The trampoline that Santa managed to hide seven years ago has reached the end of it's life. I'd been waiting for this to happen. Every time we had strong winds, I'd watch half expecting it to fly away. The frame was bent and actually snapped in one rusty spot. It was getting to where it wasn't exactly safe anymore, so perhaps this prevented an accident. At least it didn't fly into the fence or damage anything else. I guess we got our money's worth. The kids sure had a blast on it. They would go through trampoline phases where they were obsessed with it daily to it being invisible for months. Valerie thought it's demise was funny but Veronica cried. I doubt we replace it because as Clint said -- it's one less thing he has to move when he cuts the grass!!
About five years ago someone on Facebook was giving away a pool. They had just moved in and the pool was left behind by the previous owners, and they did not want it. It happened to be just a few streets over, so Clint hurried over there, took it down and we got a free pool!! We already had one, but this one was much bigger at 18' x 48". We also had a great heavy duty pump that was given to us years ago also, so Clint rigged it up to make it work with the pool's connections.
|Our free pool|
We definitely got our "money's worth" out of that pool. We are not sure how old it is, but it held up for four summers. Last year it was iffy, but it made it. We dragged out the liner last weekend, and it was starting to crack in a few places, so we decided not to chance it ripping. We went pool shopping instead!
We ended up with this:
It's 20' x 48" and we bought the salt water system as well. In the long run, it should save us time and money not having to keep up with the chemicals. I have to say the salt water is so much nicer!!
Our backyard is far from picture perfect. Little by little we've been working to make it nicer and a comfortable place to hang out. I spied these pallet planters online last year and have wanted to do them ever since. They add a touch of color and were so easy to do! We made four of them and lined them up along the back fence.
|Gizmo had to check them out too|
We cleared all the junk off the back porch and I added pretty pots to brighten things up. Maybe we'll get some tiki torches and citronella candles so we can hang out in the pool in the evenings. Hopefully it will all come together so we'll have a nice outdoor space to enjoy all summer!