July 28 2014:
Sunset at Little Washoe Lake … June 2014 …. So magnificently beautiful!! ♡
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!
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!
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.
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!
July 30 2011:
Picnic in the park for Team TLC!! Nice big shade trees … YES!!
July 30 2010:
They even have rides at The Romano Casa!! The horsey tired out before I got my chance.
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??
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!
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!)
August 2 2011:
Thomas and Lillian helped me pull weeds this afternoon. Walking inside to get ready for bed Thomas says, “That was fun. Even more fun than playing.” Um, am I doing something wrong?? Hahahaha! Just adore some of the things that come outta this kids mouth!!
(Thomas – Summer 2011)
August 2 2014:
Lovey is sure enjoying her outdoor time! After one week of being a part of Team TLC, she’s settled in good and we’ve gotten to hear all of the cute sounds guinea pigs make. It only took her a few days to start making the “I want food” sound whenever she hears me in the kitchen. She’s got us trained perfectly already!! Lots of love to all y’all today! xoxo
August 2 2011:
Was just thinkin how much I LOVED my Mammaw’s fig preserves! Mmmmmmmmm!!! They rocked and so did you, Mrs. Elnor Downs!! She was one honest and tough cookie. I’m thinkin of you mammaw!
(Camilla and Elnor Downs – My high school graduation – 1988)
August 2 2016:
Lillian and I had a beautiful walk last night. Walking with Thomas and Lillian inspires me and I’m blessed they feel the same. xoxo
There are times when a swim feels amazing and then there are times like today. Those times when all that exists is you and the water with an indescribably peaceful feeling …. Floating and feeling the water against ones skin. Today has been weird. This was a blessing in the weirdness! xoxo