i hope that everyone had a great christmas! we drove to columbus last saturday and stayed a week. it was a very busy week but it was so nice to see everyone and we had a great time. i have some pictures of the family and fun, i will post those after i unpack my camera cord. based on how little i unpacked last night, it could be a while... the cats are enjoying playing in the pile of boxes and bags that are in our entryway though.
we started and completed the floor project in feb. this is the only project that we (so far) have hired out. we debated trying to diy the floors but after reading so many horror stories online, we decided to call in a professional. we interviewed i think 5 different people and picked the one that ended up being not only the cheapest, but also came with the best recommendations. we did all of the prep work ourselves to save some $$ - starting with removing the carpet right after we moved in and removing all of the staples.
as for our other big project - it didn't turn out as well. this was our yard before:
and the during / after. i'm very happy with how the flower beds turned out, but i think we may have made some bad choices in the plants that we picked. luckily the worst seemed to be the marigolds, so i think i'll just try to pick something smaller and more low to the ground next year and see if that helps. the scrubs we planted didn't hardly grow at all because the marigolds basically took over the entire bed. also, the 2 weigela that we planted on either side of the stairs grew a lot taller, but did not fill in and seemed to be half dead at the bottom. i'll see what they look like next year, but we might need to replace those too. and the grass? yeah... we had some grass for a little while, but it started to die again in the same area later in the summer. overall the grass looks better than when we first moved in, but it still needs a lot of work. luckily mike seems to have taken an interested in the landscaping and doesn't seem to mind researching these things. i really just like to plant flowers and i'm good about watering them... but that's about it.