Friday, July 17, 2009

Patio Progress

A year ago I asked my dad, who is a rock mason by trade, if he would come out and build me a side walk(he lives in Oklahoma). I finally got him out here and the plan has changed just a bit. We are no longer building a sidewalk, but a raised patio with an outdoor kitchen and fire pit. I am so excited for it to be done, but it's only just getting started so I will have to be patient, but when it's all done, it's going to look awesome. Here is the progress he has made so far.

Day One: dig the hole for the foundation. Day 2: Pour the concrete
Kristen came over to play with Tony that day, and Grandpa Tom helped her write her name in the concrete. I decided to write my kids names too. Then when Rachael came to pick up Kristen, her kids were all outside playing, when they left I noticed they had scratched their names in too.
I guess even Francie couldn't resist.
Day 3 was a rest day, cause we had to let the concrete sit. My dad went shopping for the rock and other supplies.
Day 4, they started laying block.
Day 5: Ready to start laying rock! I was so excited I had to get a picture of the first rock going up.
Then I learned a very important lesson on safety. Wear eye protection at all times, even if your just an observer. A rock chip hit my eye when he was trimming the next rock. I think I'll be okay, but I have a bad eye/headache now.

Here is Tony playing in the house with his cowboy boots. Redneck style (with the pant legs in). According to my dad, redneck is the preferred style. Notice his farmer tan?
Tony keeps picking my daisies for me.
I love this picture, Tony was sitting outside on the driveway and Brewster just went and sat next to him. Brewster doesn't even like Tony which is what makes it even sweeter. He may have just been trying to get on my good side, and if he was, it worked. I think I like my dog just a little bit more now.


Tina in CT said...

I'm sure you love your dog a lot as he came before Bella, Tony and Todd.

That is going to be an awesome patio.

Does your dad want to come visit CT?

Rachael said...

Wow, you are making progress! Can't wait to see it done. I am going to be super jealous and will have to start pinching my pennies for my turn next summer.

That picture with Tony and Brewster is adorable.

Francie said...

Cute pictures! Yes, I couldn't resist putting my name and Jason's on there! haha

Brandy said...

I remember when I was about 5 your dad came out to our house on Braggs mountain and rocked the Kitchen a beautiful rock arch around the stove and the whole outside. I loved that house. He also rocked Granny a mail box. He has talent. It looks great. Can't wait to see the final.

Yeah So said...

too cute with the doggie pic. and can't wait to see the finished patio!

Natalie said...

yeah, that was an adorable picture of Tony and Brewster. And don't you think it's even a little more redneck that he is in his pj's with the cowboy boots? I do. I felt really left out that I didnt get to put my name in the cement, until I saw that it got covered up. Now I don't feel as bad. Looks like it's going to be an expensive job, but it's going to look beautiful and having had Tom build it, it will be more sentimental and meaningful to you than had you just hired anyone. Some day, generations from now, you will drive by that old house and say to someone... your great great... so on grandpa built that porch (in your ricketty old lady voice and pointy shakey index finger. I hope we never get old.

Denise said...

Looks great so far... I can't wait to see the finished product!

Tina in CT said...

It's been a couple of days so we all need pictures of the patio progess your father has made.

PrincessGreen17 said...

That is sweet of the two of them! Tony has a farmer's tan! lol