Tuesday, June 16, 2015

{Show & Tell Tuesday: Yards!}


Today I am linking up with Momfessionals for Show & Tell Tuesday: Yards & Outdoor Spaces.  My yard is kinda "my thing" & I am sure all my neighbors would tell you I am a little obsessive about it.  I can't stand for it not to be mowed & with all the rain we have received here in Texas lately - it requires mowing twice a week {and sometimes 3 times}...so I feel like that's All.I.Do in my spare time.

My first house had quite a large yard & I always said "in my next house, I want a yard 1/2 this size!".  Well, I had to eat those words because the yard at my new house is over 4,000 square feet BIGGER!!  What was I thinking?!?!  

Here is a picture of my lot prior to the start of construction.  We were really hoping to be able to save at least one or two of the large pecan trees, but after consulting with a tree expert - it was decided that it was best for them to come down.  The last thing I wanted was a giant tree laying on top of my house in a year or two.  
And here's the after!  This picture was taken a few weeks after I moved in last August.   The tree has since been replaced {it died within days of being planted} and the flowerbed has really filled in. I haven't done much with the front yard other than expanding the "builder basic" flowerbed  that came with the house.
The backyard is basically a wide open space, but I love it {and so does my dog Nola}.  I have a dry creek that runs behind my back fence so fortunately, I will never have neighbors behind me which I LOVE!  So, it's kinda like country living in the city...I get to enjoy the peace & quiet and be only 5 minutes from Wal-Mart & work!  I have BIG ideas for what I would like to do back there - a pergola/shade area with a patio, firepit, landscaping & hanging lights - but unfortunately, that all takes lots of $$ so it will come in time.  
One thing I did decide to do when building the house was to add a deck off the back porch. I have a small covered porch, but it didn't provide a whole lot of usable space by itself.  The addition of the deck was PERFECT!  Eventually, once I add a patio/firepit of some sort - I plan to move some of the patio furniture out there & add a grill to the deck.  But, it really is one of my favorite parts of my house - I LOVE it back there in the evenings....nothing better than a glass of wine on the deck after work. =)
 
 
 
 
 
So there you have it!  Definitely a work in progress, but I have to keep reminding myself that I have lived here less than a year & it will get there eventually!  
Thanks for stopping by!

7 comments:

  1. I'm a Texas girl myself!! I love your yard, I so wish our backyard was this large. Good choice on no trees out front, we have 2 fairly large trees in the front of my house and I wish they were gone--I'm always checking on them after a big storm. And, with the weather we have had here lately in the DFW area I'm really nervous about them.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Renae! I love my BIG backyard...til it comes time to water it & mow it! =)
      The weather in Texas has been CRAZY this year!! We are feeling the effects of Tropical Storm Bill right now...MORE rain!! Thankful that I haven't had to water yet this year...just wish we could save a little of it for July & August.

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  2. I love your yard, and that big chevron rug. I also love the seating area, it looks nice and relaxing!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by & thank you!! It's super relaxing back there & because of the direction of my house - I don't get the late afternoon/evening sun back there so it's never too hot. And the chevron rug is from Target. =)

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  3. Your huge yard is great! I'm jealous because ours is smallish. We live near Dallas and in our neighborhood most yards are tiny.

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    1. Thanks! I actually have one of the largest in the neighborhood...it would be a great yard for a pool...if only I had the $$. =) I figure it will be great for resale one day!

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  4. That sky in your first pic!!! GORGEOUS!!! And what a great space! Thanks so much for linking up! :)

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