Thursday, August 16, 2012

In our backyard

Having a nice backyard was the one thing I was not willing to compromise on when it came to looking for a new house.  We truly spend a lot of time outdoors, so it was almost as important to us as having more than one bathroom!  We eat nearly every meal outdoors when we can, and the kids play outside whenever I let them. Andy and I liked another house we looked at, but it had a similar yard to our first house, broken up into little bits here and there. It was also on a corner. I hated living on a corner and hated our yard even more, because I never knew where the kids were, with gates here and there, and wherever the kids were they wanted to be in a different spot.

We absolutely love our yard here.  It was a huge selling point for us, although we've discovered the yard work is tremendous.  I don't know how we'll keep up with it come springtime.  I think I might just have to get a job to pay someone to come take care of this yard.  Its a definite possibility!

We've found all sorts of things in this very large yard of ours! Frogs, baby bunnies, lots of locusts (which Velvet has discovered she loves to eat. Yuck!), a mossy area behind our shed which is a favorite place for the kids to play...

We've added the fire pit/marshmallow roaster.  I think that(marshmallow roasting) could be its main purpose, so we should probably just call it that.  It is supposedly a very simple design, some retaining wall blocks around a 28" fire ring, but wow did it take some time and effort. It could've been that we didn't have a clue what we were doing, but we eventually figured it out.  It only took us about 3 days, a bunch of car trips, and lots of loading/unloading of 28lb blocks, when it should have been an easy 75 minute project. Ha!

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