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This Weekend On Graceful Living...

Happy Fourth of July, everyone!!

Denise shares some fun facts with us about our country, including how many times the Liberty Bell has cracked, how many people are now living in the United States, and how many hot dogs get eaten today every year!

Be sure to take a listen as the girls get patriotic on this week's Graceful Living show.

Even Santa needs a vacation!!!!

Yaw, we were having one last ice-cream stop at the famous Painter's ice cream shop in Surfside/Myrtle Beach, S.C. before our vacation was officially over... this is some of the BEST homemade ice cream I have ever had. I wouldn't allow myself to try any other flavor than Butter Pecan... soooooooo many pecans and VERY creamy. While we were standing in line we looked up and with a red hat on and a gorgeous white beard - It was SANTA CLAUS!!!! Even his belt was engraved "Santa Claus".

Darby and Leila were in complete amazement (heck, I was too)... Santa was enjoying his time of vacation in Surfside and like us, wanted to get a taste of the famous Painter's ice cream. Even Santa needs a vacation and some sunny weather... Santa said he needed some time at the beach to warm up since the North Pole was so cold. Isn't that fantastic?

Once the shock wore off, Darby leaned over to me and whispered, "Mom can I go ask Santa a question before we leave?" I said, "Sure." Darby politely asked Santa, "Santa, what snack would you like me to leave you and the reindeer, healthy or sweet?" Santa generously responded, "How about one of each... the reindeer LOVE carrots and cookies and so do I." Santa was so blessed by her kindness... I was pretty proud. So all the way back to our beach house the girls sang Christmas songs at the top of their lungs.

Here is a picture of two VERY happy little girls!!!

Merry VACATION!!! leigh

Revolving Doors

I feel like we are having a revolving door at our house, but I love it. My parents and niece and nephew just left. My sister Dayna and her husband are going to be here today through the 4th. Next week our dear friend Cliff is staying with us and then the next week my niece will move in with us for a little while as she gets herself settled here in Nashville. It's so fun!!!

As I sat here thinking this morning. Sometimes our lives feel like a revolving door. We move in and out of seasons, people move in and through your life, and it seams like the scenery is always changing. I'm thankful that through it all our God stays consistent. It's like he is the actual center of the door that is sturdy and allows life to move in and out, but he holds it secure.

Price left for camp on Saturday. He's going to be gone for 2 weeks. I'm not sure who is going to have the harder time. He was nervous when he left. Down deep I know it is good for him to be gone and develop some independence and confidence. It is an all boys camp and they start the week with shirts off and war paint on their bodies. LOL. It is two weeks where they get to be ALL BOY!! I just hope they make them shower a few times and force them to use soap.

It's weird just having Spence at home by himself. Not sure what we will plan, but I do know this. He's got to start his SUMMER READING!!!! Anybody else a little behind with that? Well, this week we are going to catch up.

I'm looking forward to the 4th of July. It's always fun and I'm thankful that Shelley has invited me to her pool. It's too hot to be anywhere else. Hope you are staying cool at least some of the time:)

Love,
Denise

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Everyone loves cupcakes! But what about a maple bacon one?

This past weekend, the girls discussed some new food trends appearing, like mixing interesting flavors in cupcakes and lollipops. Listen to them talk through some of the mixes they've encountered, then share some of your own experiences!

When the Sun is away, we can still play...

Thanks to my two sister's, vacation doesn't just depend on a sunny day. We had a couple of days in Myrtle Beach, S.C. when we had to be creative indoors. Dana and Reide (my two sisters) are so crafty they were able to save the day.

Reide taught Leila and Darby to sew a scrunchy bag...(who brings two sewing machines's on vacation, my sissy, Reide does). Take a look how cute they are... They have worn them everyday.

Leila is a natural.

I think Darby can help sew some curtains for the baby's room... she has got the knack too.

The finished product!!! So cute!

The next morning was a little chilly to head to the beach so the next craft on the agenda was TIE DYE!!! This is the brilliance of my other sister, Dana.

This can be very addictive...

Thank goodness the Sun is out now... no more crafts left to do.

Too much fun - no matter rain or shine. It is actually VERY sunny right now, so we are off to the beach!!!

blessings, leigh