This is a picture of our backyard from behind home plate. You can see the grass is starting to green up -- yeah, Spring! Yes, we have a home plate in our back yard. My husband likes to say he is raising kids, not grass. (You don't even want to see the garden that is the "back stop".) And yes, that's a hammock back there, too. That's where my daughter likes to hang out with her blanket and book, or with her friend and have "girl talk". My dad used to have the same philosphy about his yard as my husband. We were the only family I knew of that had a 3-hole golf course in our back yard. My dad took orange juice cans, dug holes in the lawn so that the top of the can was flush with the ground, and then kept the grass mowed short. None of us grew up to be very good golfers, but we still have fun with it and that's what it's all about, right? And other than the two brown spots on either side of homeplate, it's amazing how lush and green the rest of our yard gets. I guess it's all that water and weed-n-feed and kids' feet running around that keeps it growing. I know that this spring weather is just a 'teaser' for us. My husband reminds me EVERY YEAR that 'April is the month for the highest amount of percipitation in Colorado.' Just when I dig out my capris and put my feet in sandles -- even though these feet are NOT ready for prime time, I can't resist it this weekend -- I know that it's very likely we'll get some more snow in April. The biggest April storm came one year on my birthday and I was snowed in with the kids all day. So, yes, I know that this gorgeous, beautiful spring weather is just a preview for now. But it's so nice to see the little green blades of grace shooting up through the dry brown stuff, cheering me on that yes, spring is on the way!