When I first decided to start this blog, I didn’t envision my first project post would be such a whopper of a job. I thought it would be some cute DIY project that anyone could do with a few spare hours on the weekend. But life has it’s twists and turns and here we are. As you saw in our backyard plan here, a big project we had planned for this summer is a retaining wall. Let me tell you, this project is not for the faint of heart… or really anyone opposed to hard manual labor. There are a lot of retaining walls in our neighborhood, so when we first got the idea to build the retaining wall to expand our yard, we had a lot of people to talk to. Everyone seemed to say that it was a big project but totally doable and DIYable if you had someone on your team knew what they were doing. They were right, the whole concept isn’t mind-blowingly tricky. But, no one seemed to mention that we would burn about 12 million calories and dig deep for every ounce of energy to finish out the day and then get up the next morning to begin again. Or go to bed feeling guilty that you dragged your poor family into it! The whole crew consisted of me, the fiancee, my dad, and my brother who swooped in to save us from death by retaining wall in it’s final construction days. Let me tell you, it was pretty rough. Physically, anyway. But, hey, if there was ever a way to get ripped in 9 days, building a retaining wall is the way to go! I think we sprouted muscles on top of muscles.