Monday, September 20, 2010

Another Project Completed!

Last week we got our front yard concreted. Our front yard was so gross! Our kids love to dig in the dirt, but I never would let them. I also would hardly let Judah go outside because every time he did he would immediately get in the yucky front yard and play in the dirt. They tell us that here in town the dirt is contaminated and that the kids can get worms if they play in it.

I had a hard time finding a 'before' picture of the front yard. This is the best one I could find. It was our first day in Brazil when we first came home our yard had flooded a little bit because of the rain.
A couple of pictures I forgot to include in the last post. Our filthy girls when they were done playing in the dirt.
Completely covered with mud!
I thought this was pretty interesting. The man that laid our concrete didn't have a saw to cut his wood so he just used a machete.
Our yard after the dirt was put down.
Concrete poured. We also made a little bench up against one of our walls for kids to sit on. We have a bunch of kids that come to our house on Monday nights for songs, prayer, and games.
After the concrete was done.
They built a wall around our mango tree.
One day I plan to plant some flowers inside of it.
We also had them install a couple of lights outside. The ladder wasn't quite tall enough, but that didn't stop them...crazy!!!

We had a little bit of extra materials, and we decided to concrete the other side of our house. It makes for a nice walkway to the back yard, and the girls love to hide back there too!
The finished yard. They also plastered our walls in the front yard to make things look nicer. We are very pleased with the results.

The new bench really helped with some of the chaos on Monday nights.
It was much easier than sitting in a circle on the porch. Several of the really little kids were much more well behaved.

Our kids have almost lived outside since we had the porch concreted. They play out there all day long! There is so much more room to run and play. They also attract more attention from those walking by on the street in front of our house. Sometimes the kids will stand outside our gate for 20 minutes or more just watching Allie, Bethany, and Judah play! Now I just have to remember to put sunscreen on them!


  1. It looks so nice and clean now! I know you are glad about having that more mud:-) I know you are happy to have a place that they can run and play now without the worry about those worms!

  2. Hey, it looks great! Makes it look bigger too. So glad you were able to get it done.

  3. Looks very nice! I just LOVE the picture of the kids hands and feet :) They're the best :)

  4. Wow, that really looks so nice! I'm so glad you were able to get that done!