First, the contractors had to tear out the old sidewalk. We just so happen to have this strange sloped section, which the contractor said was pretty unusual. It made it extra fun for the tractor to dig out! The kids were completely enthralled the entire time they were working!
Levi absolutely loved all the noise of the demolotion - and kept banging on the window and saying "LOUUUUD! LOUUUUD!" Miss Olivia, on the other hand, was quite distraught that they were "ruining her sidewalk!" She felt better after she had her trusty blanket (one of them, at least) wrapped around her shoulders.
Because of the odd slope, they had to change the grade to make it less steep and bring it back up to code. This involved hauling in tractor-fulls of gravel, and then tamping it down.
Then, at long last, the next afternoon brought the cement mixer to our house! The kids had been waiting all morning, and Olivia was asking me every twenty minutes if the "workers were here yet". :)
Levi was absolutely beside himself this time, and kept pointing and squealing "TUCK! TUCK!" and showing us the cement mixer. Olivia also enjoyed seeing the cement come down the shoot, and was asking all sorts of questions about how it worked. It was so cute to see her inquisitive mind processing all that information!
It didn't take long at all before they had a new sidewalk in place for us!
They did a terrific job, and we are thankful to have this major project out of the way before the snow begins to fly. :)