Downtown During the Holidays…


Theme – Downtown

Okay… It’s not NYC or SanFrancisco, but the enchanting downtown of Hogsmeade at Universal Orlando. It was just as crowded in the streets of Harry Potter’s world as trying to get a glimpse of the tree lighting at Rockefeller Center! Below is a cropped view where I taken cropped out the crowds to glimpse the fun architecture. –Kim

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The Colors of the Rainbow

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On our vacation to Hawaii, I came across the Rainbow Eucalyptus tree. I was amazed at the variety of colors in trunk of this tree. At first glance, I felt like I was at a new Disney exhibit where the imagineers had come up with this fantasy tree, but it indeed was authentic.  So cool!



Photo Friday Theme: Discovery

Last Saturday, John and I were checking out the local farmer’s market in Burlington, VT (the best I’ve been to) and I made this discovery on the side of a building across from the market. A gorgeous hummingbird mural – enormous at 28 feet tall, it’s more than 100 times the size of an actual ruby-throated hummingbird by muralist Mary Lacy. It brought me joy and inspiration.

End of Day

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Theme – End of Day by Kim

An amazing end of day – July 4th on Waikiki Beach! We were relaxing to the sounds of a traditional island band enjoying an incredible meal with the family. It doesn’t get better…

Celebrating the Sunflower

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Lovely sunflowers are  blooming in my garden. The seed head forms a circle composed of disk flowers crowded together. A single sunflower head hosts hundreds of tiny flowers called florets.

“True friends are like bright sunflowers that never fade away, even over distance and time.” ― Marie Williams Johnstone


“it’s a smile, it’s a kiss, it’s a sip of wine … it’s summertime!”
Kenny Chesney

Waikiki sunriseTheme – Summer by Kim

Waking up to watch the sunrise just for the beauty of it…. no alarm, a morning stroll on the beach, planning a day with your family over Blue Kona java… this has all the makings of a summertime family vacation.

Years ago it was easier to plan as the kids were happy to go on whatever adventure was before them. As time has passed, they have had commitments through sports, camps and responsibilities working, so the family vacation idea becomes a little more difficult as they become adults.

So today’s family vacations are precious moments that bring us together to relax, play and adventure. A place to reconnect in a new locale (or old favorite one) and make time for those most important to us… our family.

“it’s a smile, it’s a kiss, it’s a sip of wine … it’s summertime!”
― Kenny Chesney

Aloha Paradise

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Aloha Maui!

I really love all aspects of the story behind this photo. We were checking into the Sheraton in Ka’anapali and this was my first glimpse of the landscape from the lobby…     My daughter overlooking the beach and Black Rock Cliff in the distance where “kids of all ages”  jump from the cliffs into the crystal waters.  The afternoon sun sparkling on the ocean with the palm trees swaying in the breeze was the perfect setting. The contrast of the hotel’s architectural lines with the breathtaking views give that Aloha feeling!

Let Love & Friendship Reign

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Symbol.” by Kim

An icon of Irishness, the Claddagh’s design features two hands clasping a heart, and usually surmounted by a crown. These elements symbolize the qualities of love (the heart), friendship (the hands), and loyalty (the crown). A “Fenian” Claddagh ring, without a crown, is a slightly different take on the design.

According to Irish author Colin Murphy, the way in which a Claddagh ring was worn with the intention of conveying the wearer’s relationship status:

On the right hand with the point of the heart toward the fingertips, the wearer is single and may be looking for love. On the right hand with the point of the heart toward the wrist, the wearer is in a relationship. On the left hand with the point of the heart toward the fingertips, the wearer is engaged. On the left hand with the point of the heart toward the wrist, the wearer is married.

Claddagh rings are relatively popular among the Irish and those of Irish heritage, as cultural symbols of friendship, engagement and wedding rings. They have dated back to 1700 and earlier from the Galway region.

Information Source: Wikipedia