Sunday, July 20, 2014

Focus On Life Week 29 ~ Celebrate Sweetness

To me, there is nothing sweeter than a child sleeping.  They look so angelic, so peaceful, so innocent, so....sweet!  And seeing my granddaughter and her grandpa together is sweet too.  Especially when she falls off her bike and he's there to pick her up.



Click the links below to see more sweetness!

xo Annette xo

161.  another week with Shylee
162.  tickles and giggles
163.  relief to find no sign of diabetes in my eyes
164.  hearing an old song that triggers good memories
165.  sleeping through the night



Sunday, July 13, 2014

Focus On Life Week 28 ~ Celebrate the Season

Summer is my second favorite season after spring.  I love the hours and hours of daylight, the fresh fruits and vegetables, and not being restricted by a coat!  I'm just happy it's not winter!

While walking along the Patuxent River, I captured these shots of summer.




You can click on the links below to see more celebrations of the season.

xo Annette xo

156.  the silliness of a six year old
157.  playing with my camera
158.  an ice cold drink that quenches thirst
159.  a cooling breeze on a hot humid afternoon
160.  the sunshine on my face


Saturday, July 5, 2014

Focus On Life Week 27 ~ Celebration

Our theme for July is "Let's Celebrate", and this week's prompt is celebration.  This was the perfect week for celebration here in the USA as we celebrated Independence Day.  I went to the VA home to take photos of the flags.  I have a thing for our flag and all things Americana.





To see more celebrations, click on the links below.

I hope you're having a happy weekend!

xo Annette xo

153.  this great country
154.  freedom
155.  happy news from Sean

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Wordless Wednesday


Happy Wednesday!

xo Annette xo

149.  the farmer's market
150.  watching sailboats on the river
151.  fresh cut grass
152.  butter pecan ice cream

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Focus On Life Week 26 ~ Free Space

Can you believe we are half way through the year already?  Time just goes by faster and faster it seems.

This week Sally gave us a free space so I thought I would share a couple of pictures I took at AnnMarie Garden last month.  The kids play area had these stepping stones made from sawed pieces of logs and painted by kids.


All throughout the garden were birdhouses of all kinds.  This one with the keys was one of my favorites.


To see how others used their free space, click on the links below.

I hope you're having a great weekend!

xo Annette xo

145.  people who are able to teach well
146.  forgiveness
147.  cooling afternoon rain
148.  fresh summer fruit

Friday, June 20, 2014

Focus On Life Week 25 ~ Be Colorful!

Continuing with the our June theme of having fun with photography, this week we're being colorful.  Shylee stayed with us for a week and this girl loves color (and coloring!)  I just loved watching her!



To see more color, be sure to click on the links below.

 Have a great weekend!

xo Annette xo

141.  summer
142.  blue skies with puffy white clouds
143.  my Daddy
144.  the father that Michael is

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Focus On Life Week 23 ~ Silliness!

It's a new month and that means a new focus.  Sally wants to shake things up a bit and find the fun in photography!  This week's prompt is "silliness".

I had to look back in the archives for this one since there was no silliness to be found around here!  Actually there was, but Michael doesn't like me taking his picture on a serious day let alone when he's being silly!

I took this photo a couple of years ago at the Inner Harbor in Baltimore.  This dog was silly and cool at the same time!

 To see what other silliness there was this week, click on the links below.

xo Annette xo

138.  seeing Shylee graduate from kindergarten
139.  Footloose, Dirty Dancing, Grease
140.  hours and hours of daylight


Saturday, May 31, 2014

Focus On Life Week 22 ~ In Bloom

It's the last Saturday in May and we're focusing on what's in bloom.  We have lots of honeysuckle blooming and it smells so sweet!



My daughter gave me a red bud tree for Mother's Day and although the blooms are long gone, it is getting new leaves.


Don't forget to see the other blooms below!

xo Annette xo

135.  making plans for summer
136.  working in the sewing room again
137.  blue skies with wispy clouds

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Friday, May 23, 2014

Focus On Life Week 21 ~ Fill in the Blanks

This week, Sally told us to take a moment and pay attention to patterns of our day or the unexpected.  Then we were to fill in the blanks:
At or in (the time of day) I (what are you doing or what's happening in a photo).


At least once a day, I wish we could move closer to my granddaughter.

To see how others have filled in the blanks, click on the links below.

Have a wonderful weekend!

xo Annette xo

131.  being a grandma
132.  cake and ice cream
133.  ordering shoes on the internet and they fit
134.  fresh cut grass

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Fairies, Gnomes, and Family























This past weekend was one I had been looking forward to for quite some time.  My son came from Denver, my sister was here and of course my daughter and granddaughter all came to celebrate Mother's day and my birthday which fell on the same day this year.  It was the first time both kids were here at the same time in almost two years!

We spent a day at AnnMarie Sculpture Garden and Arts Center where they were having their 5th annual Fairies in the Garden.  It was so much fun to see all the fairy houses, gnome homes, birdhouses, and sculptures.  They even had dress up clothes for the kids.  Shylee chose a tutu skirt, purple fairy wings and a crown.  The weather was perfect.  Not too hot, not too cool, just the right about of sun and clouds and no humidity.  My only complaint about the weekend is that it ended way too soon!

Have a fabulous day!

xo Annette xo

127.  family
128.  squeals of delight from a 6 year old
129.  hugs from my son
130.  sister time



Saturday, May 17, 2014

Focus On Life Week 20 ~ The View About The Ground

This week, Sally told us to change our perspective and take a look down to see what's going on about the ground.  The irises around my mailbox started blooming this week, but I was sad to see some of them laying on the ground.  Seems the mail truck gets too close and has knocked them over.


Click on the links below to see what others are seeing on the ground.

xo Annette xo

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Focus On Life Week 19 ~ Good Things Inside

There are so many good things inside these books!  I never get tired of looking through them and finding inspiration.

Click on the links below to see more good things inside!

xo Annette xo

124.  the busyness of preparing for a fun weekend
125.  finding something I thought was lost
126.  going to bed knowing it was a productive day


Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Wordless Wednesday





What's not to love about a redbud tree?

Happy Wednesday!

xo Annette xo

124.  beautiful flowering spring trees
125.  the birds singing early in the morning
126.  having something to look forward to

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Focus On Life Week 18 ~ In Your (Their) Hands

It's May (already!) and we have a new topic for the month, In, At, and About.   This week's prompt had me stumped until I saw my husband sitting at the table doing homework.  It wasn't just that he had a pen in his hand, but the fact that he has always believed that our future is in his hands and he works so very hard to provide.


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xo Annette xo

121.  a day spent with my sister
122.  Shylee's Frozen birthday party
123.  chocolate cupcakes



Friday, May 2, 2014

Learning As I Go




I just love having my fabric in a cabinet where I can see everything I have.  It makes it so much fun and easier to pull fabrics for a project instead of digging through bags that are scattered everywhere.

I thought I had this little quilt all figured out, but when I pulled the fabric for each part of the quilt, I decided I didn't like the red fabric for the bird.  It was too dark and didn't stand out enough with the brown fabric for the tree or the green for the leaves.  But the bright orange fabric just popped and tied all the other colors together.

I've never done a project like this so I'm learning as I go.  For instance, I should have read the fine print on the fabric adhesive.  If I had, I would have realized it isn't meant for sewing.  Thankfully I didn't adhere anything to the blue fabric, but I did use it on the bird.  And I got the sticky stuff all over the ironing board cover and it won't come off.  Even after washing, it's still sticky.  So, after getting a sewing friendly adhesive and new cover, I'm ready to start again.

Have you tried anything new lately?

xo Annette xo

117.  the rain stopped
118.  the green of spring
119.  beautiful color everywhere you look
120.  spring...I know I said that before but I am truly thankful for the new life sprouting and unfurling all around me.  I'll probably say it again!