We have been so busy the last few weeks that I literally have not had time to sit down for more than a few minutes at a time. We hosted Sydney's party, we had a crawfish boil the next week and then we hosted Evan's party (pictures coming soon!) the day after that. All of the parties were successes, but the amount of prep time for them took up most of my free time.
We've also been redoing our backyard. Ryan pulled up our deck and we installed this:
Before it looked like this, however, we had to dismantle it in someone else's backyard and haul it to ours. We laid down nearly two pallets of grass, replaced several rotten boards and then I spent countless hours cleaning the play set and re-staining it. Considering it's almost ten years old, I'd say it looks pretty good now. Not too bad for a free play set, either! (The previous owners were putting in a pool and said we could have it for free - all we had to do was get it out of their backyard.)
The deck was moved closer to our back door and while I don't have any pictures of it, I can tell you that it, too, looks pretty darn good for used wood. We re-used the boards from the old deck and I sanded, cleaned and stained them, too. We feel like Dave Ramsey would be proud of all of our home improvements - we only bought a few things to put a whole new back yard together!
The next project is my garden. Who knows when that will get done, though.....
In addition to all of this, we said goodbye to our tenant and started a search for another one. We received lots of calls and we found our new tenant through my old play group in The Big City. The new tenant would like to move in June 1st, so now that all of our parties and back yard renovations are over, we are now focused on getting the rental house repaired and cleaning up the yard. There's nothing like spending countless hours cleaning and repairing a house and yard that you don't even get to live in!
We have managed to have some fun, though, throughout all of this chaos. Ryan took the boys camping one weekend:
And we snuck in a trip to our neighbor's bay house and took a ride on their boat:
And found some time to relax:
(This is one of my favorite pictures of them - ever.)
Hopefully, our lives will get back to normal and I can start blogging regularly again. I kind of miss it!
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