Step 1: Marry someone who likes to landscape.
And then you're done!
We did some work on our yard over Memorial Day weekend. As you can kind of see in the above picture, the grass originally went right up underneath the window and we thought it should have a little rock bed with plants in it. (We didn't think to take a "before" picture until it was too late, so this is the best you get.) Mckay is amazing and did most of the work himself. I did help quite a bit, but I was also doing other duties like watching the kids and making dinner.
Dallin spent much of the day in the water.
And then when Connor woke up from his nap he joined the pool party.
We had Brats, zucchini, corn, and pineapple; all cooked on the grill.
(The onions on the brats were cooked indoors on the stove. Not as cool.)
Dallin falling into a meat coma.
I'll post the completed yard pictures later when I actually get around to taking some.