4th of July WORK PARTY!

One year ago today, we had a huge work party before moving into this ol’ place. My whole family selflessly came over and got down n’ dirty rather than enjoying the usual 4th celebrations! It dawned on me some time later…

I (SOMEHOW) FORGOT TO POST THIS!?!?

It’s time to give credit where credit is do, so here’s a Throwback Thursday for ya:

*** July 4th Work Party 2012 ***

Here's the mossy siding, BEFORE my dad powerwashed it!

Here’s the dirty, mossy siding, BEFORE my dad power-washed it!

Mossy Siding

Chimney

He wouldn't stop for nothin'... Did you even eat lunch that day, Dad?

He wouldn’t stop for nothin’… Did you even eat lunch that day, Dad? #probablyNOT

Dad Powerwashing

#SOAKED!
He spent many a year climbing ladders when he owned his window cleaning business, so even up around the chimney he was going out on ONE leg… Scary!
(My hubs on the other hand, he may have a slight phobia of heights!)

Meanwhile... My grandparents were working themselves to the bone trying to prune back the hedge of ivy! I'm pretty sure they did more in their 70's then I could currently do in my 20's!

Meanwhile… My grandparents were working themselves to the bone trying to prune back the hedge of ivy! I’m pretty sure they did more in their 70’s than I could currently do in my 20’s!
(In this pic, he’s showing Jared the underground sprinkler head he just uncovered!)

Thankfully the weather was nice last year, but not quite as hot as it’s been THIS week!

You can SORT OF see the amazon that was once our backyard... I just wish I would've gotten some better pics to give you the full

If you look at the photo of my grandpa above, you can actually see the fence;
in this pic it’s still covered by the ivy FOUR FEET DEEP!

You can SORT OF see the amazon that was once our backyard… I just wish I would’ve thought to get some better pics to really give you the full “before & after” perspective!

More Bushes...

More IVY…

... More Bushes

… More IVY

More Bushes

Overgrown Bushes (before)

Backyard

After!

Hello, Sprinkler System!

Hello, Sprinkler System! Found You!

Once the ivy was cut back, we discovered all this extra yardage! But any grass that once was in now dead n' gone!

Once the ivy was cut back, we discovered all this extra yardage!
But any grass that once was is now dead n’ gone

Why is this fence chain-link instead of matching the others? #disappointed

Why is this fence chain-link instead of matching the others? #disappointed

What's left of the grass....

What’s left of the grass…. #postIVYtakeover

Beneath the ground covering was this nice retaining wall!

Beneath the ground covering was this nice retaining wall!

Z's Playgrounds

Z’s Playgrounds

Starting to actually look and feel like a quarter acre! It was just hiding under a bushel! heehee

Starting to actually look and feel like a quarter acre! It was just “hiding under a bushel”

It's hard to believe my grandparents did all that work nearly by themselves!

It’s hard to believe my grandparents did all that work nearly by themselves!

Thanks Gpa & Gma!!! You REALLY outdid yourselves!!!

This is what happens when a house is abandoned by its previous owners and then the bank decides they don't want to keep up on landscaping!

FRONT YARD
This is what happens when a house is abandoned by its previous owners and the bank stops landscaping once the house is sale-pending! #FIELDofFLOWERS

This Tree: Marked for Deletion

Awkward Tree: Marked for Deletion

Another view of the awkward tree (left)

Another view of the awkward, partially dying tree (left)

These Bushes (3 of them) marked for deletion

Overgrown BEE-BUZZING Bushes: (3 of them) also Marked for Deletion
Oh and notice the rampant grass covering the flower bed…

As you can see in this listing photo, the 3 BEE-BUZZING bushes I speak of are so large they nearly cover the walkway and front windows!

As you can see from this real estate listing, the 3 BEE-BUZZING bushes I speak of were so large they nearly covered the front door and window!
(Not to mention the patio and walkway)

I'm assuming these weeds are growing over what used to be a flower garden?

Deciding where to plant this beautiful Pink Magnolia Tree,
a gift from Ben Farley of Genesis Realty!

Break Time! It wouldn't be a 4th of July Work Party without a picnic style lunch, complete with Red Solo cups! #itstimetoparty #getinmybelly

Break Time!
It wouldn’t be a proper Work Party w/out a picnic style lunch, complete with Red Solo cups! #itstimetoparty #getinmybelly

Lunch

My, has my brother changed a LOT in a year!

Lunch Time Entertainment Sponsored By: THESE HARD-WORKING ANTS!

This ant was carrying a daddy-long-leg UP the awning post!

This ant was carrying a daddy-long-leg UP the awning post!

This ant was trafficking a bug much larger than he!

This ant was trafficking a bug much larger than he!

Carrying creatures 3-times their size… marching one after another… I suppose we should’ve been more concerned about WHERE these busy carpenters were going!?!?

Lexie playing with her new pet insect of some sort;)

Lexie playing with her new pet insect of some sort;)
It’s hard to believe I have a lil’ sis this young sometimes! She’s 6 in this pic… ME, 26!

Its hard to

This was my J. 4th #OOTD... Apparently I documented this to remind myself of how little OUTDOOR work I did?!? I spent most of my working hours indoors doing things like this... (see below)

This was my J. 4th #OOTD…
Apparently I documented this to remind myself of how little OUTDOOR work I did?!?
I spent most of my time inside doing housework and things like this… (see below)

Tediousness I ran out of 2

Tediousness
I ran out of 2″ tape and had to switch to 1″…
so now all the stripes appear to be different widths but I PROMISE they were not!

And back outside…

Look at the SIDE-BY-SIDE comparison! He was at his halfway point here!

^ Dirty | Clean ^
Look at the SIDE-BY-SIDE comparison! He was at his halfway point here! #progress

The neighbor came over and offered us his tiller when he saw all the commotion! Made the job MUCH easier for my main man!

Tilling

Nothin’ HOTTER! #tillin’

The house looks so much BIGGER now that you can seeeeeee it!

Now that’s bettuhhh!
The house looked so much BIGGER now that you could seeeeeee it!
#progress

Front Yard

Now, to just get it GREEN!

Front Yard

Can you see the tree? We decided to plant our baby magnolia (aka

Can you see the tree?
We decided to plant our baby magnolia (aka “our love tree”) in the front corner of the yard

Front View

We ended the long day with a BBQ at my parent’s house…where my son pretended to get beat up by his MUCH smaller female cousin, Tylyn ;0

To think that we will soon be able to take this pic with the two NEW cousins! #procreating

To think that we will soon be able to take this pic with the two NEW cousins! #procreating

The next day…

Let's just say, the next day I took it easy... REAL EASY! Celebrated Zekiel's 9 mo with a new Harajuku Mini Outfit, relaxed in the perfect not-too-hot / not-too-cold weather, and sipped a free venti iced coffee!

Let’s just say, we took it easy… REAL EASY!

The next day we celebrated Zekiel’s 9 mo with a trip to Target to buy this new Harajuku Mini outfit, relaxed in the perfect not-too-hot / not-too-cold weather, and sipped a free venti iced coffee!
“Ahhhhh, it feels good to get in a good day’s work!”

Hope you enjoyed this Thursday throwback! It’s time for me to go get ready for our big day of July 4th mattress sale shopping, a family BBQ, then we’ll spend the evening out at Fort Vancouver!

#celebrateFREEDOM!

-B

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4 thoughts on “4th of July WORK PARTY!

  1. I sooo feel inspired to dream about a house in the future and how to decorate our current place and make it more home… Love your style and hard work!

  2. Great post! Loved all the pictures. Boy what a difference a year makes! Forgot what a mess the yard was, its really looking good now:)

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