Monday, April 30, 2007

Global warming is real...

...and we are feeling it now in South Dakota!

Ya know, it would be certainly be nice to have a few weeks or even a month or so of moderate spring temps (in the mid-60's) each spring so that we could have the money-saving benefit of not having to run the heat or the air. But, no, of course not. We simply MUST go from 40 degrees and below to 90 degrees and above in a matter of days!

Enough with the complaining though...this weekend was simply beautiful. We reached 90 degrees yesterday and Kaitlin and I got in some good 'outdoors' time between picking up sticks, mowing the lawn, taking off on an outdoor photo excursion and visiting the local duck pond and park.

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Luckily, we have a few young children in our neighborhood that she enjoys playing with...two boys live directly behind us and two girls a couple houses up the street. Right next door to us is a large family, but their children are all a little older and generally don't tolerate Kaitlin's presence for very long...unfortunately, it is quite hard to explain to a 4 1/2 year why older kids don't always like to play with little kids...her feelings were quite hurt the other evening when they told her to go back in her yard...poor kid. Unfortunately, they have a trampoline, a pool and are often outside which always makes her want to be over there. Luckily, the parents are quite understanding and are happy to let her have a 'jump' on their trampoline when the bigger kids aren't using it (it gets a bit too rough for her then). I'll have to get some pics of that one of these days...she could jump on that thing forever!

So, with the warm weather comes a VERY CRABBY morning girl it seems! The dilemma, of course, is that it is light and warm longer into the evening and guess who doesn't want to come inside and CERTAINLY isn't ready to go to bed at the usual 8:30 p.m. or so. The last two nights, she has been up until 9:30 - 10 p.m. NOT GOOD! For that matter, she's getting pretty tired then, too, because she's overtired and has that much harder of a time settling down. Hopefully, we will get on a more acceptable track soon...I can only be growled and grunted at and hear "FINE!" while doing what she was asked for the 20th time with an air of total insolence so many times at 7 a.m. in the morning before I crack!

So, before spring barely even had a chance to show its face, summer seems to be here and it's looking like it's going to be a busy one!

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