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Vacations & Celebrations!

Happy Wednesday!  It’s a toasty 100 degrees today and I can’t wait to jump in the pool!  I am also truly baffled by how fast summer is moving along.  Bike rides, swimming, game playing, miniature golf, roller coasters, zoos, and parks.  We’ve been busy!  I thought I’d share what we’ve been up to this summer.

We started the summer off right with a fun vacation to North & South Carolina.  We hadn’t ever been but love to experience new places, the local culture, etc.  We explored some beautiful places like Brookgreen Gardens (it earned its own post), Georgetown and Belmont (I’ll be posting about these places in the near future), and Huntington Beach State Park and the surrounding area.  We lucked out with gorgeous weather and traveled just before the big storms, power outages, and heat wave hit.  My heart goes out to the residents who are currently living in such a difficult time.

On one of our excursions we went on a fascinating jeep tour.  We learned the history of: Waccamaw and Pawley’s Island; the Huntington family; local pirates; and were told ghost stories.  While touring a cemetery in Waccamaw we were shown a cement slab coffin with a few very small holes.  We were then told the story of the origin of ‘graveyard shift.’

 In the 1800’s, medical science wasn’t what it is today, and people who were merely in a deep coma were often pronounced dead. When their coffins were dug up ( who knows why….flooding perhaps, or by vandals) they would occasionally find scratch/claw marks on the inside of the coffin lid, indicating that the person had regained consciousness and tried to fight their way out. The practice then became to attach a bell on a long cord to the hand of the supposedly deceased. During the day, the cemetery attendants would listen for bells ringing, but the shift of workers whose sole job was to listen for the bells of the buried but undead, from midnight to dawn, became known as the Graveyard Shift.

Fascinating, but it was kinda creepy seeing how it was done first-hand.  Anyway, here’s some pictures of our adventures in the Carolinas.

 An adorable local food stand on the highway on our way from North Carolina to South Carolina. 

Shortly after our return from vacation, we walked in our local July 4th parade.  Several times throughout the year, our neighborhood (which feels like I’m living a surreal Leave It To Beaver life at times), hosts various parties (July 4th parade and BBQ, Easter Egg Hunt, Movies in the Park, etc.).  These events are so much fun for the kids and I feel incredibly blessed we live in a neighborhood that wants to retain its sense of small-town community.

After the parade we went to the pool BBQ party where the big man jumped off a diving board for the very first time.  Woo hoo!!

Shouldn’t every day be this fun?

Enjoy the day and I’ll see you back here on Friday!

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