Monday, April 23, 2007

Spent the weekend in Moab

I took Michelle and the boys to Moab over the weekend with some friends from our Land Cruiser club. We had a great time camping and driving on some really fun trails. We saw some amazing scenery that I hadn't seen before.

This first picture was near Dead Horse Point, just before we headed down Long Canyon. Long Canyon is a beautiful road that isn't that difficult but has scenery that's hard to beat.

The second picture is all of us standing near the edge of the rim above Kane Creek road. Hard to tell in the picture but we are about 900' above the canyon floor and about 10' from the edge. Weee!

If you'd like to see the rest of the pictures, you can see them here. [url][/url] There are lots, over 400 shots mostly of the Land Cruisers on the trails.

Wednesday, April 4, 2007

Our yard's going in!

Well we've started to get our yard in finally on the house. We have a neighbor that owns a landscaping company and he made us a good deal on the sprinklers and sod. That's all we're doing at the moment since that's all we can afford right now, but we'll peice it together slowly. As it sits right now they are just about done with the sprinklers. They should finish them up tomorrow and get the initial grade done on the yard. Then we have 4 big trucks worth of topsoil coming in. I'm renting a skid loader from the landscape guy to use to get the topsoil spread. (that's part we're doing on our own) It's gonna be a busy weekend. Enjoy the pictures. Lots and lots of dirt. Can't wait until we've got some grass. Another couple weeks and we should be set. I'm feeling extremely lucky that we've been able to afford to have the sprinklers done professionally. Sprinklers aren't really that difficult but they can take a long time and when I did our own sprinklers in our last house, that was enough. So this will be good. :)

Here's a shot of the front of the house. I'll show the yard in the next few.

Since we're in a cul-de-sac our front yard in fairly narrow. We having some concrete work done where they'll be enlarging our back patio and putting an RV pad along the side of the house by the garage.

This next picture is from the southwest corner of our yard. You can see our relatively small front yard.

Now for the backyard. This will be my nemesis this summer. We've got a 1/2 acre lot and nearly all of it is in the back. We don't have a riding lawn mower (yet) so this could literally take me all day to mow with our mower. It's going to be really nice for the boys but it will be some work. You can see a little bit of our patio that will double in size. Also the RV pad will come all the way along the side of the house to the back corner of the house. This corner where I'm taking the picture will be a 30x30' section that will be bark or something on the ground where we can put a playground and the trampoline for the boys. And our neighbors on this side are putting in a fence right away so we'll have a fence down this side about to where the back of the white trailer is parked.

One last one for now. This is the back yard looking from the northwest corner. All the way along the fence in the left side of this picture will be a bed about 10' wide for trees and bushes to hopefully give us a little privacy from neighbors. You can also see blue flags along the right hand side that are approximately where the other property line is. We will eventually have a fence here as well along with more trees and bushes, again as some added privacy. The west side of the house here (just right on the side, not into the backyard) will be our garden for vegetables, and berries and a couple fruit trees. This garden will be enclosed by a fence along the property line and across the front, and will have a short stone wall with a trellis entrance from the back yard. Hard to envision but that's the plan. Hope you like it.