Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Building Dreams – One Block at a Time!

So I’ve been keeping myself hauling over the past week or so. The energy is finally back and I’ve a lot of ground to make up after the silly bout with sickness.

I surprised myself on the big project I decided to undertake. Only because it seemed so big and out of my league. But what’s the point of having dreams if they are going to sit around waiting for you to do something about them. I decided to move!

I’ve always wanted a little patio off the house where I could sit and enjoy the yard and garden. Last year I was blessed with most of the stonework for the walls – free! A friend just needed me to haul them off. Then they became my pile, just sitting in my yard waiting for me to haul them into place. It finally happened.

Enough blabbing. I just can’t wait to show you what the kids and I did over the past day and a half. Prince Erik didn’t know about it. He’s not the yard type of person so we just had to keep the first half days work a secret and hope he wouldn’t go out back. Our luck held and today I’m ready for the big reveal.

Here’s my big boys helping me dig out the base.


The part that took the longest was the leveling, and leveling and shifting, leveling, pounding , oh and did I say leveling.


But I wanted to do it right the first time and not always look at the wall and think – darn I could have done better.

Of course the weather was perfect – upper 60’s low 70’s. And cloudy! Yeah! Great for taking little breaks with the kids and lay in the grass and look for shapes in the clouds.


It’s been way to long since I last did that and I’m going to make sure to do it more often it was too fun!


But the wall was calling so back to work. The boys even recruited some help. Wippie!


And finally I ran out of stone. I would have loved to have made it one level higher but I’m tickled pixie pink at how well it turned out. Using recycled stone made it look like the walls been in place for years and not hours. And those blasted time-consuming stairs – I LOVE!


Yes, Prince Erik was happily surprised. He didn’t even give me grief about how messy the house was.


I let Evo-man and his friend build a fire-pit (until I find something to lay out the patio portion with). And this evening was perfect, smores, tired achy muscles, and the satisfaction of a job well done! Wow if the kids and I can do this in a day and a half – just imagine how much more we can accomplish this summer. All it cost was a little good old honest labor. You know building dreams can be quite the rewarding adventure.


Faith said...

Wow! It looks great! And those stairs are totally awesome.

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

Whew! THAT looks like a JOB! I'm glad it ended with some R&R!

jen said...

You all did a super job...looks great!

utmomof 5 said...

It looks fantastic!! I have entire yard that needs landscaping if you run out of projects at your house :)

Trena Doll said...

Great job! Glad you're feeling better.

Tink said...

Fantabulous (that's my work for fantastic and fabulous). I so appreciate your hard work and it looks great! Kudos to your kids for helping and being great about helping. Isn't it fun to see your hard work pay off? Love what you did! (And I'm glad you're feeling a lot better!)

Aunt Pitty Pat's Fun said...

Great project.. it looks like its going to be wonderful when finished.. Nice way to get the family to spend the day together.
What fun to have roasted mallows after wards too.

Arrow said...

It looks great!

princessmama said...

It looks great! Good thing you had some big boys to help you out ;)