When Gracie was born, our backyard was basically a wasteland of dirt, weeds and cement... We had big plans for a backyard remodel the year before we conceived the Bean, we even had a cement patio poured that wrapped around the house. We had the best of intentions, but then we got caught up in TTC and then G was pregnant and literally slept for 7 months straight, so the backyard fell by the waste side, again.
Fast-forward to 2014, when Gracie was 2 years old and was determined to go outside and explore, but it just wasn't safe. This + the fact that we were looking to sell our home, motivated us to finally finish our backyard and the rest is history. We ended up finally getting all the weeds pulled. We turned the soil, landscaped, added mulch planted a bunch of stuff and bought our gal an adorable little house of her own. In the years since, it has become Gracie and now Will's favorite place to hang and where they spend every evening playing and connecting with mother nature. They've had pet lizards and pet Lady Bugs. They've observed several types of "non-deadly" spiders in their natural habitat and have left out food for all sorts of birds.
Over this past 2 years, we've done even more out back, baby proofing the heck out of everything. We added a trampoline, water table and swing set to the mix and built a veggie garden after adding a fairy garden to the big planter. One of Gracie's chores is to help me care for the garden and water the flowers, watering every other night (as we live in the desert and even that isn't enough water for some of our plants). She helps clean up after Will's dumped every water toy out of the water table, as it's an every night occurrence and she asks that we eat out on the patio, most nights for dinner.
This past Sunday, we had family dinner out back and ate the beautiful and delicious tomatoes Grace grew and she could not have been more excited and proud of herself! At work today, I found the video pasted below, which I had no idea she recorded. It made my heart melt to listen as she happily gave a tour of her favorite space! Our yard is her happy place. It isn't the biggest yard. We don't have a pool or acres of grass to play in, but she adores it and so does Will. It's the perfect place for them to play and grow and it's been 100% worth the work G and I have put into it these past 4 years. It's the little everyday things these kiddos are going to remember when they're older and just the thought of that, makes me happy!