We worked hard on the house that winter and soon summer came. I was pregnant with Middle and was very much looking forward to floating in the pool. King Daddy worked a lot that summer and I was often home alone with Oldest. I was too nervous and too pregnant to take her in the pool by myself. We used it a few times that summer, especially KD, he would get home and hit the pool. It is so refreshing when it is unbearably hot.
The next summer (2006) we opened the pool again, by this time I had three children. KD was working more, I had stopped working. Again, I was too nervous to bring all three into the pool by myself. I was so pleased with our pool! The pavers and the plants looked so "professional." I reseeded the grass where we had bald patches.
The next year, last year (2007). It was hot! I was home full time, we had swim lessons at the house, every Friday for the whole summer. Oldest was doing great! Middle would not even put his feet in, so he sat out the lessons. Baby was not a student yet.
The weeds began to overtake the pavers(see below). Some of my grasses began to die and I had long since stopped putting up hanging plants. This was the summer of our first "emergency." Baby slipped and fell right in the pool. KD retrieved him before he could even begin to sputter. I was on the front porch and heard the big splash, that I later learned was KD. We have VERY strict rules about the pool and being inside the pool gate. It seems that is the only time they obey is when we are inside the pool gate.
This pool was installed in the 1970s. It is old. Everything about it is old, including the pump and filter. The "dial" used to change the flow to the lines running in and out of the pool had broken off two summers ago, we were relegated to using pliers. By August of 2007 it was over, the pliers would no longer work. We let the pool turn a horrid green color and closed it up in September. Knowing we would have to spend about a $1,000 in the spring.
KD has repaired the pump and filter and befriended the shop keep at our local pool supply store. He began this odyssey two weeks ago. The weeds are again winning. More of my grasses have died. The filter sand was replaced but the pool remains cloudy. But today, this super hot and humid day, they swam. They swam and had fun. Middle asked KD if he could run and jump into the pool. KD said, "of course you can!" Never in one million years thinking he would do it. Middle got a running start and jumped into the pool. JUMPED INTO THE POOL! Just a month ago he would not even sit on the steps that the hotel pool and now he wants to jump into the pool? By the time I arrived home KD was wearing soaking wet clothes and Middle was huddled on the pool deck. There is no doubt that he will be spending his time on the side of the pool for the rest of the summer.
No picture of pool in 2008, yet.
I began this post wanting to share with you how much I dislike the pool and how funny that is as truly, my whole life I have wanted a pool. But as I write I realized how much fun it is for the kids. In all honestly it only gets better as they get older. We will have a great year with the pool, if only we can get the water cleared up!
p.s. to everyone who offered their advice and words of wisdom on my Mayday post, I thank you. From the bottom of my heart. Every word written has helped me and the kids are doing a little better as are we. Many, many thanks!