Progress vs. Perfection

I have mentioned before, but I got REALLY into gardening a few years back.  That gardening gene runs deep in my family.  My grandfather used to have a huge vegetable garden, and my mom is an amazing with plants.  I grew up basically with a park as a back yard.  She always grew vegetables and had multiple fruiting trees.  The most substantial was the huge avocado tree.  To say that I love avocados would be an understatement.   Like if I was stranded on a island and I had to pick one food to survive on forever, it would be avocados.  Thank goodness my mom has a tree because I would be broke otherwise.  Actually, the first solid food that Clay ate was avocado from my moms tree.

FullSizeRender (2)^Just a normal haul from my moms garden.

Now that I have thoroughly expressed my love for avocados, what happened to my garden?


We started a large add on which took up all of our time.

I was pregnant at the same and the construction.

When the construction was completed, and had a newborn.

Excuses Excuses!  Where I am at now.

My new life moto is to not let perfection stand in the way of progress.

I miss (soooooo much) having a functional outdoor space.  I honestly feel like I miss it more now than ever because I want my son to have a space where he can run and be a kid.  An outdoor space can make your house feel so much bigger because it expands your living space.  For the last year and half it has broken my heart to even go out there.  It makes me sad because I know what it was.  I know what it could be.  I can see the potential.  I just can’t make it happen fast enough.

The way that Ty and I approach big projects is to save up, and pay for them with cash.  This is awesome because we don’t go into debt, but it can make updates seem to go so slow.  We didn’t want to waste any money on the backyard since we were in the saving phase of a big renovation.  We stopped watering.  I will use the excuse that California was in a crazy drought at the time.  Yup that was it.  It had nothing to do with the fact that we just let our yard go.  During the construction we had to tear out ALL of our trees.  Including the avocado tree that was there when we bought the house (there were tears, but it was necessary).  It is like the Sahara desert back there getting baked by the sun.


Something happened this week.  PROGRESS.  The cement is starting to be poured.




Weekend Goals

I get so excited about weekend.  It gives me a chance to get some bigger goals accomplished.  This weekend is a holiday weekend so it feels longer, even though I am working on Monday.  Along with having some fun, I also have some things that I want to get accomplished.


  1.  FINALLY plant some plants in my front planter bed.  Last week I dug out a planter bed in front of my porch, and bought some plants.  I just haven’t gotten around to actually put them in the ground.  2 actually died.  It is embarrassing how often that happens to me.  Ty (my husband) and I go back and forth about what we want.  I love lush and pretty plants, and he loves a desert minimal/modern. It is a struggle making decision sometimes.
  2. Paint the inside of my kitchen wall (ceiling) thing.  We had some water damage due to a roof leak.  We put a new roof on aboooouuuttttt….. a year and a half ago.  Ha!  It took a little bit to get the drywall patched to look good,  and we had to put casing around the new window.  I have not got around to paint it.
  3. Mow the front and back yard.  This may seem like a simple task.  Let me assure you.  It is not.
  4. Get my nails did.  No explanation necessary.


  1. Decide on how big of an outdoor table to do.  I want to be able to comfortably seat our entire family: brothers, sisters, moms, dads, husbands, wives, kids (ok the kids can sit at a kids table).  With everyone that would be 23… ok don’t want a table that big.  Just adults would be 15…. still pretty big.  I am thinking something that seats 12.  What are the chances we will have the ENTIRE family over.   I kinda love these.Pint-size perfectionTuscan table
  2. Once I decide on how big of a table, I really need to figure out if I want to build one, or buy one.  This decision almost always lands on building it.  I want something that fits and functions perfect for our house.  I often find that means that I have to build it.  That is ok.  I like a challenge.  (I almost always regret those words).