Team TLC and The Romano Duo – Thanksgiving 2023

November 22 2023

Cranberries are flinging all over the stove and floor. Camilla has arrived in the kitchen. I crack myself up. I don’t think I’ve ever cooked something without making a flipping mess. 😂😂😂 It’ll taste good, though. ❤️❤️❤️

November 23 2023

So very grateful for The Romano Duo and for my two wonderful kids. 🖤💋🖤

“If I woke up tomorrow with my head sewn to the carpet, I couldn’t be more surprised than I am now.” 🤣😂🤣

Throwback Post: Multicultural Step-Sister With Italian Food and Fun Snow Angels


December 13 2013:

It’s an absolutely wonderful day! There’s good and abundant stuff happening all around us! While I was making dinner last night, Thomas was going to all the neighbor’s yards, making snow angels and leaving snow messages for them! May you see the goodness, kindness, abundance and angels surrounding you today …. and always … xoxo

My beautiful step-sister, Heather, is down from Washington visiting …. Authentic Italian dinner at The Romano Casa …. !!!!


December 13 2011

One Lillian bath down, one observation of a private special education school classroom (including being greeted with an ear piercing scream by a young man having a melt down), one brief meeting to collect a donated iPhone (thanks Natalie Gorden – YOU ROCK!!!), one interview and observation of a family with a son with special needs, two grocery store stops, one pizza pick up, ST, OT and PT for Lillian, one Thomas pick up and a partridge in a pear tree . . . now THAT’s an Adventure! Whew!


December 13 2009:

Throwback Post: Multicultural Bugs on Two Roads With Swings and Snow


December 20 2013:

I thought I got away without getting the icky stomach bug Thomas had last weekend. I woke up this morning grateful for a toilet to hug and a warm bed to caress my aching body. Grateful for a son that made his sister’s and his breakfast and has been entertaining both of them while my body gets rid of this bug … This little bug has literally swept me off my feet!


December 20 2012:

The Road Not Taken … Two roads diverged in a wood, and I – I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference. -Robert Frost

Having a ball at Multi-cultural night at HDMS!!! Go Team Member T Go!!! I do so love this school and the variety of people who are a part of it!!


December 20 2011:

Picking up Lillian from her therapies. ST, OT and PT adventures!!! Doing better at swinging.


December 20 2009:

Just Fun!

Throwback Post: Multicultural Night While Subbing With Good Food


December 18 2014:

Great multicultural event last night at HDMS. Thomas did an awesome job performing a traditional Australian song along with his classmates. Lillian has been sick but she didn’t want to miss out.

More classroom wisdom … Subbing again in Boundary Peak today. Little did I know that the road to becoming a substitute teacher would be beneficial to not only supporting my little family but also a gift for Lillian’s transition to middle school.

My IEP friends will understand … I know all the middle school teachers, they know me, I know the students, they know me, they know in advance that Lillian is a special young lady. I know which teacher will be the perfect fit with Lillian. What a blessing for this to all line up! Grateful, grateful, grateful!

Not only am I grateful beyond words for being needed as a sub every day this week at HDMS, but I’ve gotten food every day this week. Social studies students had presentations all this week about their heritage; which included bringing food made from family recipes! I’ve had fried chicken, apple pie, meatballs, fettuccine, rice, fudge, sour cream donuts, sushi, tamales, pumpkin pie, and other stuff! Good golly! And, it keeps coming!

Gluten free fried chicken nuggets were a hit tonight. Lillian says, “I’m getting tired of chicken.” Frankly, I was too. So, how ’bout this? Yep! She loved it. Thomas went back 3 times for more. Yum!


December 18 2013:

Look who stopped in for a tour today!

My heart is simply bursting with gratitude, love and confidence. It’s only been 5 days since I wrote and shared the Christmas Miracle blog post. My little family is surrounded and drenched in love and kindness. The kindness of others is soaking into every cell of my body and all throughout the infinity of my soul. I shall pay your kindness forward one day in the not so distant future.

“For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone.” -Audrey Hepburn

Tonight at HDMS’ Multicultural night a beautiful, kind friend gave me an envelope. She said you’ll have to read my facebook post when you get home to see the story that goes with what’s inside that envelope.

Here’s that post … “A Christmas Angel revealed. In this world with so many negative things being blasted out on the news let me tell you about the kindness of strangers. Yesterday I read a post from a friend in need, and i decided to give her a small cash gift when i saw her next. So with this thought tucked in to my heart i went home to meet a plumber who was called to my condo to unclog a backed up toilet.

Lucky for me it wasn’t serious and the plumber was done in 15 minutes. He was very friendly and kind and tho I appreciated the service I knew his minimum charge was probably going to be close to $90…I was close it was $85…but as I prepared to write the check he said….you are such a nice lady…i am only going to charge you $65!

My eyes danced and i thanked him. I said…” I want you to know that I will pay this kindness forward, and the money you saved me will go to a most deserving lady and her kids! Thank you so!” and then I hugged him…the plumber was shy and self conscience as he was dirty. But I didn’t care I was so happy….then the plumber reached into his pocket and gave me $20, he said..”please give this to your friend as well.” I said, “no really you’ve done enough really”. But he insisted.

So tonight I have double the cash to give to my friend…what”s more I have the sweet gift of the kindness of a stranger. For me to give was simple…I am vested in my friend and her families well being…but the plumber well…an angel if I’ve ever met one. Thank you “Sam” from AM PM Discount Drains and Plumbing may God bless your path as you have blessed mine…”

If anyone knows Sam the Plumber please express my overflowing gratitude to him. This has touched my heart dearly. Another eye sweating moment. Thank you for your love, kindness and support Corinne G Dunn … YOU are amazing at being YOU!! xoxo


Tonight was the big night! Thomas got to show off his multicultural project about Peru. He enjoyed and had so much fun putting this together … and now I know how to make a diorama too!


December 18 2011:

Birthday party adventures for Thomas! Happy Birthday to his classmate Emma! Having Fun!


December 18 2010:

Now that’s a festive Christmas drink – Apple Martini at The Romano Casa (Frank C. Romano Jr).

Throwback Post: Christmas Eve Throughout the Years


December 24 2014:

Thomas said, “Oh, I forgot to tell you something else I did this year. One of the 1st graders told me it wasn’t important that he had graduated from kindergarten and was now in the 1st grade. I told him that it was important, cause now he knows all kinds of things he didn’t know before. That made him happy.” This young man blesses me constantly with the gift of lifting my heart and helping me see the light of love. May we all take the opportunity to bless those in need of light and love … xoxo


December 24 2013:

Team TLC colored Cooties and domino time at The Romano Casa … It’s smelling good in here! YUM!

Team TLC and The Romano Duo special movie night together ….

December 24 2013: Infinite smiles, hugs, and love from Team TLC …. We are grateful and blessed by love … Have fun y’all … Give thanks, be merry and rock around the Christmas tree! xoxo (Picture taken at The Romano Casa tonight)


December 24 2012:

I am a blessed woman … Thomas served me breakfast in bed this morning! Had to dish out some tough love to the little man last night right before bed … Grateful he’s a part of my journey!!


Good Golly!! Lobster, prime rib, salad, roll, baked potato and Champagne …. Here’s to The Romano Duo and here’s to love!! <Clink>Yum, Yum!!

Merry, Merry, Happy, Happy!! May we all choose the path of self love. It is through self love that we can truly and deeply love others and in return authentically receive love. Keep on Spreadin the HappYness and Love Y’all!! -Team Member C, Team TLC


December 24 2011:

Pretty darn grateful for HEAT this morning! Awoke to a frozen heater with it 10˚ outside!! All is well, it is thawed now and I’m beginning to feel my toes again! I was grateful to be INSIDE a house where it was at least 55˚!! Thank you Ted for fixing it!


YUM!!! Cheers y’all! Hope all y’all are having a warm and toasty evening with those you love!

Here’s to happiness, joy, peace and all the abundance in the world . . . {Thanks Frank Romano for one of the yummiest Christmas Eve prime rib dinners EVER!!}

Twas the Night Before . . . Sleep well y’all!


December 24 2010:

We really made a big ole mess . . . and, oh, made a Gingerbread house too! What a mess! It’s times like this that solidify why I’m no artist or baker!! Hahahaha!

And here’s the result! Not bad!

Prime rib, baked potato, garlic cheese bread, salad and CHAMPAGNE!! Christmas Eve dinner at the Romano Casa = pure delightful!!! Here’s to us Y’all!

Throwback Post: Beautiful and Peaceful at Washoe Lake


January 19 2014:

So much fun throwing the frisbee, collecting rocks, and soakin it in! Beautiful and peaceful.

“Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.” -Albert Einstein

Thomas and Lillian + Washoe Lake = A Happy, Warm Camilla Heart

Throwback Post: Luggage With Bread and Candy Canes While at an African Beach


December 29 2015:

The Romano Duo made it home about two hours ago. Minus a piece of luggage that wanted a beach vacation in Florida! Oh no! Hope it makes it’s way back to them. We sure enjoyed having them here!


December 29 2014:

Another loaf of coconut bread made!! I think this is about the 4th loaf and I make it different every time. I know some of you wanted the recipe. I”ll get that put together as soon as I can. This time I added vanilla and cinnamon! So good!!! (Next time, I may get all crazy and try adding cocoa and make a chocolate loaf!) YUM!!!!


December 29 2013:

Lillian helped take the candy canes off the tree …. Walked over to the counter a bit later and this is what I found! LOVE!


December 29 2012:

Library adventures for Team TLC!!


December 29 2011:

After almost a TWO hour meltdown for both Thomas and Lillian and then having to earn our adventure back … We are finally off for a picnic adventure!!

And we made it … Perfect place for a picnic. Drive up was so beautiful … Brought “wow this place is awe-some” tears to my eyes!!! Amazing!! Makes my heart skip a beat!! 
Grateful for a beautiful day with my kids . . . long picnic lunch at Sand Harbor beach, great ride up there and back, candle light dinner {Thomas’s idea) and now for some relaxing while Team Member T is in the bath. Think I’ll pull em both outside before bed and sit for a few minutes . . . the weather is so mild right now . . .


December 29 2010:

My son Thomas has to have the most exciting life of any 5 year old I know. Told me that today at Ms. Kat’s they went to the airport and then flew to Africa and they also learned Spanish! Seriously now – I really don’t remember doing as many adventurous and exciting things in my childhood!

Throwback Post: Fundraising With Books While at the Park With Treats and Celebrating


June 1 2015:

Lillian has raised $33 so far for Demi’s Difference!! She is selling prints of The Egyptian Eye to raise money for attending the Chromosome 18 Conference this July and also donating 15% of money raised to this beautiful non-profit. She’s also decided to include her bookmark design in the fundraiser. Would anyone be interested in the bookmark? I can check into how to go about getting those made. Here’s her blog post about the conference and The Egyptian Eye.

Egyptian Eye Painting For A Special Cause


June 1 2013:

Got em all together and ready for our bi-weekly library visit … Team TLC loves to read!! Books are AWESOME!!!

Quick park stop after our library adventure and before dinner with The Romano Duo!!


June 1 2012:

Special treat time … Plus we found wheat-free licorice!!!! Wooohoooo!!! Lillian is set for movie night!

Thomas’ turn!!! Yum!!!


Just ordered 85 more books! 60 headed your way Darrell ‘n Lois Solet… Estimated delivery date of June 14th!!! 25 more headed to ME and should get the other 150 by this coming Tuesday!! Got my mailing supplies delivered yesterday … I’m ready to mail all y’alls books to YOU!! Who still needs one? Happy Weekend!!


Sunset walk adventures …. What an AWEsome and beautiful night!!!


June 1 2011:

Last day at South Reno United Methodist Church Preschool for Thomas! On to kindergarten adventures in August for this young man! Thomas and I have so much enjoyed being a part of the SRUMC Preschool family!! Thank you to everyone there for always being so welcoming, warm and kind!!

Last day for Thomas!!! Singin for us!!

He loved the “How” book. (Team Member C stocked up on books this passed Monday at Grassroots Books $5 bag sale!!)

Thomas with his graduation gifts from me! What a proud little dude!


June 1 2010:

Momma and Frank just got back from Mississippi and guess what I’m eating right now? Boiled peanuts ~ yummilicious!!! Y’all know you’re jealous! Thanks Aunt Debbie Burton!

Throwback Post: Bowling for Team TLC


July 14 2014:

Bowling for Team TLC today! We only go once or twice a year so we’ve got no clue what we’re doing!

This is so nostalgic for me. I used to go once a week with my cousins when I was in high school as my Aunt Carolyn was in a league. We had so much fun goofing off while she bowled!

Bowling this afternoon with Thomas and Lillian. Complete with me falling on my behind cause I went over the foul line, coming home to a big storm and the electricity being out for about 2 hours, and ending with a great walk with both Thomas and Lillian.

A beautiful, grounding walk where we watched clouds and the colors of the sky and threw leaves in the wind to watch them blow. I tucked two happy little people into bed tonight.

Such little things can mean the world. And, in my opinion, ARE the world. Sweet dreams y’all. I’ve had 3 nights of not sleeping well. I’m gonna sleep like a baby tonight! xoxo