Last year our two major projects were to build a deck and put in new grass in the back yard. Well, building the deck turned into a much bigger project than we (or more accurately I) anticipated, and by the time we were ready to plant some grass it was getting late in the summer. So we just decided to put it on hold until 2009. Now, one year and a lot of money saved up and spent later, we finally have a back yard. It was actually pretty simple, once the sprinkler guys finished their thing we had a "sod party" and laid the whole back yard in not much over an hour.
Now instead of sitting in our own private dustbowl we have some beautiful green grass to play on. The only downside to the whole thing is going to be the water bill; not real excited to see that in the mail.