Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Weekend Projects: Landscaping the Front Yard

After being moved in for almost six months, it was about time we finally got around to landscaping. We've been working on small decor projects inside the house, but the poor outside was looking rather neglected! Good thing we had a couple of gorgeous days this past weekend to get our landscaping project started!

Ethan got us started on Saturday by digging out the existing flowerbed the builder left me and creating an extra area to plant a tree for Charlotte. Bless him. He did all this while I was relaxing at the beach. I caught myself a good one!

Saturday afternoon we hit up Lowes to pick out just the right flowers for my garden! For the first time in my life I was actually excited to do a little gardening! I don't have a green thumb, but I'm hopeful I picked good plants that are easy to maintain and hardy! Come on, Pinterest! Don't let me down here!

 For the main flowerbed, I decided on African Iris, Sunhosta Lily, and Zinnias. For the extra area Ethan dug out, we went with a Bottlebrush Tree, Dahlias and climbing roses. I wasn't really sure how they'd all look together, but thankfully all my Pinterest research paid off and they look really great together! {Well.. at least I think so!}

The littlest flower bed by the garage was the easiest. We removed the builder's pine straw, planted a climbing rose bush, and covered it with a dark mulch. Literally took 5 minutes and it's my new favorite. It's like that plant was made to go there!

The rest was a bit time consuming and tiring. For my "back row" I chose the African Iris. I loved the tall leaves. My "middle row" is my Sun Hostas Lily and the "front row" are my Zinnias. Planting the back and middle row were easy, it's when I got to the 24 individual Zinnias that I started to hate gardening! Haha!

Don't let these pictures fool you! I did 90% of this garden! Ethan just happened to do the big digging for the shrubs and tree!

Finished project! I really wish the sun would have been higher, but the sun sets on the back of our house, so this is the best I can do for right now!

So so in love with the finished product! Now I just need something for the porch and we're all set! Oh, and hopefully none of these plants die or we have a hard frost in April!

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Monday, April 11, 2016

Char's 1st Beach Weekend

Charlotte's 1st beach weekend is in the books. We decided kind of last minute to crash my family's beach weekend trip and I'm so glad we did! The weather was amazing, I got some quality time with my mom, sister, grandma, and daughter, and this Mama got to relax on the beach and catch up on some Vitamin D and Sea! ;) 

{Grandma's Dock}

{Char checking out the view} 

Of course my Mom can't go out to the beach without a stop at Krispy Kreme Donuts, so here's Charlotte enjoying her 1st donut. Don't worry, she didn't actually eat the whole thing!

{Char mostly just like to squeeze it and get little nibbles!}

After a quick bath and a real breakfast for Charlotte, me and Mom headed to the beach! This was the 1st time I've been to the beach since having Char! It was so amazing! The sun felt good on my skin and it was just so nice to be able to just completely zone out!

 Later that afternoon, me and Mom left to pick up Hannah and her friend Katie from school. We brought the girls back and played on the dock while they played on the paddle board.

{I'm literally going to require her to wear matching romper/hat combos always.}

{Mama, Nana & Mini}

{Playing "the tourist" as we walked to dinner}

{Saturday morning vibes}

{1st taste of  yogurt}  

My friend Taylor came to hang out around mid-morning and we all just hung out on the dock. We layed out, chatted and later the girls played with the paddleboard some more. But like all good things, the weekend had to end. I'm sure there will be many more beach weekends in our future! But it's always fun to have the 1st one of the year!

{Until next time!}
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