Sunday: Family Yard Work Day

I’m exhausted typing this – we’ve been working hard ALL DAY. Obviously we made a lot of progress, take a look for yourself!

But a lot happened between the first picture and the second picture. Here’s the run down:

We pulled out a bunch of old tree stumps. Here you can see the boys working on it early in the morning. We ended up getting Craig’s truck and hooking up the chains to the stump and pulling them out. The boys had a blast in the truck with me.

Craig has been meaning/wanting to pull these stumps out for over a year. They came out pretty easy. Obviously we didn’t drive anywhere with the boys in the front seat and stayed in our driveway so save your mommy shaming – the boys had a blast.

TA-DA! Craig has a big vision for this area in the yard so I’m letting him run with it! I can’t wait to see how it turns out. I know that it involves shrubs and a country fence! Here you can see them working on it!

I was surprised when Craig taught Carver how to stain boards. Carver handled the responsibility very seriously and I think the more involved Carver can be the better! He was SO excited and that was the favorite part of his day!

It’s hard to see in the picture but I’m soaking wet and COVERED in dirt from power washing the algae off the side of the house, gutters, and sidewalks. I also spent a great deal of time planting the impatience along the sidewalk with Gannon while Carver and Craig worked in the garage so that was a pretty messy project – especially after I powerwashed!

While Carver was tagging along with Daddy, Gannon was tagging along with me digging in the dirt, crawling up and down the front steps, playing in the rocks and the grass, and giving lots of snuggles like this one.

So while this isn’t done yet, we are so pleased with out progress! Check it out! I so hope I can keep everything alive, it was so fun planting and picking everything out. Mom has impatience along her sidewalk and they have always been so beautiful so I kind of copied her idea:

That’s all I have for today folks! I’m so appreciative of our boys who LOVE to be outside and were so helpful today. Carver is starting to become quite the assistant as along as he is well fed with cheetoes, berry cheerios, and hot dogs! Gannon does so well outside and throws a fit whenever we have to come inside.

Thanks for reading pals! See you all tomorrow! In the meantime, feel free to catch up on the latest here:



  1. Donita M
    May 25, 2020 / 6:33 pm

    I love what you are doing with your yard! I so miss having a yard and flower beds. I love Impatiens, I usually have a big pot of them on my apt patio but I didn’t plant any this year. I have had 3 pots break the past 2 years and can’t find any the large size or type I like so have so I had to down-size what I plant. Keep up the great work and keep on making memories with those two cute littles you have!

  2. Pam
    May 25, 2020 / 8:52 pm

    Your hostas are gorgeous. Too much sun and heat here for them. Congrats on the yardwork. And yes, many children have survived riding in the front seat, restraint free. Fun.

  3. Kim LeMere
    May 25, 2020 / 9:18 pm

    Wow, you got a lot done in one day and I think the flower/hostas garden looks great. I think its wonderful that Craig can show Carver how to do so many things, he is going to be a handy guy when he grows up. Hope you show us the fence when its all done. Fun time for all

  4. Ellie
    May 25, 2020 / 10:23 pm

    Your yard is looking lovely. All your hard work is going to produce a beautiful yard!

  5. Susan the Farm Quilter
    May 25, 2020 / 10:56 pm

    Your yard will be wonderful and all the memories being made as you work together to achieve that are even better!! I’m always working alone when I do yard work…maybe that’s why I don’t do much of it.

  6. Elle
    May 26, 2020 / 1:42 pm

    Love love love your hosta and impatiens flower bed. More than that, I love you and Craig are teaching the boys a screenless life. You and I are both farm kids and I suspect you, like me, spent almost no time inside if possible!

    Building memories. Wishing you a wonderful week!

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