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.

About Angie

Angie is a CRAFT dabbling, recipe making, WORD loving, sunshine hording, book DEVOURING, Mama to a lot! She's kind of in love with Instagram right now, so if you want her attention, go find here there. {smiling}


  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. 2
    McClure Family says:

    that is one beautiful yard!! great job!!

    my ww:

  3. 3

    GASP! So pretty! That grass looks so LUSH!

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    LifeAtTheCircus.com says:

    wow! looks like it was worth the time it took… what a beautiful oasis you now have!!

  5. 5

    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….

  6. 6

    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.

  7. 7

    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.

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    MommyWizdom says:

    Funny what a little grass can do huh? It's beautiful – congrats!!


  9. 9

    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.

  10. 10

    it's gorgeous! enjoy it 🙂 happy ww!!!

  11. 11

    angie – it looks fantastic! I would love to have a cup of tea with you in the AM!

  12. 12
    Buckeroomama says:

    Love, love, love the 'after' shots! I would just love to chill by your poolside… 🙂

  13. 13
    Renée aka Mekhismom says:

    Gorgeous! Simply gorgeous. Where do you live again? I think I need to visit.

  14. 14

    Wow am I jealous! Enjoy your oasis!!!

  15. 15

    It's beautiful!

  16. 16

    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.

  17. 17

    Oh. My. Jealous. I love it! You have been working hard! Awesome!

  18. 18

    How beautiful Enjoy! Happy WW :O)

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    I need your backyard. Without kids. =)

  20. 20
    Honey Mommy says:

    Can I come swim in your pool?! It looks heavenly!

  21. 21
    Muthering Heights says:

    Your yard is looking amazing!

  22. 22
    Elaine A. says:

    OH it looks just wonderful! YAY! SO when's the first pool party? ; )

  23. 23
    Lisa @ Crazy Adventures in Parenting says:

    Wow, excellent work! Can I take a dip with you???? 🙂

  24. 24
    MOMMY-MOMO says:

    wow! it looks great! very relaxing indeed!

  25. 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.

  26. 26
    Casey's trio says:

    GORGEOUS! I know where you'll be when most of your brood is in school:)

  27. 27
    Liz (Loving Mom 2 Boys) says:

    Lovely!!! What a beautiful backyard!!!

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

  28. 28

    Love it, Angie! That will make for many great memories!

  29. 29

    everything looks super nice! great work!

  30. 30

    WOW! It looks BEAUTIFUL!!
    Is it just my eyes, or did you have the pool floor graveled/sanded?

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    •´.¸¸.•¨¯`♥.Erin.♥´¯¨•.¸¸.´• says:

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

  32. 32

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

  33. 33

    Thats an amazing transformation! Congratulations. Enjoy!

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    A Family Completed... says:

    Wow like night and day! i love before and after pictures !

  35. 35

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

    Happy WW!

    ps Did you do the yard work yourselves?

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    Serendipity is Sweet says:

    It's gorgeous! Lucky you. Enjoy 😀

  37. 37

    Looks WONDERFUL.

  38. 38

    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!

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    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!!

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    Kristina P. says:

    It looks gorgeous! What a great job you did.

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

  42. 42
    Sara Elizabeth Bonds says:

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

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    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?

  44. 44

    That is beautiful!! Can I come over?

  45. 45

    Lookin' great!

  46. 46

    Looks awesome, I bet you will be having some good times in the pool. Enjoy!

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    ♥Rocío♥ says:

    Wow!That was AWESOME!!!
    Totally BEAUTIFUL!
    Have a ♥Lovely♥ Night!

  48. 48
    YoungMommy says:

    What a fabulous transformation… I LOVE the tropical feel!

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

  49. 49

    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.

  50. 50
    Mel Fraase says:

    BE-U-TI-FUL! I'd be outside all the time rolling around in that luscious grass!! Yay!!

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    Mrs. Marine says:

    COOL, nice pool!

  52. 52

    wow what a difference. you must be so proud. i wish we had the weather to have a pool in my back yard 🙁

  53. 53

    That's gorgeous! I'm coming to you house! ;o)

  54. 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!

  55. 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!

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    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.

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    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! 🙂

  58. 58

    Wow, that is really beautiful. I wish I had an oasis like that. Enjoy it a little more just for me.

  59. 59
    Sweet Annabelle says:

    I'm crazy jealous – that is ABSOLUTELY gorgeous!

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    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!

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    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!

  62. 62

    BEAUTIFUL!!! The grass is so grren and PERFECT! I want to pull up a chair too!!

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    Whimsical Creations says:

    Just beautiful!! Looks so relaxing.

  64. 64

    It's gorgeous! Is there a lounge chair for me?!?


  65. 65

    WOW!!! What a beautiful backyard!

  66. 66

    Congrats on the pool! Looks perfect for you and your family. Enjoy!

  67. 67
    Hoosier Homemade says:

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

  68. 68

    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!

  69. 69
    Brimful Curiosities says:

    That turned out wonderfully! Enjoy!

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    Together We Save says:

    Your back yard looks amazing. This will probally make you very popular in your neighborhood.

  71. 71

    What a fabulous oasis you have created……enjoy your day lounging by the pool!!

  72. 72

    Very impressive.

  73. 73
    Frugal Fritzie says:

    Beautiful, so lush!

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    kisatrtle says:

    Absolutely georgeous. I'll be over tomorrow after little one gets on the kindergarten bus

  75. 75

    Looks beautiful! I wish i had a backyard like that!!! So green with envy right now!

  76. 76

    Gorgeous! Enjoy it!

  77. 77

    That looks really nice! I'd like to come hang out there!

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    Halftime Lessons says:

    Wow…That looks FANTASTIC Angie…you and the kids are gonna LOVE having it.



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    Jenni Jiggety says:

    Can I come over?

    It is gorgeous!

  80. 80

    Wow! that looks lovely. Good job. It's still 100 plus degrees here – i could use a pool like that. 🙂

  81. 81

    Everything looks great! Enjoy!

  82. 82

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

  83. 83
    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!

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    blueviolet says:

    It turned out so beautifully, Angie. I'd want to be out there all the time. 🙂

  85. 85

    Love the new backyard and the new blog look!

  86. 86

    Wow, you are lucky! I'd love a yard like that.

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    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*

  88. 88

    It looks great Angie and it is just in time for Hot weather!!! 🙂

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    Are You Serious! says:

    ♥ It looks wonderful! Oasis is right!!! 🙂

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    ChefDruck says:

    I'm coming over with Mojitos!

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    Karen MEG says:

    What a gorgeous job, you must be so excited and pleased!

  92. 92

    Gorgeous! Love the transformation!!

  93. 93

    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!

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    Grand Pooba says:

    Holy crap I am so jealous!

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    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 😮 )

  96. 96

    Your backyard looks beautiful! I would love to have a pool.

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    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!!

  98. 98

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

    I think I need a little oasis, too. 🙂

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    girlytwins says:

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

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    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!

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    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!

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    looks gorgeous!

  103. 103

    It looks fantastic!!!

  104. 104

    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!!

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    ♥spoiled mommy♥ says:

    WOW!! Looks beautiful!! And so relaxing! Ahhhh I wish I was there

  106. 106

    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!

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    Life with Kaishon says:

    Oh my gosh Angie : ) It looks so awesome. I am so happy for you. LOVE your oasis : ) Fab!

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    Oysterblogger says:

    it looks amazing. Time for parties!!

  109. 109

    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!!

  110. 110

    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!!

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    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!!!

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    Scary Mommy says:

    WAH!!! I want to live there. Not fair!!!

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    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.

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    that is really nice 🙂

  115. 115

    Looks great!

  116. 116

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

  117. 117

    It's gorgeous!

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    Miss Jocelyn says:

    Thanks for posting a mister linky and letting us all link-up! Great photos!

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    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!

  120. 120

    It's gorgeous!

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    Kristen Andrews says:

    love it!

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    Mark and Kiss says:

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

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    Night Owl Mama says:

    I want that yard

  124. 124

    AWESOME!! We could change the SITScation venue to ANGIE'S HOUSE!!

  125. 125
    Peterson Family says:

    So now we all wanna come over and hang out at your house. Is that okay???

  126. 126

    It's gorgeous Angie! Enjoy!!!

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    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!

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    Molly Doe says:

    I'm so happy you have such a beautiful backyard to play in!

  129. 129

    Beautiful….having lived through backyard and pool renovations myself…I truly appreciate your joy!

  130. 130

    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!

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    Bill and Lorie Shewbridge says:

    OMG it's beautiful… You did a fabulous job… can I come swimming????

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    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.

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    Kelly Deneen says:

    What a transformation!! I love it. 🙂 You SO deserve that oasis.

  134. 134
    Kelli @ writing the waves says:

    Sod is a miraculous thing, isn't it? It looks awesome!!!

  135. 135

    Woah. Send that landscaper my way. Seriously.

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    Carrie and Troy Keiser says:

    It does look like an oasis! Great job on the landscaping.

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    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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    sassy stephanie says:

    Wow. How nice! And with the cool Cali weather, you will get to enjoy it quite a bit!

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    Lovely!! Now the idea of a staycation is not such a bad idea!

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