“Don’t think of me as someone trimming the shrubs, but a sculptor.”

Did you know I married “Picasso?” Me neither, that is until we began trimming the shrubs. The fact that Justin can make me laugh while doing yard work is a very good thing, and one of the many reasons I married him!

We had a very fun, productive, sun-filled day today out in the yard. Oddly enough, I couldn’t wait for this week to be over so I could do just that… yard work. Isn’t it odd how your interests change when becoming a homeowner? I’m only hoping I’ll continue to like yard work year after year…

Anyway, Justin and I continued as we had before today with weeding, edging the beds, and trimming, eh hem, sculpting, the many overgrown shrubs in our yard. (Tip: if you’re ever looking for a new home and they advertise “mature landscaping,” think twice before deciding that’s a good thing…). It actually wasn’t THAT bad, and we were able to really clean up the front of our house. It looks a million times better, and the best thing was, it only cost us a mere $6!

Something new we discovered, and never would have had the reason to before owning a home, was that our local transfer station has free mulch. By mulch I mean wood chips that really are not as good looking as the mulch you might buy, but it was free, so clearly a no brainer. Getting mulch was also an excuse to bring Baylee along, which she absolutely loved.

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We are done with the front yard, for now, and plan to clean out the side and back yards soon. Although that too will be a lot of work, I really CAN’T WAIT for our next outdoor project: adding a walkway from our front door to our driveway. If you didn’t notice, there isn’t one! I’ve been saying since the day we moved in that I am especially excited for this project. Until then, here are some more yard pictures.

FREE mulch!

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Before…

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And After!

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This beautiful tree in our yard had numerous weeds and tulips growing around it and in the yard. Unfortunately, the tulips could not be saved, so everything had to go. This is more what we had in mind…

From yuck…

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To nice!

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Our mailbox, too, needed a little something, along with the light post to the side of our yard, which the previous owners landscaped around. We received a $25 gift card to a local garden center, simply for moving to the neighborhood, and we were able to buy some petunias to put around our mailbox.

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Although this has nothing to do with yard work, I also wanted to add some updated pictures of our living, dining and office spaces. We are living in them, finally, and they look great! With the downstairs well underway, I’m anxious to begin work on our downstairs bathroom and kitchen this fall and winter. I know… little crazy!

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Lastly, for those of you wondering, today wiped Baylee out too…

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Mother’s Day Gardening

Happy Mother’s Day to all you mommas out there! I hope you had a nice and relaxing day. 🙂

After spending some time with my own mumma this morning, Justin and I decided to take advantage of the change in weather this afternoon and do a little gardening. We have a small garden on each side of our front stoop. Both sides are very over grown and in need of some pruning and TLC.

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Although we have many great, mature shrubs and plants, they have taken over this portion of our yard! Unfortunately, we did not get to this side of our stoop today, but we did get to the other side, which looked very similar before!

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We were able to edge around the garden, rake out all of the leaves, pull out many weeds, and give the shrubs a much needed “haircut.” This was my first time using a hedge trimmer and I have to say, it was pretty exciting. 😉

Before & After:

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Not too shabby! We hope to get some work done on the opposite side next weekend, and spread some mulch down to really make it look nice. We hope to do something with this lovely landscaping in the middle of our yard while we’re at it…

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On another note, Justin and I are finally ready to start decorating and hanging some of our pictures. This has really made our house feel like a home. Justin always jokes that people are going to enter our home and not know who lives here given the lack of pictures and decorations on the walls. We solved that problem this weekend by hanging some of our wedding photos off an oar that our cousins gave to us!

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Check back for more landscaping updates next week!