Wednesday, June 24, 2009

I Have Two Christmas Trees

We (when I say 'we', I mostly mean Jake) have been very busy around here doing a lot of stuff in the yard. Thanks to a very generous gift certificate to a local nursery from Jake's boss and his wife (Thanks Andy and Heidi!!!), we were able to get TEN trees for our yard! I am so excited about our trees. We got four Poplars, two Canada Red Cherries, two Elms and two Spruce trees (Sierra is so excited to have two Christmas trees in her yard). I love my trees! I could just sit and stare at them all day. It adds so much character to our yard. They are already quite big and beautiful!

Next is our walkway. We weren't sure what we wanted to do. We originally wanted to get some nice stones and place them in like bricks. Well, the stones we picked out would have cost us $600! No way! So, we priced out the cheapest bricks - $300 - still no way! Well, I noticed a bunch of old broken up concrete down the street from our house. So we took a bunch and set them out for the walkway to see how it would look. It worked! Free! Can't really beat that - especially when you have other things to spend your money on. We are going to plant grass in between all of the concrete. You can sort of tell it is concrete but it still looks nice. It will look really nice once we get some flower beds, bushes and green grass.

Our fence. Jake has been working hard digging all the holes all by himself and packing all the dirt back in. It is definately a project in itself, but will look so nice when it is done. It will be the split rail type of fence. I can't wait until it is finished. I can't wait until the whole yard is finished! Thanks Jake for all your hard work!!!!

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Alfalfa Flowers

The girls looked so cute this morning picking the alfalfa flowers behind our house. The alfalfa is getting so tall and there are purple flowers popping up everywhere. I love looking out at our backyard and our views. Doesn't get any better than that. :)

Thursday, June 11, 2009


We have a small little herd of antelope that hang out in the fields behind our house. We see them almost every day - usually in pairs. Today I looked out the window and saw this lonely antelope in our backyard. I have never seen them come that close to our house. If you look in the bottom right of the picture, those teepee things is where our garden is going to be - so he was right there, very close. Sort of exciting.

Later when we were outside doing some yard work. Maddie spotted a second antelope. I knew this one was a different one than the first because it had horns. We sat and watched it for a while. It even made an antelope noise for us. Then Daisy spotted it and that was then end of that. She chased it for a minute. It ran off and joined the first antelope which was in the back field - back where we usually see them.

Monday, June 8, 2009

Happy #2 Maddie!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY MADDIE! We celebrated Maddie's Birthday on Saturday. She was loving the whole Birthday thing. She knew it was her special day and I think she did feel special all day. We didn't do anything in particular, but we did celebrate with presents and cake. She was very good at opening her presents. Very neat and organized. She put every piece of wrapping paper on the ground and kept her presents on the couch. I don't think she even needed help opening them at all - but if she did, Sierra was right there waiting to help. :) It was fun celebrating. The girls even got to stay up late (to wait for Aunt Megan) and did a little dancing around the house to some loud music (thanks to all the sugar.)
I love the look on Sierra's face in this picture. She was so excited to see what Maddie got.
Maddie had a cat cake this year. He sort of looks like he's on drugs, but he was still good.
Blowing out the candles. Sierra got to help with this one.