Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Checked Off Checklist and Fully Completed Patio!!!

This week has to be one of the most productive we've had in awhile.  My mom came down on Thursday evening and helped watch the kids so Chris and I could accomplish some things around the house. 

Ever since we got whole house HVAC, our closet situation has been horrible.  Some of the ducting had to go through Chris' closet and all his clothes have been separated into a couple different closets.  Josh's closet was full of our clothes and my closet was jam packed with clothes, boxes, etc., etc.   I decided that I'd had enough and bought a couple closet organizers at Lowe's that attach to the back closet wall (due to the ducting it was our only quick option). 

Chris installed an organizer into his closet early in the week and one in mine on Thursday.  That meant that Friday could be spent trying on every article of my clothing to decide what should stay and what should go.  Fortunately my mom is great at telling me honestly what looks good (and what doesn't).  We now have five garbage bags full to head to Goodwill and two very organized closets.

While I was on a closet kick (and since it rained most of Saturday) I decided to tackle the kids closets too.  These are the time consuming tasks that are always put off for a long time but make such a difference once they are complete. 

Since we had a built in babysitter, we finally went out for a date night!  We went to the Korean Barbeque place we'd been wanting to try for a long time.  It was very good food and so nice to have an adult conversation again!

The rest of the weekend was spent on a lot of small tasks that have been bothering us for awhile.  Some of these included cutting down the dead apple tree, moving the remaining mulch pile from the side yard, weeding around the deck and "dirt pile," shaping the trees near the deck, and planting our fall garden.

Speaking of gardens, ours is still producing quite well (with the exception of tomatoes - most got some type of disease this year). 

Due to the unusually cool summer all of our plants are doing quite well - including the flowers.

Of course the big house progress news of the week is the completion of the patio.  There were a couple wall sections that had not been completed yet and it was hard to get motivated to finish them after Josh's baptism party. 

It only took several hours of heavy lifting, marking blocks, cutting, and assembling to finish.  Chris really is the best husband (and since marrying me he has gained all types of new skills!).   

Chris is now a master sculptor due to all the chiseling he had to do to get the ends of the walls to look right.  He did a fantastic job and I know he is very happy to be done with this (seemingly) never ending project.  

Once cooler weather hits we will be able to finish moving the dirt pile and landscape around the patio.  I will be sure to take a lot of "after" pictures when the whole area is cleaned up and looking its' best!

In kid news, Josh started eating solid food this week.  He's had avocado...

...and sweet potato.

I think he likes the sweet potato much better!

Samantha has been enjoying the patio and even got to eat her first s'more roasted over our very own fire pit.

Even though we live on one acre and have a house over 4000 square feet, we constantly find all (or most) of us in the smallest area possible.  I'm sure this will change as the kids get older so we should just appreciate all the loving now! 

And here is one final picture of Josh enjoying the new patio.

What a chunky monkey!

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