Tree Limbs and Wonderful and Sun and Beauty and Warm and Reflection

March 6 2017:

Love how the tree limbs appear to be cradling the sun. Wonderful walk this afternoon …. Thank you Sun!!!! xoxo

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March 7 2017:

Blessed by the beautiful sun this afternoon on a Thomas and Camilla walk. Such amazing beauty …. Thank you Nature. I so very much like the one called Thomas. xoxo

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March 9 2017:

Lillian and I had a wonderful and warm walk yesterday. Time to shed the big jackets!! YAY!!

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March 10 2017:

It’s been an intense five weeks. Five weeks of swimming into the depths of my own darkness and shadows. What a wild and crazy ride. The curtain has lifted and the stage is set for the shift ….

From our walk this afternoon. I am so grateful for these two kids who have held space for me. And for always being incredibly patient with my picture taking.

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Beautiful sun …. double sun
Playing with the moon and tree branches
Throwing mud rucks into the puddle
Shadow fun

This was so good and yummy for all three of us. To be asked, “Can we stay out longer?” ….. sweet music to the soul.

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Movie Review: Her Majesty, Mrs Brown

March 11 2017:

Team TLC movie night … My choice: “Her Majesty, Mrs Brown” –

I say, “Loved the acting of Billy Connolly and Judi Dench. Beautiful music and scenery!”

Thomas says, “A very good movie. Lots of drama. The loyalty of John Brown was interesting. I wonder why it was considered such a scandal.”

Lillian says, “Good, dramatic, great, and interesting.”

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I Love Bernoulli Numbers


February 23 2016:

We read a book about Ada Byron Lovelace last night. We learned about the computer program, the mathematical algorithm, that she wrote for Babbage’s Analytical Engine.

In the conclusion of the book, it was revealed that Ada’s program calculated Bernoulli numbers.

Thomas shouts, “I knew it! I love Bernoulli numbers. I just love thinking about them and looking at them.”

I’m so blessed he’s a member of this team. He adds such joy. xoxo

Book Review: John Muir – America’s Naturalist

March 11 2017:

John Muir – America’s Naturalist

John Muir - America's Naturalist 2016

This book and how it brought forth the world and words of John Muir made my heart tingle. I would love to own this book! All three of us completely enjoyed this book and soaked it in.

from the flap: Muir recognized that wilderness should not only be appreciated but should be fought for as well. He sparked the preservation movement in the United States.

My favorite quotes:

“I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in.” ~John Muir

“There is a love of wild Nature in everybody, an ancient mother love ever showing itself whether recognized or no, and however covered by cares and duties.” ~John Muir

“As age comes on, one source of enjoyment after another is closed, but Nature’s sources never fail. Like a generous host, she offers her brimming cup in endless variety, served in a grand hall, the sky its ceiling, the mountains its walls, decorated with glorious paintings and enlivened with bands of music ever playing.” ~John Muir

“Only by going alone in silence, without baggage, can one truly get into the heart of the wildnerness. All other travel is mere dust and hotels and baggage and chatter.” ~John Muir

“When we are with Nature, we are awake, and we discover many interesting things and reach many a mark we are not aiming at.” ~John Muir

“Climb the mountains and get good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into the trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you and the storms their energy, while care will drop off like autumn leaves.” ~John Muir

“Nature, like an enthusiastic gardner, could not resist the temptation to plant flowers everywhere.” ~John Muir

“We all travel the Milky Way together, trees and men.” ~John Muir

“The winds blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves.” ~John Muir

“Everything is hitched to everything else in the universe.” ~John Muir

“Go to Nature’s School – the one true university.” ~John Muir

A Lost Art to We by Camilla Downs

March 11 2017:

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“The one supporting the many,
The many supporting the one,
This interdependent relationship you share
A lost art to we.

It’s clear to see,
The disconnect coming forth,
When the wild is taken from you,
Mirrored in the forests
Of the society of we.

Oh Mother, what a sweet
And beautiful teacher you Be.”

~2016 Camilla Downs – Author, Lessons from Nature

Sibshop for Thomas and Royal Package and Marmite and Calligraphy and The Universe and Finished

March 5 2017:

Thank you Down Syndrome Network of Northern Nevada (DSNNN) andJUSTin HOPE Foundation for another great Sibshop for Thomas!! Looking forward to the May event! Yay!

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March 7 2017:

We received a Royal Mail package yesterday. Thank you Melissa Susan Sheard for the care package. Now we can say we’ve tasted Marmite! WOW!!! It’s salty, for sure!

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March 8 2017:

Physical therapy day for Lillian. As I was getting back in the car I was moved by the books she’s reading. How did she know I want to learn calligraphy? The other is mine, but she got to it first!

April will be our last month for physical therapy. So much excited about this! We may return to physical therapy after summer, yet not here as I don’t feel she needs weekly appointments. We’ve been coming here for about 6 years.

Plus, I will try to talk Lillian into something different to pinpoint the areas that still need developing … yoga or some kind of dance? We shall see. Hallelujah for endings, new beginnings and new adventures! xoxo

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March 9 2017:

This afternoon was our bi-weekly library visit! This time with a twist. Thomas got to take part in the South Valleys Coding Club at 4:00. It was very basic using Scratch; which he already knows. Yet, they will progress from there. We LOVE the library!!

Cool and Fun Moments at the Park


February 23 2014:

Cool, fun moments at the park yesterday! Thomas and Lillian wrote poems today and began poetry notebooks.

From Thomas,

Camilla ○ Nice, Kind ○ The best Mom ○ Love, Kindness”

From Lillian,

“Blue feels like an ocean ○ Blue tastes like blueberry ○ Blue looks like a pool ○ Blue smells like berry ○Blue sounds like a fan”

So happy I get to be their Mama! ♡

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Coconut Brown Rice and Potato Medallions and Avocado

March 8 2017:

Thomas says I like to make art with my food. I also LOVE to mix foods.

Baked potato medallions circling coconut milk infused brown rice, topped with avocado, salsa, warm beets, and kalamata olives. Plus an amazing creamy and spicy vegan dipping sauce for the potatoes.

This meal was incredibly satisfying. Avocado is the mother fruit and the strongest link in the food chain. Perfect nurturing food that also assists with emotional strength. Coconut enhances the benefits of anything it’s paired with.

Words cannot even describe the satisfaction and contentment when we eat foods that assist our bodies, emotions, and spirituality.

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Movie Review: Pot O Gold

March 4 2017:

Team TLC movie night: Lillian’s choice: “Pot O’Gold” – 2nd time around for this one.

Lillian says, “Good, musical, classic, funny, awesome, and 100% recommended.”

I say, “Just a fun lighthearted show. Love James Stewart in this one. Great comedy about fast improvising. Loved seeing it again as it’s been a couple of years.”

Thomas says, “I like it. A good classic. Like how they keep tricking each other, like the title a lot. Very good movie. My favorite character is Jimmy (James Stewart) and liked them all.”

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Book Review: What God Said

What God Said

LOVED this book!!

“It happens to everyone. It is not a question of whether but of when. When this occurs, everything will change.

Your reason for being here will change, your reason for thinking, speaking, and doing will change, your countenance and appearance will change, your tone of voice will change, your clothing and eating habits will change, your work in the world will change, your friends will change, your purpose in life will change, your expression of life will change, your experience of life will change, and the world you touch will change.”

What God Said Book 2016