Thursday, May 1, 2014


When I really think about it, I realize that I haven't had a usable backyard since I moved out of my parents' house all of those many years ago. From the time I was about 11 or 12, we lived out in the middle of the Indiana cornfields, on five acres that included an orchard and a pond. And I kind of hated it, because it was A LOT of work. I swore that when I owned my own house, it would be a house without any yard work.

Then, after college, I got my wish, as Steve and I moved into a house with no real yard to speak of in Cincinnati, following that up with a really terrible yard at our first house in Atlanta. And while I didn't really mind it when it was just Steve and I running around (I'm not exactly what one might call an outside person, unless that outside involves a beach or a pool or a lake or some other body of water), when Brigid became old enough to ask to play outside, I kind of felt bad that she didn't have a great option to do so.

We definitely made up for it in the new house, which is not only on a cul-de-sac that's perfect for riding bikes/scooters/motorized jeeps/any other form of child approved transportation, but also has a pretty big backyard, too, with plenty of space for Brigid to plant her own flower garden AND her own vegetable garden AND maybe even get a swing set of her very own someday.

Oh, and Caitlin seems to enjoy it, too.

I think we made the right decision.

(Then again, I'm not the one mowing the thing, so maybe take my opinion with a grain of salt?)


  1. You do have a huge yard!! Ours is decently sized but nothing like the 1/4 acre we had as kids. And I'm glad I don't have to mow that much now, or pay to water it!

  2. We gave our backyard over to the dog because she needs some space of her own since the children took over the house. So Elizabeth and Ryan don't get to play in the backyard really at all. In our next house, a dual backyard is one of my dreams.


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