Wednesday, January 23, 2013

This is our....backyard

We were eating breakfast this morning when we saw a little hummingbird zipping around one of the trees in the backyard.  He would leave, come back and leave again. We watched him all morning.
Can you see him (or her?) there to the left of the palm tree?
He reminded me that I wanted to share pictures of our backyard.  So here we go.
This is what it looks like when you stand on the patio and look left (southeast). 
And this is what it looks like when you look to the right  (southwest).
We had the plants covered when it was 23 degrees last week.  That green sheet flew into the pool one night.  It's been drying for a week now.  We should probably move it one of these days. 
This is looking straight ahead (south). 
And this is what it looks like with kids. 
This is standing on the grass looking back at the house.  The family room is on the right and the kitchen is on the left. 
This is standing on the east side of the patio and looking to the west.  The door goes into the master bedroom.  The window next to the door is the guest room.  That's the new table and chairs we bought.  You can see the crab sandbox in the corner.
We got tired of our house smelling like poopy diapers so we put the diaper dekor pail outside.  It'll be fine until we get into the 80's I think.  That means we've got like 6 weeks.
A close-up of the new bench and table. 
Well, this is embarassing. 
This is the east side of the house.  These are left over moving boxes and boxes from Christmas.  We pretty much fill our big recycle bin with just regular household stuff every week, so there is never extra room for these things.  I scheduled a bulk pick up for Tuesday so we'll be able to clear a lot of this out.
This is when you first walk into the pool area. 
And this is from the south side of the pool looking north.  Spencer is in between two windows in our bedroom.  The window on the far left is in the master bathroom. 
This is looking out onto the street that is west of our house. 
This is the west side of our house.  We kind of just threw a bunch of stuff over here right before Elliott's party in December and we haven't been back to move things.  Out of sight, out of mind. 
This is our RV gate for when we buy a 35 foot RV after we retire in 30 years. 
And here is Spencer showing how strong he is. 
This is the raised garden that we'd like to plan stuff in as soon as it warms up a bit.  Ideas for what to grow? 
This is a huge mesquite tree in our neighbor's yard.  It's a good thing my allergy shots worked because this thing would have killed me about 7 years ago.
This is Michael wearing black shorts and black socks together. 
And this is a close-up of our ridiculously spacious pool.  Fancy a dip this summer?
  I'm not looking forward to it being 110+ degrees, but it will be a bit more tolerable with this in the backyard. 
 And that's it.  That's the yard.  It's not fancy but I really couldn't love it more.  It was a huge selling point when we looked at the house for the first time.


k and j said...

This would be our dream house! Pool, RV gate ahhh. You are so lucky!!

Sherry said...

It is perfect! I love that pool area and play area are separate for safety reasons. Love the patio and all the space and privacy. What grows well in Arizona...cactus (or cacti)? So how about a visit in the summer from crazy NC stalkers so we can use the pool? ;-)

Megan said...

Pam has a raised garden and gets lots of yummy veggies. I will get a list of what she grows when. I am sooo there this summer! Will you swim with Hadley while I nurse my new baby?

Cat said...

I like it. As for gardening, I'm not good with gardens. Megan did give me a plant that survived, but years ago Mom and I tried to do a vegetable garden, let's just say our friendly neighborhood groundhog had other ideas. The flowers I planted last year only lasted a few weeks.