The pool adventure continues

We bought a new pool.  We researched, measured, comparison shopped, and found the perfect one. Even better, it was an opened package so it was deeply discounted.

The girls helped put  it together.



Yes.  It takes up all of our grass.
The girls look happy  though.


I see a summer of fun ahead! I even bought myself a floatie and have enjoyed some pool time.


Adventures of a Backyard Pool

20160510_064221.jpgFor the last few summers we’ve enjoyed a  small above ground pool in our backyard. Last year we bought a new one. The only one we could find in a middle of a heat wave that would fit our 17×17 patch of grass was 12×36. Seeing that my daughter is almost 5’5″, this summer it would have been interesting to see her try to swim in it.

But, alas, we are a frugal family, choosing to live off of one income in the summer months due to my school district job and desire to play all summer, so I set up the tiny pool. The girls were excited and I let them play in the pool before adding any chemicals to it.

It was a fun night. The neighbor girl came over and played, we cooked burgers on the grill, and just enjoyed the simplicity of backyard family time.

That was Saturday night. Fast forward to Monday morning. Liv wanted to check the chlorine and ph levels of the pool. Since she’s 13 and has handled mere complex things in science class, I figured she would make an excellent pool girl this summer. I sent her outside to begin her new responsibility. She  rushed back in the house with a look of panic on her face. The pool had lost half its water.

I went out to investigate, and found several places in the seams that water was leaking from. Then, the pool imploded and water went everywhere. Our tiny pool was no more.






Trying to block the sun

Last year the property behind our house sold. The first thing they did was cut down all the trees to develop a new neighborhood.

My backyard is on the west side of the house.

All last summer we avoided the backyard after 1:00pm. Oh, also our living room and kitchen are on the back side of the house.  That’s right every night glaring sun with absolutely no shade.

So this year we are trying to create or own shade.


That’s right…two umbrellas and a canopy/gazebo thing.  The instructions said it would take 20 minutes for 2 peopleto set it up.

The instructions lied.

4 people and maybe 3 hours. Spread or over two days because we walked away in frustration more than once.

But now it’s finished and I love it!


I think I’m going to get some lights on the way home tonight and we can enjoy our gyros on the shaded back deck.

I’ll post a picture work all umbrellas and lights later today.

Have a fabulous Monday friends.

Only 7 more weeks of school!

Afternoon Coffee

Today was Take Your Child To Work Day. A day my children look forward to all year. This year, Emma went to school with me and Olivia went to church with Mike.

Emma decided she liked helping the cute kids in kindergarten (I’m an aid for 1 hr every morning) and she liked being a recess teacher (especially the whistle) but her most favorite part?

The dessert bar in the teachers lounge.

See, this year, TYCTWD coincided with staff appreciation at my school. She now thinks there is always a dessert bar in our teachers lounge. I can just hear the playground conversations with her friends tomorrow.  “They get dessert whenever they want. There were brownies, lemon bars, chocolate, jelly beans. Yes, teachers lounges are awesome! I’m so going to be a recess teacher when I grow up, all you can eat dessert and all day recess.”

So, this afternoon, I’m especially wiped out after 1 hour of kindergarten and 4 hours on the playground (12,000 steps according to my app), and resisting a dessert bar, so to perk myself up I made some iced coffee.


Day 6: Am I cultivating a weed?

It’s day six of my 21 days.

I’m beginning to have more authentic real life fave to face conversations and am thinking less in terms of status  updates. A couple of nights ago,  I had a great visit with my brother,  I think it’s the first time we’ve really talked as adults.  Last night,  I was playing tether ball with Emma and her friends.  One of the friends dad and I had a nice chat.  I would have missed that before.  I think I’m liking this change.

It is still weird to take a picture and not immediately share it on Facebook.

And I really want to ask my smart gardening friends what plant this is,  or am I cultivating a weed?