Brent and I are notorious for always having several irons in the fire when it comes to projects around the house. Our backyard has been a work in progress from the minute we moved in three years ago. This year we (“we” of course meaning 95% Brent, 5% me) laid down about four truckloads of pea gravel, who knows how many truckloads of mulch, and decided it was time to get rid of our raised beds once and for all. Yes, those raised beds. Turns out we’re not really gardeners. But the rabbits and squirrels in our yard really are. Plus with our weekly delivery from Grow Alabama we really just didn’t need to grow any additional veggies of our own. So the beds had to go.

Of course, that would mean someone had to haul away all the concrete pavers and cinderblocks that comprised the structure. And by “someone” I mean 95% Brent and 5% me.

But then, Grandad came to town. Grandad who will now be known as SuperGrandad. While Brent was still at church last Sunday morning Tom asked if he thought Brent would mind if he got started digging up and hauling off all that concrete. Huh! As if he needed to ask! By the time Brent got home at almost noon Tom and my Grandpa (yes, he’s 76) had it half-finished and were well on their way to leaving us with two very large dirt holes in the backyard. Brent was elated.

And as if that weren’t enough, SuperGrandad spent his breaks taking the kiddos for spins around the yard in the wheelbarrow.

Where he mustered that energy, I’ll never know.

But he did.

And the kiddos were almost as elated as their father over the whole ordeal.

Grandad takes the corners pretty sharp… 

And he picks up speed on the straightaways…

Camera-wielding pedestrians, beware.

Turns out SuperGrandad’s jumpstart on our backyard project was just the kick in the pants “we” (95/5) needed to get the backyard finished and ready to welcome summer. Since last Sunday the pavers and cinderblocks have been removed, large tree stumps hacked to pieces and hauled away, dirt has been graded and sod has been laid.

Thanks SuperGrandad. You’re welcome here anytime. 😉

MeganMay 2, 2010 - 8:25 pm

Sometimes you need a good ride in a wheel barrow pushed around by a grandfather! They are the best drivers.

AmyMay 2, 2010 - 9:12 pm

I love it when the grandparents help around the house! And those smiles are awesome!

GramaMay 3, 2010 - 5:36 am

I love “SuperGrandad”. It was a fun day for all of us! Thanks for this post, Deed. I love the looks on the kids faces as he wheeled them around the yard!

elizabeth HolderMay 3, 2010 - 6:05 am

love the photos- I think I need a “Super-grandad”!!!!

AmyJMay 3, 2010 - 7:36 am

The kids’ faces are full of pure joy. How wonderful! – and what an amazing SuperGrandad!!!

LaurenMay 3, 2010 - 9:24 am

Love the children in the wheelbarrow! Those pictures are adorable and they look like they are having a blast! Grandad looks like he is having fun too! Congrats on accomplishing all of your yardwork ~ we need to do yardwork too!

JaimieMay 3, 2010 - 1:20 pm

Aw so cute, my dad is older and so energetic and this reminds me of him!

JackiMay 4, 2010 - 9:09 pm

I love how playful and happy the pictures are… how fun!

MandyMay 9, 2010 - 8:35 pm

This is great! We have a Super PawPaw. Really, that’s what my youngest calls my Dad. It started with her playing super hero one day and a visit to his house…he has since been “Super PawPaw”.
Also, girl, you have fantastic genes in your family! Super Grandad does not look anywhere near 76 years old!!!!

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