Thursday, December 18, 2014

Courtyard and Deck Reveal

Happy Christmas, My Lovelies!

I wanted to share our latest rather large project.  In July, Mr. Art @ Home hired a conman contractor to build a patio, back garden, and update our deck area. It was a complete nightmare.  He ran off with our money left before finishing the job, and NONE of the work was to code.

We then hired a reputable and capable contractor who first ripped-out everything the other contractor had done, and then redesigned the space for our needs.  Here is the reveal!

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Bluestone stepping stones and brick steps lead-up to Finlay's play area.

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The same area viewed from our deck

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Gate to Finlay's play area

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Courtyard view from deck

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Outdoor kitchen area with gate to sideyard

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Fireplace sitting area

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Sitting area with steps up to deck

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Sofa looking onto deck

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View of sideyard

Here are a few of the planters:

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We had to contend with two "builds," one after the other.  It took over five months, and the noise was a huge distraction while trying to homeschool.  The project was completed just a couple of days ago, and I'm so thankful to have it complete and built very well by professionals.  We are enjoying it so much!

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Shanley Belle, Lily, Finlay, and Shelley enjoying the fireplace

I am done with major projects for a very long time.  Truly!  ;P

Until next time...

Ricki Jill

Hi! It's *me*....{Finlay.} Guest Post #3

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Hello, Lasses!

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My name is Finlay, and I like to dig!  I could dig all day long.  My Mommie RJ planted some pansies in my new play yard.  I don't like stinkin' pansies!

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There is something *great* under this sod, I just know it!  I like to dig-up grass, too!  I could dig all night long.

This is my friend, Lily.  Shanley Belle belongs to her:

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Lily Potter Treleaven

Lily likes to run.  She can run all day long.  She can jump, too.  Do you see this wall?  She can jump OVER it.  I can't do that because I have a dwarf gene.

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This wall is no match for Lily!

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Methinks I need a nap after all my shenanigans.  

My Mommie RJ called me inside so she could clean-up my pansy-killing spree. She says I'm on Santa's Naughty List!

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Santa, I can explain....

My Mommie RJ and Mr. Art @ Home had a nice backyard built and planted just for me (and Mr. Art's Big Green Egg addiction).  Please come back later on this evening and see our new space!

Thanks for sharing, Finlay.  I hope you're enjoying your new play space, and I want you to learn to love pansies!

Until next time...

Ricki Jill

Advent Day 18

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Luke 2:19-20   New International Version (NIV)

19 But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20 The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.

Until next time...

Ricki Jill

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Advent Day 17

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We are enjoying homeschooling so much!  December 15th was National Cupcake Day, and we had fun looking at recipes to try this weekend!

Luke 2:15-18  New International Version (NIV)

15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”

16 So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. 17 When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, 18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them.

Until next time…

Ricki Jill

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Advent Day 16

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Luke 2:13-14  New International Version (NIV)

13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,

14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven,
    and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”

Until next time...

Ricki Jill