Friday evening my husband set out to take down the girl's old swing set :-( It was becoming more of a hazard and needed to be taken down for safety reasons.
Lots of good times on this swing set, the fun of climbing in the top and talking with the neighbor boys next door. (They also took theirs down this weekend)
Kathleen playing on it one last time....
Will be so strange not having it in the yard, but thankfully it gives us a little more room in the back.
This was all you could see of Jerry Friday night as he disassembled it. We knew we had a full schedule for the weekend so we wanted to get it down.
The girls made their traps for the Leprechauns!
I didn't assist them at all this year, just let them come up with their own ideas :-)
The gold rose at the bottom of the vase...
Tube going into the vase (if I was a Leprechaun I wouldn't go down there! LOL)
Great job Hayley :-)
Kathleen used a basket and some napkins with tape everywhere to catch him!
In the morning we discovered the Leprechauns played some tricks and left quite a mess!
Kathleen when she first came downstairs....just a little sleepy with some wild hair! LOL
Chocolate gold coins and money!
And it seems the Leprechaun left money but did not venture through the tube to get the golden rose!
It also seems he left part of his clothing behind...See the green fabric? Kathleen took her piece to school to show all her friends! :-)
Our other weekend project included taking down our deck from the back yard. It really wasn't serviceable because it is so small.
We also wanted an area where we could fit the table Jerry made and not have to mow around it all the time.
It was so strange looking over and not seeing the girl's swing set in the morning :-(
Another reason why we really wanted to remove the deck was all the bee's nests! They swarmed us every time we went out in warm weather.
Creepy bees! Not good when Jerry and I are allergic to them! So after 7 years we finally got to taking it down. (well I watched Jerry and made his coffee, that counts right? LOL)
So here we begin!
Using these simple tools: Cute husband minus his mustache ;-), safety glasses, hammer, a crowbar and the ever important cup of coffee! :-)
Dogs were a little confused as to where their deck went and why they couldn't reach the door and spread more mud! LOL
Speaking of dogs......we now have a new family member. Jerry's boss's wife does a lot of volunteering at a particular shelter and it was through them that we found Bella, a Bischon Frise.
Bella is 5 years old and for these last 5 years she's been used solely to breed and has known nothing other than a small cage in which to live.
She came to the ranch so matted they shaved her down very close to get off the hair.
Bella is still scared of people, including us but we are working with her every day to come around. She loves to be held once you can get to her, but doesn't know how to approach a person without being scared and unsure.
All sounds are new to Bella and we are helping her to adjust.
We can only imagine the horror she has lived through and no one wanted to adopt her because she is so skittish!
We see a dog we fell in love with who deserves a chance!
Something Bella does love? Our other dogs!!
She completely perks up when they are around!
Patches was fine with her too!
See how her tail is all perked up! She'll be a beauty when it grows back in :-) Though we think she's a beauty now!
Skippy was too busy sunning himself outside to really care whether she was here or not! LOL
So we have been very busy getting her adjusted to our home and routines this week.
Right now Jerry has a temporary ramp built where the deck was until we make up our minds what is going to replace it and then get busy getting it done.
This look is already driving me crazy to see and my lovely visions of what I want it to be will hopefully come together soon! I've got flowers to plant and a garden to prepare!
Elvis only cares that he has a new dog bed to claim and lay on!
Bella is slowly coming around....this is the view under my desk in my den....
Here Bella and Owen are at my feet, Skippy is in my lap and Patches moved next to me when I took the picture. They usually are all together.
Well this has been a long post for sure! Trying to get caught up so I can share new things!
Here's a small look at my ever growing to-do list for the week:
1) Research, read and write college papers
2) Set vet appt. up for Bella's check up
3) Plan Easter menu and activities
4) Menu planning and clipping coupons
5) CVS deals with coupons
6) Prepare special menu for Sunday as we are entertaining friends
7)Budget for next week
9) Wrapping up Hayley's science project with her
10) Begin planning summer activities
11) Organizing linen closets and girl's closets and our bedroom closet!
13) Projects and reading with Kathleen
14) Running errands and to the YMCA programs with the girls
15) 2 book reviews to complete for Bethany house Publishers
16) Carpet cleaning
17) Decorating for Easter
18) Cleaning whole house
Whew, so how is your week going? What exciting things are on your to do lists?