I'm mildly embarrassed to say that our backyard has looked like this for the last 2 years at least. The kids have actually loved it. It's like an excavation pit right in your own backyard. Well, this year we decided to finally get rid of the hole that was once a swimming pool. And I decided that I wanted it done before Kent's first birthday party!
We also thought it would be a good time to plant a tree. You know...since we didn't have to dig a hole...We bought this lovely white oak after the guy told us that it would withstand drought or flood. That's our kind of tree. You never know just what form our neglect will take...This way, in 30 years our grandkids will have a tree with a swing. Do you think we'll be here that long?
Our second work day was a huge collaborative effort with the help of 2 tractors and lots of extra hands. Here Gigi and Josh take a ride rolling out the dirt.
But we're not through yet! Jason, with the help of Clark and Kent, built me two planter boxes to fill the weird holes in the deck and bring a little more design to what was pretty bland. We sort of used these plans, but I think he mostly just looked at the picture and built it. It turns out the planter is a perfect playpen for a wee one. And it could also have been used as a vault. Don't worry, no animal or person was harmed or buried in my planter. Although I have heard that it is excellent fertilizer. I kid, I kid.
A HUGE thank you to all of our friends and family that helped move dirt and sod to help us finish the yard! We really appreciate it! You're the best! And if you ever need help moving dirt, Jason would love to come and help!