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Memorial Day Weekend Recap

on May 27, 2014

Saturday was my and Tara’s 10th anniversary together. What did we do that was so romantic? Power washed our house! In all seriousness, it was lots of fun and SUCH a huge change. It looks like a newly sided house now. Too bad it didn’t change the color from yellow to white or beige or something. Ah well!





We had originally planned to do the entire house plus the deck and shed (maybe), but after we did the entire house we were exhausted. We were going to keep going, but both of our neighbors were in their backyards with family over for BBQs and we didn’t want to get them wet or annoy them with more noise so we just called it quits. I think it took us around 3.5 hours or so. We had to take a break after the first side to go get more soap and gas so I lost track of time there. We cleaned the house up for our guests and then chilled out for the rest of the afternoon.


This is my “holy crap this thing is powerful” face

After – it’s like a brand new house!


Sunday morning, Julie and Dan  (He has a blog now. Go. Read it.) got to our house just before 10am with breakfast, so we all ate and then brainstormed how we were going to approach putting up the pool. There was rain in the forecast, so we hurried and changed to get out there and get it done before it came. I decided to be smart this year and put our tarp down before the grass starting growing back in because EVERY year we have to dig out so much grass and re-level the ground. When we pulled the tarp back, there was a little bit of regrowth, but a simple raking pulled most of it up. We opted not to do the whole leveling process this year based on how well the past couple of years have gone (plus it’s a TON of work) so after we raked and smoothed out a couple of spots we pulled the tarp back over and got to work.

With 4 of us helping, it never takes too long to put up the pool. We slide the metal poles together and through the liner, pop the ladder in, smooth out the wrinkles and start filling. It’s during the filling process that we try to work out most of the wrinkles as it fills with water. We realized after it filled about 3-4 inches that it was leaking in two separate spots (one near the release valve to drain the pool, the other possibly a seam near the outer edge). Once we realized this we immediately turned off the water and tried to drain it, but it just wasn’t working. We ended up dumping all that water all over my back lawn because there wasn’t enough pressure to get it down the house down the driveway. We also realized as we took it apart that one of the filter hoses was completely broken.


Screwing on one of the filter catches on the old pool before having to take it all down.


We headed over to Walmart (where I bought our original pool maybe 5 years ago) because I saw all the pools were out when we were there on Friday night. Well, they didn’t have any of the same brand in the same size and I didn’t want to mix and match pieces that we already had. From there, I called two Targets and we finally ended up finding one at Ocean State Job Lot. Phew! Of course, as we drove there, we ran straight into a rainstorm and tried to load the car while it was pouring on us, resulting in me and “Roger” pushing the pool straight into Tara’s arm and pinning her against the front seat in her car. Luckily she was OK, but it left a nice little red line on her arm for most of the day.

By the time we got it home to unload it, the rain had stopped so we lucked out and were able to get it put up right away. The newer pool had a few little adjustments we weren’t used to during set-up, but they were easy enough to sort out. We put the hoses in again to fill it and this time we were good to go!


So…basically picture this, but newer


After we finished and got cleaned up, I threw our dinner on the grill. I made us some BBQ chicken, grilled zucchini and pineapple. It was all soooo good after such a rough day. We treated ourselves to the local ice cream place and then settled in for the night and watched some Sherlock and Tosh.0.


The Grillmaster at work


Monday morning was much more chill. We just had breakfast (Tara baked banana bread and blueberry muffins) and hung out for a bit.


Tara’s patriotic blueberry muffins


Julie and Dan took off I think sometime between 10 and 11 or so and then my plan for the day had been to go for a run. Well, it was drizzling a little bit so I tried to wait it out. Finally around 12:30 I got dressed and ready to go just run in the drizzle, but then it started pouring. I gave up at that point and went downstairs on my elliptical for 30 minutes instead. It wasn’t supposed to rain at all on Monday, but that ended up being the worst day of the weekend! Tara and I relaxed and caught up on the DVR a bit, then once the rain finally stopped I went out to mow the lawn and put the chemicals in the pool (which had finished filling right before I went on the elliptical). I’m so glad it’s over and done with, but now we’re dipping back into the 60s, which is definitely not swimming weather in an unheated pool!

I hope everyone else had a great weekend, too. Tell me what you did!








26 responses to “Memorial Day Weekend Recap

  1. dawn @ running the dawn says:

    wow! that was quite the weekend!

    my mom has a complete obsession with her power washer. she uses it all the time. mainly on the driveway…but now they have a pool with pavers around it and she attacks it every once in awhile.

    and the pool! what a saga. i had no idea it was so much work! glad you got it figured out.

    • Courtney says:

      It’s not usually so much work, that’s why it was so annoying! LOL

      I’m definitely obsessed with power washing now. I loved just watching the stuff come right off!

  2. You were busy!!!!

    Congratulations to you and Tara! Now go out on a nice romantic date! Yard work doesn’t count.

  3. piratebobcat says:

    Above ground pools and aluminum siding….you’re bringing me back to my Ohio roots! Nuthin but in ground pools and brick houses down here. Looks like a great weekend!

  4. Congrats on 10 years, that’s awesome! Wow, serious difference in your before and after pics, great job! And it sounds like a pretty good workout 🙂

  5. TartanJogger says:


  6. TheBatDan says:

    I hung out with three crazy ladies and helped them put up a pool… oh wait, you knew that. Thanks for the plug! 🙂

  7. cwupcake says:

    Sounds like you need a 3 day weekend from your 3 day weekend though. Busy busy busy. (I really shouldn’t talk since we cleaned the house Saturday, did random busy stuff on Sunday, then marched and ran a race on Monday….)

  8. d20girl says:

    I’m exhausted just reading about everything you guys got accomplished! I do love power washing though. The immediate gratification is awesome. It’s the same reason I love to mow the grass. At work, jobs never feel “done” but when you mow the grass you can immediately see the results! Glad you had a great weekend!

  9. haleyduke17 says:

    Happy Anniversary!! 10 years is awesome!!

  10. Wow wonderful weekend and happy anniversary!

  11. Oh! And going to check out Bat Dan’s blog!

  12. tlsylvan says:

    10 years! Happy anniversary! The hubs and I celebrate 5 years married/10 years together this year too. And I was all happy with my new downtown loft life until I saw your pool. And now I want grass and a lawn 🙂

    • Courtney says:

      That’s so funny we have the same 5 years married/10 years together! Cool! I definitely could never live anywhere I didn’t have a yard. Who doesn’t want to walk around barefoot on soft spring grass?

  13. Happy anniversary! It sounds like you had a very busy weekend! Those muffins look sooo good!

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