A little at a time

Friday, June 03, 2011

It seems to be going SO slow, but am thankful that my husband and son can do most of this all themselves. I know it's saving us $$$, and we like to live a debt-free life. Plus, it's an excellent way to teach yourself and family patience. :)

When we lived in our home in West Virginia, my husband put in a 15' round pool. This one is twice the size and in area that wasn't quite as level to begin with. Before digging, it appeared more level, but boy, can the naked eye be deceiving. Here's where it started:

Now the first stage was to scalp off about 1/2 of the grass and fill in areas that needed in the rest of the yard. Since it had rained so much prior to this, it made it hard due to the weight of the sod.

Of course, the children have been watching every step of the way.

This is what they got done after two days of digging...whew! emoticon In 90+ degree weather.

Thankfully a dear friend had a Bobcat and came out and helped clear the rest (IN LESS THAN AN HOUR!)

So yesterday, he spent making sure it was level. For some reason, our sand delivery hasn't arrived yet, but it should be here SOON, so we can move onto our next pool phase.

What did we do with all that dirt? Well, the valley behind our house needed filled in. This is what it started out like:

Now we pushed all that dirt over and in and it looks like this.

Keep in mind, this was a deep valley and still needs cleared a great deal. There is a HUGE fallen willow tree that needs cut out this fall, but the overgrowth is too much already to do so.

One step at a time, little by little...we are making progress. And other than wishing the pool was done on these intensely hot days, we're having fun doing it! emoticon

I leave you with a picture of how much Camelot has grown. Not the best picture as he was trying to get me to pet him. :)

More pictures to come soon with my little bitty garden. Have an awesome weekend!!!
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    Camelot is looking more and more like out Jadie everyday!!! How darling - and what a beautiful family. You certainely are blessed to have had a friend with a Bobcat....and a husband with a very strong back! That's alot of work, but it is really going to be worth it the first time you get to enjoy the water as a family!
    3632 days ago
    Oh my guys have really been working hard! Have there been some backaches in your house lately? So nice that you were able to get some bobcat help...really does make the job so much easier. And the area behind you house is really taking shape, looking good!!! This is looking like you're putting a very sizable wonder those kids are smiling! Can't wait to see the end result...hope your wonderful weather continues so the kids can fully enjoy it when your project is complete!!!

    And Camelot is so darn cute...boy has he grown and he sure looks like a happy pup!!! Must be because he gets to live with such a wonderful family!
    3632 days ago
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    Too cool. So much work. You are going to enjoy the pool even more because of the sweat equity.

    Your pup is adorable.
    3633 days ago
    Oh, this was a GREAT BLOG! I enjoyed it very much! Oh, that pool is going to be so wonderful! The kids are really going to appreciate it, but I kind of think DH is going to appreciate it the most because of all his hard work!

    I LOVE THE DOGGIE SHOT! How adorable! I just LOVE dogs!
    3633 days ago
  • ACCT1908
    WOW! That looks like a lot of work, but I'm sure you will find pleasure in knowing you guys did it! GOOD LUCK! I can't wait to see the finished project!!
    3633 days ago
    THANK the LORD for BOBCATS, eh!!!!!! emoticon Looking good! Loved the pics of the kiddos enjoying the warm weather and the dog was the cutest!!!!! What kind is he? Love you, DEAREST friend!!!!!
    3633 days ago
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