Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Our back yard.

I've spent the last couple weeks working in our back yard and trying to get some things done that have been needing to be done. When we bought our house 3 years ago, one thing it didn't have that I wished it had, was a patio of some kind. With all the remodeling on the inside, we just didn't have the money to put in a patio or deck of any kind when we bought the house. Well last year my aunt and uncle put in new landscaping and had over 600 gray landscaping bricks they wanted to get rid of. Well I was so happy to take them off their hands. :-) We were finally able to get the patio put in this past Friday. Its nothing big, but will be nice to put a couple chairs out there and a little table, a great place for the BBQ grill and definately great when its nasty out and I have 8 muddy paws to deal with. Here are a few pictures of our new patio!
The hole dug out for the patio.

The gravel that goes in before the sand and bricks.

The finished patio.  Ready for dirt and sod around it.

The patio with the dirt all leveled up and ready for sod.


The patio all finished with the grass growing all around it nicely.
Our house came with a wooden playset, that we hadn't really done anything with, due to not having kids nor money to really do anything with it. I was sick of the weeds growing up in it and figured it was time to get it looking nice. Though we still don't have any kids, we do have 9 nieces and nephews that will enjoy it now that its in working order. It was just basically the wood and one swing when we moved in. So we added another swing and slide that I got on Cragislist for only $35!! :-) Here are some before and after pictures.

The playground before. Lots of weeds and no slide.
Digging out the weeds, old mulch and plastic.
Our playground all finished up and looking nice! :-)
My nephew Landon, enjoying the new slide!
One last thing I wanted to share was a couple pictures of some hummingbirds at my feeder. I put it out for the first time a week or two ago and got 2 pretty good pictures of 2 different hummingbirds. Thanks for looking!!

4 comments :

magicwanda said...

Oh Amy
that patio turned out great I am sure it will get lots of great use.. I know first hand how long and hard it is to get your house the way you want it.We build our house 23 yrs ago and I still don't have it done...lol But then again I am older now and have different views on life. What you guys have done is awesome and it always make you feel great when you know how hard you worked to get it that way.
Big Hugs Wanda:-D

LuvinmyLabs said...

Thanks Wanda!! Thankfully my dad knows how to do a lot and actually does home remodeling for a living. He has helped us so much with our house and that has saved us a lot of money. I love home remodeling and decorating. It definately makes you feel great when you work hard and have it the way you want it. :-) Hugs to you too!!!

Sandi Clarkson said...

Amy, great photos. I think it's so neat to see what folks are doing in their non-scrappy time! Miss working with you at Practical Scrappers!

LuvinmyLabs said...

Thanks Sandi. I miss working with you guys too. I am going to try and come back after this session is over. I hope to start working on some things again and still post on Practical Scrappers. This month has been busy with Mother's Day, Graduations and yard work. I haven't had much time for scrapbooking. :-( Hoping I can get back to it soon.