One of the (many) things on our list of house to-do projects was to completely overhaul our backyard. We felt really lucky to have a good amount of land, but with that land came a backyard that was not very accessible to do much of anything. Especially with a toddler & a dog. Our two biggest problems were that it wasn’t level (instead pretty steep) & also, that we didn’t have a fence. Both have always been things that we didn’t love, but over time (plus a growing girl who loves the outdoors & gets faster everyday), it’s gotten pretty unbearable.
Like this mama may just go crazy if we don’t figure something out ASAP
kind of unbearable.
As soon as we decided to have Waverly’s party at our house a few months ago, my husband decided that he was going to put a retaining wall in our backyard to make it level. As usual, it turned into a much bigger (& more expensive) project than we ever thought it would be. The bad news is that it wasn’t completely done by Waverly’s party so we actually didn’t go back there at all. The good news is that he ended up doing a fence with it & this fall, we will be able to go out in our new (enclosed) backyard again!
We are (all four of us) pretty damn excited, it’s kind of a life-changer. 🙂
I really am so proud of my husband for pulling this off, he has worked pretty much everyday after his own workday plus weekends to make this happen for us. I hate complaining since I know there are single & military moms out there who do this (plus much more) all of the time, but honestly, it was emotionally challenging for all of us. Waverly really had a hard time understanding why daddy wasn’t around as much & also, had quite a few breakdowns over why she couldn’t go play outside. Most days, I would just try to find activities somewhere besides the house (for as long as possible), to try to keep everyone’s sanity.
The plan is to seed once the weather gets cooler so that we will have grass, so we do have a little more waiting before it’s completely ready for dog & toddler toes. It’s basically a big pile of mid right now, but we do see an end in sight & it feels good!! This week, I decided to let Waverly & Bogger play out there for a “mud-date”, it went against pretty much all of my good mom judgment but I felt that they both deserved it after waiting for so long. 🙂
They both were so excited, running free back & forth from fence to fence. Waverly kept repeating “daddy work hard!” & “daddy did this!”. As for me, I just sat back & watched, which was quite possibly the best thing ever. I’m usually chasing after Waverly from running to the front, unwrapping Bogger’s leash surrounding her from the pole, or most often, freaking out over how many more times she is going to fall down the hill.
So yep, total life-changer & we are feeling the bliss! 🙂
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