February 9 2018:
“People have forgotten the reason for music. It’s supposed to make you feel something.” -Thomas Darnell
Thomas hears things in music that I have never heard or paid attention to hearing. He does this with movies too. The performers pitch and tone, the mix of instruments, and the like. He analyzes it in a way that is so foreign to me. He doesn’t get some modern music and certain genres of music either.
October 12 2017:
It’s been a month for Lillian and I volunteering at South Valleys Library – every Wednesday for 2 hours. She is getting more and more comfortable.
Yesterday I had her push the cart and she re-shelved a few books without my help. Go Lillian Darnell Go!!
October 7 2017:
Just spent three hours with Thomas attending orientation and the cat handling class. We’re all set to begin volunteering now.
Thomas is incredibly excited and proud!! I think he is 2 inches taller now!
September 7 2017:
First day volunteering at our home away from home! Thomas took a picture as we were leaving and we had Mary take a picture of us with our official badges!
Our library tour was easy since we already know everyone there and we already know the library layout having been going two or three times per month for the past ten years.
Lillian enjoyed getting to see behind the counter where the books are returned and where all the behind the scenes action takes place. We will be there every Wednesday from 2-4.
I may be a tad more excited than Lillian! Ha!!! I am truly inspired by the written word. xoxoxo
Thomas’ turn now! He wants to volunteer at the Nevada Humane Society working with cats and small animals. Orientation set for October 1st! He’s very excited!
Here’s a picture of Cinamon who was with me for 18 years (from the time she was a wee tiny one). Thomas got to have about five years with her before she crossed the Rainbow Bridge in 2010. xoxoxo
July 7 2017:
This has been Thomas’ first year of homeschooling and Lillian’s third or fourth year. The style of schooling we follow is more like unschooling, interest based, or child-led learning. It’s definitely not traditional homeschooling. Over the past several months I’ve had a couple of friends ask how homeschooling is going. Without any thought, I answered through my heart with this, “We are learning how to be kind humans and how to have healthy relationships.” [ 651 more words ]
The One Thing We Should Be Teaching
August 11, 2016:
Lillian and Camilla July 2016 Date Day …. July’s date day was delayed due to our travels to and from the 2016 Chromosome 18 Conference. So we did something different for this date day.
After dinner Lillian and I headed to Whole Foods to pick out a cookie from the “Cookie Bar” … cheapest dessert ever …. and made with real food ingredients!
Next up we took our cookies to Audrey Harris Park so we could eat with a lovely view. When we got there, we saw the park was closed due to an event down below at the Bartley Ranch stage. We decided to go for a walk around Bartley Ranch and have our dessert later.
We enjoyed a wonderful time looking at the old equipment and buildings, trees, sky, and sunset. After our walk we enjoyed a slow, quiet, and peaceful drive the long way back to our end of town. I just love this drive of taking in all the farms and older houses and simply how peaceful it seems.
Next up was to head to Geiger Way Lookout to enjoy those cookies with a view. It was dark by the time we arrived so the pictures are fuzzy, yet they capture some of the beautiful essence. So incredibly wonderful.
And, last we enjoyed another slow and peaceful drive back home. I’d rank this one up there with one of our most beautiful date days. Simple and wonderful. xoxo …