Monday, April 26, 2010

Operation - Get a Yard

We started our "get a yard" process last weekend and it's so exciting to think that in a week from today, we should have everything in. Last Thursday night, our friend drove over in his Kabota tractor and helped us clear a bunch of rocks and piles from our yard. Midway is famous for pot rock, and most people don't even have basements because of the cost to blast through it. Luckily our house does have a basement, but that means tons of pot rock piles around the house. I took some before shots of the yard so we can see the change when we are done.
Aubrey and Tucker were lucky enough to hitch a ride while the guys cleaned up the yard.

On Saturday we had my sister and her husband, Cody's parents and Cody's brother all up to help us. Carson and Cody traded off on trenching and we all moved rocks and planted trees. Cody and I both joined the Home Depot Garden Club in the past few weeks and were emailed coupons for buy 1 get 1 free on their trees. It's been awesome because we now have all the trees we wanted planted and ready to grow and get big! I'll be able to start a garden in May once it gets warmer at night.

Don't worry, I only helped out for about 30 minutes. I wish I could've done more, but lifting heavy rocks and working with machinery just isn't my forte!
This rock was huge and of course right in the line of our trench path. They think it weighed between 400-500lbs.
Taking a little break and checking out the sprinkler plans.
Aubrey doing a little dance on the massive rock.
Cole thought he could help as well and pulled out his shovel.
After we completed the trenching Cody and I took everyone to the Dairy Keen for dinner. It's the least we could do for all of their help.
Carson brought baby Aspen with him. This was our first time meeting her and the kids loved it. Tucker told us his favorite part of Saturday was meeting Aspen. Aubrey is excited to have a girl cousin on the Calderwood side.
This Friday Cody and his sister and Dad will put in the sprinklers. Saturday we will spread topsoil and next Monday we'll lay out the sod. This is going to be a fun summer!


AJ, PharmD said...

Good luck with that. We plan on putting in a yard this summer too once the house is finished so we'll query you for tips later.

Carson Calderwood said...

Nice post. It was fun! Let's do it again ;-)

Katie Clifford said...

I am excited to see the finished product! We are talking about all the "stuff" wee need to do in our yard this year too! ah... so much fun! the kids are getting big and even more adorable though! I especially like how Cole wanted to help!

Maquel said...

Isn't yard work so much fun?! Actually, in your case, it's probably pretty exciting, but a lot of work nonetheless.

You're looking fabulous, by the way.

Amber said...

That will be fun to get a yard in and have some grass. Hope you invite us up for a little BBQ when it is all done.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the invite.
Cousin Jayson

Starley Family said...

I love being in the yard! Congrats and way to go on all your hard work. I can't wait to see your fun landscape changes.