We started out spring this year planning out the big changes that were to take place in our yard. Now let me say that our yard is tiny, it would just about fit inside my living room. No, I’m not making that up, I have measurements to prove it! Since our yard is so small any change is a big change.
When we moved in the yard was landscaped, but not in a way that works for a woman who loves gardening and a toddler who loves running. We leveled the mounded “beds” that surrounded our jelly bean shaped lawn, made brick planters around our three trees (I know, what were those people thinking to put 3 threes in our super small backyard), added another garden space to make more room for my veggie garden, and fixed the sprinkler. Then we laid a flagstone patio. Really Luke got the sand in place and I laid a flagstone patio. Apparently my husband is easily frustrated by things resembling puzzles. So I spent my free time hauling huge pieces of rock around and tweaking my back trying to make pieces of rock that are sometimes angular and sometimes rounded, sometimes huge and sometimes small, fit together. I even used a mallet and chisel. I am like a flagstone whisperer. What can I say, I have a gift.
Our goal was to have it all done before our trip to Chicago. Um, yeah that did not happen. Then Our goal was the end of May…fail. Then June 13th. Then June 28th.
We finally accomplished our goal of a finished backyard, it only took us a month and a half longer than planned. Which is amusing considering the size of the space in question.
We can finally eat dinner outside and enjoy our awesome view because our patio is no longer covered in piles of river rock, flagstone, sand, bricks and mulch. And the best thing of all, sitting on our lovely flagstone patio is a lovely two person glider that just so happens to fit my two favorite people and me.
So not only can we eat dinner enjoying Colorado’s beautiful sunsets we can also follow up our meals with some family time on the glider.
For instance tonight after finishing off our plates of sausage and veggie pasta and garlic bread we walked the few feet to the glider and hung out together. Eventually Luke and Monkey decided to play around in the grass and I got to enjoy watching my husband and daughter have a blast “tackling” and rolling around on the grass…until the sprinklers suddenly came on and they got soaked. I have never seen Luke move so quickly or monkey shriek with so much delight to suddenly be in the middle of such an event. Let just say she used the opportunity to have some impromptu fun in the water and was soaked by the time we went in side.
It doesn’t matter that my backyard is so small because it sure does hold a lot of love.