Friday, August 13, 2010

Gibson's New Backyard

We built a patio about a month ago!  We needed it.  Before we had it, our backyard was basically Gibson's pee hole, which didn't bother him, but he didn't know what he was missing  out on either...  He loves his new hang out!
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To back up though...
This is what our backyard looked like when we bought our house:

 The previous owners had ripped up a porch and were planning on putting something else there but never got around to it.   Oh, and that pole thing.. That is a clothesline.   We did not want the darn thing in our yard, so Ben decided he'd try to dig it up one day.  Only problem was that the morons who put this in the ground used 3 cubic feet of concrete to do so.  3 cubic feet. Maybe 4. Think about that for a moment.  We're talking a 500+ lb ball of concrete in our backyard.  After calling all of our new neighbors over to laugh at us give us advice about what to do w/this huge thing, we (Ben) ended up breaking off as much as we could from the rock and then burying the rest back into the ground.   Fun times...

ANYWAYS

We were not fans of our backyard.  We knew from the beginning that we wanted to put in a patio, but some other more important things came first.   Because of this, our yard ended up becoming a weed garden...


Needless to say, I was STOKED to be putting in this patio in July.

It was a lot of work.  We had to dig, dig, dig and shovel, shovel, shovel.  There was so much rock and dirt and pavers all over our yard.
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Luckily, we had the help of Ben's parents and in 3 and a half days, we had this:
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And after a little mulching, hosta planting and furniture shopping, we now  have this:
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I love it :)   And Gibson loves it too (don't worry, there is still a grassy area for him to pee and play fetch). I love to read out there and he'll sit out there with me and take a nap or guard the yard for squirrels.  We haven't been able to use it as much as we would like yet, since the mosquitos this year are insane!!  Are they disgustingly swarmy where you guys are too?

I thought I'd commemorate the patio opening w/a little photo session of Gibson and I:
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It took a few (ha) tries to get it right..

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I think I was going to stab him at this point! ;)

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And, ta-da!! :)

Have you made any backyard improvements this summer??

17 comments:

Katie said...

The backyard looks great!! awesome job BEN. :-P Since we have had Whiskey in our home we recently re-did our 2 guest bedrooms. She thought she was helping/directing by biting my pant leg as we moved the heavy stuff in. Great photo shoot too. Your are beautiful Kelly, its good to see the humans in the pictures some times. :-)

Angela said...

Your new patio looks awesome! You guys did a great job!

Hope you have a Wonderful Weekend!
Angela

Laurie said...

So cozy! I love it!!

^..^Corgidogmama said...

Great job Kelly! Well worth the effort it took. You'll enjoy for years to come, and basically you've added on an entertainment room!

Karen and Bailey said...

congrats on the new house, and gibson looks so happy! woo!

Bri said...

looks beautiful kelly!! we don't have a backyard, just a patio. small apartment patio. sammy has his own water bowl, stake and rope, and his own chair. all of which he uses. we are moving and will only have a deck, so we have gotten him a rug so he can lounge out there on his own accord (since we can keep the door open and not worry about him running off or bugs!!) this fall. as well as his water bowl and chair (if it fits!)

Jenna Z said...

Wow, gorgeous! And what a great job for DIYing it!! I've made the most back yard progress in the vegetable garden area. Our patio is pretty much the same as it's been. But this reminds me, I was going to clean the cushions on the furniture out there!

Lois said...

Kelly, you kids did a GREAT job on that patio ! I know how much work it was, but it looks fabulous, like it has/should have always been there. And of course, you two both look so cute :-)....And oh wow, the skeeters here in NC are predatory and murderous, 5 lousy minutes outside and I'm bitten to bits . So darn hot anyway, the boyz and I tend to stay in the climate controlled atmosphere....

Corgipaws said...

I hate my backyard because it always has fleas and that's why my corgi got fleas >:(

but I am moving and I wish to have a patio like that!

Pirulo Furry said...

That's a beautiful patio. Mosquitoes are insane here in Puerto Rico, too. Particularly these days of rain. Oh, a nightmare! Mom has to use OFF! all the time.

Amy said...

It makes me feel better knowing that it takes you a few trys to get your photos right. They always look so good!

Back yard looks great... three cheers for home improvment projects.

Karen said...

i love your backyard it looks great :)
you guys did a wonderful job on decorating your house. i've looked through the pictures on facebook :)

Pam said...

Though we don't have a backyard (we live at the top floor of a condo building), we are in the midst of trying to make our outdoor balcony look nice too :) Renovation is quite a bit of work, but you guys did a great job! Lucky Gibson!

Debba said...

Great job to you and your husband, Kelly. The new patio looks wonderful. Stella is quite jealous. Our little backyard is mostly flower beds now. Oh, I don't know how much sun you get back there, but if there's at least some sun, you might consider planting lemon scented herbs around your patio, like: lemon balm, lemon verbena, lemon scented thyme and basil, and even lemon scented geraniums. Believe it or not, those lemon scented plants will help keep mosquitoes at bay! When I lived in MN, I had a big deck built out over the garage. I planted lemon scented herbs in pots all over the deck, and never had mosquitoes after that. No lie!

DSS said...

Wow! What a transformation. Congrats to you for all of your hard work. Gibson looks very happy in "his" new backyard :)

Mary said...

Your backyard looks very inviting - great job! Can I ask where you got the bench?

Kelly said...

All of the seating is from Lowes :)

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