Backyard Bliss

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It’s funny – you would think we spent the entire summer in our backyard, but we actually avoided the deck and grass at all costs through the months of June, July, August, and most of September.  It was TOO HOT.  But now that it’s cooling off, we’re actually getting back outside as a family.  Hoorah!


Speaking of being outside…


I made Candy Cane Lane iced tea this weekend, and it was THE BOMB.


Anyway… We did a major backyard renovation when we moved into our home three and a half years ago.  But here are the best part of our backyard!


The Hammock


The Husband gave me this hammock for my birthday (I think for #30?  Not sure – the years have started to blend together!).  I love laying in it and looking up at the trees.  It’s also a pretty good kiddo toy.  Hah.


The Large Deck


Our original deck was super small.  The design was so poor – for a decent-sized backyard, a little rectangle where you could hardly fit a few chairs just didn’t make sense.


The first time my mom saw the house, she said, “You should expand this deck out so it touches the top of the hill.”  Kristien and I were like… “You’re a GENIUS!” So that’s exactly what we did.  I love how much room there is now for eating, lounging and playing.


Our Sun Sails are pretty cool, too – they were only $20 each at Costco and create so much shade.


The Sand Box


In the back corner of the yard is our sandbox, which I got on Craiglist for $30 for Henry’s 1st birthday.  It is BY FAR his most loved and used toy.  I love the sandbox because he’ll head outside to the backyard and entertain himself forever – I love that it’s open-ended play.


The Geodome Climber


SO EXCITED about this addition!  I originally saw this product featured on a post by Janet Lansbury about Outdoor Play Spaces and knew I immediately had to buy it. I have been LUSTING for a swing set (things that parents say…) but decided that a geodome climber was much more cost and space efficient.


We get an incredible amount of use out of this thing (BFF Nicole and I even climbed on it the other night!) and it’s so fun to watch Henry learn to navigate it.  I can tell that it will be used for many years by both kids.  And get this… it was only $200 or so!  Also, I put this thing together BY MYSELF (Hubby was at work and I was itching to get it up) with both kids awake… Miracle upon miracles.


Things I Want to Add to the Backyard…


A Mud Kitchen

Rock climber grips along the side of the fence so Henry can climb along the side

A tire swing

A kiddie-sized picnic table


What do you love most about your backyard from a grown-up or kiddo perspective?



  • Laura September 15, 2015, 8:50 am

    We had a pool and a trampoline in our backyard growing up, it was awesome! We also lived in the country so I had unlimited woods and fields to explore! I miss living in the country, hopefully I can convince my husband to move to the country one day!

  • Katie @ Talk Less, Say More September 15, 2015, 9:19 am

    I had a swing set my dad built growing up but used to love those geodomes as we had one at a park nearby! But I’m still stuck on the ICED candy cane lane…HOW HAVE I NOT DONE THIS?! 😉

  • Gena September 15, 2015, 9:20 am

    I love the idea of the jungle gym vs. a swing set! We finally have a backyard big enough, but my youngest is four and I just don’t think she would play on it for that much longer to justify the investment $$$. These are such creative ways to add some activities in the backyard! Thanks for sharing!

  • Sana September 15, 2015, 9:46 am

    have you ever tried tea with club soda? It’s amazeballs.

  • Reenie September 15, 2015, 10:18 am

    I love your wooden flower boxes. Did you make them?

    • Caitlin September 15, 2015, 11:28 am

      Our lanscaper did! They seem pretty simple.

  • Rachel September 15, 2015, 10:56 am

    What I love about our backyard (and neighborhood) is that our backyard is small, but our neighborhood has TONS of common space. Playgrounds, green belts, a lake, a pool, and tennis courts. All within steps of our house. We have very little grass to mow (or shovel in the winter) but we get to enjoy all the outdoor space. It also encourages us to get out of our yard and interact with our neighbors. I truly would never want a swing set or sand box in our backyard because going to the park gets us out of the house!

  • Lauren September 15, 2015, 11:12 am

    Your deck, furniture and sun sails are amazing. I definitely have backyard envy! And the geo climber looks really fun for kids. We have a covered porch and a small table, so it’s nice to eat out there in the summer. I also love our adirondack chairs.

  • Kelly September 15, 2015, 11:31 am

    I am envious of your big grassy yard! I live in a neighborhood where all the landscaping is eco/natural/water conscious with local SW Colorado plants, and sometimes I really miss having a “real” yard. But I certainly don’t miss having to mow it!

  • Amanda September 15, 2015, 12:17 pm

    I am dying for one of those big comfy outdoor lounge chairs! Love it!

  • Laura @ September 15, 2015, 1:49 pm

    I feel like this sounds kind of lame and uppity, but I love our grass. Haha My husband has put a lot of time and effort in to our backyard, and the grass is really thick and lush. We have so much fun running around barefoot out there, and rolling around!

  • Amanda September 15, 2015, 4:09 pm

    We got my son a small kid- sized trampoline for his 3rd birthday and it is by far the best thing we have bought him. I will have to look into one of the dome climbers! I have a kid sizes picnic table I would give you if I was closer, darn!

  • Erin @ Her Heartland Soul September 15, 2015, 6:00 pm

    I would love a hammock!

  • Jolene ( September 15, 2015, 8:58 pm

    You have such a HUGE and gorgeous backyard!! I love it! I totally want a hammock, and that big chair on the deck looks pretty great too 🙂

  • Katie September 15, 2015, 9:20 pm

    Love the dome! Especially because its not as obvious in a backyard as a full swingset would be.

  • Nicole September 16, 2015, 5:54 am

    The geodome looks so cool! We just bough our house this year so there’s plenty we’re itching to do in the yard, but on the list is a treehouse! We have some great trees that would be perfect for one. 🙂

  • Olivia September 16, 2015, 8:12 am

    Ok, I want one of those geodomes! Can you move it to mow the grass or do you just stick a weed wacker in there?

    • Caitlin September 16, 2015, 12:02 pm

      You can easily move it around!

  • Sarah September 17, 2015, 4:10 pm

    How freaking cool is that geodome! Smart choice!

    I beg you, please do not put climbing grips on your fence; As an architect I can tell you that it was likely not built to withstand that kind of lateral loading. Plus it will freak your neighbors out, hahaha. I saw a book online for how to build your own backyard climbing wall, maybe that would be even better!

  • Kelly September 19, 2015, 11:25 am

    Has it really been 3.5 years that you’ve been in that house!? Wow. time sure does fly. Love the climber – great idea!

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