Easter Weekend 2011

We had a wonderful three-day weekend. Harper was off for Good Friday, so we soaked up every second of the extra time together.

Harper spent most of the day Friday working on a fence project that has been put off each year. We wanted to replace the old wire fence at the very back of our property with a privacy fence because that part of our yard goes right up to the neighbor’s house. It’s the part of the yard that gets the most sun, and even though it’s not really as much as a garden should get, it’s the only possible place I can grow veggies without having to cut down trees somewhere else in the yard.

The main reason “we” kept procrastinating was the poison ivy tree that was growing in the old wire fence line. (Most of “our” projects involve Harper doing all the hard part. I love that man!)

The first year we planted the garden, Harper cut part of the p.i. tree down with a chain saw… while I was back there working in the garden. After a trip to the doctor’s office, a shot in the hiney, and a steroid prescription, everything was fine. But I won’t blame it all on him. It seems like no matter how careful I am, I always get the horrible rash at least once a year.

Anyway, back to the current situation. We had a tree trimmer come work on some of the trees back there to give the garden a little more light, and Harper went ahead and had the guys take out the old fence so we’d be forced to get the privacy fence built. It’s been a few years since he’s had to build any fence, but he has had A LOT of practice over the years. At this house alone, he has already dug over 65 holes for fence posts, and there were probably almost that many at our first house. And even though this should be an ideal time of year to dig holes, due to the drought, the ground is ridiculously hard. So after a brief standoff with the ground and the post-hole digger, Harper called his dad and asked him to bring the tractor to town.

I don’t have pictures because I was inside with the baby, but in my defense, it only took Gary 20 minutes to dig the nine holes with the tractor. Needless to say, we were very grateful he was willing to come help.

The next step was mixing the concrete for each post hole (under close supervision by Sargent, of course).

Wow, this picture doesn’t make the garden look very impressive, but I promise it’s looking pretty good. I didn’t put the little picket fence back around the garden after Harper tilled it because we’ve been keeping that entire lot closed from the rest of the yard. The only purpose of the little fence was to keep the chickens out, so now it’s not necessary. But it did look cute…

I’ll post more pics as the project progresses.

Oh, and in case you’re wondering, I DID manage to get some poison ivy. I’m convinced it was just because I was thinking about it so much.

The rest of the weekend was spent with friends and family. Saturday we went out to Tara Farms for an Easter celebration thrown by some very dear friends. I didn’t take many pictures, but several of my blogging friends did. (Check out Paige and Robyn’s blogs for pics.)

I did manage to get a few of my little Easter blessing when we were at my parents’ house on Sunday. He is too cute for words! Who says boys aren’t fun to dress?

We borrowed the little suit from cousin Dean, and I stayed up late Saturday night to make the little brown tie. It was the perfect touch to go with his sweet hat. I found the how-to tutorial for the tie here, but I didn’t have a printer to download the pattern, so I looked at their pictures and then made my own pattern. It was a quick and easy project, so I might make another one of these days.

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5 Responses to Easter Weekend 2011

  1. Alisa says:

    His outfit just made my ovaries kick me. And leave it to you to sew a damn tie!!

  2. Kate Mefford says:

    So so so so SOOOO darling!!! Glad to see you all are doing well!

  3. Robyn Farmer says:

    OH.MY.WORD. He is so stinkin’ cute!

  4. sarah crosby says:

    you have one adorable little boy! I am SO glad I got to meet him and chat with you for a bit!! I am sure I will have many more questions to ask you down the road ;)

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