Monday, June 2, 2008

Welcome to our Home......(Our Work in the Yard)

Our family spent most of Memorial Day weekend, a few days after Memorial Day when Jason had days off, and then this past weekend, working around the house. Jason and Colt built a new privacy fence on the west end of the house. (We lost our old one on that side to a storm recently. It's been an eyesore, plus we wanted the privacy fence back up before we started swimming in the pool back there!) This fence was a design Jason wanted to do after seeing one somewhere in town. It's more sturdy and has more character than the old one!

Joy and Colt paused for a minute for a picture. I was accused of having the camera when they blow their nose! (Can you guess which one said that?)

Jason, Colt & Joy carried the old boards off to my dad's pasture to the burn pile on the 4-wheeler and got caught in a sudden "downpour"! They came home soaking wet! They all thought it was pretty refreshing after working in the hot sun all day! I wished I had gotten a picture of them....I guess I was too busy grabbing towels and taking wet clothes to the washing machine.

Here's a picture of the new fence:

You can see the style of the old one in the top of the picture (it's the fence on the right side of the house). The new fence is on the left.

While Jason and Colt worked on building the fence, Joy and I pulled weeds in the front and back of the house. I also planted some knockout rose bushes in the back. I plan on babying them a little. I really don't have a green thumb, but years ago, I had some rose bushes that I loved so I decided to give these a try.

Here they are...I planted two light pink and one fuschia colored double knockout rose bush:

I also replaced three of our verigated monkey grass plants that didn't do well last year.

Jason also built new landscape "timbers" to frame the landscaping around the house. He made the new ones bigger which give it more character and makes them stand out better from the road.

Here's my hubby hard at work:

Then he and I painted them all to match the house. Here they are finished:

This past Saturday (in the hottest time of the day I might add), we painted that privacy fence and put down 40 something bags of mulch and spread it! Whew! We were sure a dirty sight! And it was smelly!

So here it was after we got it all put down:

Oh, and Jason did build me new flower boxes too. I kept him pretty busy, didn't I? He whipped these out in no time though! They have purslane planted in them which close up in the evening time. I took this photo in the evening. During the day, they have big pretty bright pink blooms.

This is one of my hanging baskets of spanish moss (one of the only flowers that I can actually keep alive!) I think they look so pretty with their big blooms!

Sometime during all of this work, we managed to have a nice BBQ dinner and get to the movies. We went to see Indiana Jones. That inspired us to come home and watch the previous three Indiana Jones too over a period of days. It was nice to just sit down together and enjoy something and not be working!

It sure feels good to stand back and see alot of this work behind us. There is still the fence on the other side that has to be built and I'm working on some garden decor areas in the back and sprucing up around the pool. Maybe I'll show you the backyard on another day!

Thanks for stopping by our home!


Classics and Country said...

Thanks for the field trip. Your home is so lovely!

Colleen said...

Hi, Tammy!

I've been meaning to stop by since reading all of your sweet comments on my blog. Your home and blog are warm, welcoming, and beautiful. Isn't it great getting the house ready for summer?

Have a wonderful week! I'll be checking in again soon...

Leslie said...

Awesome! It looks like you have done lots and lots of work and it's really paying off!

I love the edging your DH did. I'm always looking for something simple to do around here. I like landscape timbers a lot but DH thinks they have to be layered and staggered and then it just takes far more than I want to buy! LOL

Enjoy your pretty home and all the work you accomplished!

Farm Chick Paula said...

Wow, Tammy, everything looks gorgeous! I love the timbers around the landscaping!

Tomatoe Creek Prims said...

Love the wood edging...I'm going to show DH this!!! I bet it keeps the mulch all in place. Great job and your children look so sweet.

Blessings Rondell

Deb said...

Hi Tammy, your home is beautiful. You guys have done such a great job. I love the timbers that your husband made I've never seen any like that before. Thanks for the idea of painting the fence the same as the house, I'd asked for opinions on mine in an earlier post but mostly everyone said not to paint, just to presure wash. But now I will paint.:O) Have a great day Shanda and get to work on the backyard I can't wait to see it. Deb

Kindra said...

Wow Tammy! You have a beautiful home and yard! I guess you have been busy out in the yard. It sure paid off because it looks so warm and inviting. Are you going to invite us over for a pool party? That would be fun!! Have a great day!

Wendy said...

Your home is beautiful!!! I love your shutters they are adorable! Your hubbys new fence is awesome he did a great job with all his building projects! Summer is finally coming!!! Have a great week!!~Wendy

Primgal55 said...

Just gorgeous!! How nice hubby is so handy too - you make a great pair and your home shows your loving touches.

hugs, Linda

Katy said...

You have a beautiful home Tammy!!! i LOVE it!!! :)

Daffodil Hill said...

It all looks GREAT! Nice work!

Julie said...

I love your house--totally looks like a country girl at home. Thanks for sharing. The best part about hard work is looking at it when it's done~~great job. Julie

Andrea said...

Hi Tammy! You have got to have the most gorgeous house in the world!!! It's beautiful, and you certainly know how to decorate! WOW! Thanks for sharing your home with us. Such an inviting home you have!!! I love the wooden American flag you have hanging up next to your front door too.

When we were in the US back in 2003, that was something my hubby really noticed - how patriotic everyone was. You just don't really see that here in Australia. Not too many people have an Australian flag up.


Rosemary said...

I love how you did your flower beds!
I think I may just have to "steal" this idea!!!!
Thanks for sharing your beautiful home with us!

Heidi said...

What a beautiful home you have, Tammy! It looks like you've put in a lot of work to have it looking so clean and put together. Love the flower boxes your husband built!

Lea of Farmhouse*Blessings said...

What a pretty place to live! And such a nice husband and children to help keep it so lovely.