Monday, July 25, 2016

backyard progress | finished!

You may remember several posts last year about our big backyard project that included tearing down a rotting, ancient, deck; building a smaller deck; pouring a patio and building a utility shed. If you recall, it took us all Spring, Summer and Fall to complete the task last year and then that was it. It got cold; the grass stopped growing and the leaves started falling and every store was cleared out of new patio furniture. We went inside for the Winter and didn't have a chance to enjoy our new backyard last year.

Now, a year later, we have put the finishing touches on the patio and deck. This Spring the trees started blooming and the grass started growing and the stores started selling patio furniture again. And we have been able to enjoy our new backyard all Spring and Summer.

Let me just remind you what we started with:

And this is the finished back yard:

We really wanted to somehow cover up the "uglies" (air conditioner, electric meter, water meter, etc.) so this is what we ended up with:

You may notice one grass is bigger than the other because the one on the right didn't make it through the Winter so it was replaced this Spring. Hopefully it catches up to the other one.

We don't have to look at the "uglies" but the A/C and meters are still easily accessible.

 There's seating on the patio where we typically sit in the evening when the sun is down and there are a couple chairs on the deck in the shade. We found the chairs at Lowes and Dan built the table with some extra wood he had.

We are planning to put a fire pit in this large, empty circular area but we haven't quite decided what we want to do for a fire pit yet. I suppose you could say that's the next phase of the project.

And here is Dan's beloved utility shed. Also in the next phase we will probably put some sort of landscaping around the shed.

One last comparison for you:

Monday, July 11, 2016

jada's new room

As I mentioned in a previous post, Jada got a new bed. And because she got a new bed, it led to her getting a new room makeover. Only because I just love that kind of thing and I just couldn't help myself.

As I mentioned in the last post, we modified and painted an old headboard that we found for twenty bucks a few years ago. I found a super-cheap, simple bed set. We also switched Kaiden and Jada's dresser. Kaiden had an old dresser we were given before Jada was born and Jada was using a large wooden dresser that Dan made when Kaiden was born. Kaiden now has the nice, wooden dresser that Dan built and I repainted Kaiden's old dresser white, for Jada and spray painted the drawer pulls gold. The wall color remained the same and I reused the picture frames she already had on her wall. I just printed off some free printables from Pinterest and replaced the pictures in the frames. We used a small table Dan had built for a class in his college days for her night stand.
Dan used this rough-sawn wood he had lying around and turned this

into this:

Which is a desk for a little nook in the bedroom where we used to have a bookcase. He also made some bookshelves with the same material. And for the desk chair, we used a chair that I had bought at a flea market a few years ago and just put new fabric on the seat.

This is what it looked like before:

And this is what it looks like after:

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

palisades state park

A while back a friend of mine posted some photos on Facebook of her and her husband at Palisades State Park. At the time I had no idea where they were but it looked pretty sweet so when she informed me that this park wasn't far from where we live (only a little over an hour away) I knew I wanted to make sure we checked it out one of these days.

We finally had a chance to check it out this weekend. We packed a lunch and a few other things and headed out for the day to Garretson, SD.

The park was beautiful. We took in the sights; enjoyed a picnic lunch overlooking the river; hiked; climbed rocks and enjoyed God's beautiful creation.

We also happened to run into some friends and neighbors of ours and hiked a little with them as well.

Kaiden enjoyed hanging out with his buddy. Cuties.