Uh Oh!

It’s not a ‘uh oh’ if you do it on purpose…

This is a famous line around our house as Aaron probably says this to Jack at least three times per day.

So I guess we can’t claim ‘uh oh’ when this showed up in our yard today:

And started doing this to the pool…

And this…

And this…

Before you tell me I’m completely crazy; hear me out. The pool is old. It needs a ton of work. Work we got bids on and when we ran the numbers we were looking at literally tens of thousands of dollars over the next five to ten years. Not to mention with the addition of another very small and vulnerable child into our family, the stress of keeping two small children safe for the next several years, just didn’t add up.

Did you know that pools don’t add any value to your home? So all that money invested just to keep it running and safe would be completely lost once we went to sell the house.

For a fraction of the cost of opening and running the pool just this summer, we could say goodbye to it. Divorce it if you will. So, with somewhat heavy hearts we booked the demo guys and today was the big day.

As that giant bulldozer came lumbering into our backyard I had a moment of total panick. No! Think of the memories and fun we are going to miss out on. But then I reminded myself of how much fun my two little boys are going to have in their giant and much much safer backyard. There will be soccer games and volleyball nets, bocce ball and tree houses all possible because that pool is going away.

Besides, we had some cute friends come over to watch the action:

Getting a good picture of three toddlers is like trying to herd cats. Actually, herding cats might be easier.

Anyway, hopefully the pictures of the adorable children distracted you from thinking we are totally and completely nuts for getting rid of our pool. Please feel free to come to our house, our backyard is nice and safe and in a few weeks will have lots of grass to run around in!

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4 Responses to “Uh Oh!”


  1. 1 Libby April 13, 2010 at 6:07 pm

    We don’t think you guys are nuts! {Well at least about the whole pool thing…} 🙂 Anyway it made for some great entertainment for the kids this afternoon. Looking forward to helping make some fun memories with our herd of cats on the new lawn.

  2. 2 Tysa April 13, 2010 at 7:13 pm

    You had some really cute company!

    My husband worked in pool and spa repair, and I think you made a wise choice! While a pool is nice, when they are old, they are nothing but trouble. And with little ones, you are better off with a summer membership to the Tennis Club.

    My sister-in-law lives on Richey Road and has a very similar door in her brick for storage. I think most of the houses in that area, built at that time have them.

  3. 3 Jenny M. April 14, 2010 at 7:29 am

    You are not crazy. Coming from a California kid who grew up with a pool, they are nice, but the novelty quickly fades and the up keep is a lot of time and money!!

    Your back yard is going to be a great place for the boys to run off all that energy and have lots of fun campouts, I can see it now!

  4. 4 cate April 14, 2010 at 12:11 pm

    I understand for safety reasons…but i just wanted to go swimming once…just once! Dang it!


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