Mother’s Day Lunch and “Holy Shed”

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Yesterday was a busy day at the Haupert household! Mal and I hosted a Mother’s Day lunch for my mom, sister (mom-to-be), and brother-in-law, Pat, and then Mal and Pat built a shed in our backyard. Oh, the fun of being a homeowner!

About an hour before my family arrived at our house, Mal said he was going to Lowe’s. He didn’t say why and I didn’t ask, so I figured he was going to buy some more grass seed for our backyard or something like that. Well, about 45 minutes later, he showed up with a huge 150-pound box on his car and inside was a new shed for our backyard. Well, ok then! Mal had talked about buying a new shed for a couple of weeks now, so I guess yesterday was the day to get it!


A few minutes later, my family arrived at our house. Of course, my mom had treats for Murphy. (The pug is one spoiled dog. I can only imagine what will happen with Matthew!)


Batman also came for the Mother’s Day celebration. He is so adorable. Doesn’t it look like he’s wearing eyeliner?




After spending a little time outdoors, we all came inside to catch up while I started to make lunch, which was a bunch of finger foods and appetizers””most of which came from Trader Joe’s. Love that place.


We had”¦ Coconut Shrimp and Spinach & Kale Bites.


Pastry Bites with Feta & Caramelized Onions.


Sweet Potato Fries.




Roasted edamame with garlic oil & Parmesan cheese.


And Coconut Macaroons. <— super easy to make!


Lunch was delicious all around!


After lunch, we all headed outside. The ladies relaxed on the porch, the dogs explored the yard (and left Post It notes for each other), and the guys built the shed.



A little over one month to go for my sister!





Building the shed ended up being quite the project for the guys.


Mal measured the space in between our porch and fence (he wasn’t going to make a mistake like we did with our new fridge), so he knew the shed would fit, but it was going to take a little finagling.


There was literally zero wiggle room on either side of shed, which meant in needed to be lifted into the space to avoid the fence posts.


Thankfully, it fit perfectly! As my sister said: “Holy shed!”


Hooray for outdoor storage!


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Question of the Day

On a scale of 1-10 (10 being “love it”), how much do you like doing yard work?

Growing up, I wasn’t a fan of yard work at all. It was definitely a chore that my mom forced my sister and I do, so, back then, I’d give it a 3. Now that I have my own home though, I enjoy it quite a bit more. Mal and I have been doing all sorts of stuff to our outdoor spaces (I still need to show you guys pics), so I’m more like a 7 now. I don’t love yard work, but I definitely like it now.

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