Sunday, June 8, 2014

Backyard Update - Part 2

I have been missing for some time! My life has been all sorts of crazy. My little brother and his bride had their bachelor/bachelorette parties last week; lots and lots of family came into town and I so enjoyed getting to spend a little time with them; we had their rehearsal, dinner, and party; then, after several years of dating, my little brother married his beautiful bride; I have been working like a mad woman, because we have four days left of work before summer vacation, thus we're in the just survive-until-summer-vacation mode; my hubby and I are going on a kidless vacation in a week, so I've been packing, doing laundry, cleaning, shopping, making lists, and doing more laundry. Connor started swim lessons last week...and the twins are in their last few weeks of speech therapy EVER! It has been one of the busiest months!! My hair dresser a few weeks ago found a new, pretty big spot of alopecia areata (maybe the size of a quarter), which I think shows you right there how I've been handling the stress (disclaimer: there is debate about whether or not Alopecia is caused by stress, but it seems to coincide for me). It's all been good, happy stress - but sometimes I forget that stress is stress. I NEED this vacation with my husband. Okay, whew. Now that I've caught you all up - it's time to finish the post about our backyard. HERE WAS THE PART 1, in case you missed it.

I ended the post with the concrete completion, but didn't show you it stained or sealed...or our gazebo!

We started the huge gazebo, by laying everything out on May 27th. We had three little helpers:

 Here's the only picture I really got that shows the concrete before we put the gazebo up. But you can clearly see our amazing "helpers".
 I was helping with the gazebo, but then I'd prop it up with the ladder - run back and snap a photo - so that I'd have documentation. Just didn't want you thinking I was making my hubby do it all by himself!
 Once we got a few of the poles up, it became much easier - but it was a little hairy there for a second with only two of us.
  It was A LOT of steps and a lot of work, but it was actually really easy. The directions were easy. The steps were very clear. It only used a few different bolts, screws, etc. - which made it MUCH easier. This is how we left it on May 25th!
On the morning of May 26th, we got up early and built the top part of the gazebo. This is what we saw out of our sliding door in our kitchen:
At this point in the process, we realized our ladder was not going to cut it. It was WAY too short:
We ended the day on May 27th, with our gazebo looking like this:
And then on May 28th - we finished after the kids went to bed! Here it is all finished.
 Yay!
 And then we got our patio furniture all set up with our BBQ. I love the way it looks! It'll be perfect when we've got grass and bark out there for our playset!
 To the right of the gazebo on the concrete pad, we are planning on having a fireplace, seating, and a pergola with some planters!
The twins' birthday party is in July and we'll be gone on vacation in the middle of June - which gives us a couple weeks to get it all done. Yikes. We'll see. 

11 comments:

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Love it!

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Looks even better in person.

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Thank goodness you got it done before triple digits hit our area.

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It looks great!

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looks amazing!!!!

J Howard said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Thanks Courtney! You need to come see it!

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I know! Geesh! It's insanely hot.

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Thanks, Amy!!

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Thank you!!

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I definitely agree with that!

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Your backyard is looking awesome! Love the gazebo :) Love seeing the progression! I think we've decided to sell our house so I won't be doing anything to the backyard.

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