Thursday, April 30, 2009

Ta Da!

The landscaping is finally finished! If you remember back, Megan and I added stone and lattice under the deck, but we were left with a 12 inch gap under much of the lattice. Megan had to go back home and I was feeling stumped with how to fill in the space. What to do, what to do? I decided to build a retaining wall, so I started digging, bought the stones, and then decided the project was too daunting to do alone. I returned all the blocks and decided to fill in the emptiness with dirt. Wasn't working! The slope was too steep and the dirt simply wouldn't stay in place. I was venting to Nat and she convinced me we could do the retaining wall and it wouldn't be that hard. Thanks to her push, I bought back all the blocks, plus some, and we went to work. For a week and a half (that's right...what a committed friend!!!) we diligently designed, dug, hulled, planted, spread, pounded, and sweated our way to a beautifully landscaped deck area. Nat was right that the project was totally do-able, even though it took time and sweat, but I would have definitely lost steam if it hadn't been for her everyday push. And...we did all this with our 4 kiddos around...I'm even impressed by us. Check out our progressive pictures.
Nat was doing shrugs in order to get a decent workout


8 comments:

Natalie said...

I needed it, it was therapy for me! So thanks for including me.

KToth said...

Wow! That looks amazing! Are you two (six including the kiddos) available for hire? That looks like a professional job.

Jen said...

I agree with Kristen...I should have just paid you two to do my yard. It looks amazing! :)

Riley said...

Does MichNat and Co do Pergo floors? I would like to get an estimate.

Megan said...

Oh, Michelle (and Nat)! That looks totally fantastic! Yes, very professional and apart of a specific plan from the start. Well done. WAY TO GO! Thanks for the pictures.

Now get out there and enjoy that beautiful yard!

I say it's time for DickCo. to come down and do the Pergo. He'd do it!

Nathan said...

Nice work.

Jodi said...

It looks awesome! I'm so proud of you both for doing such an amazing job! I love it!

Mike, Em, and Gavin said...

I am so impressed. That looks awesome!!! Way to not be afraid of some hard work.