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I wanted to share just a few photographs from our lake vacation this past week. It was four days of complete relaxation {minus my phone being gobbled up by the lake…but once I buried my head in my husbands chest, cried about the stupidity of it all, and got mad at myself for being careless, I was over it} and we had the most fun we have had in a while. The weather was so beautiful….. it was mid 60’s to low 80’s the entire time and very low humidity, which is a dream for this time of year here in the south!

You know how you have those awesome trips where everyone gets along great, weather is perfect, the food is delicious, and the friendships and memories just nurture your soul? Well, that was this trip. We jet skied, went for many boat rides, tubed, wake boarded, kayaked, and water skied. You name it, we did it….and we did it until the last bit of sunshine peeked below the horizon.

I tried something new on this trip! I was challenged by my friend “J” to try wake boarding and I literally had butterflies in my stomach just thinking about it! Every muscle in my body hurt from my very first wake boarding experience…but it was so worth every muscle pain. I was so afraid to try, and almost defeated myself before ever trying because I knew it was going to be tough. I have never snow boarded before because I don’t like the thought of both feet being strapped down, so the thought of not only having both feet strapped to a board but then also being yanked up by a boat just had me questioning my sanity. I lived to tell about it, and I got up not once, not twice, but THREE times! It was so great to conquer that little nagging ” you can’t do this” voice in my head…..and to hear my friends and family cheering me on from the boat ahead. My husband and my son also got up on the wake board for their first time as well! Woot!

One of my favorite things has to be the tubing though……that moment of sheer panic when you hit the “vortex wave of death” {created by crazy boat driving friend!} and go airborne…..yeah, it’s pretty dang amazing! It was such good times. I am so thankful for the beauty of these memories that were just written across my heart forever.

Have a great weekend you guys!

xo,

Barb

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This week flew by, which is good and bad. Good, because so much was accomplished…AND,  it means that in a few hours I will be headed to Florida for a week of doing nothing but sitting on the beach….reading….drawing…..doodling…..constantly scanning the water for sharks that are coming to eat my children…ironically, watching shark week {my favorite week of television…simply mesmerizing!}…..slathering on 100+ sunscreen {and I will still get burned}…and hopefully a few runs on the beach. I plan on leaving my computer behind, but promise to be back a week from  Monday with some fresh new Knack happenings, and probably lots and lots of pictures from the beach.
The bad from this week, is that it was my last week with miss Hattie! Our fabulous time together in the studio has come to an end, and she is headed back to school in a few weeks for her final year! Yay! I have so enjoyed this sweet helper who has been nothing short of amazing and simply a pleasure to work beside in every way! The bar has been set very high my friends! This has been one of the busiest Summers to date for Knack, and I am so thankful for every bit of it. I could not have done it all without you Hattie girl!
Lastly, I had a request for an update on the planter piece in front of the studio! I am happy to report that it is doing awesome, and I have had so many appreciative comments from my neighborhood friends about the happiness it adds to the street! You can compare the photos above to this post when I had just planted them…I can’t even believe how much they have grown! I guess you could say they are thriving right? They get lots of love……and they give so much love right back. It’s all so good.
Have the best weekend, and I will see you all soon!
xo,
Barb