baseball diamond into our backyard. Yes, he's pumped. And yes, you remember correctly, there are 6 Little League ball fields right across the street. But they aren't in our backyard...and this time of year, the ones across the street are almost always in use. So. Now we have our own. Rand suggested we plant corn in the outfield. See where his mind is going?? Our very own Field of Dreams. There are plans for more creative mowing to include a chipping green for golf practice in the back part of the yard, as well as extending the ball field a tad to be able to accommodate a couple soccer goals. I guess this is life with boys, right?

At least I got a little patch for myself and hopefully it will provide at least a few fresh grown veggies of our own.

Amazingly, I've managed to squeeze in peas, cucumbers, tomatoes, lettuce, carrots and green beans. There's room for expansion, but I may not want to spend any more time ripping out grass and turning all that dirt by hand. This was big enough!

Yesterday (and today for that matter) felt like full blown summer. We spent all day outside, working and playing. The warm weather has caused the trees to explode with leaves...literally overnight in some cases. After a long, cold, gray winter, all this color and warmth is causing a very welcomed sensory overload.

Here are a few more pics of fun in the sun.


--Forgot to mention....Remember Rand's eye??? Click here for a reminder. Well, this morning Rand woke up with that horrible eye infection again. We think it was triggered by too much sun and allergies. (We're pretty sure a sunburn triggered it last year, too) Yuck! It's really bad. He is taking the anti-viral pills that he still has left over from last time, but it looks like we'll be going back to the doc. or at least getting more medication from the doc. in AZ. Shades are drawn, sunglasses on...just like last time. :( Pray this heals up quickly. It literally took months to heal last year when he had this. (I'd post a pic, but seriously, it's pretty sick.)


rachel said...

That looks so fantastic! I love the video (Jayden and I have watched it a few times) and while Brendan is hitting some good baseballs, I loved Wyatt out in the outfield swinging in the hammock....unless that was you and Wyatt was shooting the video. :)

The Raudenbush Family said...

What a busy weekend! You guys took full advantage of this weather!

Brooke said...


Anonymous said...

All of that and no fishing? Bummer.
Uncle Bubba

Mama Amy said...

LOVE the baseball field. Chad will be right over with his glove ...

KrustyTheCat said...

Kaylee, I don't expect you to remember me, but I go to MOPS at the First Baptist. Bonnie told me, I think, that you guys moved to PA? We're moving to PA next year! July 2010!! My father in law lives in the Johnstown area, so we'll be moving somewhere close to there. Where abouts are you guys?

Kaylee said...

Well shoot. It's really hard for me to figure out if I know you or not from your Blog name. :) I'll have to do some more investigating.
From the map it looks like Johnstown is out near Pittsburgh. We are all the way East, just 40 mins. NW of Philadelphia. Are you moving to the Pittsburgh area??

KrustyTheCat said...

Ugh, I can't believe I forgot my real name, LOL. Joanna Bender. I was at Tracy's table when you left, but I don't think you and I knew each other very well.

I have to say I have spent the ENTIRE afternoon reading your blog. I remember the day in MOPS after you left, and we found out that Willie had passed on. I have had tears in my eyes reading what you wrote.

And I have to say, reading your blog has totally prepared me for moving to PA. I have been so scared, I do NOT want to leave WA (we live in Olympia now, moved from Shelton a year ago, but I'm still going to MOPS), but I love seeing the pictures you post, and everything you have written about it, and it makes me feel so much more at peace. Thank you.


Yes, close to Pittsburgh, a couple hours away. Johnstown is about half way between Altoona and Somerset, on 219.

KrustyTheCat said...

oh one don't have to post this, but I don't have your email. Please do NOT mention our moving to PA on my blog, if you ever comment there. None of my family or friends know yet, and we're waiting to tell them. Thanks ;o)

Kaylee said...

Thanks for what you said about Willie and remembering....I don't know, silly little things like that mean a lot.
On the right sidebar of my blog there is a button that says "email me". You can click that and get my email...or I will just give it to you:
would love to talk more about what you're going through with all your changes and transitions. (not very many people understand all that!)