Monday, February 27, 2012

When You Think Projects, Think Sponge Balls

With the beautiful 65 degree temperatures we had yesterday, we embraced the sunshine most of the afternoon.  It spoiled us and reminded us that Spring is rapidly approaching.  Talk of St. Patrick's Day, Lent, Easter and of course, the St. Louis Cardinals Opening Day (versus the Cubs no less) really gets me all gitty about time outside.

You know those sunny, spring days where it's warm enough to open the windows and just cool enough to take a nap under ALL the covers at the same time your child does?  

You don't nap when your child does?  

Well you should.  

The other stuff will always be there, but the reward of rest means the world (this coming from the to do list overload girl during most nap times).  I was hungover yesterday, so it's much easier to put the to-dos on hold when that happens.

After naps, we headed out to the deck with markers, coloring books and of course, Mia's Black & Decker tool set.  She was convinced her chair was broken and it needed to be fixed asap.

We have about 4-5 gangly lookin' trees in our backyard.  They are hideous eye sores that don't provide anything for our property.  The sit on the top of our hill in the back yard.  The Hubs was super excited to get the chainsaw out and go to town on them.  He started this part of the project yesterday.  Mia and I watched from the deck because who doesn't want their wife and daughter talking to them the whole time they are cutting down trees??  We took in every ounce of Vitamin D we could get.

I'm so excited about this spring because we've finally reached the time in our home ownership at this house that we can start discussing landscaping.  We've done very little to our landscaping or our yard since we've been here.  As you may or may not recall, we bought a short sale property, so it's been project after project (after project, thanks a lot to the creative ideas I've found via Pinterest). 

Once the trees are gone, we will grade the hill, plant some solid foliage and mulch.  It will make a huge difference.

AND, we've taking the plunge this year and paying someone to maintain (treat, not cut) our yard.  We've tried and just don't have the time to put into it.  So, we've decided to pay the experts to fix it.  It's the same company my sister uses and their grass is aaaaaahhhhhhmazing.

Who am I?

Never in a million years did I think I would get excited about having green, plush grass.  Ever.

To the point (geez, talky much?).  In thinking about all these fabulous projects coming up over the next 6 months or so, I clearly need to come up with things to keep Mia occupied, so I've started exploring.

And my first favorite, cheapo, idea was found today.  Thank you Martha Stewart.

Because once it starts getting even remotely warm, what kid doesn't love water?  And the cousins/nieces, are going to love this!

Have outdoor ideas to share?  Please do!  I would love to hear what you do to keep the kids busy outside!

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