Back Yard Work: Day 6

Finally caught up to present day! Today was all finishing digging post holes – at last! – and building and raising the remaining posts.

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I don’t have a picture of this, but it was extremely cute the way Benji “helped” screw down the bolts. The first time, I gave him his toy wrench, he watched Jim doing it, and then he started wrenching on the already-done bolt. For the next one, Benji went and got the wrench himself when it was time to screw down the bolts. Learning from observation!

Back Yard Work: Days 3, 4, and 5

Wednesday: Continue digging post holes (like I said, an arduous process), finish replacing siding that had to be removed during stair area demo. …In retrospect, I may be getting some of this a little out of order. Never mind, it’s all close.

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Thursday: Continue digging post holes (I think I mentioned this isn’t a trivial undertaking), cut ends into decorative shape, start staining lumber. Some of the long cross pieces are back-ordered until at least July 30, which means this project won’t truly be done for quite a while. But anyway, stain what we’ve got.

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Friday: Start building post potion of trellis. Put three posts up, tacked in place with nails and braced with scrap wood.

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Meanwhile, Benji and Mommy supervise and provide snacks.
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Back Yard Work: Days 1 and 2

This year Ian and I designated some money for home improvement. After paying a family friend/landscape designer, Becky Carlson, to help us make a first draft of a plan for the yard, we decided to replace the fence and add a trellis to our back porch.

We used a company called Fence Connection for the fence, and they did a reasonable job. That finished up the week after July 4.

For the trellis we hired another family friend and general contractor, Jim Andrilenas. He began work last Monday. I’ve been taking pictures along the way. Here’s how it’s gone so far.

Monday: Begin demolishing the deck railing, begin digging hole for stairs, begin building stairs.

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Tuesday: Continue building stairs, finish demolishing railing, start digging post holes (an arduous process, I know from painful personal experience). Benji warmed up to Jim enough to start giving him helpful pointers.

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Meanwhile, Benji and I play with Grammy and Grandpa one day, and go visit friends the next.
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Perspective

What it is:
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What I see: Hooray! All our CDs, DVDs, and Blu-Rays at last out of their random bags, neatly alphabetized and easily accessible, ready for playing.

What Benji sees: Hooray! A zillion objects to pull down, toss around, stack, knock over, and generally employ towards total mayhem.

What Ian sees: Hooray! Our quaintly outdated physical media is readily accessible for me to start replacing with lossless digital copies.

Benji Update

There’s construction on the water main. On our best walk in weeks, we strolled over and found a safe place to watch the show. We also watched a digger scoop big loads of gravel, even going up on only the two back wheels. Wow.

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We’ve visited our local fire station with Benji three times so far. The first two times the huge trucks were too intimidating, and he kind of hovered near the entrance, pointing with excitement…but too scared to go in. This time he finally got enough courage to let me carry him inside to look up close, and that proved quite exciting. We counted lights and admired the ladder truck with its steering wheel in the back. The firefighters have all been quote patient and kind – they must see a lot of kids.

I didn’t get any pictures of our visit today, but the one above is of him in the hat they gave us.

Oh, and language acquisition-wise, he’s now saying banana, and mixing syllables and vowel noises. So instead of mamama, he’s saying mana or namo. I expect lots more words in short order.

For the Record

Today Benji started pointing at me and saying “Mama.” FINALLY! This after he’s been saying “Dada” to Ian for months, and even says “Granpa” somewhat recognizably.

That said, babbling remains prolific while real words are thin on the ground.

Dulcius Ex Asperis