Our backyard for the last three years has been nothing except a place where our bikes die a slow death and we grow colonies of various poisonous spiders. When people would come over, we'd close the blinds and if any one walked towards them we'd all do a little dance and wave our arms and become the man who screams "Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain!!!" Since we've moved in we always talked about "fixing" up the backyard. But then we didn't have the time, or the money, or the energy. And its hard to put time and money into something you'll have to leave behind at some point (since we're renters). But this Saturday I said, enough. We're doing this. We weeded and de-spidered all day Saturday. Sunday we bought some weed blocking fabric, edging, and bark. And we put it all in with the world's tiniest garden hoe and a hand shovel meant to be used only in emergencies (shoveling emergencies?). And then Sunday we just ran around in circles gleefully, exclaiming "Ugh! Its SO NICE!!" Finally all the kids various riding apparatuses can go outside instead of occupying one third of my kitchen. The bikes have finally gone up on the hooks in the carport. We ate dinner outside. It was lovely.
Phase III will be actually getting something green out there and maybe a new, smaller table to eat at. We'll keep ya posted.