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).

Camilla’s Gratitude List: Week of January 15, 2012

January 15, 2012, Sunday, I am grateful for:

A Team TLC stay at home day.
A nice warm house to be inside of while the wind is blowing pretty darn hard outside.
Feeling the force of the wind.
A day spent in “comfy clothes” all day long.

January 16, 2012, Monday, I am grateful for:

The opportunity to make my own schedule.
The walking trail behind our house.
Having a park within walking distance.
Nature and her beauty.
Walks with my kids.
Heat to warm my fingers when they are so cold they hurt!

January 17, 2012, Tuesday, I am grateful for:

Listening to my gut.
A heater that decided to work again while we were at Lillian’s therapies! Baby it was cold in this house . . . 54 degrees!
Unexpected money in the mailbox when we had just spent our last $20 on groceries and the gas tank was nearing E!
Kelley McDaniels of Simply Delegate.
Pizza delivery.

January 18, 2012, Wednesday, I am grateful for:

Thomas’s kindergarten teacher . . . Kim O’Connor.
Reno’s amazing cloud formations.
Friends who give selflessly.
Kymberlee Simantel.
The elderly woman in Walmart I was able to help. She couldn’t find her chips on the shelf. Only one bag left laying flat, pushed back and too high for her to see. Made her SO HAPPY! I floated on down the aisle after that!
Thomas hugs.
Sneaking kisses on Lillian’s forehead.

January 19, 2012, Thursday, I am grateful for:

Supportive friends.
Shelter when the wind is gusting to 70 miles an hour!
The firefighters, first responders, volunteers, police and everyone who worked so hard helping and working on the Washoe Valley brush fire today.
Caring friends.

January 20, 2012, Friday, I am grateful for:

Thomas’s kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Kim O’Connor.
Brian Benson.

January 21, 2012, Saturday, I am grateful for:

Slow Saturday mornings.
Smell and sound of coffee brewing.
Smell of bacon cooking.
The library.
How much Thomas and Lillian love going to the library.
Finally finding unsweetened almond milk – every grocery store I’ve been to in the last week has been out!
Dark Chocolate Almond Milk . . . Mmmmmmmmmm!!
Chocolate Chip Cookies.
Hot Dogs.
Thomas stopping before he left the room, saying he forgot something, then coming up to me and giving me a big hug and telling me he loves me.