Throwback Post: Sunset With Wind Chimes and Classes in the Bubble Bath

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July 28 2014:

Sunset at Little Washoe Lake … June 2014 …. So magnificently beautiful!! ♡

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Just finished a connect the dot party with Thomas and Lillian on the veranda. Now there’s a storm moving in ….. Cool!!! Can’t wait for dinner on the veranda tonight!

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July 28 2011:

It’s official!! I’ve finally completed Lillian’s enrollment in her new school for 5th grade!! She starts August 29th! I’ve gone through 2 hours of orientation to be her Learning Coach and I’m still not done – probably another hour remaining. Another GREAT adventure y’all . . .

We had a little Welcome Home Mama and Lillian party tonight – Pizza, Doing our own thang, Bubble Bath for Team Member T and watching a short movie!! Watch out cause this Mama gives you a bubble bath when you want a bubble bath!! Team TLC Bubble Bath Adventures!! WooooHoooo!

 

Throwback Post: Important Thing by Lillian Darnell

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July 30 2011:

From Lillian y’all (she just emailed this to family as we are due for another thunder/lightning storm) . . . she cracks us up!! {I know my fellow C18 Parents get how worried this makes her!! Hahahaha}

Important Thing

Watch the clouds form:
Watch for signs of a storm coming. The clouds will begin to build into tall pillars. The sky will darken and a damp feeling will make you skin feel clammy. These are warnings to stay out of boats, get away from water and head for a safe shelter. When safely inside watch the clouds billow up and form huge dark piles of cloud. Soon you will hear the rumble of thunder in the distance, but there is no need to fear when you are safe inside.

Watch the Lightning:
Stay away from windows, but open the drapes and curtains so you can see the lightning flash and enjoy the excitement and beauty of it. The Bible calls lightning God’s arrows. There are many different kinds of lightning.

There is a heat lightning—usually associated with a summer evening storm.
There is forked lightning that splits as it nears the ground.
There is spear lightning that shoots a deadly spear almost straight toward the ground.
Lillian Darnell
Fairy Princess

Eight Long Years – Respite for Camilla With Guinness 0

July 24 2022

It has been EIGHT years since I’ve had respite from Lillian and Thomas at the same time. Beginning right now, I have 7 days without both of them.

Eight years is a damn long time to go without a break. Gigantic THANK YOU to The Romano Duo for having Lillian over for the week. I shall cherish every second of this break!

July 26 2022

Oh my, WoW! Look what I found today. Guinness 0 – non-alcoholic. I’ve been waiting patiently for this to make its way to the US.

Before I stopped drinking alcohol about 5 or 6 years ago, Guinness, and similar beers, were my absolute favorite. This has been available for quite some time in Ireland.

I wasn’t even in search of it today. While I waited for my lunch from Maya’s South Indian Cuisine, I popped into the liquor store to see if they had the Black Butte non-alcoholic I found a few weeks ago. I found this instead.

Creamy, long-lasting head with hints of chocolate and coffee. Yes!! Had one with my burrito tonight.

 

Throwback Post: Stacks of Books Under Shade Trees with Good Food

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July 30 2012:

Good morning y’all from San Antonio!! Monica Tello McDivitt saw Chad Templeton’s stack of books … said it brought a smile to her face ’cause she has a stack too!!! Thanks Monica for sharing ‘D iz for Different’ in your stack of books!! Hugs to you …. missing you at the C18 Conference!

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July 30 2011:

Picnic in the park for Team TLC!! Nice big shade trees … YES!!

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July 30 2010:

They even have rides at The Romano Casa!! The horsey tired out before I got my chance.

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July 30 2009:

Just got home from a little eWn gals gathering to design & put together our special little boot badges we’re wearing at the conf in Dallas!! Reno eWn members ROCK!!! Wine, yummy food, fun & beautiful friends, laughter, being silly ~ what more could a girl ask for??

Throwback Post: Thomas Knows and Slight Hearing Loss and Swimming and Walking

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July 30 2014:

Thomas knows Lillian is not thrilled to have his arm around her …. So he just kind of hovers it over her shoulder!

Lillian had another hearing test today which confirmed slight hearing loss in right ear and even more so in left ear. Next is an ENT doctor to make sure nothing is wrong in there. Lillian already says she will NOT wear a hearing aide.

Great swim after the hearing testing, fun game of UNO, and another awesome walk! Date day for me and Thomas tomorrow. YAY!

Throwback Post: The Litmus Test

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July 30 2015:

“The Litmus Test” …. Brought to us by the wonderful siblings of the Chromosome 18 Registry. The Sibling Panel is one of my favorite sessions at the conference. It’s the ONE session I do NOT miss.

Pretty much all siblings agree about “The Litmus Test” as something they unofficially use with new friendships and with potential significant others.

Two siblings had brought along their significant others and what they had to say made my eyes sweat! What they shared is so beautiful …. What they had learned being at the conference, the joy of being around all of us, and thanked us for having them.

I feel “The Litmus Test” applies all across the board … potential friends of the sibs, potential friends of the parents, potential significant others for sibs and potential significant others for parents. “The Litmus Test” … Sounds like a GREAT book title to me!!

And, Ronda, what your amazing daughter shared had my eyes sweating a river. I, too, feel that part of the purpose is to help us learn that change happens within our own minds and our beautiful children facilitate this for us.

Oceans of love and gratitude to the siblings and their significant others … xoxo  (Thank you Andy for facilitating the panel!)