Tuesday, May 22, 2012

No More Muddy Feet

     Before Sandy was born Matt had been wanting to make a sidewalk from the front porch steps to the garage.  He had used a waterhose to lay out his plan on where the sidewalk should be.  One day a neighbor of ours had stopped by and Matt had asked him if a sidewalk was something he knew how to do.  The neighbor said he knew how to make sidewalks and that was the end of the conversation.

     During the days we spent at the hospital during Sandy's birth, Matt had called several concrete layers to get quotes on the sidewalk.  He had made an appointment with one company to come out to the house to look at his idea.  This appointment was on one of the days we were still at the hospital.  Matt had decided to leave the hospital to go meet this man at the house.  While Matt was driving home the man had called him saying, "Do you still need me to quote your sidewalk because there is a group of men already working on digging up the dirk work?"  Matt was a bit confused about this, but come to find out, our neighbor had hired someone to do the sidewalk without our consent {not as a nice gesture as it may sound...we still had to pay}.

     Although our sidewak had a rocky start, we ended up with a smooth pathway that will keep our feet from being muddy during those rainy days.  The sidewalk was finished on the first full day I was at home alone with the kids.  My father-in-law came over to help and he even put the kids' and our dog's footprints in the sidewalk.  These permanent markers will be great reminders of their tiny years.

Digging up the dirt for the sidewalk

Brazos looking on they are ready to pour the concrete

Popo and Brazos watching the
workers spread the concrete

I was watching through the window as Popo told Brazos to sit and do
not get up {didn't want him walking in the wet concrete}.  Brazos sat
so well and every few minutes he would stand as if he was ready to run
and then sit right back down.  He tried his hardest to follow directions,
but once his patience ran out he ran through the wet concrete.  I wasn't
watching when this happened, but I sure would have liked to see those tiny
footprints across the wet concrete.  The workers were so nice about it
and just smoothed it all back out without complaining.

Smoothing out the concrete
If you notice on the garage door there is a sign that reads "Do not let
the dog out."  Brazos not being able to read opened the door and Sadie
came running out.  The workers quickly caught her and put her back up.
I'm pretty sure they didn't want to smooth the concrete a third time.

Popo helping Brazos with his handprints
Popo helping Sandy put her footprints in the concrete


  1. I love it!! You should have sent the bill to your pushy neighbor! lol :)

  2. What a nice (?) surprise! The sidewalk looks great though - I love that it curves!

  3. I love the new sidewalk!! I'm sure Popo enjoyed making prints in the concrete...and I too would have loved to have seen the look on the workers face when Brazos ran thru it and the foot prints he had made...instead of "footprints in the sand, you would have had "footprints in the concrete!!" Too cute!


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