this time last year we had just moved in with dave's grandma and was working tirelessly on our home. we had no idea the journey that it would take to get our home to the point it is at right now. and we had no idea that we would be living with someone else for as long as we did. our family unit looked so different this time last year. every evening was spent at the house, running through a drive thru on the way home and putting elias in bed way too late. we spent very little time doing anything, "fun" or as a family because we were too busy trying to get our home in a liveable state. i'm grateful for what we went through, for it made us stronger and i'm grateful for our home and the hard work dave has put in to our place, but i'm also glad we are out of that rough patch. renovating is hard, you all. really, really hard.
thankfully, this spring is much different than the last and it's turned in to one of the most enjoyable seasons of my life. we've wandered through the yard in our barefeet, cared for the garden, thrown something on the grill almost every night, worked on house projects and have ended our evenings with baths, books and blocks with our guy. we've drank lemonade, cut up dozens and dozens of strawberries for elias, enjoyed walks through our neighborhood and time with friends + family. it's been a wonderful season in our lives and as parents.
when we bought this house, i envisioned the backyard as a common place for our family. a place where we could wander and play and relax and enjoy. we're currently building a deck + pergola, we've finished up the garden and are enjoying watching it grow, we've planted dozens of flowers + plants, replaced our garage door and have started replacing old landscaping stones with new ones, as well as digging up old rocks and replacing it with mulch. little by little, this place is becoming something we are so proud of and something that reflects who we are. our backyard has indeed turned in to my favorite place to spend time with my family. elias loves to wander around the yard and has just recently figured out how to use the sprayer on the water hose. he waters the garden (and us!) and laughs the whole time doing it. watching him fills my soul with so much joy.
as sad as i am to see spring leave, i'm looking forward to summer and for more time spent outdoors. i'm ready for pool days, picnics, our upcoming trip to nashville and to finish up on the few outdoor projects we have going. so here's to summer 2016! may you bring my family and i more memories, lots of popsicles, laughter and joy.
until next time,
r + d + e