I don’t know about you, but this May long weekend was a great one. Gorgeous sunshine, hot enough weather that the kids were able to live in their sandbox and cool off with water fights, the perfect opportunity to enjoy our new decks with cold drinks and great garden prep weather! Oh yeah – the global pandemic meant we had to socially isolate and do our part by staying home instead of enjoying with family and friends, but, for the first time in a while, there was no where else we wanted to be! Our little dude celebrated his first birthday and we made some beautiful memories!
I wish I could say I made great use of preoccupied kids by finishing unpacking, finalizing the decor pieces for our home and painting furniture, but no … that didn’t happen and I’m totally OK with that! Instead, our pond is starting to look like a pond rather than a mosquito-breeding swamp, our orchard is tilled and taking shape, our veggie garden is carved out and ready to rock and plans are in the works for landscaping the yard! Sometimes there is nothing better than a change in plans and direction, am I right? I’ve also come to the realization that at least 90% of my time over the next 5 months is going to be spent chasing naked children with a bottle of sunscreen, but that’s a story for another time …
Our yard at the new house is a work in progress but Rome wasn’t built in a day! I am jealous of those of you who have luscious grass to cut, but in the meantime I am just going to refer to our home as the Beach House. I figure if I mount a speaker to play soothing wave sounds and create some sort of sea-spray mimicking hose system, I will stop worrying about the INSANE amounts of sand inside the house; really – who cares about sand when you live at the beach?! #newhomeproblems
Chris, my hubby, has decided that this year he is going to capitalize on the fact that we now spend 24/7 at home and turn his passion to our gardens. He’s always had the gardening bug and we’ve always had great annual gardens but have neither had the time nor space to make it happen. He’s pulled me on board the garden train this year so away we go! Our goal is to have a bountiful garden where we can eat what we grow, so this year we are focusing on building an “orchard” of fruit-bearing trees and bushes on the west side of our yard and a vegetable garden on the east side of our yard. I’m posting a picture of Chris’ plans for the orchard side and will keep you posted on our plans as they unfold over the next week leading up to planting weekend! We also have grand plans for a perennial and wildflower-type garden throughout the yard, so stay tuned!
As a family, we more or less live outside from the beginning of April until Halloween until we get scared in by cold, so creating an outdoor space that was kid and dog friendly, maintainable and aesthetically appealing are super important to us. Before the fire, our yard was pretty “blah” so we are on the mission to change that! With that being the case, I figured it was the PERFECT opportunity to help you with your outdoor decorating needs!
On that note …. it’s GIVEAWAY TIME! We do lots of fun giveaways on our W&R Facebook page but I am thrilled to be doing the first blog one! My first outdoor project is to pretty up our big southern-style front porch – just waiting on cushion delivery for my swing and some extra time to get a few things completed! That said, I have a couple of signs up and I’ve fallen hard for this house number sign style! So this is where the giveaway comes in … WIN YOUR OWN! I would love to help you design a 3D sign for your own front door – whether it has your house number, your road name, family name – sky is the limit up to a $120 value
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Winner will be selected on Sunday, May 24 at 8PM! Local pick up or shipping at expense of winner.
Stay safe and enjoy the sunshine!