Come Monday

A fleet of backhoes, loaders and workers will be showing up at our house to dig a hole for this:

That’s right.  We’re finally biting the bullet and getting our own swimming pool!!!  We couldn’t be more thrilled.  The boys are going to loooove watching the construction process.

This project has been a long time coming.  Having our own pool has always been on our wish list but neither of the two homes we’ve purchased in our 9 years of marriage has had one.  No buying a home with an existing pool has probably been a good thing since we haven’t had to deal with the maintenance and/or repair of an older pool that was not our design.

Now that we have children (one of whom is an excellent swimmer already) it’s almost a necessity.  It gets too hot in the summer to go outside and play on the playground or in the yard.  Everything we do seems to revolve around water in the sweltering summer months.   Summer in Central Florida lasts 6 month or more…  Not having to pack up all of our swimming gear and intrude on friends and family every time we want to go for a dip is going to be awesome.  Our friends and family with pools have always been most gracious about letting us come over (which we totally appreciate) but it’s not like we can just show up any time we feel like swimming.  We have to plan and schedule and, more often than not, we just don’t ask.  I hate bothering people.

Anyway, the photo above is the artist’s conception of our backyard.  The graphics are not super stunning but you get the idea.  Free-form pool, hot tub, waterfall, planters, pavers…  We’ll be adding a fence all around our yard and then a child-safety gate around the pool deck.  Our ghetto patio screen is coming down before it falls down on it’s own.  Everything is going to be wide open.   No screen room over it.  Without a screen the pool will stay warmer, we avoid tacking on a large chuck of money to our budget, we won’t provide the spiders with a nursery (you would not believe how spiders like to lay their eggs in screen rooms) and our insurance won’t go up due to potential hurricane damage (screen porches are really vulnerable).  Sure, we’ll probably have to deal with bugs flying around but that’s okay.  We don’t live in a really buggy place anyway.

So, there you have it!  We’re so excited for construction to begin!  I’ll be sure to take and post photos of the construction process for your viewing pleasure.  I’m sure you’re thrilled.


4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. bethany actually
    May 28, 2009 @ 14:09:04

    Um, so…I’ll be coming to visit once the pool is done, okay? 😉

    How fantastic that you’ll have your own pool! We looked at a couple of houses when we moved here that had pools, and I was a little bummed when they didn’t work out. I’ve always wanted my own in-ground pool. We had friends growing up who had one, with a waterslide and everything, and I loved going to their house to swim.


  2. Angela
    May 28, 2009 @ 16:46:12

    How awesome! I would love to live in a house with a pool one day!Congrats!


  3. onescrappygal
    May 30, 2009 @ 09:16:49

    As soon as that baby is done…I’m packing up the kids and we are spending the summer with Auntie Amanada!!


  4. onescrappygal
    May 30, 2009 @ 09:17:11

    Oops… I meant Amanda! See! So giddy and excited for you… I’m spelling like a moron! 🙂


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