Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Busy Busy Busy!!!

Yea, the back yard has grass too!!! I am so happy it is done. It was a ton of work. Rob and I felt like pioneers, sent to Lehi, and we needed to sow and till our family farm. We would just rake and rake and rake all the top soil until our bodies just ached. Our ground was SOOOOOOO rocky it took forever to smooth it out. It was crazy.
Rob's great family and some of our neighbors came and helped us lay down sod last Friday evening and Saturday morning.

Kaden loved being in the dirt. He would crawl all over and when we weren't looking he would pull out his binky and eat the dirt. I think I carried him into the sink about 10 times over the past few weeks to rinse his mouth out.

Anytime Rob would dig a hole for a sprinkler head Kaden would wiggle his little bum down into the hole.

We found a fuzzy caterpillar. It is on the end of the shovel. We watched it crawl across the entire yard. It was pretty fast, a lot faster than I would have expected.

Kaden has been quite the character lately. He walks, tries to talk, and loves to tease. He always pulls Rob and my shirts up and tickles our stomachs and says "tikatikatika." He also grabs things from us and runs across the room then turns back and gives a "can't catch me" look.
Here are some pics from a night a few days ago when he was being really silly.

Also, he loves to crawl into his toy bucket. (same idea as crawling into the sprinkler holes...he loves it). I discovered him inside of it for the first time last week. I about laughed my head off.
Well, there is our happening for the past few weeks. I am excited to move my focus toward other activities rather than settling the territory of Lehi!

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Green Grass At Last!

We have been super busy this past week and a half. Rob, his bother, and his Dad installed the sprinkling system last Thursday-Saturday. We were planning on taking a week to get dirt, level it out, install the sprinkler heads, and have the yard hydroseeded. INSTEAD... we found out that our homeowners association doesn't allow hydroseed in the front yard and we would have to buy sod instead. Can you say $$$$$$. We found a place that had sod on super good sale until Wednesday. So instead of taking our time and getting the yard ready, we pulled a yard marathon. On Monday we had our dirt delivered while we were at work. Tuesday morning we had a guy come with a bobcat and spread it out. Tuesday afternoon we started to install the sprinkler heads and it took us until 11:00 at night! (yea, we are sprinkler rookies!). All day Wednesday we spent raking our dirt out as flat as we could and digging trenches to fix our rain gutter pipes that weren't buried very good. Good thing it rained all day Wednesday because that made our job a lot easier. Mud is great to rake and dig...yea right! We had Rob's great family come and help us lay sod on Wednesday night. Rob and I then worked well into the night adjusting the sprinkler heads so they sprayed the grass instead of the street. Well, again we are sprinkler rookies so we finally gave up and watered the rest with the hose because it was too dark to see. We then went to work all day Thursday and spent Thursday night finishing adjusting the sprinkler heads. I am way sad because I missed dinner and a movie with all my girl friends on Thursday night. Friday and Saturday were spent installing more sprinkler heads and making more adjustments to where they spray. I am pretty sure if we didn't have a 14 month old to take care of while trying to do the yard at the same time things would go a lot faster, but that's OK, we sure love him! All I can say is we are exhausted. The bad part is that was only the front yard!
Also, Kaden has finally learned how to walk. He has been taking a few steps here and there for the past 1-2 months, but today everything finally clicked. He can walk about 10 - 15 steps before falling. He is 14 months and we were begining to wonder if he would ever walk. By the looks of the pictures you can see he is really steady :)

So I had to include this picture because I thought it was so cute. Kaden keeps getting the swiffer duster out of the cupboard. I finally put a clean refill cloth on it had just let him play with it. The poor boy obviously doesn't have any toys and has to play with cleaning supplies. Poor Kaden!
Also...Happy Birthday Rob! We celebrated with some cake with our neighbors, but that was pretty much it. I feel bad we didn't do anything, but we were sooooo busy. Anyways...Happy B-day Rob!