Friday, May 20, 2011

Patio Perfection

I apologize for my absence but I have been traveling like a mad woman this past week and Tyler and I head out again this afternoon for the Hangout Music Festival in Gulf Shores. Whoo hoo!! From there I will fly straight to a business meeting in Chicago but things will hopefully slow down after Wednesday of next week!

The patio is finally finished and we think it looks pretty good! We still have to get some comfy furniture and a few more odds and ends to make it feel cozy but all in all we love it!

Jeremy Vinson graciously donated some sod that he had no use for so we filled in some of the areas around the patio and hope it will spread. We now officially have 200 sq ft less dirt and weeds in the back yard!

Get ready for a patio party at the Caldwell's!!

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Patio Progress

I don't remember if I told you or not but Tyler and I decided that it was time to expand the patio. When we moved in we had grand plans of either ripping out the old patio and starting from scratch or building a wooden deck over the existing patio. We recently came to our senses and decided that just adding a brick patio next to the existing concrete patio was our most time and cost efficient option.

With that said, Tyler turned on the manual labor last weekend and started digging. Apparently you have to dig out about 8-10 inches before you begin and with 200 sq. feet looming over us him, it was a daunting task.

He managed to get everything dug up on in about 2 evenings and on Saturday he brought in the gravel. You see, I thought "yo, this will be easy, all you have to do is dig out a few inches then slap those puppies in place and there you have it, an exquisite new patio!" Yeah not so much.

Next came the gravel and it took two truck loads to fill up the darn hole. He has to tamp down all the gravel then he will be ready to add a few inches of sand.

Our bricks were delivered yesterday so this weekend Tyler will be a busy bee adding the sand then actually laying the bricks. I promise to show you the final product the second he finishes! Wish us luck, it's going to be an exhausting weekend!

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

My Puppy the Pirate

Strongbow got  a new outfit yesterday and he LOVES it! Check out the pirate collar that I ordered from Up Country last week.

Doesn't he look thrilled?