Purple French Fries and Breakfast Dinner and Grapefruit

November 26 2017:

Purple French fries? Yes, please. Yum!

Purple French Fries 11.26.17
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November 29 2017:
Breakfast Dinner Night: Pancakes, Skillet Fried Potatoes, Cinnamon Toast, & French Toast (made with frozen waffles since we have no bread)
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December 1 2017:
Thank you Trader Joe’s-Reno,NV for these yummy, yummy snacks!! My new favorite crackers and these little bananas are like candy!! Love the ingredient list for both; or perhaps lack of ingredients is a better way to say it!!! Yum, yum!!
Trader Joe's Dried Bananas and Beet Crackers 12.1.17
December 2 2017:
I was craving grapefruit. And look how pretty too! Beautiful and delicious! Yes, please. Thank you. And. Bring more please.
Pink Grapefruit 12.2.17

The Art of Remaining at Peace

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November 5 2015:

Today I had the opportunity to share this with a young 4th grader:

When another chooses to be unkind with their words we can consider that a “gift.” It’s up to us whether we accept that gift or not. If we choose not to accept it, then the “gift” will remain with the giver. We can also choose to let that person be our teacher.

We can allow them to teach us the art of remaining at peace and not let their unkind words lower us to their current level of behavior. He says, “But, it’s so hard.” I told him that I understood. These young people teach me so much … xoxo

Love is Always the Solution

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November 4 2014:

Had kind of an off day and so did Thomas. As I was unpacking my lunch bag, there on the bottom, was a perfect beautiful heart. In that moment my heart was filled with anything but love.

I have no idea what it was … some type of clear liquid but nothing I took out was wet. Perfect thing to find at the perfect moment!

Then, after dinner Thomas and Lillian made me a custom crossword puzzle titled, “what you do for us”; composed of great clues and answers like: love, hugs, laundry, dishes, food, clean clothes, tucking in and TLC …

Love is always the solution … xoxo

Thoughts on This Parenting Journey

November 13 2017:

The key for me has been the understanding that I have no idea what I’m doing … HA! ….

Improvising like crazy; and, in fact, letting myself BE Crazy! Along with finally understanding if something comes from my heart, it is always to be trusted and the right thing to do.

And as much as possible not giving a hoot what anyone else thinks … xoxo

Name Three Things You Wanted to BE When You Grew Up

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November 1 2013:

More from the sweet little mind of Thomas ..

The other night Thomas asked me to name 3 things that I wanted to be when I grew up. I told him I could not remember 3, but I do remember that I wanted to be a dancer … a Solid Gold dancer (hahaha). I have LOVED dancing as far back as I can remember. Explained to him I don’t think I ever really knew what I wanted to do … and I still ponder about it!!

He said he wants to be a restaurant owner, an artist/painter and house builder. As he likes do do things solo, by himself so he can do things how he wants to do them without anyone telling him how to do it. Ummmm … Either OOPS, what have I done? or YAY, look what I’ve done! HA! …

And, I have to say, this morning Mr. Thomas’ behavior left me wondering if I had woken up in the wrong house!! What an interesting adventure this role of parent takes one on with all of the twists and turns and ups and downs and laughs and grumpiness … and learning, living, growing and LOVING!! xoxo

Volunteering – Humane Society of Northern Nevada

November 10 2017:

Volunteer day for Thomas and I. So many talkative beauties today!! Thomas always has to stop by and see Angel. The place was packed today! Must have been a lot of people who had the day off!! Good stuff as lots of animals were getting adopted! xoxo

Humane Society 11.10.17 #1 Humane Society 11.10.17 #2 Humane Society 11.10.17 #3 Humane Society 11.10.17 #4 Humane Society 11.10.17 #5

Why Do Some People Forget to Use Their Imagination

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October 24 2013:

A conversation with Thomas about imagination …

Last night he wanted to know why some adults forget how to use their imagination when they grow up? He asked why some adults use the imagination for negative things. He also asked why the imagination was a good thing.

I told him some people are just disconnected from their true selves. Sure he may not grasp what I meant but I choose not to let that stop me from trying to explain things. I also told him EVERYTHING material begins in ones imagination. These items must have first been a thought in someone’s mind. I was holding a fork so I used that as an example. Told him someone had to imagine that fork before it became a material object.

Then I shared the awesome Albert Einstein quote with him about imagination … “Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.” -Albert Einstein ….

Did I mention how grateful and blessed I am by this young man’s soul being a part of my life? … Overflowing … xoxo

Nature is Imagination Itself

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October 23 2013:

I was reminded of this quote today while listening to an audio book. This quote so moves me … almost had my eyes sweating driving around this morning!

“The tree which moves some to tears of joy is in the eyes of others only a green thing that stands in the way. Some see nature all ridicule and deformity… and some scarce see nature at all. But to the eyes of the man of imagination, nature is imagination itself.” -William Blake