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Our new outdoor space…almost as much work as having a third child.

We have been working like dogs for a little over a week to get our balcony tiled so that we can enjoy more time in what was a wasted patio space for years.  It has been something we have wanted to do since we bought this place 4 years ago.  Between babies and travel, we are just now getting around to it, but I guess it is better late than never!

We chose a dark limestone tile mixed with a grey colored grout so there is a little contrast.  We needed something that will stand up to the wear and tear of kids that have apparently earned a degree in destruction.  I made a trip to IKEA with the kids last Friday (because I like to inflict pain on myself) and brought home the decor part of the job.  Now we just have to get out to the garden center to purchase our plants and do some potting.

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The kids and I are way too excited to have this little urban oasis.  A place where spilled water doesn’t matter as much, we can feel the early morning sun on our faces, and the plants and flowers can shine their beauty for us to watch.  We have eaten a few dinners out here so far, enjoyed a glass (or two) of wine, and enjoyed a few tea parties, and even caught a nice early summer rain shower.

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Of course, we dream of the day when we will have a backyard of our own (although we are kind of attached to urban living at the moment), but for now this little space works so well for us.

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