Happy Halloween, 2016

I managed to snap a few quick pictures with my cell phone for our Instagram account. It was such a busy day, I didn't have time to take any great pictures of the food or treats, but you can view our Instagram account here at @themoreonesows

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Backyard Transformation Pictures, Week 2

So here we are, just wrapped up week two of our major backyard transformation. We got so much done, I'm kind of impressed with ourselves. Keep in mind, because of our very busy schedules most of this work was all done over the weekend because we don't have time during the weekdays to accomplish much. 

Erick started the long weekend off by running sprinkler lines and power to various areas of the yard. That was a great deal of trench digging but he powered through like a champ. You can tell we're getting older though, neither of us move as fast as we used to. Good thing our entire backyard is SAND which is really easy to dig.

More plants! We bought so many plants this week, more than we did last week for sure. Just when I think I've got enough to cover the areas that I had planned on, I realize I'm short and we go back for more. After I bought all of these in the picture above I thought I'd be finished but now that we have them all in the ground, I can see we still need more. At least one more car-load. 

We got the fountain installed, and Noahh loves it. Quick way to cool off I guess! 

Lowes delivered Erick's new Akorn grill, which he has been very excited to get. He wasted no time running to the store to purchase a couple of pork butts and ribs to throw on there. 

Noahh's most favorite flowers she says. I love them too. So bright and lovely. 

He decided to get the grill fired up before running to the store so it would be hot and ready by the time he returned. 

The bamboo showed up! All 8 rolls of this stuff. The plan was to put this around the pool, which you'll see here in a bit. I wanted to cover the vinyl exterior of our above ground pool. 

Yep, he's back from the store already and rubbing those pork butts down. 

We got everything burning and let it smoke away all day long while we worked on the rest of our outdoor projects. I think we are going to get a lot of use out of this thing. 

Got some baby seedlings waiting patiently to be put into a new home. 

More plants. Can't get enough. These are for a fun new spot in the garden that I cannot wait to show you. I think out of the entire new backyard, this is what I'm most excited for. 

More digging along the house. So thankful he installed a sprinkler system for me to water all of my plants. This will save me so much time, and worry. 

We made a nice long garden bed along the length of the house and this is where I'll be planting all of our shade loving grasses and plants. I think they'll really POP once we get the house re-sided and painted. 

We purchased this peace-lily which I'm super excited about. It will boast beautiful, large white flowers when in bloom.

Here's the side of the pool all wrapped up in bamboo. No more ugly blue/grey vinyl being an eyesore in my backyard. 

Power is ran to the center island of the backyard. Can't wait to show you what we plan on doing with this area. Probably my second most favorite aspect of our new tropical oasis. 

We still haven't finished the chicken coop run, but it will be finished soon. We're just going to extend the black metal fencing all the way down the length of the yard and connect it to that chainlink you see in the background. The chickens, and bunny are already looking forward to having more room to run, I can just tell! 

We got the new canopy on our gazebo. I think I need to purchase a couple of these since they only get a few years out of them. Especially with the storms and sunlight we get here in Florida. 

I am really enjoying how the pool wrap turned out. Plus, it gives me just a little bit more privacy while we're in the pool. 

So here's our backyard after just two weekends! I'm so happy with all we've accomplished so far. We even turned on the fire pit and enjoyed sitting and visiting after a long work day. 

Planted some more ornamental kale plants in this bed, and mulch is on it's way! 

So that's it! Week two of our major backyard transformation. 

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Backyard Transformation Pictures, Week 1

Alright, one week down in our month-long backyard transformation project. Over the weekend we were really able to get quite a bit done and the vision of our tropical oasis is finally starting to take shape. 

If you missed the first part of this project, here you can see all of our "before pictures".

As you can see, we started this huge project by removing the old and rotten deck. I've never been so happy to see this thing gone. 

Over the last few days we've been getting multiple deliveries from those big box stores. Lots of stone, pavers, tools and other items we have purchased for our new backyard. 

Because our home is still hooked up to a septic system we had to carefully plan and map out where everything was so that during construction we didn't disturb anything of importance down there under all that sand! 

By the way, we ARE re-siding the entire home and have chosen a beautiful, beach-y color to paint it. This siding is worn and our home will really POP once we add some tropical flare to it's appearance. Because of the outside temperatures we're still having here, even though it's technically fall, we will probably wait until after the holidays to tackle this project of re-siding and painting. I've waited a year, I suppose I can wait a few more months...

This machine showed up and did all of the hard work which was leveling this area of the property. 

...all finished leveling! We had some grass to still remove by hand, but nothing major. 

Stone work went down first, outlining the main area's of our new tropical backyard. Erick also opened up and installed some other key features like our new gas fire-pit you can see him un-boxing in this photo. Can't wait to roast marshmallows over this baby. 

So this paving line will divide the grass from the mulch and pea-gravel we will have delivered in a few weeks. I wanted the entire area around the pool to be gravel so nothing would get tracked into the water with everyone entering and exiting. Also, the less grass I have to mow in the back the better, because our lot is pretty large when you take into account the front and side areas of the property. 

I wanted an "island" in the center of our grassy area. This will serve as a home to many butterflies, brightly colored flowers, grasses and even a new trio of pygmy palm trees. 

Did a little shopping over the weekend and purchased our first round of plants. We probably will still make multiple trips back to the nursery for plants but this was a good start. I wanted everything they had that was bright, tropical and would attract the butterflies. The tiki statues were totally an impulse buy. One that I'm very glad now that I made. 

Erick pointed out to me that he designed the center island into the shape of a heart, just for me. At first when he started laying them out I wasn't thrilled on the placement but once I realized the meaning behind his madness, how could I not love it? Such a thoughtful gesture.

We spent the last part of the weekend hanging up garden string lights, planting, and beginning to lay weed fabric underneath what will soon be an area that is mulched

Speaking of impulse buys, check out my hammock chair. So comfortable and I can just see myself lounging there next spring/summer with some cold lemonade in my hand watching the kids play in the pool and watching as Erick is cooking on his new grill. 

We bought a small water feature for this area too, which I think will add some nice background water noise while we're relaxing in our fun new space. 

All of our planters had been potted up and fertilized. I wanted to get these in the soil asap. 

My plan is to make two very long garden beds that run the length of the house on both sides of the backdoor. Hoping to plant plenty of grasses, and mosquito repelling herbs

We added new string lights around our gazebo, and I'm hoping to have the cover put back up on this thing soon because we have another fun item due to arrive in the next few days that will be going underneath it. 

So one week down, three left! Think we'll make our deadline of Halloween? We'll see! 

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