It’s fair to say that expectations are high when people come over to our house the first time. Well-meaning friends who have seen our house photos on my blog or facebook are so eager to come over and see everything “in real life”. I feel like I gently have to warn them however- things aren’t as fab as they seem.
Because of our secret shame.
That’s about to be not so secret.
I am going to be honest with you guys. We really, really don’t have time for yard work. :O So people come over, bottle of wine in hand with high expectations of everything being perfectly styled, and before I can even let them in to see the fabulous entry way or the new dining room, or our awesome concrete countertops, they have to pull up and walk to the front door…and see this.
Are we still friends? Guys, don’t leave me. I am working on it. Stay with me. Okay, so remember I told you all that we came home from the Home Depot Garden Party all excited and amped up? It’s because we declared no longer would we hang our heads in shame at the sight of our front yard, no longer would we avoid eye contact with our neighbors, no longer would we have to give the obligatory please don’t judge our yard talk to our friends. We were gonna make that sucker look good.
Spoiler alert, we did. Sorta. At least we created a good foundation to work with. So, for example, we hadn’t trimmed our hedges in awhile. So while we were at Home Depot we picked up this hedge trimmer, went home and I prepared to face my foe. Here’s a before (don’t judge!!!!).
Eeeeeek. But quick look at this next photo!
Yeah!! That’s me feeling the power of a new tool. It was SO FUN to use. It cut the hedges like buttah and—to be honest—I just felt like a total B.A. cutting down the bushes. Rawr!
It was my first time using a hedge trimmer, and it was super easy. So if I can do it, you can do it. Look how good it turned out for my first time!
Guess what Scott was doing while I was doing all of this? Sitting on a lawn chair drinking a beer. Just kidding. He was tackling the severe leaf issue in our front yard. Those two giant oak trees? Really cool, really pretty, really nice to say we are the house with the two giant trees (except when we are embarrassed of our yard). BUT THEY LEAVE SO MANY LEAVES. Please leave, leaves. Get it, see what I did there?
So anyways, he was bagging leaves. I think the total count of yard trash bags full of leaves was 15 or so. It took us 5 hours. But we felt so proud. Not looking totally terrible now, right? (Shh, avert your eyes from the nasty shutters/column issue….it’s on the list to fix!)
Luckily, I have some great resources to get together a good yard plan. Maybe some flowers? Maybe some green grass? Maybe?? 🙂 We shall see!
Glad we had this little chat. Feel free to tell me your secret shame. I’ll even share another- we have a bedroom that doesn’t have drywall on one wall yet, or an air conditioning vent. It’s just full of boxes, and shame. 🙁 Now tell me your secrets and make me feel better!! 😀