Lots to update so here we go! As you've probably noticed, the windows in our house are ugly, old and completely energy inefficient. This "inefficiency" is actually pretty good for us because we managed to purchase a bunch of our windows before the end of 2010 so we could reap the rewards of the federal tax credit. Bummer that we had to spend so much money on windows but glad that we'll be able to see some green when we get our tax returns back! A couple of you have asked for pictures of our backyard (and by a couple, I mean Piper). So, it's not perfect or finished but here are some photos for ya'll. Beba LOVES the yard but so does our coyote (yes, we have one living in our backyard)
|Unfortunately, we didn't get a great picture of the backyard when we moved in so I pulled this from zillow and it's actually a really terrible picture (outdated) of the house. Please note that the house was painted white before we moved and the garage was re-roofed so it didn't look quite so terrible but pretty bad nonetheless|
|This was after we started doing some work. We really wanted a patio area to eat and hang out in so we came up with this plan. You can see that we started by leveling off a section up top and using railroad ties to lock it in place.|
|Also taken last summer. This picture was taken shortly after we spread the granite over top. I think this picture also does a fairly decent job of showing the background beyond this patio area...full of weeds, dirt and just gross.com|
|Taken on 3/9/11. You can see the fire pit we put in last summer but Russ wants to add some steps down into it hence the mess.|
|A better picture of the pavers|
Despite living 1.1 miles from downtown L.A., we are constantly in awe of how quiet and serene our neighborhood is. Lately, I feel like we live in an exotic jungle because there are so many birds chirping their little songs every morning.
We have a lot more plans for the backyard that we hope to execute this summer. Namely, we want to take our garden to the next level, build a trellis and create a horseshoe pit. For our garden, we're thinking raspberries, corn, artichokes, lots more lettuce, peppers and fruit trees! All is going great and I'll update you on those new windows as soon as I can.