Throwback Post: Labor Day Weekend – 2009


September 7 2009:

Stayed in Reno & took it easy this Labor Day Weekend.

Took Thomas & Lillian to the library on Saturday. They love the library!

Posing with her early Bday Present from my Mom & Frank!

Date Day with Lillian – Out to eat at one of her favorite places – The Olive Garden! (July 2021 Update – Ummmm …. Not anymore!! Once we began eating at locally owned places, we’ve become french fry experts, for local spots!)

Book Musings: The Amazing Discoveries of Ibn Sina

November 18 2017:

The Amazing Discoveries of Ibn Sina

Beautifully illustrated story of Ibn Sina, a genius of the Islamic Golden Age (c.622-c.1258). We learned he was a polymath, distinguished by his historically crucial contributions in the medical field.

His famous work, The Canon of Medicine, has made his name live through the centuries. He wrote hundreds of books on subjects including architecture, mathematics, philosophy, music, chemistry, education, medicine and meteorology.

GREAT book and it was wonderful discovering Ibn Sina!

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Library Day and Joyful Dog

February 13, 2017:

Field trip to Spanish Springs Library today. Such a treat to have so many amazing libraries in this county. We are blessed and grateful …. xoxo

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February 17 2017:

Thank you to the amazing, wonderful, and oh so happy dog in the pet store who brightened my day. She was so incredibly happy and joyful. When she wagged her short, little tail; her entire body moved! I am grateful for her joy. Thank you and bring me more please!

Shining Moments and Another Milestone and Library

August 14 2016:

Some of the best learning and teaching moments simply sneak up on us and happen! xoxo

A couple of Shining Moments from last week – Sent with love and blessings that you be in the moment and aware of the shining moments that happen in your own life in this upcoming week and always … xoxo

I took Thomas with me to the post office on Thursday and let him do the talking and paying. The lady behind the counter said at least 3 times how awesome she thought it was that I am teaching him how to mail something.

She said so many of the teens and young adults don’t know how to mail something. I had not really put thought into this. I had not pre-planned this post office trip with him so that he could learn something. It just happened naturally as we were standing in line. What a blessing!

We went to Trader Joe’s on Wednesday. I told Thomas and Lillian they could pick out a cheese while I got some other things. They spent a long time looking at all the cheeses and they know we don’t have much money right now.

I could hear them discussing it and in that moment time stood still and I knew everything is perfect, happening perfectly, and that everything will be okay and perfect! They chose one that was inexpensive but also a cheese they wanted. xoxo


August 18 2016:

Reached another milestone today for Thomas’ book, Biggest Little Photographer! I had intended to be further by end of day tomorrow, yet, it’s great progress! We tremendously appreciate the shares, likes, and comments whenever I post about it here or on one of our blogs!

It helps us incredibly when we receive pre-orders. If you were planning on getting a book, come on over to Thomas’ website and check it out. There’s a cool 2 minute book trailer too! xoxoxo

(Here’s one of the photos in the book in honor of Library Day this weekend!) Due out mid to late Fall 2016 and will make awesome birthday or holiday gifts (or even Thank You gifts if you want to order in bulk). Here’s the link:

And here’s a bit about the book … ” …. This is not simply a photography book and not a photography book by a professional photographer. This book is about an 8 year old boy, with a passion for LEGO, and a huge heart.

An 8 year old boy who read an article about a professional photographer who had taken photographs of a mini figure taking photographs for 365 days. An 8 year old boy who then asked, “Can I do that?” and then bought a mini figure camera with his own money.

An 8 year old boy who used what he had, a donated iPhone 3G, mini figure pieces already owned, and spent less than $2.00 to purchase the camera piece. So, while you won’t find photographs of the highest quality and clarity within this book, you will find love, inspiration, and the knowing that whatever you dream, whatever you want to accomplish, it CAN be done. And you will find that life is what happens between asking, “Can I do that?” and “I DID IT!”

It’s about an 8 year old boy who, with determination and fun, completed a ONE YEAR photography project from the time he was 8 years old and ending at 9 years old.”



August 19 2016:

Field trip included library day. Now up there with our other favorite library!!! Second time here and we love this place!!! Lillian was absolutely there … somehow I missed getting a picture of her! xoxo

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Another Step and Floating and Celebration and Rocks and Library

August 1 2016:

Finished another step for Thomas’ book, Biggest Little Photographer, this afternoon! Onward! Blessings abound! Our upstairs neighbor who is headed back to Montana this weekend, bought 2 books. (Sample of a photo that will be in the book)

She has been here with her son attending a specialty school (right behind us) for those with neurologic conditions similar to autism. They should be back in December to resume school.

Thank you to everyone who continues to share, like, comment, and pre-order the book. We overflow with gratitude! xoxo

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August 2 2016:

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


August 3 2016:

Team TLC made a celebratory giant almond flour cocoa brownie this afternoon. Celebrating the first step taken today towards a Team TLC dream. xoxoxo



August 5 2016:

Went to get in bed last night and saw someone beat me to it! So blessed that Thomas keeps me smiling! I knew he was giggling for some reason!



August 5 2016:

It’s a great day to mail two of Thomas’ painted rocks and a great day to deliver the two peacock rocks I painted!! I love LOVE!!! Thanks tons for supporting Team TLC!! xoxo



August 5 2016:

It was library day for Team TLC. We have wanted to visit this library for years! Today was the day! We will return as we loved it!

Thomas and Lillian had a great time and Thomas said he never wanted to leave. Beautiful drive up and back down Mt Rose.

“To open a book, is to discover another world. To read a book is to explore new worlds.” ~me

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The drive back home …. My hair was blowing in Thomas’ mouth! HA! He can make some crazy faces!! Lake Tahoe is incredibly beautiful. Words and pictures simply cannot capture the grace and peace.

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