the backyard : part 1 of many

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I really should have done a better job of blogging our progress on Project New Backyard, but now is better than never. The Beginning: I think the bug bit us when we traveled to Florida earlier this year. Beau has an obsession for tropical flowers. And me? Well, I loooove lilacs, but mostly, I just wanted our backyard to look nice and provide an area to sit while watching Ephram play.

After a few weeks of bothering me to draw out what I'd like him to create in the backyard, (I'm not a landscape designer, that's for sure) Beau finally just made one himself. And I will admit to hating the idea at first, but to my credit, he showed me it right after I had gotten just 4 hours of sleep following an overnight shift at work. I wasn't in the best of moods, to say the least. But a couple hours later, and another hour nap and I was seeing things in much better light.

So the process began. We were making a patio. And a couple veggie gardens. And an area for a few plants.

These photos were taken back in early April, when we first began our project.

As you can see, we've got a little landscaper in training among us. In addition to sweeping and mopping, Ephram finds adult sized shovels, rakes, and weed pullers to be fascinating.