Tuesday, February 25, 2014

0 Springtime in Georgia - Our Backyard

The minute the first 70 degree day hit here in Georgia (which, ironically, was only a few days after our epic ice storm), I started itching to make our backyard a more comfy family hangout.

When we bought our home, the yards in general were a giant mess.

You can sort of get an idea from this old aerial photo.  We have no grass, just dirt.  The front yard is a very steep hill, so no play area there.  And we're on a corner lot, so our backyard faces the side of our neighbor's house, which limits play area in the backyard.  The house is also positioned strangely, where no area gets very much sunlight.  That factor becomes increasingly frustrating every year when we're trying to pick out flowers to plant and everything I like the look off is a "full sun" plant.

Up until now, none of this has really been too big of a deal though.  Our first year in the house we built a giant deck, and other than when friends are over, we've hardly used it.  We've always just been out and about more than at home hanging out.

But baby girl changes all of that.  She loves to be outside, loves to play on the deck.  She looks out the windows with so much enchantment of everything out doors.  So, of course, I want our backyard to be more appealing while we're hanging out there with her.  I also want there to be more play area for her, even though at the moment she only moves around on all fours.  She's so close to walking.  I know by this spring / summer she's going to be walking around.

We're using this new motivation to clean up the backyard.  There was a lot of undergrowth and trees in the backyard area that we DO have, which made the backyard look even smaller.  My husband and his trusty new chainsaw from Lowe's have been clearing all that out.  He even signed my nephew up to help while he was over hanging out with us this weekend.

I'm sure if she was big enough, baby girl would help daddy out too

Last night we retrieved my husband's old fire pit that hadn't been used in years and years and years and even had a little bonfire and s'mores on the back deck.  Today was another 70+ degree February day, and we cooked some of my husband's secret recipe burgers (best burger you will ever have, guaranteed).

Kiddos learning to make the secret recipe burgers

And here's a couple of views of the backyard as it stands today.  You can see it's an immediate view into our neighbor's garage.  Hopefully we can get some evergreens to put at the property line (which is almost their driveway) to give a little more privacy. 

And this is off the back corner of the deck, the most insulated part of our property.  My husband cleared this area out and it's where we hope to put a swingset.  You see I wasn't kidding about the dirt part either.

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