Thursday, July 23, 2015

Ole Tree Stump Project

Last fall when we cut down the big cottonwood tree in our yard we kept contemplating what to do with the old tree stump. We talked about turning it into a slide, building a deck into it so we could build a tree house for Luke and even talked about grinding it down to nothing. Finally we thought it would be a great planter but didn't know how to go about it and it kept being pushed back and didn't think we would do anything to it this summer. 

Well last week we came across the exact idea we had and went to investigate it and how they did it. It was so full of flowers we couldn't see how they did it, so we didn't know if the tree was already hollow or if they did something hollow it out.
Because we knew it was possible, we googled it and found that a company used a mattock to clear it out, so we tried that and it was taking way too long, so we tried chiseling it out with and the chain saw and then mattock, but that wasn't working either (chain was getting full all of the time) finally we decided to burn it out with charcoal.

 
Success- we could see it was the easiest way to get the depth we needed, though we had to do this 4 times. But it still worked.
Finally we scooped the ashes out drilled a drainage hole in the deepest part of the stump (we didn't have a long enough but so it took us awhile to get it lined up correctly. Finally we put gravel in to help drainage and added the soil and topped it with our flowers.
It turned out beautiful and can't wait to try it again on the next stump that ends up in our yard. Personally I think ours turned out prettier.

Friday, July 03, 2015

Pool Time!

We decided since it has been in the high 90's it was time to break out the pool. Too bad the well water is too cold for him to actually sit in it.


Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Sand Box


I have talked all spring to Chris about getting Luke a sandbox and even found this great design to make a great one, but little did I know how busy I would be and it kept getting pushed back on the things to do. One night while we were lying on the trampoline, Chris found the exact design on Amazon and he ordered it. I couldn't believe that it was the exact same one. I would have ordered it a long time ago. But oh well, we have it now and Lucas loves it.
 

Sand box is ready for Lukie
 
Best part of this design is that it closes so animals can't make it their litter box and it opens up to make benches.

Little Lukie loves his sandbox

He is all boy, loves the dirt.


Saturday, June 20, 2015

Perfect Day!



Today we had a very enjoyable day.  Where we played and got things accomplished, my favorite kind of days. Because it was so hot and our yard work needed some TLC we decided to play first and then work. How great is that. We took Luke up to Rexburg to play on the Carousel and at the water park, though he didn't have as much fun as we thought he would at the water park, so we left soon after. I even tried going through the fountains to see if he would eventually play, especially since it is so not like him.
After the park, we headed home and started on the yard. We mowed, trimmed, racked and pulled weeds and the best part of it was giving Lucas a ride in the wheelbarrow with the grass clippings. It brought back so many memories I had of riding in my grandpa's grass filled wheelbarrow.

The yard was finished and the last thing I wanted to do was go into the house on this perfect evening, so the whole crew laid on the trampoline. We got to witness an incredible sunset and enjoy each other's company... Perfect way to end a perfect day.

He rode the carousel 3 times.







Nice and comfy.
 


Go faster Momma!


Idaho sunsets are spectacular.
View from the trampoline under the blankets
Love his little profile

He melts my heart.



Tuesday, June 09, 2015

Flower Garden


 

Because we had warmer than usual winter and spring, I took the chance of planting my flower garden earlier than usual, about 1 month earlier. I took the chance of it freezing and losing everything but was lucky enough that this never occurred.

 





~~~~~ May 5th ~~~~

Prior to planting the spring flowers. My flower bed is sparse anymore when it comes to tulips and daffodils, so I bought some hyacinths and more daffodils after the Easter sales, so next year they should come up and be gorgeous.


 

 
Last year when Grandma Avery passed away on May 5th the lilacs were about 1 month away but this year they were in bloom on the anniversary of her passing.
 
~~~~ June 5th ~~~~
Well it has been a month since I planted my flower garden and it is getting fuller and more gorgeous. The extra month of growth will really prove itself later this summer.
 
 

 










Sunday, June 07, 2015

Sunday Hike

Sunday we had to go up to the cabin to bring home the things Chris took up for Fathers n Sons since he didn't have time since the semi was coming to haul the cows up for the summer.. So we took advantage of it and made a picnic and headed up after church. After our picnic we decided to take a hike up into the trees behind the cabin. Lucas did fantastic and was able to keep up with us long legged parents. We hiked about 1 1/2 miles and by the end Luke's little legs were tired and I carried him the rest of the way. Thankfully it was just a few hundred yards. While on our hike we took advantage of the beauty around us and showed Luke what a beautiful Earth we live on.
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Saturday, June 06, 2015

Father n' Sons


 

So Lucas and his Da Da went on their 2nd Fathers and Sons outing up to Avery Acres with the Foothill ward. Lucas was so excited that he was going to go camping again and especially excited to be going with his dad. Though when I buckled him in his car seat he decided he wanted me to come with him too. They had a great time up there and from what I could tell Lucas and James Coles played hard the whole time. James is Luke's age just 5 weeks older, and they are best buddies in Nursery.

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Of course they stopped on the way and Da Da bought him his favorite thing, a sucker.
 
The aftermath, he was filthy and smelt of fire, but that's how its supposed to be
 He was so excited to see me and tell me everything. But the best part was he wanted a big hug.