My Backyard Oasis and a Giveaway from Sears

Summer is finally here and my family and I are spending more and more time in our backyard. We have made so many changes since moving into our home 6.5 years ago. It was basically a blank slate with a shed, a deck and a spattering of trees. The first change we made was to add a swing set for the kids. We also were not fans of the deck and since we knew we wanted to add a pool we decided to switch it up. We made it a DIY project and my husband spent about two weeks tearing the old one down and building the new deck with pool platform.
Before (sorry, this is the only image I could find of the old deck)!
My dear hubby building the new porch.
After the deck we added a pool – an absolute must in our family.  We are all fish and just love to relax on the weekends in the pool.  We also added a lovely club house and sand box for the kids.
Trees are a must when living in a neighborhood!
One of my favorite pieces during the summer is our fire pit where we have fun nights with friends and of course, cook s’mores.
We recently resided our home, so now my backyard is almost the way I want it.  The reason I say almost is because we had a small complication with the stain on our deck… as in, it didn’t hold!  We just got done stripping and sanding and will begin the process of re-staining.  Stain is hard to apply and maintain in the State of Vermont with the drastic weather changes, the snow that piles onto of it, and regular wear and tear.  We are going to do a bit more research and try to figure out what option is best for us.  Of course this means my patio furniture has yet to be pulled from the shed.  For now the picnic table has to do.
I’m a lucky lady to have a large backyard with a place for my kids to run around, swim, ride their four wheelers, play ball and more. I love sitting back in my lounge chair and just watch their antics… until they squirt me with water or grab me by the arm and say “come play Mommy!”
Now that I have shared what turns my backyard into my perfect summer oasis, I want to know what you’ve done to transform your backyard into your oasis. One of my lucky readers will win a $25 Sears gift card!  Giveaway ends July 26th!
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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Sears. The opinions and text are all mine. Official Sweepstakes Rules.
Kim is a Marketing Director by day and Crafter/Blogger/Blog Designer by night. She lives with her husband, three beautiful children, and her dog and cat. You can also visit her design site, seven thirty three – – creative blog design.  For even more seven thirty three fun, like her on Facebook or follow along via Twitter!

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