House For Six

Memorial Weekend Recap & A Backyard Tour

Deme Crinion6 Comments
I hope you all had a fantastic long weekend and aren't dragging too much today!  Last week was the boys final week of school and the all important preschool graduation added about 3 events (rehearsals, etc) to our calendar.  I think we had something going on every single morning and evening...so by the time the weekend hit, we were toast. 

Friends invited us over for dinner on Friday and even though we were tired, it was a perfect summer evening.  We ate outside picnic style...low key and relaxing and just what we needed at the end of a taxing week.  In fact, we shared a meal with friends almost every day this weekend. 

That may not seem like a big deal, but we moved here not knowing a single soul.  Good friends of ours from Albuquerque ended up moving here a few months after we did, and then our boys' Godparents'  family moved here on military orders a couple months ago as well.  Having good friends we consider family in the same city with us has been so incredible.

But God has also been faithful to bless us with new friendships too.  We spent Sunday evening with new friends and were just left feeling so grateful for the relationships that are growing here, both new and old.  When you are far, far from family, those relationships mean everything.  By the end of the weekend we were feeling humbled at how much God has done in the short 6 months we've been here in Ohio. 

Aside from enjoying time with friends, we had our sights set on the backyard.  Specifically, these planter boxes.  (of course, I did not take any pictures while this was happening so these are all after the fact via this morning - just give me the Blogger of The Year Award now).

We had no idea what the previous owners had planted or whether anything was still alive.  Turns out two of three beds were empty/dead and the third must have once held herbs, because we had one bunch of cilantro and one of flat parsley.  I've always wanted to have an herb garden, so we dedicated the rest of that bed to herbs, adding sweet basil, oregano, rosemary, and mint over the weekend.  
In the middle bed we planted jalapenos, cucumbers, and peppers.  The top bed has two new tomato plants.  Right now we just have the plastic tags stuck in the soil to identify everything, but the kids are ready to help make this area a little more personalized.

By the way, those water bottles the boys are holding are the bee's knees.  They let the kids "water" without fire-hosing the plants down with the regular garden hose, and bonus - they're also a great way to increase hand strength.  When Mia first started school, her handwriting was very light and her teacher gave us some exercises that didn't feel like work to increase her grip strength.  Using a spray bottle was one of them.

They're also good for watering down large balls, yard toys, and entire play sets.  Kept them busy for a good long while.


Speaking of play sets....this is supposed to be my "Mama Perch".  You know, the place were I can sit with a glass of deliciousness and watch the chicks play. 

Except for this....
Mr. Ill Positioned Rail causes me to either crane my next to see above it or duck to see below it.  I'm thinking a couple of bar height chairs and a small table will to the trick.

The other side of the deck has a built in bench and our old patio table.  It's looking pretty sad right now, but I'm envisioning strings of lights and fun colors to jazz things up.  Eventually...
The whole deck actually needs to be resealed, but we're not sure if that's a project for this year or next. 

 We also have this incredible balcony off our master bedroom.  I remember seeing it on our house hunting trip and dreaming of coffee on lounge chairs and all sorts of leisure and glamorousness of a life that I do not actually lead. 
In reality, there is a dirty old rug from the previous owners and a screen door from the slider downstairs.  No lounge chairs, no seating.  But still awesome, because hey - it's a balcony!  And one day we could do something really fun out there.

Below it is our designated grill area.  I would love to give James a table or cabinets to be able to better cook out there.  We grill most nights out of the week during the summer months, so this area could benefit from some love!

The far corners of our yard held a few surprises.  In the corner of the wooded area of the yard, we found a little fire pit the old owners left behind.

It needs to be cleaned up but we think this clearing is screaming for someone to plop down a fire pit, some chairs, and all the makings for some smores.

In the opposite corner we have this shed (near the garden beds).  We moved into this home right at the start of winter, so we promptly moved all our patio chairs into the shed (10 total).  We had friends over for lunch on Monday, went to retrieve the chairs and found we could only manhandle the doors open about 18 inches.  The doors expanded in the humidity and the chairs are pretty much stuck in the shed until we can figure out how to get them out.  Humidity veterans, help!!

Behind the shed we discovered the old owners dump zone.  Trash and junk and other randomness that we'll eventually need to go through.  BUT, that black thing.....a compost bin!  Win for us!  

We live in sort of a woodsy area, and the trees are no joke.    
It's such a serene setting and even though there's potential for a lot of projects, we're grateful to have such an awesome outdoor space to enjoy the summer!  However, we will accept any and all volunteers to help us deal with all those leaves come the fall.


Thanks so much for reading! We would love to keep in touch!