“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

Aloha MauiPhoto Friday Theme – Landscape

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

Inverted Pattern

Photo Friday Theme – Pattern by Kim

My shot was taken at the Flagler House in West Palm Beach. This elegant estate had beautiful decor and ornate details throughout the home and ceilings. The ceiling pattern above was gold on a white ceiling which I inverted in photoshop.

Softer than Soft

image1Photo Friday Theme:  Soft

This sweet little cat is Rue. She is my daughter’s cat and is named after a character from the book, “The Hunger Games.” Rue is sweet as can be but is also a tough kitty – she rules over the household including the german shepherd.

Her fur is like the coat of a bunny, softer than a stuffed animal. When she snuggles up to you, she is a little fuzzy ball of warmth! Softer than soft…


Beautifully Framed



Photo Friday Theme – Beach by Kim O’Neill

A morning stroll along Hollywood Beach Walk where I captured the beach framed by the architectural elements along the boardwalk.

Details Make the Difference

DSC_0446Theme – Details by Kim

This day was a wonderful one to experience as an auntie. My niece has a horse who had been out to pasture for quite a while and they have been retraining him. She loves him dearly and rides him for rodeo events like barrels and poles but he has been quite stubborn. The last time she rode him, he just took off with her on him, which was quite scary.

I was there the day for her lesson where a good friend and mentor called to let her know they had put a different bit on her horse. With that and some prayer, her horse had totally changed demeanor.

I saw her ride with joy and that her horse respond to all of her signals with the correct bit in his mouth. Her smile was something that brought joy to everyone and her friends cheered her on and were happy that the details had all come together for a better riding relationship!


Dreaming in Aquamarine

turquoise watersEnnui Photo Theme – Aquamarine

My favorite range of colors fall into the many shades of and closest to Aquamarine. This was taken off the shore of Bahia Honda State Park. Loving the little sand bar Isle off to the top right!

Wish I had a boat to anchor off of that spot for the day! Maybe next trip…