Eclipse and Staying Here and Jello Bed and Tent Bedroom and Field Trip

August 21 2017:

So beautiful, peaceful, and incredibly quiet. Got a great picture of …. nothing, really …. Ha! My attempt at taking a photo through Lillian’s eclipse glasses while also wearing my eclipse glasses. xoxoxo

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August 24 2017:

Has anyone tried moving a queen size tempurpedic bed? It’s like wrestling with and trying to move a 200 pound block of jello … with handles. Oh my gosh!

Due to the decision below, I wanted to give Thomas his own space. So we spent four hours after dinner last night moving and shifting packed boxes and other furniture so that he could have his own “room”. It’s a room within a room! Thomas and I had a heck of a time moving my queen bed out so we could put up the tent for him.

I made a decision yesterday afternoon after receiving news yesterday morning that would allow us to stay where we are. I canceled the moving truck for last night and the storage unit. Since the unit we’re in now had not been rented yet, the office was okay with me saying, “Oops! Never mind!” They have been great.

Staying here is the path of least resistance and that suits me.

It’s clear the time has not yet arrived for us to leave this place. Every “perceived option” did not work out and there were many dead ends. Thirty – forty people all trying to get one place, waiting lists, difficulties finding a reasonably priced storage unit, no u-haul trucks of ANY size, anywhere near Reno, beginning today and through 9.3 due to Burning Man.

So, we’ll stay here and hopefully move into a different unit at some point; being that we’re all packed and ready to go somewhere! And, we will begin preparing more solidly for the next adventure for Team TLC. I’ll share more later as it’s been a wild ride for sure.

There must be a reason for us staying here. I will simply trust that it will be revealed in time.

Thomas Tent in Bedroom 8.24.17

August 24 2017:

Field trip day!!! Drove to Incline Village Library. This library and South Valleys library are our two favorites!

Bonus Farmers Market set up when came out. Fresh tomatoes, Concord grapes, peaches, and nectarines. Yum!!!

Another bonus! The amazing views on the drive back down Mt. Rose. WOW!!!

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Confidence and Clarity and Peace and Knowing and Blanket Fort and Son Soulmate

August 15 2017:

I just pondered aloud, not expecting an answer; a question of curiosity as Lillian had just spotted a bee … “I wonder how one can tell if a bee is male or female?” …… Thomas surprised me and answers the question with confidence and clarity. Okay then!! I kinda really like him.

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Just returned from a drive to Carson City for an appointment. Driving back I was struck with the incredible beauty of this glorious Earth and was overcome with feelings of peace and knowing that all is going to be okay.

I’ve got to make a decision by end of day today and this moment was perfect. Incredibly grateful and I’ll have more please … xoxoxo

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August 17 2017:

Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious … !!!!!

Lillian was having a meltdown …. So I said this … Kinda leaves one speechless in the middle of a meltdown … HA! Then I played Dick Van Dyke and Julie Andrews singing it … Perfect!

Lyrics
It’s Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!
Even though the sound of it
Is something quite atrocious
If you say it loud enough
You’ll always sound precocious
Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!
Um-dittle-ittl-um-dittle-I
Um-dittle-ittl-um-dittle-I
Um-dittle-ittl-um-dittle-I
Um-dittle-ittl-um-dittle-I
Because I was afraid to speak
When I was just a lad
Me father gave me nose a tweak
And told me I was bad
But then one day I learned a word
That saved me aching nose
The biggest word you ever heard
And this is how it goes
Oh, supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!
Even though the sound of it
Is something quite atrocious
If you say it loud enough
You’ll always sound precocious
Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!
Um-dittle-ittl-um-dittle-I
Um-dittle-ittl-um-dittle-I
Um-dittle-ittl-um-dittle-I
Um-dittle-ittl-um-dittle-I
He traveled all around the world and everywhere he went
He’d use his word and all would say there goes a clever gent
When dukes and Maharajahs pass the time of day with me
I say my special word and then they ask me out to tea
Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!
Even though the sound of it
Is something quite atrocious
If you say it loud enough
You’ll always sound precocious
Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!
Um-dittle-ittl-um-dittle-I
Um-dittle-ittl-um-dittle-I
So when the cat has got your tongue
There’s no need for dismay
Just summon up this word
And then you’ve got a lot to say
But better use it carefully
Or it can change your life
For example
Yes?
One night I said it to me girl and now me girls my wife
Oh! And a lovely thing she is too. he he he
She’s Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!
Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!
Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!
Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!
Songwriters: Richard Sherman / Robert Sherman
Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious lyrics © Walt Disney Music Company

August 18 2017:

When you just can’t make sense of everything not going the way you think you want it to go, and the amazing one that is your son had a huge disappointment along with you today ….

You help him make a room for himself. The tent is too big, so …. Fort style using binder clips and push pinning to the wall amongst packed boxes and other stuff. So grateful I could bring some comfort to him …. xoxoxo

Blanket Fort 8.18.17

August 19 2017:

The ways in which he blesses me ….. I cannot even count the ways …. I have a few of these books around the house. Yet, he likes to check out the library copy. He has read this book over 20 times, I’m sure.

Note to self for future books: Be ready to be questioned about ones writings and have the content presented back to one when one least expects it. My son soulmate … xoxoxo

Thomas Reading My Book 8.19.17

Tree Cradling a Cloud and Quiet the Mind

August 13 2017:

Sunset walk for Team TLC. Spotted this tree cradling an amazing cloud and more rock love. What an incredible sky tonight! Yum! Thank you and bring us more please.

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August 15 2017:

Sunset meditation. Attempting to quiet the mind. And. Be still. So that I know. It’s there. In my heart. May a quiet night and dream time reveal the knowing. xoxoxo

Sunset Solo Vintage Lake 8.15.17

Book Review: Sebastian – A Book About Bach

August 19 2017:

Sebastian – A Book About Bach

from the front flap: “He heard one melody for the violin, one for the trumpet, one for the flute, and one for the oboe. Each instrument has its own voice. And when all the voices sounded at the same time, it was like good friends talking together.”

We really enjoyed reading about Bach’s early life and his family life. It was so interesting to learn that he and his wife had 20 children. And that he lived and worked in Germany all his life, never traveling more than 200 miles from his home.

We enjoyed this one!

Sebastian - A Book About Bach 2017

Throwback – Lillian Darnell Turns Twelve

**THROWBACK POST**

September 17 2013:

Lillian’s Birthday was this past Saturday, 9.14 …. Happy Happy Happy 12th Birthday to an incredibly amazing and awesome Fairy Princess by the name of Lillian Paige Darnell. I am blessed to eternity to get to be your Mama and to have your magical presence in my life. You are PERFECT just as you were created and were created that way on purpose and for a reason.

It is crystal clear why you and I were paired together as Mother and Daughter. We have much that we have taught one another and will continue to teach each other. We had and still have some wild and crazy shifting and awakening to guide each other through …

I overflow with gratitude and HappYness that I get to dance the dance of life with YOU!! Rock on with your twelfth year of life in this beautiful and amazing world we get to call HOME!! I LOVE YOU LILLIAN!!!

Happy 12th Birthday Lillian Photo

The Light of Freedom by Camilla Downs

The Light of Freedom Poem Tree and Sunshine Photo 8.2017

The Light of Freedom

“It’s time to step into the flames of the fire. The time is now to connect with that which you fear from your past. The past no longer exists and cannot cause you harm. However, when it is avoided and sidestepped; it does indeed cause you harm.

This avoidance and sidestepping keeps you a prisoner of the past and held captive to a perceived smallness. As the flame grows, be still and know that you are not alone. Be still and know it cannot hurt you. It cannot consume you.

By bringing your light to the flames of the fire, it will be extinguished and transformed into the light of freedom.

The freedom to claim your power. The freedom to know who you are. The freedom to shine your light with others.

Be still. And Know.” – 2017, Camilla Downs, The Journal

Giving Love Should Be Everyone’s Job Description

August 17 2017:

“Where has society reached when “giving love” is a job description?” -Thomas … He wants to volunteer at The Humane Society and saw this as a job description on the website. xoxoxo

That’s definitely my kind of job description!! Thomas’ thoughts were that this is just something we should all already be doing … xoxoxo