to what is now a very nice patio that just needs chairs and maybe some potted plants
thanks to our very nice across the street neighbor for his help laying the bricks and to my very patient husband that asked for my opinion a couple of times and then when i was wrong showed my why he was doing it his way. Once the rest of the sand is packed down and the grass grows back in you'll never know it was a formerly wasted place only usable only by rocknelou.
our other anniversary 'splurge' was dinner with both sets of parents at hana yori, the very delicious teppan restaurant on grape road (for those of you that don't know, they cook the japanese food right in front of you on a huge flat grill and give you a bit of a show while they're at it). we had a great time with our parents even though i very nearly lost an eyebrow during the show! we had such a good time that i forgot to take pictures (still not sure how that happened) but it is somewhat dark there so the flash may just have blinded the chef who did a great job. our food was plentiful and delicious and my leftover rice and veggies was still good for lunch today. thanks mom & dad and mom & dad for going with it, we had a blast!