The patio was put in last spring (a home renovation I never documented because I was too busy posting belly shots) to make the entry into our home more safe. Now that the weather is in the 60's, it is our favorite place to hang out and play. Henry is 9 months and still doesn't crawl yet, but those little fingers always manage to find some delicious dirt-like thing to tuck in his mouth. Now the neighbors get to hear me digging it out :)
It is worth it. The sunshine and breezes make a big difference in our days.