In the meantime the screen porch and storage shed project we started a couple of weeks ago should wrap up in the next couple of days. I'm SO excited about both of these. We're building the screen porch with the idea that it is a true room to the house and plan to be out there all the time with the kids. We didn't put an exterior door on the porch, so you can't get to the yard from there. I like it that way while the kids are young, plus it can be switched easily later. And I will finally get to use my mudroom since Josh will move all his tools and things out to the shed!! Awesome. Wouldn't it be fun if that were a playhouse for the kids? Probably not going to happen though.
Note: all of these pictures were taken at different stages of the building process. And you know this light above the mint door is being replaced.
No, we don't have a fireplace on our porch (though we'd like to have a backyard fire pit at some point). That's the backside of the one that's inside the house.
And these flamingos!! I mean, these people are just having fun with their home. That is what it's all about. I'd love to incorporate a few :)