Michael's parents came to visit last weekend. My mother in law helped with the kids so that I could get all of the Christmas decorations taken down and put back in the garage. My father in law and Michael did a bunch of yard work.
#1 on the list was cutting down a huge mesquite tree that was literally growing into and under our house. A very good blogger would have taken a picture of the tree before it was reduced to stump level, but by the time I got out there Papa and his chainsaw had hacked that thing to death.
Good thing too because it had already popped a roof tile off and would have eventually cracked the foundation.
I got this picture from the inspection report. It was recommended that we trim the tree back. We went one better and just took the whole thing out.
These are some of the clippings.
After the tree was done (or maybe before. I actually don't remember now), Michael and his dad put the kids new swing set together.
They both love it.
The seesaw is kind of pointless without a buddy.
But grandmas can help.
I don't have pictures of the final set-up, but we bought new patio furniture too.
Ginger did not get a new outdoor bed, but we did move an indoor bed outdoors for her.
We took our old patio furniture and moved it by the pool.
Elliott was thrilled to be riding Spencer's motorcycle.
It did not really snow in our backyard. We just finally dumped the fake snow from Elliott's party.
The next day we took Spencer's 5 years-4 months picture at the top of the slide.
So, I think I'm going to start a new "feature" on the blog. It's going to be called "This is our....." and then I can pick one room or one area of our house and show pictures of it.
I think I will do the mantle first. I'm kind of obsessed with it right now. And then second I'll do the back porch.