Monthly Archives: June 2012

Summer Fayre

The biggest thing this week was the Summer Fayre (UK spelling) at my boys school.  It has been something we have been looking forward to for weeks.  The boys got to engage in many crafts and activities.  One I did not post a photo from was where they three small balls to knock of coconuts from their stand. If you hit it, you got to keep the coconut. Too bad my Hawaiian boys did not bring home any coconuts. 😉 However they had a lot of fun with the Jousting competition.  Ronan and Maddox went up against each other first and Maddox did a really good job keeping up with his older brother. Ronan, the champion, got to then play a game against his classmate.  I think both of them would have played this all afternoon if they were allowed.  There were cute animals, lots of yummy cakes, and of course tea.  Luckily the rain held out enough so that we had sunny weather.  I really love all the saturday activities they have at the boys’s school. I wish I had not missed out on so many with work, but appreciate all the time we have had together.  Memories to last a lifetime.

‘On your mind': My 9th anniversary is just 39 days away. 
#photoadayjune #day24 #selfportrait #wedding #bridal #anniversary 
A must read for all girls 
#girl #book #heels #read
#quote #OscarWilde #Wilde #advice 

Summer Fayre at my boys’ school today.
‘Something cute': 
#day25 This London Swan #photoadayjune #swan #cute
Norwegian School Band performing today at my boys’ school. 
#school #band #music #norway
Sleeping continued…
Acquired the first half of the UK versions for £1 
#books #read #potter 
Friday Night 
‘From a high angle': Dinosaur Exhibit 
#photoadayjune @NHM_London 
‘Movement': My sons Jousting 
#day23 #photoadayjune #movement 
‘Where you Slept’ 
#photoadayjune #bed #damask #England


  • I ♥ Boardwalk Empire and @therealbuscemi Check out the opening credits they are exquisite: @HBO #boardwalkempire
  • Don’t give a woman advice; one should never give give a woman anything she can’t wear in the evening.’ – Oscar Wilde #quote #wilde #advice
  • Photo: ‘On your mind’: My 9th anniversary is just 39 days away. #photoadayjune #day24 #selfportrait #wedding…
  • Photo: Listening to Villa Lobos, Bachianas Brasileiras while curled up and lost in my book.
  • Its Italy vs. England…having a bit of an identity crisis here. Sorry England, but Forza Azzurri! #euro2012 #italia #football
  • Photo: Supporting Italia tonight against England in Eurocup 2012 #Italy #eurocup (Taken with Instagram)
  • Italy playing well controlling the game vs England. But more luck on our final touch in the second half. 0-0 #euro2012 #italiainghilterra
  • I wish Napoli’s Di Natale had been put in sooner. Still goaless in extra time. #diNatale #euro2012 #Italy #napoli #italia
  • Goal???? No offsides. Pout. #Italia #euro2012
  • Penalty shoot out time between Italy and England. I cannot look! Eeep! Forza Italia! #euro2012 #Italy #Italia
  • Italy going to semi finals against Germany! #euro2012 #Italia
  • ‎Oh Mondays. Was awoken at 0400 by the bright english morning sun, or was it the need to throw up, either way Im lying here with an emptied stomach, a residual burning in my throat, and the piercing light through my bedroom cutrains.
  • ‎”Just finished doing hair extensions. A perfect way to as length, fullness and/or colour. Email for…”
  • Listening to La Traviata by Giuseppe Verdi @GetGlue #GiuseppeVerdi
  • Photo: ‘Something cute’: #day25 This London Swan #photoadayjune #swan #cute (Taken with Instagram)
  • Finished emails and two cups of tea, time for a little lunch and then its #selfportrait time for the 2012 challenge:
  • Know Thy Enemy: Intelligence in COIN Operations essay by @ryanA_official featured at:
  • Attempting to defeat gravity for a self portrait…but my head cold is making it difficult. :/
  • Spem in Alium by Thomas Tallis is so beautiful. Its one for tuning out the world.
  • I really like Jeff the skateboarder. @BacheloretteABC
  • Happy Birthday to my beautiful friend @melissahurley_ , an amazing Makeup artist.
  • There is 50 Shades of Grey fanfiction. For clarification that makes it fanfiction based on a book, based on fanfiction based on a book. #smh

London, Father’s Day, and Forza Italia!

We have had a lot happen in the last week.  The best was going up to London with the boys. We got to meet up with my high school friend, Joann, from our NAHS days in bella Napoli, Italia today. Had such a great time. Ryan and I took the boys to the National History museum, a walk through Hyde park to see the Peter Pan statue, and to King’s Cross to see Platform 9 and 3/4. A pretty sweet way to spend a Saturday. There was Father’s Day of course and watching Italy play in the Eurocup 2012.  Here are the highlights in photos and tweets! xx

‘Art': A mask from Morocco from @ryana_official trip there this year.
#photoadayjune #art #Morocco 
Making happy eggs for @ryana_official on Father’s Day
Plaits & Braids in the hair are always pretty.
 #plait #braid #hairstyle 
‘In My Bag': the contents of my purse
‘Fave photo you’ve ever taken': For my Secret Lies of Women project on domestic abuse awareness #photoadayjune #bonnierose #conceptual #photography #abuse #awareness
‘Yellow': Ronan experiences what the Earthquake in Japan in 1995 was like.
The Peter Pan statue in London today and when I was 8.
Sneak peek for my self portrait challenge tomorrow. Want to join? Read comments.
 #selfportrait #challenge #self-portrait
Watching Italy vs Ireland. Forza Azzurri!
#italia #Italy #calcio #football
Platform 9 and 3/4
Boys’ first visit to National History Museum in
Outside the national history museum

  • Photo: ‘Art’: A mask from Morocco from @ryana_official trip there this year. #photoadayjune #art #Morocco…
  • If youre going to get literal with a RKelly song do trapped in the closet! You cant break your neck if youre trapped in a closet #wanderlust
  • Coworkers coaxed me to talk w/ my English accent instead of american. They said it was really good just I sounded really posh like the Queen
  • Missing my sister for reenact a scene from our childhood moment. scene@GetYourPHX @ZoeTweets #peterpan #London #memory
  • Spent the day hiking, something my dad loved. Had we not gotten lost, wouldnt have found the poppies. The VFW icon always reminds me of him.
  • MMR vaccine now connected to Autism – Italian Court ruled it did cause harm
  • David Beckham and Adam Levine have made a point that a man’s best accessory to abs are arm tattoos. #abs #tattoos #Beckham #Levine #sexy
  • Any mean thing someones gonna think of to say about me, Ive already said to me, about me, probably in the last half-hour – 
  • @girlsHBO #GIRLS
  • Photo: Watching Italy vs Ireland. Forza Azzurri! #italia #Italy #calcio #football (Taken with Instagram)

  • Goooooaaaaalllll! Go Italia!
  • ITALIA!!! They are in the Quarter Finals!! Forza Azzurri! #euro2012 #italia #football #calico
  • By wearing my bikini inside, wearing coconut scent and flowers in my hair, while listening to Hawaiian music it can BE summer in England. 😉
  • Photo: I used to own a plethora of Archie, Betty, and Veronica comic books when I was in elementary school….

Live Aloha. Remember Charles. 


‘My view today': Wanted to be outside at the park
but instead handing out punishments for dishonesty.
‘Door': My first attempt at Batman-ing.
#photoadayjune #door #batmaning #Batman
Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Batmaaaan.
#nails #nailart #Batman
‘Drink': Sparkling water with lemon
Mountain Dew for
#throwbackthursday #mtn_dew
‘Best bit of your weekend': Having tea with my sons.
‘From a low angle’

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  • ‎”You just have to live and life will give you pictures” – HCB
  • Going through my photograph archives from the last 3 yrs reminds me how blessed I’ve truly been by the people that have come into my life. x
  • If you are going to consume totally empty and might i add illegal calories at least it should be from Belgium @abcfBunheads #Ballerina
  • Love the pink themed Schiaparelli suite @EmilyMaynard stayed in at @TheMayFairHotel #bachelorette
  • Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Batmaaaan. #nails #nailart #Batman
  • Photo: Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Batmaaaan. #nails #nailart #Batman (Taken with Instagram)
  • Photo: ‘Door’: My first attempt at Batman-ing. #photoadayjune #door #batmaning #Batman (Taken with…

Jubilee Weekend

Congratulations to HRH the Queen on 60 years of reign. WOW! The Jubilee concert was amazing! (minus Cheryl Cole’s part in the duet with Barlow). Thoughts to Prince Phillip who is in the hospital. Sir Paul McCartney was an amazing end to the festivities. Land of Hope and Glory! Proud to be British! xx

‘Empty': My boys polished off one of our boxes of cereal
from our limited edition boxes for the Diamond Jubilee.
#photoadayjune #vintage #jubilee
‘Diamond Jubilee’ festivities continue in Lindfield, England.
Zoobi Jones‘s mum got to hold the Olympic torch. What an awesome opportunity. She’s 101 and rocking! xx
‘Close up': Screen cap of the flower light show on Buckingham Palace
for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.
#photoadayjune #jubilee #diamondjubilee #London #Buckinghampalace
Imagine sitting in your living room filling out job apps
when one of these flies bye on the wall in the hallway…

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  • The #diamondjubilee concert outside Buckingham Place has begin! Love the musical line up! Watching Live with my family.
  • Sing – Gary Barlow & The Commonwealth Band featuring Military Wives: via @youtube
  • Diamonds are a girl’s best friend. Especially if you are the Queen celebrating 60 years! #DiamondJubilee #proudtobeenglish
  • ‎’Diamond Jubilee’ festivities continue in Lindfield, England.
  • My 5 yr old is singing Lady Gaga while cleaning his room. My husband turns to me and asks, ‘Is that your doing?’ Not sure, but good song.
  • The Diamond Jubilee weekend is here! Monday marks the 60th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II’s ascension to the throne. Fun packed weekend!

Happy Birthday Marilyn Monroe

June has finally arrived and the boys got to celebrate the first of the month by having a non uniform day at school. In honour of the Jubilee weekend and for a £1 donation both boys got to come dressed in Red, White, and Blue and sport the Union Jack on their clothes.  Maddox was quite proud of his outfit because I let him borrow my head band and we took the bow part off and used it as a matching pocket square.  The boys had a really fun day at school and it looks to be a really great Jubilee weekend.  More on that in the next blog post, so stay tuned!  In other news it is June first which means that…

…Today would be Marilyn Monroe’s birthday.  A big happy birthday to someone who has left quite an impression and legacy on the world in her short 36 years alive.
It is Red, white, and blue day at school and yes those sparkle.
‘Morning': Listening to my summer mix #photoadayjune #photoadaychallenge


Day 1 of Live Fashion photography workshop with @LindsayAdler with @creativeLIVE So inspired and motivated!
Just saw a vintage belair state patrol car in England.