Saturday, May 10, 2008

Lots of pictures today and they are all of yard work again! Last night, Matt worked late into the night staining the fence with a spray gun. I thought he looked pretty funny with a t-shirt wrapped around his face.

Here he is today with a track-hoe excavator thing. He was SO proud of himself for renting it and getting it past the fence on the one side of our house. He learned how to drive it from a you-tube video.

We start off quite nicely.

The gravel area there is supposed to be a drain to drain the water from our hillside-it does NOT work very well and the hill is VERY squishy. Which leads us to the track-hoe sinking and getting stuck in the mud. It ALMOST tipped over! I was so thankful Matt's dad was there to help us! Luckily, we could use the arm to push up against the hillside for leverage.

We had to use wood scraps to put under the tracks to keep from slipping in the mud.

And then the guys had to scrape mud out of the track that got stuck because the rocks and mud were making it so the track wouldn't even move!

Finally, we got it out safely!

And we now have a firepit area to work with!! After the track-hoe dug at the dirt, we had to shovel all of the extra dirt out. It was a lot of work!

Then, Matt used the hoe to tear up the yard to prepare it for soil and grass.

Here I am on the hoe posing.

This is random, but I finally was able to take pics of it. This wetland sign was put up after Matt put in the fence.

Can you see how close it is to the fence?? There are actually two of them that the city put back there-about 3 feet behind our fence. Crazy.


Our growing family said...

Great work! I cannot imagine how much work this all was...he must be exhausted! I LOVE the picture of you on the "toy"! =)You crack me up!
It sounds like you are putting in a fire pit? did I read that right? What FUN! =)
Keep taking pics!

Bridget Beth said...

You guys are amazing!

can I come over for some smore's and frog catching when you're done?

Stefanie said...

Yes, a fire pit!! We are SO excited! And Bridget, of course you can come over for smores and frog catching! We do seem to have a lot of frogs around!!