The rain affects many things in our lives...our backyard is lusher. Spent a little more time grooming and getting Kimmy's garden closer to how beautiful she kept it...The animals are more active. Tonio and I took Bella for a walk early this morning and counted 11 chipmunks, 3 rabbits, lots of quail and too many lizards to count. There was still a lot of standing water in the wash, too.
Andrea's van. Well, maybe it wasn't the rain that made her need new tires, but, none the less, we went to pick up Breanna and Lexy while she went to take care of the van! Autumn and Antonio were so excited to get to spend another day with these two!
Rain does make the grass grow. And when we all pulled up at Angie's home, to check on her new bionic knee, Mark was busy cutting the grass out front. He has their front yard looking like one out of a magazine. Two tiered, framed with railroad ties, the grass golf course perfect. But, the rain also brings the humidity, making cutting grass a perspiring proposition. Angie is doing remarkably well and she was excited to see her grandchildren and feed us eclairs (anybody find Tastyklairs anywhere??), chocolate covered strawberries and blueberry muffins!!! Tonio made Angie get well cards, and took a picture of one. He used various sized lines to fill in his happy guy and proudly told me that 'Mama taught me how to do this'.
And, rain brings out the snakes!
And, the rain shuts down amusement parks. We went to Funtastics tonight. I had 7 in my car, we met Brad and he had 3 of his kids, and Bianca and her husband David, there. The kids were looking forward to race cars, bumper boats, etc. As we approached, a hellacious monsoon eclipsed us. Funtastics closed it's outdoor operation for the night, so we could only play video games and play lazer tag. We played two rounds of lazer tag and had a blast, running through their 3 level game field. Breanna and Tonio were so cute, protecting each other. And Brad's son, Tanner, was a terror - he killed me four times in a row before I finally got him once and ran in the opposite direction! David was the highest scorer among us and seemed to materialize out of no where and blast you. It was a good workout and the kids all had a great time.
The rain cools things off...and it was beautiful, stepping out back tonight - everyone stayed awake - and it smelled so good. The clouds were beautiful, but we could not see the stars. The rain made Tonio feel sad - 'I miss Mama', he told us and we hugged him as we looked to the sky to tell Kim goodnight...