Monday, May 25, 2009

Another Project

We FINALLY got some yard work done. Our yard is so difficult because of the hill, the septic system, and a trillion rocks that its just so expensive to do anything! But this year we promised ourselves to do one part of it, then next year we will do another section and so on. BUT, since the girls got a trampoline this year for Christmas we needed to get an area ready for that. Here are the dramatic before and after pic's. We love it and have been out there every day this beautiful weekend just jumping on the trampoline, playing in a new sand box and soaking up the sun! The girls just love the trampoline and that is all they want to do. It's the first thing Kai asks to do when she wakes up in the morning and from a nap. We had such a fun weekend playing at home with each other and our friends, what a great holiday weekend!

After the tractor got it ready for gravel.


Silly Girls.
Austin will build a retaining wall with bricks over on the right side where the side of the hill was dug out.... plus a few other things we are still doing with gravel for a swing set etc... It looks great, but still has a lot of work left to do, but a great start!

Friday, May 22, 2009

Mosaic Tile Floor

After we built our addition onto our house, we had a new landing area outside our garage door and entryway into our new playroom and it was our vision to do a mosaic tile floor with Austin's mom, who is extremely talented in mosaic tile art.  So, she came to visit for a few days and we all did the floor together like mad to get it done while she was here. She is very artistic and talented and we could not have done it without her.  Here is our journey from beginning to end!

This is what it looked like BEFORE!

This is where the old landing and new entryway meet.

The hardi-back is in place and we drew on our design.

Time to mosiac the tile peices. Just like a jig-saw puzzle

Now the tile is done and "glued" down. Needs to dry overnight, then we will grout.

This is our design. A sun with N,E,S, W points and a moon in the middle of the sun.

Austin is grouting.

The finished product! We love it and it looks so great! Thank you to our talented mother-in-law and lots of hard work. The picture does not do justice of how beautiful and meaningful this looks. This was a special project that we will love and enjoy forever!