Tuesday, April 1, 2008

We're Fenced In....Finally

Hey Folks! I'm very happy to share that we're finally all fenced in. Daddy & Brad worked for several days (inbetween rain and cold weather days) and we have a really lovely fence to show for it.
We moved in a year ago today, and for a year we've been looking at this. Which wasn't so bad at the very beginning because the neighbors didn't have a pool at first, and their poor trampoline hadn't yet been demolished by the wind. Their pool doesn't have a privacy fence around it, and I always felt wierd being in my back yard or on our back deck while they were swimming. It was like I was eavesdropping or something. So, as you can see we just needed a little more privacy.

I'm all about doing before, during, and after pictorials....and I just happen to have lots of pictures of the fence building. Just think of it as an episode from HGTV. Don't we all just love HGTV.

Here is the fence before it was built.....minus the nails. Oh, and minus the quickrete, and all the other stuff we had to go back and get.

Don't let the guys fool you, they had lots of mechanical help digging all the holes.

However, I think Brad gets extra points because for some reason He was the one that was "elected" to dangle from the chain WHILE the auger was digging to provide more weight. This picture was taken during the dig of the first hole. Most of the time, daddy was at the wheel of the tractor (smart, smart man). Later, they decided to hoist a wheelbarrow full of quickrete to provide the needed extra weight; which was Brad's idea (smart, smart man).

Here, Bryce is getting in on the action. He is helping to level the post.

Bryce also used his dump truck to get rid of all the empty backs of quickrete. And, after GDaddy sawed the top of the fence to make the arch, Bryce & Sara Kate picked up the sawed off fence tops and put them in the wheelbarrow. I know GDaddy & Brad were thankful to have such great helpers.

Here are a few pictures of the finished fence. I think it looks great. And, we are so happy to have it. I think Gigi is just about as happy as the rest of us, because now she can go out and roam the back yard a little own her own. The first picture is from the outside. The next picture is from the inside. The sun was interfering with my photography, which is why the first one is kind of dark.

The next project is to build the kids some kind of playhouse. The idea was to use the existing corner of the fence, but I think GDaddy is going to do his usual "go above and beyond" with his design. So stay tuned, it'll be interesting to see what he comes up with. Never fear, it will be thoroughly documented.


Tammy Howard said...


Love the fence and the step by step building process. It will be so nice for you to have the privacy and to be able to let Gi Gi run free.

Good job! Looks like a great place for the reunion groups to hang out.


Brad & Shana said...

I am ALL about having the reunion groups hang out here.......nothing gives me more joy than to hang out with some of my best and truest friends.

Do I feel a BBQ coming on? Oh, yes ma'am I do.


jonesfamily said...

What a difference a fence makes...LOL...It really does look so good!

Anonymous said...

Paoa Tom still laughs about the incident.

Can't wait to see all of you

Our love,

Grandma and Papa Tom

Tammy said...

Looks great! Yeah, I'm ready for that BBQ!!!

Tammy said...

Oh, I forgot - My dad always said, "fences make good neighbors, and taller fences make better neighbors." Looks like you have great neighbors! :)

The Wild World of Richmond said...

Wow, what a handiman you live with...looks like you married someone like your Dad. Ken can be pretty handy, but that fence looks like a BIG job!!! It looks awesome. I know that ya'll will enjoy it.

Tamara Chastain said...

I love, love, love it. Brad, G daddy and Bryce did a fabulous job. Way to go guys! You are ready for a big BBQ and so are we. Tamara

Erik and Angela Green said...

Looks good

Anonymous said...

It looks great! They did a fabulous job but no surprise there. Now you can walk around in your back yard naked!! Not that you would but at least now can. Mmmm bbq.


Oh and I have to do this as anonymous b/c our browers at work aren't current and won't let me sign into blogger.

Paul & Shelley said...

Hey, that fence bares a striking resemblance to the one G Daddy put around the house for Bayley's project.

Coincidence? I think not.

I know, I haven't posted a blog on that yet. Give me time.

Stop with all the pressure!!


Joe & Cyndi Rogers said...

The fence looks great! They did a great job and a BBQ sounds like so much fun! We can't wait!

Love you,


Steven, Meleia & Libby Bridenstine said...

We like your fence. I TOTALLY get it. I'm about to begin one myself---except I'm thinking of a dome for my yard because my precious neighbors now have two barking dobermans! GRRRRR. :) The fence reminds me of Steven's favorite quote: The grass may be greener on the other side of the fence, but you still have to mow it! That's his quote as a plea to just astroturf our yard. He's enamoured by the astroturf grass in front of Dr. White's office. Maybe that could be an after the playhouse endeavor!

chelle belle said...

Sorry I'm late ~ Love, love your documentation and the fence isn't too bad either!!! Nice!

Couldn't help but tell you how blessed your children are to work on projects with their Daddy and GDaddy! Priceless! But, I'm sure you knew that! :)


Tammy said...

I'm with Tammy how! Looks like a great place for the reunion group and their husbands to hang out. When is our next get together. Eric

Brad & Shana said...

We have an open door policy here....anytime, my friend, anytime....and back door guests are best!!

Lets fire up the grill


Brittany said...

It looks amazing! Would the crew be up for coming to our house? :)