Tuesday, November 4, 2008

TIMBER!

These two trees have been the bain of my husbands existence ever since we built our house almost 8 years ago. When we were clearing the lot, I told them to leave as many trees as possible. Since we live in an older neighborhood, there are many tall and old trees around, which I love. Well, come fall time, these two trees drop not only leaves all over the place, but sticks and full branches that make it a pain in the butt to have to pick up before mowing the lawn. And when a storm comes in, these trees sway all over the place. It wouldn't be far fetched to think that one could fall right onto our garage. It never fails that at least one large branch comes off this tree into our driveway when the winds are just right.

So after years of begging, Keith finally got his way. Not on my giving in though. These trees are like 90 feet tall and cost a pretty penny for someone to take them down. Without going into too many details, we are planning on building an addition on the house in the next year or two and would need for these trees to come down to extend our driveway when the addition goes up. So down they came!

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You wouldn't think so, but the way this guy took them down was quite an art in itself. He did not just drop them. They would have fallen into the road and over to the neighbors yards causing lost of damage. Each time he lopped the trunk down, the ground shook. I could feel it in my house. I thought for sure that one time he hit the house, but it was the ground.....On the top of the tree, he wraps the rope around the tree so that it makes a pulley system and his little helper (just a teenage kid, and Keith) would catch the piece and slowly bring it down.

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Ella loves the wood pile that has been left over. She wants to climb on it all the time. The other day after painting pumpkins, she told me she wanted to dance and make funny faces. Then she said, "Take pictures of me Mama!" What Mama could resist that? :)

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7 comments:

Julie November 4, 2008 at 7:40 PM  

Great photos! Ella's little face always makes me smile! Love the last picture!!! :D

Kimberly November 5, 2008 at 12:52 AM  

Ella has some of the greatest expressions!!! I can't decide which one I like the best. They're all great.

Crystal November 5, 2008 at 9:03 AM  

Aaaw... you must have such a happy hubby now! Great pics, as usual!

Jen November 5, 2008 at 1:43 PM  

That is so cool that you took shots of them taking the trees down. I love the dancing photos of Ella. Too cute!!!

Christina November 5, 2008 at 9:02 PM  

I bet Ella loves watching them take the trees down! We had a couple trees cut down several months ago, and Nadia had the best time watching the "monkey men." It is cool to watch, too - it really is an art! Awesome pictures, you captured the process so well. And those were some TALL trees!

And Ella - what's not to love?! That girl and her expressions are just too much.

Maya November 10, 2008 at 11:46 AM  

That is awesome how they take those down! I have never seen that before! Ella looks like she found a new playground!

Jaimee November 12, 2008 at 10:19 AM  

Oh, I can't help but feel sad to see the trees go...but, if you need the room you need it..an addition? How cool!!

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