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7.26.2010

We're THOSE Kinda Neighbors

{When is it okay to...}

Be a total creepy neighbor, part the blinds and take a picture of what's going on in the yard behind yours?




... When you find out that your NEW neighbors, that you don't even KNOW... and pray to the heavens don't read your blog... (because they'll think your a freak)
ARE GETTING THE PRETTIEST STAMPED STONE CEMENT PAD!
Actually... the EXACT design that YOU want!


When is it acceptable...

To go into a slight depression, for a week... after you look down at YOUR yard and see dirty diapers, falling apart stairs, cracked cement, and a "patio pad ready" spot... full of weeds???


LOL... well I don't have an answer to that...
Mostly it's NEVER okay... because if you're acting like that... you're probably not GRATEFUL for the 90% finished yard that you ALREADY HAVE!
ugh.  
What is WRONG with me people!
:)

(Even if your grass IS dying from the heat... and your hubby has to mow over .... basically hay textured grass.
hee hee hee
Give us a break... we've been watering till the cows come home... and it's greened up a LOT more, than it was 2 weeks ago.
Needless to say.......Yards... are NOT our specialty area. LOL)

Okay... so that was all a few weeks ago.
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Fast forward to this morning.
I'm standing downstairs in my office, while Cason was on the computer, and you can only imagine my surprise when I see 4 men walking in my backyard.

ME:  "CASON!  There's like TEN guys in our back yard!!!!!!!!!"
(Ya... I said ten.....I'm kinda dramatic like that) lol.

CAS: "So."

ME: "What???  Go do something!"

CAS: "Um... Okay... if you don't want cement... I'll tell them to leave!"

ME: "WHAAAAAAAAAT!  Are you serious! Yes!!!!!!!!  I'm so excited!"

(((enter... hugs, kisses... more hugs and a long kiss...)))

CAS: "It's amazing what you can "afford" when the economy sucks, and everyone is in desperate need of work, huh!?"

LOL. YES... finally!  The downward spiral of the economy has worked in OUR favor!
Forget the crappy job we still have... 
WE'RE gettin' CEMENT BABY! :)

Granted, it's not the stamped kind I was envying over our fence
(that is almost 3 TIMES the price!) whew!
But at this point, I'm THRILLED with ANYTHING besides weeds!

So now... let me ask you...

When is it okay to...

Have a Bobcat wake up all your kids at 7AM...


Let your kiddo's peek out at the hard working man destroying your rickety stairs...



THEN explain to them what and WHY that hard working man needs his "special drink"
(that he can't put down) lol....



And then watch someone haul away parts of your house... while you... again,
sneak a picture, for your blog, through the blinds in your master bedroom.....
(almost getting caught and having to slam your body on the floor, so the poor workers don't think your COMPLETELY mental?????)
.........





WHEN YOU'RE GETTING CEMENT!
:)

56 comments:

  1. You're too funny. Very exciting about the cement though. Now it's time for some fun BBQ's in the backyard. Goodbye weeds!!

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  2. Our backyard is in need of so much help!!! Jealous, and can't wait to see your cement!!! lifeofperks.blogspot.com

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  3. That's funny! And very cool for you! Can't wait to see 'after' pictures!

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  4. Can't wait to see the finished product!

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  5. Sneaky Cason!!! He is the best at good surprises. total lol at the "special drink" too:) Can't wait to see the final result.

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  6. How awesome. This made my day!! Enjoy your new cement!

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  7. Can I ask what company you went with?? We live in Kaysville and have been looking to get quotes for the exact same type of project...cement pad with stairs leading up to a landing/small deck/back door. Thanks!

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  8. hahah.. this soo cracks me up!! I could invision all of so funny!! and congrats on the cement I am DIEING for cement!!!!! We have the iniest little slab in my yard, we have a acre in a half so we would LOVE some pation where I could get my darn BBQ grill off of the dirt. SOMEDAY!!!!

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  9. SOOOO happy for you! That's what we want for our backyard's "patio pad ready" spot too! can't wait to see your finished product.

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  10. Shelley you crack me up!!!!! Funny thing is I can actually see you doing all of that too. Hey we are going to be in the Utah/Idaho area next year. Want a visit from the crazy Doctor Family?

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  11. haha!! This is so funny! And yeah for you for getting cement! lol

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  12. The entire post just cracked me up! Good for you getting a deal on your cement. You could always paint it to look like tile or something...

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  13. Woohoo! What a great hubbie! I love a good surprise! Btw, in answer to your first question about taking pictures over the fence... I was at my parents house a couple weeks ago and I was getting ready for church and happened to look out the window and see my parents neighbor putting on a SNORKEL MASK to go snorkeling in his (at most!) 2 foot deep man made waterfall pond thingie. I couldn't stop laughing. Unfortunately I didn't have my camera.

    I bet though in a month or two you and your new neighbor will be besties and she will be reading your blog and see her backyard and get a big laugh. At least a girl can hope right?! :)

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  14. I am so glad that I am not the only one! LOL!! I am so nosey! I have a ton (well, maybe not TON...ok...yes, a ton) of pics like that! I am the self proclaimed captain of my block. Nothing is getting by me!

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  15. I know exactly where you are coming from! I went to run errands one morning and came home to find a backyard full of men ripping siding off the back of my house!
    The concrete man was supposed to be here the next day to pour the slab but the work crew had a few days between jobs and started on the cover before the concrete was poured. Would have been nice if the contractor had called to tell us they were starting early but it all worked out.
    Can't wait to see your finished project!

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  16. Congrats on the cement! Our house actually came with a stamped cement patio and was beautifully landscaped. Unfortunately the house didn't come with a book to tell me how to care for the beautiful landscaping. 90% of the landscaping is almost dead now. Oh well. Now I look longingly over at my neighbors who get to have professional landscapers come to their yards to revive the plants.

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  17. I just found your blog and I LOVE IT!!! Hello could you be any funnier? I will probably be stalking your blog now, oh crap secrets out!!

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  18. I could have sworn you were going to say you're getting stamped concrete! I was prepared to go and get all jealous. And I totally am the nosey neighbors...peeking out of blinds to see what's up and hunkering down when I think I've been caught. lol! Cograts on the new patio!!

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  19. congratulations! What a hilarious post! =)

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  20. You so crack me up! When I saw that last picture I thought, "NO! Don't throw those away! You could totally use that wood for something!" See, you're not the only crazy one! :)

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  21. Wow, how cool!!! Can't wait to see the 'after' pics. I'm SO glad I'm not the only one that sneaks pics like that! hehe I snuck a pic the other day of the guys drilling holes in my house to spray chemicals to kill the termites. Yes, termites. Ugh...

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  22. Yeap just went through this for 7 weeks and counting (still not done.) Have you seen my backyard reno? I camera wasn't working when the men started or else I too would have been out there taking pictures through the blinds --- awww... I would have been outside with the camera in their faces!! You crack me up!

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  23. Well I've already told you that you ARE a freak, so you doing this is NO suprise haha KIDDING! I want cement!! Way to go Cason, maybe he will get lucky tonight haha

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  24. Oh how exciting! I can't wait to see the finished result!

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  25. What a fun surprise! you are so fun! I wish I was the new neighbor.
    Londen

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  26. LOL! You are so funny! Before I saw that he was drinking a monster, I thought he was drinking a beer! LOL Can't wait to see the end product!!! YAY FOR YOU AND YOUR NEW CEMENT!!!!!

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  27. YOu are so funny! I love your blog. Your house is what I want my almost finished new house to look like. And your husband needs to give my husband some tips. Good job hubby of yours!

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  28. Tee hee!! We went for 5 years with NO backyard at all. And I'm sure the neighbors had plenty of naughty words to call us. And how freakin' hot was it to be laying cement?? The thought of it makes me want to puke right here!! I'm so happy for you. Those kind of things just make you want to stare at them....and giggle. No wonder you had to peek so much.

    (oh, and once my Sister-in-law peeked out the window to check construction progress. Only she got caught. And she wasn't covered up....if you catch my drift...okay....naked on top. Worker was RIGHT THERE!! Bet he had a story to tell that day! funny!)

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  29. you have absolutely cracked me up ! YAY for you & your "concrete" !!

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  30. LOL! That cracked me up! If you were my neighbor I would constantly be checking out how awesome your house decor is compared to mine! But then maybe if I begged enough and brought you cookies you would come help me design mine! ;) Have fun with the cement!

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  31. WOOHOO!!! Your hubs pulled a good one on you!! That's a fantastic surprise! Enjoy your new cement - when can you walk on it? And are you going to put the kids' hands in it??? I see a House of Smith's etching in the soft concrete in the works here!!!! THAT is ok! ;)

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  32. Just found your blog...must admit....i'm addicted and adding you to my blog roll. First it was your Pantry Makeover, then it was your wonderful tutorials, and now...finding someone out there is as crazy as I am. Its comforting :) LOVE your blog!! Congrats on the cement YAY!

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  33. hahaha first you are too crazy!! second i love you third if you want your grass to be green go to home depot or amazon.com if your as lazy as i am and get a SOIL TESTER and test your soil, see what your mixing because girrrrl you are missing something and take the results to home depot and get it! ADD WATER... when you think you have drowned your grass water for 30 more minutes! our grass is green as....money! =) I love it! I took pictures of it today haha!
    Fourth.. last and certainly not least you goo girl for getting your cement!! that is pouting at its finest! and eww yucky worker eeekkkk

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  34. Okay, since you cannot afford the stamped cement....like most of us.....check into staining your concrete??? You can even add designs and borders, by taping areas off!! Check into it and let me know what you think!!

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  35. Loved this post, b/c I have totally been the creepy neighbor girl who spies on the (unfortunately) trashy neighbors as they are finally (!!) moving out. Now I watch the house every day, staring at the "For Sale" sign and praying a nice, non-trashy family moves in.

    Happy Concrete Day!

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  36. okay you are so funny, it's kinda like the movie The Burbs where you're spying on your neighbors. Hopefully that worker didn't catch you taking pictures of him, he looks a little scary, and the special drink-too funny.

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  37. Haha, you crack me up. :) lol... I laughed out Loud when you mentioned the part about slamming your body down because you thought you were going to get caught whilst taking the photo. LOL :) Good on you! Congrats on the cement! Looking forward to seeing pics when its done! :)
    Mel

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  38. Cement is very dear to my heart. Just after we built our first house (on a completely barren rock of land) my Nanna passed away and left me some money. We got (Grey stencil stamped )cement and I pretty much thanked my Nanna EVERY single day for that cement. When we sold that house it was the ONLY thing I missed and got sad about leaving. I'm stoked you got cement... that Cason is the best ... you should definitely keep him.
    Ex

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  39. You are too funny!! I am LOLing right now!! Can't wait to see it all finished! :)

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  40. I am just getting a kick out of this post. This is the second blog post I have read today that has caused me to laugh out loud :) Thanks for sharing this.

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  41. Yay for Shelley! Because you put so much time & effort into making your house a beautiful and peaceful home, I think it is perfectly awesome that you are getting concrete in your back yard!
    Congratulations!!
    P.S. I don't know if you have my email...philandleila@cox.net
    Lots of Love, Your Cuz

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  42. I only echo what the others have said. "You crack me up" What a sense of humor you have. I totally relate to the whole thing. Congrats on the cement. Karie
    @karieschiccreations

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  43. OMG I'm seriously laughing out loud 'cause I can only imagine what they woulda thought if they saw you snapping all those pictures!! And imagine you almost throwing yourself on the floor!! Yeah, they mighta thought you were crazy, but at least you have pics for your blog =) That's what it all comes down to, right?

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  44. Oh my gosh...all I can say is that you are the best! I love everything about you and your blog! Thanks for making be feel like it is ok...and maybe I'm not as crazy as I once thought!! totally made my evening reading this!

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  45. Really cute post! I love it! Yay for your concrete! We've been cemently blessed by the crappy economy too!

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  46. wow shelley I have just found your blog and well I am hooked I have read thru all your posts and now well I want to start redecorate my laundry, actually just decorate it. I think this would be a good first job to start decorating, I have never really decorated before. wow the ideas are jsut all jumbled up, I am excited. You have a grat blog I am hooked. Jill ( mummy of 3 girls from Australia)

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  47. I laughed thru this whole post. You are hilarious!

    Rkaye67@hotmail.com

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  48. your voyeuristic tendencies crack me up! great post.

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  49. You're awesome....I totally smiled throughout the post and maybe giggled a bit! Congrats on your new concrete! WHoot whoot

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  50. I'm one of THOSE neighbors who peeks through the blinds as the neighbors behind me get new cement. I'm jealous of your backyard and new cement. Oh well, I'll find happy times in my weed-fest! Yahoo to your new cement!

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  51. haha! I litteraly laughed out loud at this post!

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  52. LMHEO (That's Laugh My Hind End OFF) TOO Funny! Now seriously... be gratefull for a house, walls that are not connected to SCARY Neighbors who you think will come through your wall any minute while both... yes both the husband & WIFE beat each other. Be grateful you have a job, a place for you kiddos to roam, and are not piled on top of each other. Can you tell what mood I am in... 2 bed Apartment plus 6 people = one unhappy momma! UUUUGGGGGGGGG

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  53. Too funny! So happy for you :)

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  54. glad we share the same OCD/obsession. I've been begging for nice flat driveway and my hubby thinks I'm being rediculous... let us know if you meet your neighbor and confess.

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  55. stamped concrete near the garden that's nice I guess

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