Landscaping

Let’s take a little trip down memory lane…

Here’s what our house looked like when we moved in:

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For a long time it looked like this:

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And then this weekend…

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We’ve come a long way.  Lots of work still pending, but it sure feels good to have one side *almost done!

*we are waiting on one final bush, but the hole is prepped and ready to plant!

We’ve also done some work with our neighbor on the area in between our houses.  You may remember this guy:

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Roses will be planted here soon and the finishing touches will be done to the wall also.  It looks so much nicer already.  We love our neighbors!!

And we love getting dirty!

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Yardwork

On Friday we officially had all of the drainage issues fixed outside of our house!  They did a great job…but we haven’t had any of that infamous Georgia rain since then so we will have to wait for a more comprehensive review. =)

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This weekend, Mike and our neighbor got to work on our front/side of our house.  Mike cut out the massive bushes and then the two of them worked to build a retaining/garden wall.  Our neighbors hope to plant some rose bushes there eventually.  The wall should be finished tomorrow sometime.  What a beautiful change!!

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We spent time outside all weekend keeping them company.  And, of course, we had fun visits from our neighbors.  Such beautiful weather!

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Always a project…

You may be noticing a trend…the Cleve Crew is always working on some sort of project around our house!  This past week and weekend, we started work on a new patio in our backyard.  We have been INCREDIBLY blessed by a family in our church who was able to get the supplies to us free of cost (in exchange for a photo shoot for Lowes, I believe…) and has also offered to donate his time and energy to help us build it.  Awesome!!  And let me tell you, it’s beautiful.  We are halfway done and VERY impressed.

Here are some pictures from our work out there.  The boys and I spent some time weeding and removing rocks during the week…in the rain…  We got filthy and had a blast.  =)

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And here’s the patio project…a work in progress:

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Next week we should have more to show!!!

Our House

We recently removed all of the bushes (and most of the weeds) from the front of our house.  It’s a HUGE work in progress, but it’s eventually going to look really wonderful. =)  Feel free to give us any insight you might have on what to plant there…it’s a big undertaking and we’re a little overwhelmed.  Also, we don’t have green thumbs. =/

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Also, we recently put out some bird seed on our back porch.  It’s been lots of fun watching all of the birds!  Cardinals and Blue Jays are the most frequent visitors, but we’ve seen some Red Finches, Mourning Doves, and Robins as well.

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Birthday Weekend

We started celebrating Ethan’s birthday already last weekend with Uncle Jason and Aunt Jennie.  Already posted those pictures.

On Friday we skyped with Grandma Cleve and Aunt Ashley and opened up a bunch of birthday presents. So fun!  We spent the next couple of days playing with those funs gifts and decorating his room.

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On Saturday, we skyped with Grandpa and Grandma to open presents.  We also opened the tennis racquet and balls from us (already posted those pics).

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We also spent a lot of time in our backyard.  Mike rented a tiller from Home Depot and the boys and I did a little helping, too.  We hung out in the back of Mike’s car when we were too dirty to go in the house.  Then we went to the pool to cool off. (no pics…)

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We had a little ice cream before bed while wearing our awesome new masks (thanks, Hana!).

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On Sunday, we went to church.  That evening we went for a little hike at a park nearby.

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And read books in our masks:

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