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In Our Tiny Backyard

Before we moved (almost a year ago!) all I wanted was a small, grassy backyard. I wanted to be able to walk out my back door, and play with my favorite people. I didn’t want rocks anymore, or dirt, or trees that required constant leaf raking. Just a simple, easily maintained, flat backyard where family memories could be made all year ’round. I felt so strongly that in this season of life, the young children season, it’s all we needed. We could get our dream backyard later. Our dream acreage and tree-filled lot (and hilly, sigh). It could wait. Right now, all we needed was a tiny backyard.

And that’s exactly what we got. And I couldn’t love it more. We’re about to embark on year two of this cookie-cutter-neighborhood-texas-suburbia adventure, and so far, it’s met all our needs and more. Our backyard may be tiny, but the memories are big, and only getting bigger.

This weekend was one of those weekends where I just knew I’d look back and think, “man, this was a great weekend.” I mentioned on Instagram that I feel like these are the days. These are the days I’m going to wish we could relive. These are the days I’m going to wish had lasted a little longer. These are the days I’m going to wish we could bottle up and keep forever. If I think too hard about how quickly time is passing, it makes me tear up because I don’t want to imagine these days being gone forever.

Our tiny backyard is where our tiny humans will grow up, and learn, and frolic, and explore, and imagine, and create, and giggle, and splash, and get dirty, and swing (if I can convince Daddy to buy a swing set!), and twirl, and run, and fall, and cry, and be brave, and dig, and kick, and throw, and everything else under the sun.

It’s not pretty, and we still have a lot of plans for it, but this weekend it was a dream. We played outside together, soaked up the sun, and mentally prepared for a fun (and hot…Jesus take the wheel!) summer ahead! Adeline played with her water table, and practically begged to put her swimsuit on. I can’t wait to buy her a little pool, and sit in the shade under the patio while she “swims” her heart out.

I think the key to happiness is being content with what you have, and right now, I’d say we’re feeling pretty content. Of course, I wouldn’t mind planting a tree or two, and maybe some flowers here or there. And a little garden. And some string lights. Baby steps!

How was your weekend? Was the weather pretty where you are? Did you play outside all weekend?



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    Kelly T
    April 30, 2018 at 1:20 pm

    I love this! We only have an acre but our house and yard is a bit of a fixer so on weekends we tend to do a lot of projects. One day it will be our “dream” yard. I am definitely still learning that happiness is being content.

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      May 16, 2018 at 1:54 pm

      Love that! For now, I am totally content spending the weekends doing yard work in our little piece of paradise 😉

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    April 30, 2018 at 8:56 pm

    Adam can totally build a swing set!!! I’m trying to convince Chris to start drawing plans to build one

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      May 16, 2018 at 1:54 pm

      I’ll let you suggest that to him! Hahaha

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    May 1, 2018 at 7:23 am

    This is such a sweet post! Some of my favorite memories are playing in the sprinkler in the backyard with all the neighborhood kids…we have a huge backyard now and we’re installing blackberry vines and raised garden beds – can’t wait for all the fresh vegetables this summer!
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      May 16, 2018 at 1:54 pm

      Ahhh that sounds like a DREAM! My husband wants to build a raised garden, and I’m kind of itching for a little raised flower bed myself!

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    May 13, 2018 at 8:57 am

    Sounds like the most beautiful weekend!! I feel you so hard on being so sentimental about wanting to hold on to memories and about time passing too quickly. Soak it all in!

    Happy Mother’s Day to you!!


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      May 16, 2018 at 1:46 pm

      Thanks Christine! Time is seriously FLYING! I feel like as soon as I graduated and really started adulting, it just hasn’t slowed down!

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    May 19, 2018 at 1:49 pm

    I think you have done a great job with the backyard. The smile on your daughter face is so pretty.
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    September 25, 2018 at 3:55 pm

    Just as many happy memories can be made in a small backyard as a big backyard. From the look on your daughters face, looks like plenty of happy memories are being made! 🙂

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    December 19, 2018 at 11:07 am

    This is such a sweet post! Some of my favorite memories are playing in the sprinkler in the backyard with all the neighborhood kids

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    August 12, 2019 at 7:06 pm

    This is great. We were backwards and wanted less grass and added more rocks. We got crushed concrete though and it’s a little harsh on the feet.
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