Wordful Wednesday-The Backyard Completed

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I have been dying. Dying to have this project complete so that:

1. We can enjoy our finally-pretty-much-fully completed backyard.
2. So I could finally show you our work that is basically no longer in progress.

I’m beyond excited.

Wanna see the transformation?
This is the pool before:

And this is the pool after.

This is what the lack of landscaping looked like before:

And this is what it looks like now. Just for perspective, the retaining wall that we put in is 60′.

More of what the side of the house looked like before:

And what it looks like now.

Excuse me while I go lounge in my very own oasis. Actually, I think I’ll take my laptop and see what is making you Wordful today. Don’t forget to sign in with Mr. Linky!
To see the actual pool remodel process, go here.


  1. 1

    Libby Murphy says

    Oh what a great pool and landscaping. I know that you will enjoy more than you can imagine and the kids will love it.
    Happy Twirls

  2. 5

    Happy says

    Oasis is the perfect word! It's beautiful and looks every bit worth the hard work and wait!! Congrats and enojoy!

    ps…my kids don't go back to school until after Labor Day either. I'm writing to the school board as we speak….

  3. 6

    Lolli says

    Are you kidding me, Angie?! That is amazing! I can't believe you've been doing all of that during the summer with the kids home. It makes me tired just thinking about it.

  4. 7

    Nicole says

    Wow you guys have done so much work! I'm sure you're not the only ones that love it. I'll bet your neighbors are thanking the lord they have someone who gives a hoot about their yard!

    Great job, I'm jealous.

  5. 9

    Amy says

    That is so pretty and nice. I love it.. I saw two twin boys yesterday with red hair and they made me think of your boys.

  6. 16

    {Kiki} says

    I am getting my tent and moving into your backyard. Wow! I wish I had that beautiful lawn and sparkling pool. Enjoy! Happy WW and take care.

  7. 25

    T Rex Mom says

    I don't blame you – I don't like living in limbo either. The finished product looks fantastic. Enjoy!

    My WW is up at T Rex Mom and Dad Tales.

  8. 27

    Liz (Loving Mom 2 Boys) says

    Lovely!!! What a beautiful backyard!!!

    My WW is a before and after too….but slightly different!

  9. 31

    •´.¸¸.•¨¯`♥.Erin.♥´¯¨•.¸¸.´• says

    Can I just come live in your backyard? I will clean up after myself. Promise. 🙂 It looks AMAZING!!!

  10. 32

    Jenny says

    Wow! That is just amazing! I'm a sucker for before and after pics anyway, but those are just too perfect. Great job!

  11. 35

    BoufMom9 says

    OMGosh! Just fabulous!
    Can I come and hang out too????

    Happy WW!

    ps Did you do the yard work yourselves?

  12. 38

    Sera says

    Gracious, woman – that is one serious oasis! An absolutely dramatic transformation – it's gorgeous and I must admit I'm a teensy bit jealous. I wish I had a place so beautiful and relaxing to lounge in. ENJOY!

  13. 39

    Kara @ His, Hers and Ours says

    Amazing!! Look at the green grass! What a great transformation! I know you and the family are enjoying that!!

  14. 41

    Jennifer says

    Gee whiz woman, your home is gorgeous inside AND out!!! Have I already asked if you and your husband were interested in adopting me?…

  15. 42

    Sara Elizabeth Bonds says

    WOW! My poor little ordinary yard is totally jealous of your fancy yard. LOL! It looks amazing.

  16. 43

    Carissa(GoodnCrazy) says

    2) So?? Were you in town??
    3) can you use your laptop outside, cuz I sooo can't and soo wish I could!
    4) LA was awesome, jumpstart was awesome-er and San Diego is WOW ah-mazing!

    Catch ya another time eh?

  17. 48

    YoungMommy says

    What a fabulous transformation… I LOVE the tropical feel!

    It's amazing what a bit of green will do, huh?

  18. 49

    Kelly says

    I'm a little jealous. The grass really is greener on your side of the fence. I'm currently surrounded by a dirt field outside our new house.

  19. 54

    parentingBYdummies says

    You guys could totally win one of those flip your house type shows or whatever they are. I have this really boring bathroom situation going on over here if you want to come hook it up!

  20. 55

    Heather @ Not a DIY Life says

    Oh my! That makes me want to grab a Mint Julep and put my feet up. How lovely and refreshing!

  21. 65

    Hootin' Anni says

    Amazing! I'll join in on the mint julep at poolside!!! Yessiree!!

    My W W is posted now…it's a continuation [and last entry for the week] of our tour of the Botanical Gardens.

  22. 66

    Stacy (the Random Cool Chick) says

    Wow, Angie! It really turned out beautiful! Lots of hard work – I bet you're so glad all of that is behind you so you can ENJOY it now! 🙂

    Happy WW! 🙂

  23. 69

    Karen @ If I Could Escape . . . says

    It looks beautiful! Now, I think I need to go and do some nice landscaping around my pool!!

    Happy WW!

  24. 70

    Ronda's Rants says

    It looks beautiful…great job…we moved from our house with the pool and the darn people wouldn't let us have visitation rights!

  25. 76

    Hoosier Homemade says

    My husband is a landscaper, I can really appreciate all the work you did. It look awesome!
    Thanks for hosting!

  26. 77

    Kristin says

    What a transformation! It is like an oasis, congrats, you must be so excited! As someone who has lived thru construction, I can totally appreciate the releaf you must be feeling right now. Enjoy the day!

  27. 118

    sarah m says

    So last week I said I was jealous. I lied. NOW I am beyond jealous!! This is sooo beautiful!! Enjoy! 🙂

  28. 119

    AVT Coach says

    What a nice surprise to visit your blog on Wordful Wednesday and see a whole new wonderful design (it's been awhile I know)and a full list of participants for WW. Congratulations! You are keeping it going! Hope to get back to participating myself. Blessings to you!

  29. 123

    TheSingleGirl says


    It looks like an oasis.

    I want to paint my toenails while laying out in a bikini drinking a strawberry margarita.

    *Invites self over*

  30. 129

    Kim H. says

    Oh Angie, it looks beautiful! I bet you look outside and just think "is this really our yard?"

    And thank you for doing your part to keeping our economy moving!

    Wednesday Hugs!

  31. 145

    Justine says

    Ooh Angie, what an astonishing transformation! It looks STUNNING!!! I love the shape of the retaining wall. Ooh girl, enjoy your oasis. You deserve it!

    Justine 😮 )

  32. 147

    Mrs. Fish aka Two Fish says

    Oh what a difference!! I know we did the same thing to ours…it looked like no one touched the back yard or the pool. We took out the ugly bamboo and put in queen palms and cool deck stones for lounging. Love the look!! You guys are like us…always a project to be had…twins and kids and all! LOL We are gluttons for pain.

    Happy WW!!

  33. 148

    Melissa says

    Wow, what an awesome difference. I guess you guys are keeping yourself busy, huh?

    I think I need a little oasis, too. 🙂

  34. 149

    girlytwins says

    Absolutely gorgeous Angie. I would be relaxing there all day too 🙂
    How about next week on Monday or Tuesday for a playdate?

  35. 164

    Kathleen W. says

    Oh that is so amazing!! I'm now supremely jealous. Not only do you live in So. Cal., but you have a pool!

    Great job!

  36. 165

    JamericanSpice says

    Lets talk about oasis! I want to come over.

    It's gorgeous! You guys deserve such a beauty after such hard work. Wow.

    You need to have a resume!

  37. 168

    cewmont says

    how peaceful, serene, and inviting it looks! now you need to post a picture of the whirl of activity around it when all the kids are out playing!!

  38. 170

    Sam says

    Oh my gosh! Your new yard is stunning! Must feel great to have that all done! That grass is beautiful! A little landscaping sure goes a long way, doesn't it? Thanks for sharing!

  39. 173

    Mama Kat says

    WOW!!! It's seriously GORGEOUS! And just in time for the kids to go back to school…do they want to go in it all the time? Are you nervous about the little ones?

    A job well done Circus family!!

  40. 174

    Mama Kat says

    WOW!!! It's seriously GORGEOUS! And just in time for the kids to go back to school…do they want to go in it all the time? Are you nervous about the little ones?

    A job well done Circus family!!

  41. 175

    brunger bunch says

    I am so jealous!! That turned out so well, and I am sure it was a lot of work. I cant wait to see everything you have done with the place. Enjoy your peaceful oasis!!!

  42. 177

    BrassyMom says

    I'm so confused! I keep seeing this as "wordless wednesday" with photos and, duh, words! But then they link back to here and apparently it's "wordful wednesday" which makes SO much more sense.

  43. 180

    amanda says

    What a wonderful transformation! After my day with 4 kiddos in our teeney plastic kiddie pool I am pretty envious of that beautiful pool!

  44. 183

    Dixiemom7 says

    Amazing backyard makeover! Gorgeous! I am so envious of your pool as well. I'm playing along with WW for the first time, what fun!

  45. 198

    Mark and Kiss says

    I love seeing the before and after pictures side by side, it truly is a phenomenal transformation! Awesome Angie!

  46. 203

    I am Arizona; a person, not a place. says

    Your backyard looks great! I love the palm trees…I already miss them. They were all over Greece!

  47. 206

    Jackie says

    60' long right? Just checkin'…. I was confused. 🙂 It looks a-w-e-s-o-m-e!! I am quite jealous of your new outdoor living space. It looks so inviting and relaxing!

  48. 208

    Live.Love.Eat says

    I love it SO much. I told you already how much I just love pools and especially the before and afters. Yours is gorgeous and I am so happy for you. I definitely to put mine up soon! Even though we had major things done we still have to resurface our pool. What did you end up going with? I like it a lot.

  49. 213

    Stephanie says

    It is beautiful, Angie! I love the pebble you chose – so warm and inviting! I really wanted a stained/stamped patio for ours when we built last summer, but the budget wouldn't stretch that far 🙂 And sadly, we haven't been in the water much this summer…it's been a weird weather summer here. Enjoy 🙂

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