It's been a quarter of a century that we've been in our home. Every now and then we undertake renovations to make sure it remains live-able and like-able. We've revamped the kitchen, put on a new roof, re-carpeted and replaced flooring, and switched out toilets! This summer, we're tackling some outdoor projects.
The photo above shows a brick pathway that has been more than a year in the making - it may actually get done this summer! When complete, we'll have a second access to the backyard - this one just around the corner from the front door.
Besides being practical and beautifying, this project is providing an opportunity for bonding. Dad has been showing the boys how to throw down mortar and butter and strike the bricks.
They've got it down to a system with each person having a specific task that makes the whole process flow smoothly.
Nothing like getting dirty and sweaty as a family!
The other big project in progress is re-landscaping an area along the front driveway.
Hard clay soil makes it difficult for anything delicate or pretty to grow. Only a hardy bush (which snuck over from the neighbor's yard) has made its home here for a substantial amount of time. Our poor little lemon tree is struggling to survive!
Last month, our neighbor scraped up his dying lawn, a victim of the drought, and replaced it with rocks. LOTS of rocks as you can see below.
So we decided to follow suit, hoping to give a seamless appearance between the neighbor's yard and ours. The children worked hard to break up the ground and smooth it out, and today we put in landscape fabric and hauled rocks from the backyard to the front.
They discovered there's an art to laying to rocks: picking just the right size and shape, and choosing features that they wanted to highlight - stripes, speckling, color.
We finished a quarter of the area; it's harder work than we thought!
We'll keep going, rock by rock, and post photos when this project is complete!
We promised an update when the front project was done -- and here it is: