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October 18, 2011

So, this happened at my house this weekend:

Not bad, eh?

The before was a rotting old deck (and two ugly/overgrown bushes):

And, from the other side of the front yard…

Before:

(Ignore the melting yellow mums.  I guess when they say “trim the mums in mid-July” that means you should actually trim the mums in mid-July.  So they don’t get too heavy and fall over.)

After:

Thanks to momma bear, dad, and brothers Robby and Trevor for coming over to help!  They wanted to visit and momma bear said they were looking to tackle a project with a capital P.  But I think that what she meant was “I want YOU to tackle a Project so that I can hold your baby all day.”  My poor dad was hit broadsided by this plan when he arrived on Sunday (after working late Saturday night) to find the front yard dug up and 900 pavers in the driveway.  He was so busy helping us all day that he only got in a few minutes of Lilly snuggles.

Lilly and grandpa

And you know we ran out of supplies (three times) so the project was dragged out waaaaay longer than it needed to be and we were laying pavers by the light of the moon.  But, I think it was worth it — it looks great.  We tackled a brick paver walkway/patio at our Minneapolis house, and I’m psyched to report that this one is even better than that one – it’s straighter, more level, and it blends nicely with the stairs that were installed as part of our retaining wall build last summer.  We are practially professionals now.  (Just kidding, we are not – as evidenced by our running out of supplies 3 times.)


We’re all exhausted from a whirlwind weekend, but it felt really great to be back on the project wagon post-baby.  I had resigned myself to another year of having an ugly front yard, but I think this is totally a game-changer.  In fact, Lil and I picked up some bushes yesterday, so we’ll be grading some dirt and planting some things sooner rather than later…

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8 Comments leave one →
  1. October 18, 2011 11:47 am

    The new walk/wall/stairs make the front yard look so much more polished! It draws you to the front door and says come on in! 🙂
    Now that you have this bricklaying down pat, I know of two sidewalks needing some attention…..free room and board and complimentary babysitting included.

  2. October 18, 2011 12:49 pm

    Ohmygoodness, it looks SO good. So very put together and welcoming now. Ryan’s working on our walkway this weekend. I hope it looks half as great! Wow!

  3. October 18, 2011 12:50 pm

    Oh I like it a lot! Pavers are such a nice way to spruce up a front entrance. We hope to put in some pavers along the sides of the driveway next spring because our grass is eating the traffic from people getting out of their cars—and in the winter you step into snow covered grass, not cool.

  4. October 18, 2011 12:55 pm

    Looking classy! Don’t beat yourself up about forgetting supplies. My father-in-law is a legit professional, and he underestimates all the time. My favorite was when he got outside corners for the gutters instead of inside corners. They realized on Memorial Day. Lowe’s is at least half an hour from our house – they got the correct corners by the seat of their pants and didn’t incur too much wrath from employees who had to stay late on a holiday.

  5. October 20, 2011 4:43 pm

    Love the picture of Lilly and Grandpa… would like one of those in my brag book. if that’s a possibility:) Oh, and the walk looks great!

  6. October 20, 2011 7:30 pm

    Very nice! And I’m completely jealous. There’s a reason I never post pictures of our outdoor area and that’s because it all looks so terrible – rotting wood, broken cement, sad ugly lawn.

  7. November 11, 2011 9:16 pm

    It looks amazing! I love it! You’re so lucky that you’re family is handy, too. My dad’s idea of helping out is bringing the beer.

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