My husband and I enjoyed a weekend road trip this past weekend ALL BY OURSELVES!! He reported to me last Monday that he needed to go on a parts run in eastern Oklahoma and said that if I would go along for the ride, he would take me to the largest pond store in Oklahoma--Pond Pro Shop in Shawnee (this is where I would do my Tim Allen tool time grunt--if I could). My response was "OK kids, which friend do you want to stay with??" (Thanks Tiffany and Becky!!) So Friday morning after dropping little kids at Granny's and big boys to FB practice, we headed out! We feasted at Joe's crab shack in OKC (our FAVE!) and had to stop for Braums ice cream later that day. The highlight of the trip though was the 2 hours we spent at the Pond store.
|First I outlined where the pond would go with my garden hose. I spent several days making sure that I liked the placement, and observing the lighting|
There was a pond very similar to the images in my mind. So it was good for Jeremy to see, because he is the one that will get it all to work right. He had the lids off their pumps making mental notes. It was also good for me to visualize the actual size and how the waterfall fit into the scheme. When we were ready to get the supplies, we had a great guy named Jay that spent about 1 1/2 hours with us--explaining different aspects of the building process and showing us the differences in the types of parts available. Finally decisions were made, and ingredients were purchased--he even threw in a book on pond plants for free :-) at my request (thanks Dave Ramsey!)
The rest of the trip was great too. It was nice just to be able to hang out with my guy--shopping, looking, dreaming, eating, and talking.
Sunday afternoon we decided to take the waterfall out while Cami was napping. After 3 hours of hard physical labor, in 95 degree heat, I was wondering whose STUPID idea this was, and who the idiot was that designed the waterfall in the first place. We had intended to go to the lake when she woke up, but by then the wind was howling, so we persevered on the pond project. . .and broke ground!!
|out comes the huge boulder to await its new home near the pond|