It's summer break!  There are times when I literally thought it would never get here.  It's here.  It's funny because I have a ton of stuff to do this summer and it will fly by before I turn around.  I guess it's just different stuff.  
We kicked off the season with a trip to Pigeon Forge for a baseball tournament.  It was as hot as blue blazes, but the boys played well and we had a good time.  Look at that beautiful clear blue sky.  It was like that the whole time we were there.  The sunset on the mountain as we were driving home last night was just amazing.

Between games we did manage to make our way to the pool.  We stayed at the Clarion Inn Pigeon Forge, which is right behind Firehouse Golf for those of you familiar with the area, and it has the coolest pool.  There's a water slide, splash pad, lazy river, and an indoor area with basketball and football.

Even Carter found some time to cool off!  His favorite thing was the hotel's amazing breakfast, which is included in your room price.  He loved the custom omelet station!

We spent an extra night to take it easy and do something fun with the kids on Monday.  We were talking about what to do and the Aquarium of the Smokies came up.   We realized that the last time we went, Lauren was in a stroller.  She didn't remember anything about it!  It really wasn't that crowded and it was air conditioned!  They both loved it and were fascinated in the shark tunnel.

I decided just to post a few past summer favorites today.  I am back to emails, orders, and painting today.  If you've got an order placed with me, I am most likely working on yours in some capacity right now!  I love all of the bright colored swirls.  The look so good with a name or monogram across the top in black with a black ribbon.

Coconut with an umbrella - yes, please!

This one has been done about 50 times and it never gets old.  It is usually done with green or brown, but looks great with any color combination.  Pineapples are just classic summer.

I will be shutting down for about two weeks to enjoy a beach trip.  I hope you have one planned, too!

There's nothing cuter on the front door than a monogram in cool summer colors.  Love this one!

Finally, this one was custom designed just for the season.  This song has been running through my head all morning!

Whatever you are doing, have a great summer!


Looks like they are having lots of fun, cute!