Wordful Wednesday-THE POOL

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Did I tell you all that our new house has a pool? Shortly after moving in we found out that it needed to be re-plastered (the pool, that is). And then we found out that the plumbing really needed to be replaced. And, if we were going to do that, it would be prudent to get new electric wiring and more energy efficient pool equipment as well. That may not sound like much, but all of those things combined are the equivalent of a complete pool remodel.

This is what it looked like THEN.

This is what it looked like once they tore up the concrete surrounding the pool and started the plumbing. Then, they had to pull out the old plaster and remove down to the gunite. The new concrete coping and concrete around the pool had to be poured.

Next, they tiled. And plastered.

This is what we chose….”Tahoe” mini-pebble tech.

And lastly, we had to fill with water.

It doesn’t sound like much, but I can’t even tell you how much time it’s taken, how many crews of men have worked on it. How much work it’s taken. This has probably been the most stressful “adventure” (we are talking near tears, or in tears every single day for a month) I’ve ever embarked upon. Before I stop being wordy, I have to tell you one thing: I’m so glad it’s done.
It’s full of water now (and programmed and swimmable), but I’m saving those pictures until next week or the week after, so I can show you what the pool looks like with the landscaping completed, too.

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  1. I'm hearing that you're so glad it's done so you can relax and enjoy it!!!

    Happy WW! My WW is up at T Rex Mom and Dad Tales.

  2. It looks great!!!!

    I now you are enjoying it NOW!!!


  3. Muthering Heights and Other Senseless Sensibility says

    What a beautiful pool!

  4. Wow, how nice. You basically you paid to have a whole new pool installed?!!!!

    I would give an arm to have a pool in our back yard.

  5. I can only imagine what journey it's been. So glad it's over!
    Hope you're all able to enjoy it this summer.

  6. Carissa(GoodnCrazy) says

    I'm jealous of course.. but not of the time, the work, the cost, the worries, the… yeah.. not jealous of that! But I do miss having a hot tub.. I'd take that back any day! ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. I'll be there soon. It looks like you need a hand with that (breaking it in, of course).

  8. Scary Mommy says

    So, when are you inviting us all over? Because I'm on my way, like it or not.

  9. mommaof4wife2r says

    so when can we come and enjoy too??? please? we won't leave a mess or anything!

  10. Libby Murphy says

    Lovely view and the pool looks like it will be such a refreshing area for many fun family memories.
    Happy Twirls

  11. Life with Kaishon says

    I can't even imagine how much work that was. But Wowza, it looks GREAT! And I am so excited for you! Very, very excited. The kids are going to have SO much fun there!

  12. Kristina P. says

    I am so jealous! I would love a pool!

  13. AWESOME! I can't wait to see the finished product! I bet it looks great and that your fammily is enjoying it!

  14. Hoosier Homemade says

    What a beautiful pool! So worth the work! Enjoy it!
    Thanks for hosting!

  15. Love the features you chose. Man, I wish we could have a pool with our TX heat…maybe someday, we'll take the plunge, too (no pun intended)!

  16. LifeAtTheCircus.com says

    I can't even imagine what a nightmare that was.. not to mention keeping the kids out of there through all that!

  17. scrappysue says

    when can i come play???

    it was totally worth it, right angie!?!?!?!

  18. Jenni Jiggety says

    I can't wait to see the pictures of the completed pool! I sooo wish we had one!

  19. Phew! Thank goodness the hard part's over.
    I started to say how much fun next summer would be but … I have a feeling that your summer's are a tad longer than here ๐Ÿ™‚

    Accessorizing and landscaping will be fun!

  20. Noooooooooooooooooooo! Don't do that to me, Angie!!!!!!!!! All the shots leading up to the big reveal looked so good and then you took that final climax (heeheehee) away from me? Waaaaaaaaaaaaa

    Justine ๐Ÿ˜ฎ )

  21. Ugh…I'm super jealous! Wish we had a pool. It will be another scorcher tomorrow. Hello hose and sprinkler. Happy WW and take care.

  22. My father in law has a pool company and I love the color on pebble tech in a pool. Nice choice. It will last fo eva!

    Love and Prayers,


  23. Wow that's great you have a pool.
    I dunno if I'd want a pool or not.
    Maybe I'd like my Bff to have a pool and live next door, then I would be able to use it as much as I'd want but not have to look after it! LOL

  24. Brimful Curiosities says

    Bet all the stress will be worth it once everything is in order!

  25. awesome! i am sure the kiddies are loving the new pool….can't wait to see next weeks pics ๐Ÿ˜‰ congrats!

  26. WOW! Pools are some work, I watched one being all dugout and made on tv one time. Crazy work…and hot!

  27. Can't wait to see the finished pool!

  28. Liz (Loving Mom 2 Boys) says

    Looks like it will be amazing!!! I am coming over (as soon as I can find a free flight to the west coast!!)

  29. You should have a big blog pool party and invite all your closest Wordful Wednesday participants.

    Oh heck, just invite me.


    It looks very inviting, to say the least! Can't wait to see the landscaping and the crystal blue water I imagined into it!

  30. Wow that's a huge undertaking but it's coming out lovely.

  31. Renรฉe aka Mekhismom says

    I cannot wait to see the photos of the completed project. The tile looks great!

  32. kiddiescorner says

    I can't wait to see the finished product. Happy WW! :O)

  33. How awesome!! Can't wait for the pictures!

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    How nice that it's all done! Now you can enjoy it ๐Ÿ˜€

  35. A Family Completed... says

    It looks great! Ironically enough we just got home from Tahoe and my WW is from the Tahoe shoreline, lol. Happy WW

  36. I would do drastic things for a lovely pool like that right now, right outside my door! I'm glad you don't have to stress over the re-do anymore! : )

  37. We have pebble-tech in our pool too and absolutely love it!

    I've got some pictures of the writing conference up over at my blog. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Hope you had a great weekend!

  38. Wow! Its looking good now though! Right? ๐Ÿ™‚ All the tears and pain for such a sight…I'm sure it will be worth it now that you have it though!
    Yay for it being done!

  39. LadyBug-Kellie says

    Oh that does sound like a lot of work! I bet you are so happy its over though! That must feel great! I so wish we had a pool..they are so great in the summer! Enjoy it!

  40. Wow! I can not wait to see those photos!

  41. Honestly, with all the fantastic pictures of your home (and now backyard!) remodel, I wanna live at your house. ๐Ÿ™‚ This is my official petition to be adopted by you! LOL!

  42. Milk and Honey Mommy says


    I think you should celebrate w/a dip in the pool.At least it was completed before the summer weather ended.

  43. Wow that is some work!

  44. Ohhhhhhhhh………..do you just LOVE your new pool?? It looks good already.

  45. Julie@Momspective says

    OOH@ Get on in it!

  46. I'm glad your pool is done and that you can actually enjoy it before summer is over!

  47. man you guys have been in renovation mode for a bit hugh? you must be going crazy there!


  49. Lisa @ Crazy Adventures in Parenting says

    Ya had to go and say pool?!? As if I didn't want you to adopt me already! lol

  50. It sounds stressful so I'm very happy for you that your are finished and happy in your new home. Congrats!!!

  51. AWESOME work!
    Our new house doesn't have a pool, but our old one does and needs a lot of what you described. UGH!

    Can't wait to see the finsihed product!

    Happy WW!

  52. Leland's Mama says

    I LOVE the shape of your pool. Very unique!
    I am also participating in Wordless Wednesday: http://www.mamamakesmoney.net/2009/08/wordless-wednesday-swimming-with-daddy.html
    As well as a new meme called Worth a Listen Wednesday on my new blog: http://www.musicmoviesmayhem.com/2009/08/worth-listen-wednesday-random.html
    Also, feel free to link your giveaways here: http://www.mamamakesmoney.net/2009/08/win-it-wednesday-with-mr-linky_11.html

  53. It must be fun to have a pool for the kids to play in. We just moved too and even without all the renovations it was stressful enough. I never want to do it again

  54. I'd love to have a beautiful pool like that. Looks great :o)

  55. Night Owl Mama says

    WOW that is a nice one Where do I sign up

  56. Looks good. Pool are nice but a lot of work as I am sure you know now! Happy WW!

  57. It looks fabulous! I am glad you get to enjoy it now! Happy WW!

  58. Hootin' Anni says

    ….not to mention the expense of it all, and now the upkeep!

    I bet it's now beautiful.

    Come see the water in MY backyard. LOL….my Wordful is posted.

  59. Maria Berg says

    I do come and visit you now when it is done!!!!
    Great to have a pool but I can understand it was near to tears.

  60. 4 Lettre Words says

    Wow…I love it!

  61. My husband has always wanted a in ground pool but i have told him for years that it is more hassle than it is worth (since we live in WV and only get to use it 3 months out of the year). I think i will show him your post later to elaborate my point lol.

  62. Hey there! Thanks for the opportunity to join your meme. It's my first time. I'm looking forward to coming back again! The pool looks great!

  63. I can't wait to see it!

  64. Kristen Andrews says

    it will be so worth it, I will be over once it is ready.

  65. blueviolet says

    You have everything! Looking forward to seeing it. ๐Ÿ™‚

  66. WackyMummy says

    That looks like an awesome pool! Hope you get lots of time to enjoy it. =)

  67. You guys have been working so hard!!

    Can't wait to see a shot of you, lounging by that gorgeous pool, with a huge umbrella drink in your hand.

  68. I have heard a lot of work goes into a swimming pool. I bet it is exciting now.

  69. We have done so much work, I can totally appreciate your tears. My hubby dug the pool out himself with a backhoe! But I would rather have him doing it then the crews of scary men. I don't know about you, but our pool guys had more tatoos and piercings (yes nipple piercings- for my kids to comment on EVERY DAY) than I could count!!

  70. Whimsical Creations says

    WOW, sounds stressful!! BUt I bet it was worth it. =D

  71. Great job!

  72. can I come over?

  73. Aunt Julie says

    Sometimes I wish we had a pool. Right now, though, I'm happy to be at the beach…

  74. Wow soo jealous of that pool.. it is beautiful…

  75. Alyson, the 3 P's Mama says

    Oh, I'll just bet you are glad! Enjoy!!

  76. Karen @ If I Could Escape . . . says

    Oooh, can't wait to see the finished remodel complete with sparkling water!

    Happy WW to you!

  77. It looks great!

  78. Frugal Fritzie says

    Looks great, a pool sounds awesome right about now in this August heat ๐Ÿ™‚

  79. Ms. Latina says

    You must be so relieved to have it finished! Can't wait to see the complete pics!

    Happy WW

  80. Wow that pool looks wonderful..

  81. Absolutely stunning and yes I am a wee bit envious. Enjoy! Happy WW!

  82. I am just a sucker for a hottub built into the pool area. Did you have any idea that the house would be this much work??

  83. That seriously looks like HELL! I am glad it is done and you all can enjoy it now.

  84. Stacy (the Random Cool Chick) says

    That's a cool pool – well, I'm sure now it is… ๐Ÿ˜‰ Thanks for the heads up – my 'wish list' for our next house has 'pool' on it, but I'll be sure to find out if it's going to need a makeover first. Sounds like the whole process was like having a new pool put in – but more work. Looking forward to seeing the pictures of the completed coolness! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Happy WW! ๐Ÿ™‚

  85. Remodeling stinks but those results are going to be awesome!!!

  86. Mom2my9 @ 11th Heaven says

    Thank you so much for your sweet comment on my blog, Angie! I DO hope you had fun looking around. I know I have fun on yours! The fact that you had monoamniotic twins is amazing! Wow! I haven't been able to find your posts about your experience, but I assume that's the case? Anyway, it's so great to meet you and I look forward to seeing you around soon!

  87. That's quite a remodel – can't wait to see the other pics of it with the landscaping!

  88. Oysterblogger says

    AWESOME. It looks great, I like the tahoe pebble you chose!I bet you and the kids are beyond excited!! Cant wait to see the final finished product!!
    Happy Swimming!

  89. I feel for you! I bet the final product is amazing!

  90. When I was a teen we had a pool put in so I know what you are speaking of!

    Have fun enjoying your new and improved pool.

  91. Mom2my9 @ 11th Heaven says

    Angie, I just read your monoamniotic story, and I don't know if it's my pregnancy hormones or what, I but left with quite a few tears! What a story! I'm so thrilled everything turned out so well for you. When I found out I was expecting twins, they couldn't see a membrane at first either, but were eventually able to determine that there was one! Thank goodness! Can't wait to visit you more often!

  92. What a nightmare! It DOES sound like a lot of work! Thank God for you and your family that it's done! Can't wait to see it all finished and beautified. =)

  93. Erin @ Furry Murray says

    WCan't wait to see the big reveal! ๐Ÿ™‚ Ahhhh…a pool sounds great right now!

  94. Sherry at EX Marks the Spot says

    Wow! Great pool. Congratulations.

    My photo in today's WW represents an emotional story.


  95. โ™ฅRocรญoโ™ฅ says

    I will be waiting to see more pictures…
    Have a โ™ฅlovelyโ™ฅ Wed!

  96. I am insansely jealous of that pool! My husband had to clean the pool growing up and he detested it… so he is quite opposed to getting one. I on the other hand wish we had one during these ridiculously hot and humid summers!

    I can't wait to see the finished pictures with all the landscaping! I bet it's gonna look awesome!

  97. It's looking great! I know you'll get lots of fun use out of it!


  98. Hi, just discovered your blog and love the Wordful Wed feature. Just wanted to offer some feedback tho. The links show up white and are very hard to read without hovering over them (so that they turn brown). Not sure if anyone else has a problem reading the white but thought I would let you know ๐Ÿ™‚

  99. Mrs. Marine says

    WOW, its good that the pool is done, but I definitely would not have wanted that project.

  100. Looks great! Having a pool is awesome.

  101. Good for you for taking pictures of the work done. You are going to love looking back at those. And, you are going to have so much fun playing in the pool

  102. Steph at Problem Solvin' Mom says

    So glad it's done, I can only imagine how stressful it must have been!

    Can't wait to see the "after" fun pictures!!

  103. Wow! What a task to endeavor! Can't wait to see the "AFTER" pics ๐Ÿ™‚

  104. Kara @ His, Hers & Ours says

    CANNOT even imagine what you went through. I still would LOVE to have a pool put in. I'm working on hubby for that one! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  105. Wow…I am jealous! Love it!! Enjoy. ๐Ÿ™‚

  106. Wow, looks great so far!! I can't wait to see the finished product (landscaping and all)!! We are looking for a new house now…. WITH A POOL!!! (although I am a bit scared with my 4 year old, Angie)

  107. Oh my! Now go lounge by the pool and soak up all that hard work! Yo udeserve it! ๐Ÿ˜€

  108. I always thought I would love to have a pool in the back yard…but maybe not…sounds like a lot of work and our public pools here only cost $2 for adults and one for kids…I think I will stick to that! Glad it is over!

  109. Sara Elizabeth Bonds says

    Nice! That is one heck of a pool.

  110. Pool work can be so overwhelming. We faced a lot of that when we moved into our old house in NJ. But, let me join everyone in telling you, it will all be worth it. Having your own pool is amazing.

  111. Yeah!

  112. Mrs. D Lightful says

    Today is my 5 year anniversary! Happy August 12.

  113. It seems as though it might have been a trying time but now you get to enjoy the reward of all that craziness! Enjoy!!

  114. Are You Serious! says

    โ™ฅ It does sound like a lot of work! Looks great with out water and I can't wait to see what it looks like with water and landscaping! ๐Ÿ™‚

  115. Sounds like a lot of work, but I'm sure it was worth it. Hope the whole family is enjoying the new pool. I'll be interested to see what it all looks like now.

  116. shopannies says

    will be a wonderful pool after all that work you will be proud

  117. Kathleen W. says

    That really looks like it was long and stressful, and I'm sure it was hard to keep your kids out of there. The lure of dirt and mud must have been irresistible.

  118. Jennifer P. says

    120 comments about pool plaster?! That's some pretty plaster :)!

    Looks great!

  119. WhisperingWriter says

    The pool looks fantastic!

    I want one now.

  120. This might sound selfish and indulgent and trite, but I honestly thank God for our pool. It's our vacation in the backyard…a necessary summer treat.

    Love your pool, especially the finish…"Tahoe" min-pebble tech. Fabulous! Can't wait to see the finished result!

  121. Wow, it looks awesome. I'm so jealous!

  122. JamericanSpice says

    Oh you will ENJOY that pool! I can't wait to see it whenever! i want to come over!

  123. girlytwins says

    SO exciting!! Now we just an invite to come join in on some swimming fun ๐Ÿ™‚

  124. Casey's trio says

    WOW…that is alot of reconstruction….the house and the pool? Hope you are all getting nicely settled in now!

  125. Honey Mommy says

    Can I come play in your pooL?

  126. Halftime Lessons says



    What a HUGE job! And it looks fantastic!

    Cant wait to see the finished product…


  127. Yikes! Seems like you've had to changing everything in this new house! But the pool looks fantastic. I can't wait to see it in use!!! I'm sure the kids are going to LOVE LOVE LOVE it!

  128. Live.Love.Eat says

    Awesome!!!!!! I am such a pool person and I have always LOVED seeing before and afters with pools. Loving yours!!!! In fact, that is one thing I MUST show soon and I had already been thinking about it for a long time now. We had a lot work done around it in terms of the deck and the backyard and it just makes such a diff.

    We do have to re-tile the pool so we'll paint it at the same time since it's so old and stained.