This last summer Craig surprised me with the landscaping of the back yard. After waiting 4 years I was the MOST excited for this and could hardly wait! We were in the middle of renovating Allie’s house and helping with Chelsie & Ryan’s wedding plans. He began with telling me he was only redoing the beach- I was happy about that, but wanted more….(July 11th, 2013)
This was a huge job and he finished it in 10 days- it looked so much better!
In the meanwhile I was planning out Chels & Ryan’s wedding shower- it was set for August 23rd. I had sent out 65 invites for a party of 85 guests. I decided to surprise Chels & Ryan (and Craig lol) with an outdoor wedding shower. Chels had originally tried to sell Craig on the idea of having the wedding out there with a tent and cheeseburgers. He said no. So, I ordered the tent, tables, chairs & 40 pounds of hamburger. July 22nd…. I heard a bobcat in the back yard. After calling Craig I found out that he was surprising me with the landscaping of the back yard- no way was I telling him about the shower plans, yet…
It was crazy- I kept thinking that this could not possibly be worse timing and yet I couldn’t possibly be more excited. Craig & I always wing it- yep, no plans. He started by scraping off all the old grass. Craig is really good at making me amazing stone paths straight out of a storybook! He first did them at our last home and I couldn’t imagine not having them again here. The front paths were in and this would be the last one for this home in the back <3
Somehow, some way the path, fire pit, flowers, mulch, pavers, boulders and grass needed to get finished… In one month….I needed to tell him about the shower in the back yard…..
I don’t think much surprises him anymore when it comes to me! He took the news well and now he knew this project needed to wrap up quickly. He’s such a good guy <3
The boulders came into place creating a new area by the existing fire pit…
And in 30 days…..
The sod was laid a mere 3 days before the shower and up went the tent….
The weather was warming up, the sprinklers and hoses were in constant use…. Little did I know that the absolute HOTTEST day of the ENTIRE summer would be on the day of the shower! (Upcoming post)
Here are a few more pictures after the tent was taken down- I could not be happier with how the back yard all came together! Craig lost a total of 18 pounds during his month of hard labor!!
We’re really looking forward to springtime to see everything we planted hopefully come up and enjoy a long summer full of friends at the fire pit <3