How to Mindfully Dance with Life

January 9 2017:

Top 10 Countdown Continues! The Number SEVEN 2016 blog post with the most views: “A Rapturous Dance With Life” ……. xoxoxoxoxo …….

A Rapturous Dance With Life

…. “Thoughts of us being stranded due to car problems kept entering my mind like a dark storm cloud encroaching on the brightest of days. Not to be left out of the dance, thoughts of my insanity at attempting this cut into the dance too. All of this dance to be completed with the veil of anxiety and worry weaving in and out like a breeze blowing through the trees …..

…. I had stepped way out of my comfort zone with this trip. I had never driven this far, much less driven this far being the only one in charge of packing, driving, and navigating. Plus, we had never … ”


I Need to Take It Easy


January 11 2012:

“Listen, I need to take it easy this week.” -Lillian

{Discussing that she and I need to get to working on her math!} So hard not to crack up! I’m trying to have a serious conversation here girl!

Camilla & Lillian Rancho July Date Day 2015

(Picture from a July 2015 Lillian and Camilla Date Day)

Why We Attend The Chromosome 18 Conference Every Summer

January 8 2017:

Top 10 Countdown Continues! The Number SIX 2016 blog post with the most views: “2016 Chromosome 18 Conference – San Antonio” ……. xoxoxoxoxo …….

2016 Chromosome 18 Conference – San Antonio

from the article … “The anticipation of and the attendance at the conference encourage Lillian to set goals and accomplishing them. At last year’s conference she got in the elevator, went downstairs, and waited in the lobby for friends .. all without my assistance or presence.

She used the hand dryer and automatic toilet also. About a week ago she walked across the foot bridge alone, without holding onto my arm. Two days ago she climbed two stairs with holding onto my arm and plans to reach the top of the stairwell before we leave for the conference. All of these are huge accomplishments for her … “

Movie Review: Finding Forrester

January 7 2017:

Team TLC Movie Night: My choice – “Finding Forrester”

I say, “I love this story. ‘The first key to writing is just to write! Write from the heart. Review with the head.’ I love this story! Oh. Did I say, I love this story. I could have done with a lot less inappropriate language, yet, I understand it was representative of the characters.”

Thomas says, “Good movie. I liked it a lot. Funny in some parts, suspenseful, liked the characters. Really liked that Forrester wears his socks inside out due to the seams on the inside. I agree and wear my socks inside out. The people who make socks make them wrong.”

Lillian says, “Good, awesome, and my favorite part was near the end. I liked it!”

Finding Forrester Movie 2017

Dark Chocolate Bark and Lentil Soup and Mac n Cheese and Nachos

January 4 2017:

Coconut dark chocolate bark and gluten free, dye free peppermint bark ….. Perfect!!

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January 6 2017:

Lentil Soup with Short Grain Brown Rice … with a squeeze of lime drizzled on top! YUM!!

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More meals for the week …

Camilla Vegen Chili and Vegan Mac n Cheese Meals January 2017
Vegan Mac n Cheese Smothered in Vegan Chili

Lentil soup and rice and skillet cooked sweet potato Meals January 2017
Camilla’s Lentil Soup mixed with Short Grain Brown Rice with English Cucumber, Avocado, and Skillet Cooked Sweet Potato

Lillian Cinamon Toast Meals January 2017
Lillian’s Gluten Free Cinnamon Toast, Raw & Roasted Cashews, English Cucumber, Raisins, Date, and Apple

Thomas French Toast Meals January 2017
Thomas’ French Toast with Raw Honey

Thomas Fruit Apple, Honey, Cinamon Meals January 2017
Thomas’ Fruit of Apple drizzled with Raw Honey and a sprinkle of Cinnamon

Vegan Nachos Meals January 2017
Camilla’s Vegan Nachos with Vegan Cheese, Black Olives, Onion and Garlic

Seatbelt and Review and Preparing

January 2 2017

Buckling your own seatbelt …

I’m going through papers before sitting down to create my 2017 mind map and two theme words for the year and came across Lillian’s intention card from when she was eleven years old.

She did indeed accomplish this by that summer, I believe. I felt moved to share. May this give you pause and deep heart centered reflection as you move into the new year. xoxo

January 2 2017:
Deep in review of 2016 and coming to a knowing of 2017. Listening to music, eyes closed at times, remembering, reflecting, envisioning. This feels different than any other time in the past. Feels wonderful, feels the pretense to a huge shift …. xoxo
January 3 2017:
Throwback to 2011 … At nine years old she finally blew out candles!!! Blowing breath out of one’s mouth is a miracle … A miracle indeed! xoxo
January 6 2017:

Finalizing review of 2016 and coming to the knowing of 2017. Lillian is done with this part of the process. And Thomas may create his in the moment.

We had a nearly two hour family meeting last night. I shared my theme of 2017 – The Shift. Shared my two words for the year: Knowing and Allowing. And my anchor – Writing.

I also shared that there is deep tiredness within me. All part of the process for me and a quality that is an integral part of the shift that will occur.

I will be releasing some things that do not serve me nor our family. And, as of now, may very well be as a tree and hibernate for the winter. Will create a blog post with the final 2017 vision and more details. If interested, I invite you to sign up to receive blog posts directly to your email. xoxo

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Rushing Water and Winter Wonderland

January 4 2017:

From the Thomas n Camilla December 2016 Date Day on Monday. I love this sound. Yet, I also love the silence and quiet of the snow covered wood upon departing the rushing water. Such beauty in contrast. xoxo


January 5 2017:

Winter Wonderland walk this morning. Icicles are incredibly beautiful!! I took about 20 pictures of them!! Loved seeing the ducks all huddled together snacking on cracked corn. They make the sweetest sounds when eating.

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January 6 2017:

Thomas and Lillian in the Winter Wonderland! xoxo

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January 7 2017:

Sweet Lovey wasn’t as excited about the snow as we’ve been!!! Quickly took her picture and got her back inside. She says, “Too cold!” xoxo

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How to be a Peaceful Parent

January 7 2017:

Top 10 Countdown Continues! The Number FIVE 2016 blog post with the most views: “The Power and Magic of Connected Parenting” ……. xoxoxoxoxo ……

The Power and Magic of Connected Parenting

from the article … “Ever since Thomas was 1 year old we have been going to the library every 2 or 3 weeks. We live as a team rather than a dictatorship. Mostly, I am the team leader, yet I give them many opportunities to lead. We have letting go burning ceremonies every quarter.

We continually talk about why we are here, what are our goals, how are we doing personally and as a family, we make gratitude lists, create yearly vision boards for each of us and one as a family, write “compliment” notes for each other, and we openly discuss and practice mindfulness and emotional connection. We are not typical … and we like it ….. “

“Most people see what is, and never see what can be.” -Albert Einstein

The Fruition of a Desire

January 6 2017:

Top 10 Countdown Continues! The Number FOUR 2016 blog post with the most views: “Photo a Day for 365 Days – Thomas’ One Year Anniversary” ……. xoxoxoxoxo ……

Photo a Day for 365 Days – Thomas’ One Year Anniversary

This book represents the fruition of a desire. Yet, within that is the message that the steps along the journey of ones desire are what comprises life itself.

It’s sure to inspire with great quotes; almost all of which were chosen by Thomas ….. for ages eight to eighty and beyond!”

…. excerpt from the blog post …. “From Thomas’ last post on instagram … “LEGO MANS FACE!!!!! I can’t believe I’ve made it to this point. Last year I ordered some LEGO pieces including a camera. Then @CamillaDowns showed me an article about somebody who did a photo a day for a year. I said “Can I do that?”

That was a year ago, and I’ve took photos EVERY SINGLE DAY! There was a lot of times I wanted to quit, but my intuition said not to! Thanks for all of you who have followed me from there to here! I will still post often, so don’t worry!! P.S. I purposely never showed is face to make it somewhat a mystery.”