Here's the progress we've made on the backyard patio. After digging a large pit (looked like it could be a swimming pool for Griffin!), we filled it with seven inches of gravel. Then we rented this loud, heavy compactor thingy that made the gravel nice and solid. A layer of sand comes next and then we can start putting the paving stones down! I'm so ready for this backyard to not look like the great expanse of dirt that it is.