Some of you have commented about our back porch. So I figured I'd actually show you what it looks like. We extended our porch and added the birdcage to it a few years ago. We originally had the whole section as grass, but converted 1/2 to a sandbox as Blake's 2nd birthday present.
view from sandbox corner
view from grass corner (all three glass sliders slide out of the way so when we don't have the air on, we have a huge opening into our living room)
view from patio table corner (in front of the door to the "pool bath")
view from grill corner (next to slider opening)
The boys and I spend at least 1.5 hours out there every day. I can't wait until it is cool enough to turn off the air conditioner so they can go in and out as they want and the sand won't stick to every sweaty spot on them.
Now if we could only figure out a way to get the grass to live over the summer season, we'd be set (o: