Sunday, November 2, 2008

Our Backyard.

Some of you know that Nikki finished her MA in counseling last August. As a graduation present, Nikki asked her parents if they would fund and assist in some backyard landscaping projects (insead of the cruise they offered-- ha!). They agreed, and we spent several days doing the whole project. We can't thank them enough for this, and Nikki completely loves it.

So here are a couple pics of the backyard before we started (these pics are from when we first bought the house)

After digging out some of the grass and removing the former stone pathway, Nikki is laying down some new stones. We were able to reuse a number of the stones from the previous walkway.

We rented a gas-powered tiller to get up this large section of the grass.

It took over a day just to lay down all the stone tiles. This was very tedious work, and Nikki and her dad did all of it. For each tile, they had to level it and measure its distance from the other tiles, then level it again, then put some sand under it, then level it again the other way. You get the idea.

Here is the finished product

We also tore out the screened in porch and opened it up.

Thanks Mom and Dad for all of your help and hard work- we absolutely couldn't have done it without you and we LOVE it! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!


Summers said...

I knew something looked different!!! Sorry I didn't comment while in looks awesome and I love the porch! Kudos to you for all the hard work. had a great time seeing yall this weekend. Miss you bunches.

Kendra said...

Looks awesome!!

Allison said...

what a great gift! it looks fantastic :)

Erin DuBroc said...

it looks really, really great - perfect timing for the party, too! :)

Michele said...

Hi Nikki! I just watched all the videos of Eleanor and looked at all of her pictures - what a complete and total doll she is. God has blessed you and Jeremy with a little angel. I can't wait until the day I can meet her in person. Praise God for your little family. Love, Michele

The Pereira Family said...

Love it! And I love your blog background too. Where does everyone find those? I'm way jealous.

KF said... crappy that I was having a baby instead of slaving away to help out!!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE it!!! Can't wait to see you! T-3 days!!!!! Come on down to the THREE RING CIRCUS!!!!!!!!!!

myleswerntz said...

yeah, it really looks good. So, was Eleanor just slacking in the corner with a beer or what?