Imlay Elementary School and Thunder Mountain Monument

May 24 2017:

Adventure time! We’re headed to Imlay, Nevada today to visit a great group of students!!

Looking forward to spreading loving kindness and laughs with these beautiful humans!

Imlay Students with Biggest Little Book 4.13.17

Twelve students total from K-5. Cute little school!

Stopped at Thunder Mountain Monument before heading home. Incredibly interesting and funky, low, and creepy energy.

No one lives inside the building, yet there are a few camper trailers. Most likely those who just watch over the place. Here’s a link to read more about it … http://www.thundermountainmonument.com/…. Interesting. After reading about, I now know why it felt low energy … xoxo

We didn’t stay long. I felt rushed, anxious, nervous …. and we were the only people there!!! Thomas‘ stomach starting hurting and felt the same way I did.

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It was a wild n crazy day! Drove to Imlay to visit the twelve students at Imlay Elementary School. Their teacher ordered Thomas’ book and they enjoyed it so much we decided to pay them a visit.

Imlay is a two hour drive east of Reno so we had fun joking and laughing on the way there. Once there we talked about Thomas’ book, my book, creating a book, Lillian’s upcoming book, a bit about 18p-, and I ended with a great treehouse meditation! Then Thomas got a tour of the cute little school by the one and only fifth grade student.

Next, we made the short five minute drive to Thunder Mountain Monument; which was pretty wild!

The drive home = not so fun. Rosey (our car) began to overheat so I had to keep turning the air conditioner off. Thankfully it was just in the 80’s and not scorching yet!

And, we nearly ran out of gas before reaching Fernley. We coasted to the gas station on fumes! Thankfully, Thomas has read Rosey’s manual like 500 times and he knew how many miles we could go past empty. (He reads the manual every time he’s in the car!)

So …… another wild n crazy (and some not so fun) adventure for most of Team TLC. I missed Team Member L, yet, I’m thankful she chose to stay behind as she would not have handled it well. xoxo

Wild Child Nature Program

May 19 2017:

I am facilitating a “Wild Child Nature” program once a week (or every other week) beginning June 8th to continue through Fall 2017 as there is interest. These sessions focus on connecting with nature, creativity, and imagination. Nature connection is about connecting people with nature through mind and body.

Sessions to last from an hour to about an hour and 15 minutes. The sessions will be stand alone. Meaning you can come to all or simply as it fits your schedule. Cost will be a suggested offering of $15 for first child, $15 for siblings, and no charge for parents. Yet, no one will be turned away, so please join us if this speaks to you.

We will begin at 10:30 a.m. at Virginia Foothills Park (near Geiger Grade and Brown Elementary School in South Reno).

Age is completely open. If you think your child will enjoy this and benefit, then great!

The session will begin with a very short guided meditation and a short nature dance. From there we will move on to our topic of the day. The entire program has mindfulness as its core. These will be as fluid and organic as possible and intuitively driven so I might cover a different topic then I had originally planned.

First Program: Start Noticing Nature – Using All of Our Senses
Introduction
Meditation
Nature Dance
Core of Class:
Start noticing nature
Feel and smell the air
Check out the clouds and the trees
listen
Close eyes and name every sound they hear.
Walkabout (Mindful Walking)
End with Circle Share

Each session will cover one topic such as a sit spot, nature journaling, using all of our senses, observing, writing, drawing, story telling, and sharing. These sessions are not solely for the kids. Parents are asked to participate and observe so that concepts can be transformed to your liking and weaved into your family life.

What this class will NOT be about: We will not be focused on proper writing and grammar, correct drawing styles, naming plants, animals, or cloud formations. However, if a child is extremely interested in a bird song, plant, or cloud; we will note that so they have the opportunity to research further at home.

Learn more by going here …

Wild Child Nature Sessions – Start Noticing Nature

 

 

Hand Made Custom Notebooks by Lillian Darnell

May 20 2017:

From Lillian …. (The conference is in Naperville, Illinois this year) …. xoxo

Hey, everyone! Every year around this time, I like to create something to fundraise and help my family attend the annual Chromosome 18 Family conference.

This year I am creating handmade notebooks which can be customized.

Here’s a sample. Let me know if you want one by commenting here or sending an email to my Mom at CamillaDowns @ gmail . com .

Lillian's Doodling Notebook May 2017

She’s already received THREE orders! YAY Lillian!

Robot School and Java Coding Classes for Thomas

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May 15 2017:

So excited for Thomas! He is embarking on a year long adventure into Robot School! This very small class will meet twice a week, for about two hours each time, to learn Java programing.

So many occurrences had to “line up” for this. I was not seeking it. I simply had thought a few times over the past several months of what would be a good fit for Thomas. And this is perfect for his “Einstein” type of mind! HA!

We were at the library last Thursday for the coding camp which is Scratch based. He’s already way past this but still wanted to attend the once per month class.

In chatting with the librarian I mentioned LEGO’s NXT Robotics. She said they had tried to get approval for having a club for this; but were denied due to the high expense of the kits (which is why Thomas doesn’t have one yet). But, she says, talk to that woman right over there about it as she heads one of the robot clubs.

I talked with her after the class and Thomas isn’t of the age yet for the club she facilitates …. BUT wait, there’s a small class happening right now in one of the library rooms where a great man who is on sabbatical from Google is teaching the kids Java code. Would he be interested in joining them? What??? Of course!

This wonderful man is volunteering his time, has put together an entire year long course, and is meeting with Thomas right now at the lodge to catch him up on the two classes he missed! Holy Moly!! Life blows my mind sometimes!! Yes! Thank You … And Bring Us More Please …. xoxoxoxoxoxo!!!!

Romano Duo Visit

May 8 2017:

We look like a blooming flower! Last day for The Romano Duo visit and I get a wee bit of respite.

Thomas and Lillian are off to enjoy swimming and dinner at The Nugget.

How much can I do (or not do) in about six hours? Letting go and finding out …. xoxo

Team TLC and Romano Duo 5.8.17

Respite: Twas a ride for sure!! I already knew I was going to stay home as I haven’t had the place to myself in a year and a half. So …. did a wee bit of yoga, sobbed and released, read, sobbed and released, wrote a poem, sobbed and released. I truly know how to party hardy!! HA!

It was a full day of much connecting and releasing. I even released in my sleep that night too!

Field Trip: Goats and Llama and Alpaca and Horses and Chickens and Dogs and a Donkey with a View

May 2 2017:

Field trip today!! Thomas and I went to Melinda Bourke Blackwell’s place. Got to hang out with baby goats (cuteness overload!!), horses, a donkey, an alpaca, a llama, chickens, and dogs.

And some amazing ladies!!!! Barbara Richmond Chastain, Sheila Toole, and Melinda! So fun!!! Beautiful, beautiful property!

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Celebration of an Ending

April 26 2017:

Done! After six years. Lillian began in 2011 with all three therapies: ST, PT, and OT. ST and OT have long been stopped. Today was the last physical therapy appointment. xoxo

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Chocolate covered gluten free donuts yesterday in celebration of endings, one more layer of freedom, and feeling the storms of life to allow even more freedom. Cheers! 🎉 xoxo

Celebratory Donuts Done with PT for Lilllian 4.26.17

Custom Skeleton Key Wind Chime With Tigers Eye and Hematite

April 23 2017:

Completed this custom request today.

Custom designed and hand made to support the journey of a family of five. Made using a beautifully and naturally colored stick with tons of character.

Two strands of tigers eye beads to support grounding, willpower, and self-confidence; with the birthstone of each family member after each 5th tigers eye bead.

Two strands of hematite beads to support protection and staying grounded; with the birthstone of each family member after each 5th tigers eye bead.

One strand in the middle to anchor with alternating tigers eye and hematite beads. Along with lapis lazuli and aquamarine beads to support communication and lava beads to support mindfulness. This strand is grounded with a red heart to support unconditional love and a golden skeleton key of angel wings so as to support and open the door for spiritual growth.

All other strands grounded with a golden skeleton key to support and open the door for family harmony and joy. Infused with Reiki during the design and creation process. Safe travels to Texas you powerful beauty. xoxo

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Natural Fresh Water Pearl Beads and Skeleton Key Wind Chimes

April 17 2017:

I was inspired a few weeks ago to create hand made wind chimes. No two are exactly alike as I let myself be intuitively guided and the treasures used are upcycled items and gifts from nature (sticks and bark etc).

This one is natural fresh water pearl beads to hold a space of peace and calm. Pearls also represent transformation.

Four strands with each color of the seven chakras represented with a crystal bead. Anchored with the beautiful golden skeleton keys to open the door for peace and transformation. Rounded out with an infusion of Reiki during the entire creation process.

I am winding down this nature inspired project so if you are interested in having one let me know. I created two custom wind chimes and will be moving on as inspired. Contact me here or email to Camilla Downs @ gmail . com ….

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More Skeleton Key Wind Chimes

April 16 2017:

This one is next up. It’ll be paired with wild n crazy freshwater pearl beads, crystal beads, and the awesome skeleton keys. All to support the 3rd, 6th, and 7th chakra. Look at the cool worm markings!

Plus, plus! I get to create a custom wind chime for a family of five and their journey! So fun!

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