The past week and a half have been dedicated to getting the yard done. The biggest holiday of the year is coming up and Isaiah's 2nd birthday is too. This is definitely the biggest "room" at our house and with 2 little boys running around, one of the most important! Knowing that they'll be able to run around and expend all that energy safely while I can be inside with baby sister in the coming weeks WITHOUT having to go to the park or load up the stroller is a wonderful thought.
But lemme tell ya, this piece of ground was a BEAST. This post is coming to you after many days and hours of blood, sweat, tears, cramps, blisters, sunburns and probably more than a couple cuss words mumbled under our breath. Just being real folks. We even had a 14-year-old choose Geometry Homework on a Saturday over working another minute in the yard (he lasted about an hour).
A couple days ago as we were sweating out the remaining minutes of sunlight chipping away at the hard clay, pulling the roots of the razor-grass up by hand, Kaylee stated (with a scary amount of believability in her voice), "If anyone ever says anything negative about this yard, I'll make sure they regret it."
So you all just mull that over in your head as you look at these before and after pictures and think of exactly how to phrase your comments at the end.
|BEFORE: Razor grass. Lots and lots of razor grass. Can't walk through the yard at all because it hurts, razor grass.|
|DURING: So then came the task of digging up the rock hard clay and digging-up as many roots by hand as possible. The nursery where we bought our grass could have done this for us but we just didn't have the $500 extra it'd take.|
|DURING: This brightened our spirits a bit. Like green and clay Swiss Cake Rolls, the sod arrived last Saturday. Which started the countdown. It all had to be put down within 3 days or the sod would die.|
|DURING: Doesn't it look so nice going down? This was Saturday. Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday all passed between this photo and the next...|
|DURING: Tuesday Night. 11pm. Finally done. This is how I found Kaylee when I came around the corner to go in the house.|
|AFTER: This morning the boys did this in the yard. Oh sweetness. This photo is what I had to conjure up in my brain during those hours of work. Knowing this would be the scene.|
So. There it is. Who wants to come over for a BBQ?
(...and for pictures of Isaac helping to plant those snazzy yellow flowers go see the boys' blog...)