R's big birthday weekend essentially started on Thursday night with Umi and Umpa [J's name for them] coming down from Boston...and yes, they brought snow with them! J got to stay up a little late so she could give them some hugs when they arrived. She loved waiting up late and keeping an eye out the front window for their arrival!
My folks watched the kiddos on Friday and I ducked out of work a few minutes early so I could get home and play in the snow with them!
R's godparents sent her this awesome wagon and she loves it. The girls have been taking turns pushing each other all around the house!
The poor guy had to shovel even more snow!
J made her very first snowball! Did a good job throwing it too.
R likes being outside on the sled but hated whenever we stopped to snap a photo. She's a kid on the move!
This snowman didn't stick around long with temps in the 50's the following day!
Saturday was all about the big birthday party....stay tuned for that!
Decided to take down another big tree that was pretty close to our house. They just made us so nervous every time it was super windy. Better to be safe than sorry! We're actually going to plant a series of new trees along the drive to give us a bit of privacy from the neighbors. It'll be someone else's problem in 25-30 years to get rid of them!
I had a few estimates and went with the super low guy. He was $800 cheaper than the guy we've used before, if I paid in cash! Deal. Cheaper means they take more risks and work faster.
I knew this was the case when he chalked the crane wheels with some rocks from my landscaping! He definitely took down some massive pieces at a time; probably more massive than another guy who took more care would have. I was out for a bit and Kel said that one big piece came really close to the shed! In the end the tree is down and nothing got damaged...win, win!
Took that before photo from our 3rd floor bathroom window...
Crane was pretty much maxed-out reaching the top!
Huge pieces getting loaded up!
As they were taking the final few pieces out I noticed a major hole in the bottom 10' or so of the tree. Turns out the entire thing was rotted out. It was probably just a matter of time until this bad larry fell down once stormy night. So glad we made the call to take it out!
Since they couldn't get a stump grinder into the backyard without taking down the fence I had them just leave it. Now with this massive hole I'm thinking I'll let it decay for a bit and then slice and dice it up like a pizza with a chainsaw in a few months. Should make quick work of it!