In late April, the Aqua Pools team arrived at the Hufnagl residence in New Lenox with heavy-duty equipment and charge: to build a 20x44 in-ground pool for the homeowners.
The guys on the crew started by digging a big hole. Six weeks later, the Hufnagls are enjoying a vacation destination in their back yard. No one is more excited than 8-year-old Autumn Hufnagl.
"She loved it," said her father, Andy, of the moment she plunged into the water for the first time. "She loves being able to wake up and jump in her pool and have her friends over and enjoy the summer time.
"Her first time—I believe she went in off the slide here."
To mark the occasion, the Hufnagls let Autumn leave her handprints in the concrete on the side of the pool. The whole family is looking forward to sharing the experience of pool fun for years to come.
"It will be great memories," Andy Hufnagl said. "We actually have my daughter's handprint in some of the concrete on the other side. We put her name and the date in there so she can grow up looking at that.
"And, if she has brothers and sisters in the future, they'll be able to see that as well. We're going to use this every year. We hope to have some traditional family parties throughout the summer and, hopefully, build on that and have lots of good times."
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