First – Car picnic at Audrey Harris Park – low budget style … burger and fries for Thomas and for dessert, a few salt water taffy pieces for Thomas and ginger spice drops for me. Pictures of the view at Audrey Harris Park – Beautiful!
Last stop – Little Washoe Lake for some digging in the sand! We dug a huge hole. Check out the canal we dug! And, look! I’m made of bubbles! Knew it!! 🏝💚💙
For the last few years I’ve given a note and a small gift to Thomas and Lillian on Mothers Day. Doing this just speaks to me. I do love receiving the beautiful hand made gifts they make too. And do enjoy the day of specific gratitude for moms. They have been looking at these soaps for months now so I got them each a bar. xoxo
Hello beautiful friends, family, and some wonderful people I really just don’t know! Hahaha! If you enjoy, are inspired by, motivated by or just love the content, writings, poetry and photography I share here and on CamillaDowns.com, MeetingtheAuthors.com or TheTeamTLC.com; I invite you to buy me a coffee!!
I put a ton of work into all of these venues, and I love doing it! I need plenty of caffeine to keep up with all these things, on top of being a single mom to two beautiful (and one incredibly needy) kiddos!! Much love to all of YOU! xoxo
Thank you to those who have bought a coffee, rounds of coffee, even! Deeply blessed! -Camilla
Lillian and I had planned on visiting the Incline Village library yesterday as she wanted to get movies for the long weekend with The Romano Duo (which started today)! Yay!!!! Respite for me started today through Saturday afternoon!!! Wahoooo!!!
We were delayed making our way up there as we had to make a quick run to the doctor for Lillian to have the redness underneath her eye checked. And to confirm it’s allergy related. (For those that don’t know the area, Incline Village and Lake Tahoe are a 30-40 minute drive from here.)
We finally arrived at the library 10 minutes before closing. Good thing we’re fast as we found about 10 movies and checked out with 1 minute to spare! Three years ago, leading up to the 2016 Chromosome 18 Conference, Lillian conquered her fear of using the stairs without my assistance. She wanted to revisit that fear before we left the library!! Yes!!! Go Lillian go!! 💥💥💥
I did not want to have driven all that way for only a 10 minute stop at the library. So we visited Kings Beach to bask in the sand, sky, trees, wind, waves, and the magical and majestic Lake Tahoe. She’s a beauty, isn’t she?
Love the wee bubbles of splashing water captured in the first photo! And what a wonderful photo of Lillian looking at the lake. The photos I’ve been posting don’t do her justice. So magical.
It was a BBQ at The Romano Duo’s place yesterday. I got to see my niece, Samantha, who I haven’t seen since she was 1 year old. And Thomas and Lillian got to meet her for the first time. Thomas and Samantha are about 9 months apart. She’s up from Louisiana visiting her dad, my brother, Robert.
Look at the amazing veggie and pineapple kabobs Frank made just for me. Yum! Yum!! 💗😋
We were graced with a beautiful and bright rainbow too!!! 💞💜
June 23 2019:
I got a text today that began, Hey Aunt Camilla …. what? I had to go back and reread that. I’ve never been called that. And. For some reason, my throat seized, my nose got runny, my eyes began to burn, and liquid dripped from my eyes.
The last time I saw Samantha, my brothers daughter, she was 1 year old. She’s up from Louisiana visiting him for a few weeks. And. She just called me Aunt Camilla. ♥️💜♥️
Scene at the hair stylist today. Thanks Roger for cutting Thomas’ hair! He feels much better. Thank you Kathy Montoya Duncan for the bag of goodies! You both bless all three of us!
June 21 2019:
Pool and BBQ day at the lodge = Team TLC + The Romano Duo + Robert and Samantha 💦💦💦💙💙💙
It was so good to see this one let loose and just play – the one with the green pool noodle. Caused my heart to jump for joy. And good to see Samantha getting to have fun too!!
I needed this day. A day to not worry about things …. money, health and well being of myself and my two kiddos, food, shelter, peace. A day to say, just for today everything is okay. Right now, in this moment, I shall not worry. Thank you for this day. 🙏🏼♥️♥️♥️🙏🏼
Monday walk. Check out the last photo. Looks like the leaves are dangling from the sunbeam on the left. Cool!!
June 13 2019:
Tuesday evening walk with Thomas! Love walks with Thomas and Lillian. Hopefully, Lillian and I will have one tomorrow for our June Date Day! Graced by the lovely white goose! (S)he comes every year in the beginning of spring.
If you enjoy the photography I share, and are moved to do so, I’d appreciate it if you’d buy me a coffee!! Thanks tons and tons! – Camilla