Last summer Robby and I spent nearly every day in the small pool that was sitting in the middle of our driveway. Although it was only 10 feet in diameter and 30" deep, it was the perfect fit for the two of us, especially since he was not an experienced swimmer. Much to Scott's chagrin, I have decided that this summer we needed to upgrade!
During the past six months I have been researching above-ground
pools. I knew that I wanted something bigger, but I didn't want the pool
to be so deep that it would be over Robby's head. After all, forcing
him to swim constantly would be exhausting and not a lot of fun! I
finally settled on 15 feet in diameter by 42" deep, bringing the water
level up to Robby's chest. The pool has been ordered and is now sitting
in a large box in the center of my driveway, just waiting to be set up
for hours of summertime fun!
After talking with Mr.
Bill and mulling around options during the cold winter months, we have
finally put our swimming pool plans in motion. I thought that we were
going to have to bring in excavators to level the area, but our creative
neighbor had a better idea. He, along with his trusty helper Robby, are
going to construct a large platform in our backyard to support the
pool. Mr. Bill explained that the stage can be leveled and, should I
decided to get a bigger pool in the future, it can be expanded without a
lot of hassle.
Yesterday we took the first steps
towards our pool construction project. Mr. Bill came over, and he and
Robby carefully chose and staked the location. Watching the two "work," I
was hard pressed to pick who was happier and more excited about the
upcoming construction. I have to admit that I feel a tinge like a small
child on Christmas morning. I'm so excited about having a larger, deeper
pool that I can't stop smiling.
Today the true
construction begins. Robby and Mr. Bill will build the platform in
sections inside his air conditioned garage, to be moved and assembled on
site at a later time. My little construction worker spent most of last
night organizing his tool box in anticipation. Scott will be in the
yard using the post hole digger to break up the clay soil so that the
footers can be set. It's safe to say that he is not nearly as excited as
his son! My job is one of supervisor making sure that everybody stay
hydrated and well-fed.
Hopefully within a week I'll be
swimming in our more spacious pool. Robby and I can hardly wait to relax
on the raft and call for the cabana boy (Scott) to bring us drinks and
snacks. I know that our new backyard aquatic oasis will be heavily used
this summer. For Robby, building the platform with his Daddy and Mr.
Bill will probably create the strongest memories.