Saturday, May 31, 2008

Grown Up Gifts

I just think it is so funny how things change when you grow up, get married, buy a house and so on. Kip and I used to think our mother's and fater's were fibbing to us whey they would say they want new plants for the backyard, or a new kitchen appliance for their birthday's, NOW WE UNDERSTAND!!!! There was no fibbing going on at all!
So for Kipper's Birthday I kept asking him what he wanted, his answer every time was that he just wanted to get his backyard done.
Well we were not able to fufill his entire wish of the backyard being completed but we did get a HUGE start! For my birthday we will finnish it off, becuause, you guessed it, that is what I want for my birthday as well.
Here are the gifts that Kipper recieved, GROWN UP GIFTS, and we are SO, SO, SO, Happy for them!


A Weed Wacker that we BADLY NEEDED!! Thanks so much Clint for loaning yours to us up to this point. We are so happy to start wacking our weeds with our new toy!


A blower, but don't be fooled, it sucks too! I personally think this is the best way to clean off your patio. Sweeping takes WAY TO LONG and is such effort. Why sweep when you can just blow the mess away?


Yippy!!!! We have a patio!!!!! We are so, so, so happy to have a patio. This is going to help reduce the dirt that makes it's way into my house via our feet and our dirty dog! I am also so excited about the decrease in dust. Can't wait for the grass to be in and then there will be no dirt left!!! YEAH!!!


We need to wait a month to seal the concrete so all the moisture evaporates first. It is going to look way better once it is sealed. The color will stand out much, much more and it is going to have more of a wet glossy look to it. We can't wait for it to be done, done.


This is how the sides of the house look. We decided not to do the stamp down the sides, just the texture with a smooth strip every once in a while. I am really happy with how it turned out!



I could not resist a few of the puppy Echo posing. He is growing up so much, but the ears are still not standing on their own darn it. Time to tape them up again. I sure hope they stand forever some day????

17 comments:

Sarah said...

Hey! It looks great! Dave was saying that Kip was telling him about it, so we'll have to keep your guy in mind when we buy a place (which is hopefully soon!)

Amanda said...

Oh, the way that life changes once you become a big kid! Great presents. And the patio looks AMAZING! It makes your back yard and your house even look so much better. And echo (who is huge!) seems to like hanging out on it. I really like the color and stamp. Way to go!

Traci Elizabeth said...

Happy Birthday to Kipper! Those are great gifts and the backyard looks awesome!!

gunnells said...

Patio looks amazing....I love it! So worth it.

The Bruer Clan said...

Wow, I LOVE your backyard!! SO DIG IT!! Thank you SO much for the LOVIN on your comments!! ;) You make me feel good!! You are stinkin fun!! I hope you had a good time at the ward partay!! Missed it...I was bummed...It's all good... LOVES!!!

Heather said...

It looks awesome! Congrats! I know it feels great to have that done! :)

Dacia said...

Sweet! Your patio looks great! Isn't it nice to get more work done on your house/yard! I guess we are grown up.

Pedersens said...

Love the patio in the back!! Now we need to come over and BBQ it up and let our pups play. Kipper & Mark stopped by today... it was good to see them... he was talking about his birthday gifts and he was so excited he got them! so funny how things change like that... grown up gifts- huh? And Katie told me Echo is like twice the size of Chief and they are the same age... should be fun to watch them play. Lets plan something soon!

Katie said...

I remember when I started asking for grown up gifts and came to that same realization myself. Your patio looks incredible.

Melissa said...

I love the patio... when is the party??

Emily said...

How perfect for summer, to have it all done! Your dog is adorable and I completely agree with all of the grown up toys we all love.

Philip and Melissa said...

You are OFFIcially grown up when you buy a weed wacker!!! your house is so great...AND you'll appreciate the fence you have kiddos!!! so you better get on that one :-}

The Ellsworth Clan said...

Im with Jenn,, when's the bbq??? The patio looks great. We need to know what's going on with our house so I can do something with the backyard.

Erin said...

Yeah, what ever happened to barbies and make-up?
laetly I ahve been wanting paint for bedrooms, and Paul has been angleing for car mechanic stuff. Exciting about your yard. The patio looks great!

Lance and Becky said...

I love love the patio! Stamped and everything...it's gordeous! We're in that whole "yard finishing" process too. We need some plants, trees, and flowers too...it'll come :) Love the "grown up" gifts. You're so right!

Heidi said...

WOW!! thats awesome! Im with you two on the grown up gifts. we need a lawn mower, a weed wacker, and to put concrete on the side of the house. a lot of our landscaping (that we didnt do) is rocks. Not my favorite.

jeanine said...

I love the patio! One year Rich got a weed wacker for Father's Day... too funny.