Roses of Spring

Hey, everyone! Happy First Day of Spring! Here are some related poems: http://lilliandarnell.com/2019/03/21/poems-of-nature/http://lilliandarnell.com/2018/03/21/fun-poem-extravaganza/, and http://lilliandarnell.com/2019/06/16/peaceful-summer/

Anyway I hope you enjoy!

The Roses Of Spring

Soft as silk
red like a strawberry;
sometimes pink as cherry blossoms

Running through
roses of spring;
colorful as the rainbow

As I lay
in  roses of spring,
I hear the whisper of the wind.

That’s the end of the poem. I hope you enjoyed!

The Princesses’ Grand Adventure

Hey, everyone! Here are some related stories: http://lilliandarnell.com/2017/04/10/princess-beauty/http://lilliandarnell.com/2020/03/09/lisa-and-the-huge-storm/http://lilliandarnell.com/2019/11/03/an-incredible-day/. You are about to enter a kingdom full of joy. I hope you enjoy!

Once in a land far far away there lived two princesses named Leslie and Brianna. Brianna was sometimes called Brie by her family while Leslie just liked to be called by her first name without royalty titles.

One day, Princess Brianna was out for a stroll in a very exquisite garden while Leslie was taking a swim in the castle pool when King Finn called them inside. He said, “Brie! Leslie! Come inside quickly!”

Brianna and Leslie came inside and asked, “What is it, father?” King Finn said while rubbing his beard, “I have a mission for you girls”. “Sounds interesting,” said Brianna and Leslie looking at King Finn with suspense.

King Finn laughs and says, “Yes, it’s very interesting. Brie, your part of the mission is to talk to Knight Anthony to find out what happened in Kingdom Rosalita. Leslie, your part of the mission is to go to Kingdom Rosalita to help out.”

Knight Anthony likes to be called Tony sometimes.by King Finn, Leslie, Brianna, and Queen Maddie (who just likes to be called Maddie). “Sounds awesome. I always love a good adventure”, said Leslie.

Meanwhile Brianna was happy enough to chat with Anthony. So Leslie and her maid Gabrielle (who just likes to be called Gabby) went to help her pack for Leslie’s adventurous mission.

After Leslie headed out to Kingdom Rosalita, Brianna thought about what she wanted to wear to meet Knight Anthony. She decided on a sparkly gold accented reddish orange dress.

-Leslie’s P.O.V.-

I look out the window of my royal plane wondering what I’ll see in Kingdom Rosalita when the flight attendant, Nicole came asking if I needed anything. I said, “No thanks though. I appreciate it.”

“Are you sure?”, asked Nicole. And so I started talking to Nicole about like what it’s like to be a princess among other things. While Nicole shared what’s it like being a royal flight attendant.

And by the end of the royal flight, Nicole and I had become best friends. Nicole and I hugged and Nicole said, “I’ll see you when you are done with your mission.”

I said, “Thanks for everything, Nicole! I appreciate it.”

-Brianna’s P.O.V.-

As Maid Gabby gets my dress out of my clothes room, I think about what to say and how to approach Tony. As I finish thinking about it, I put on my sparkly gold accented reddish orange dress that Maddie handed to me.

“Brie, are you ok in there?’, asked King Finn. I said, “Yes, Father I am fine.”

I walk outside to where Tony stands.

-Narrator P.O.V.-

Anthony squints when he sees the sparkly gold accented reddish orange dress on Brianna. Anthony asked, “Brie, why are you dressed like that?” and Brianna said, “I’m here to talk about Kingdom Rosalita, Tony. And I just thought the dress was perfect for the occasion.”

Anthony shrugged. “So what happened to Kingdom Rosalita?” asked Brianna curiously. “Well, Kingdom Rosalita’s king and queen had gotten very sick for one thing. A few days after that, there was a huge tornado destroying everything in sight, ” said Anthony.

“You’ll be happy to know that my sister Leslie is there helping people out of these disastrous times,” said Brianna smiling. Queen Maddie walked up just then and she said, “Hey, Brie. I’m glad you completed your part of the mission.”

Brianna said, “Hey, Mother. Thank you! May I fly over to Leslie to help her?” and Queen Maddie said, “Of course you can, Brie. See you in a couple of days.”

Brianna gave Anthony a kiss on the cheek before heading to pack. Brie and Maid Gabrielle quickly packed for the trip and boarded the royal plane. Brie was looking out the window amazed at the scenery when Nicole came offering drinks.

Nicole said, “I miss Leslie already. I can hardly wait to see her again”. Once they arrived in Kingdom Rosalita, they saw Lesley immediately. When Lesley saw Nicole and Princess Brianna, she ran over as fast as she could.

Lesley ran into Nicole’s arms and Nicole kissed her on the cheek. “I missed you, my bestie.” And so Lesley went back to helping people with Nicole, Brianna, Maid Gabrielle by her side.

After a month Queen Maddie; King Finn, and Knight Anthony flew to Kingdom Rosalita to join them. When they arrived Lesley; Princess Brianna; Maid Gabrielle; and Nicole all ran over to greet them.

When Princess Brianna saw Knight Anthony, she ran into his arms and kissed him on the cheek. “I missed you, my knight.” And Anthony said, “I missed you too, my princess.”

And so all was well. They lived happily ever after.

That was the end of the story. I hope you enjoyed!

 

Lisa and The Huge Storm

Hey, everyone! You are about to enter a huge mystery story. Anyway, here are some related stories: http://lilliandarnell.com/2019/11/03/an-incredible-day/, http://lilliandarnell.com/2019/07/17/adventures-of-marigold-springs/, and http://lilliandarnell.com/2019/06/16/peaceful-summer/. I hope you enjoy!

Once many years ago, there lived a girl whose name was Lisa. Lisa lived with her parents in a huge castle. Her parents were Leah and Andy. Lisa loved having fun. They lived happily in the castle.

But one day, a huge storm came and damaged their spring water moat. At that point, everything changed. Lisa no longer had time to have fun. And Lisa never saw her parents as they were often fixing damage around the castle.

But one day, everything changed as Lisa grew up. Lisa started working on their castle repairs. Lisa looked at repairing the castle as fun. And the best part was she got to see her parents all the time again.

After several years had passed. Lisa and her parents finally finished repairing their castle. And they moved on to investigating the storm now so long ago. They were able to figure out that it was not Mother Nature causing the storm.

Lisa figured out that it was an evil witch all on her own. So they moved on to figure out how to confront the evil witch. Lisa and her family figured that out by secretly putting a tracker on the witch’s broom.

So for a long time, they tracked the evil witch until they found her little cottage. Surprisingly, the cottage was cute and not evil looking. So Lisa and her parents headed to the witch’s cottage.

WHen Lisa and her family arrived, the evil witch was waiting outside for them. The witch apologized and said, “I am really a sorceress and I didn’t mean to make such a storm.”

The sorceress gestured to her garden and continued speaking, “These flowers would’ve died if I hadn’t given them the moisture they needed.” Lisa, Leah, and Andy all huddled together to speak privately

“The witch seems like she’s telling the truth. But what can we do to help?,” said Lisa cautiously. Leah & Andy said,”I think you are right. Let’s give her and her plants a room  and greenhouse in the castle.”

Lisa nodded and said, “That sounds like a great plan to me”. Lisa, Leah, and Andy walked over to the sorceress and Lisa sad, “Me and my family decided to let your plants stay in our royal greenhouse.”

Lisa pauses for dramatic effect and continues talking, “We’ve also decided to let you stay in the castle with us. We could use a sorceress. Don’t worry though, you can come back here anytime. Also one more thing I forgot to ask what’s your name?”

The sorceress smiled and said, “Thank you, Your Highness. I am Sorceress Brianna but please just call me Brianna or Bree.” Lisa grins and says, “It’s nice to meet you Bree. Oh by the way, you don’t have to say any royal titles to me and my family you can call me Lisa.”

The sorceress said, “I am honored, Lisa. ” And so from that day forward Princess Lisa’s castle and kingdom stayed pristine and undamaged. Princess Lisa and her family had much more fun for years to come.

That’s the end of the story. I hope you enjoyed!

Two butterflies resting on lavender.

Top 17 Songs To Conquer & Encourage You To Defeat Your Fears

Hey, everyone! Since it is almost the end of the year, I decided to put together a top 17 songs that have helped inspired and encouraged me over the years. May these songs help you with your fears!

Here are a few blog posts that are similar: http://lilliandarnell.com/2018/01/18/wonderful-book-enchantment-sarah-plain-and-tall-by-patricia-maclachlan/http://lilliandarnell.com/2018/01/16/wonderful-book-enchantment-starfields-by-carolyn-marsden/, and http://lilliandarnell.com/2018/01/18/wonderful-book-enchantment-sarah-plain-and-tall-by-patricia-maclachlan/. I hope you enjoyed! Also happy holidays!

  1. Strawberry Shortcake Cherry Jam Anything Is Possible makes you believe that anything is possible and reach for the stars. I used this song to help encourage me with my fear of stairs back in 2016. Here is the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RbYzi6nerkg 
  2. Let It Go by Idina Menzel encourages you to let go of your fear and phobia. And also to be brave and determined to conquer fears.  I used this song to help me feel determined to conquer my fears over the years. Here’s the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=moSFlvxnbgk
  3. How Far I’ll Go by Auli’i Cravalho reminds you never to give up even when you feel like giving up. I used this song in 2018 and 2019 to help me be more social and less shy. Here’s the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cPAbx5kgCJo
  4. Boomerang by Jo Jo Siwa encourages you to conquer your fears and to ‘come back like a boomerang’. Here’s the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ypPSrRYOAj4
  5. Strawberry Shortcake Invincible reminds you that you can overcome your fears and nothing can stop you. I used this song in 2015 to help me be more social and friendly. Here’s the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5mYwgoBtexc
  6. Strawberry Shortcake Never Say Never encourages you to never say never. In other words, never say that you can’t conquer your fears or phobias. I used this song many times to help with my fears. Here’s the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EwjvLbscRss
  7. Barbie Princess Charm School On Top Of The World makes you believe you are on top of the world and touching the sky whenever you conquer a fear. I have used this song for conquering many fears over the years. Here’s the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i2NfFBh6Arg
  8. Barbie The Pearl Princess Light Up The World encourages you to jump out of the comfort zone and conquer those fears. Here’s the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aEdVynWbQlQ
  9. Barbie Starlight Adventure We Are Shooting Stars makes you believe you can do anything and be anything. Here’s the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ClEV4a7L7Dc
  10. Barbie In Princess Power Soaring encourages you to be brave. I’ve used this song to help me conquer my fear of open spaces in 2019. Here’s the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nTbqy3eD_2U
  11. Barbie and The 12 Dancing Princess Shine encourages you to shine and reach out of your comfort zone. I have used this song to help with many fears over the years. Here’s the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wCzno9dW6B8 
  12. Wings by Leslie Mills encourages you to step out of the darkness into the flow. Here’s the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uWD7RwdKORY
  13. Live Your Story by Auli’i Cravalho makes you believe that you are unstoppable. I used this song in summer 2019 to help with a fear. Here’s the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HWXqaay4tIc
  14. Home by Phillip Phillips reminds you it’s okay to be afraid. I have used this song many times for different reasons. Here’s the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OTg1n95–KE
  15. The Polar Express Just Believe by Josh Groban encourages you to listen to your heart. Here’s the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rWHPMFOPss0
  16. Elena of Avalor Steppin’ Up reminds you to keep fighting against your fears especially height. I have used this song a couple of times for my fears. Here’s the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W5GkHPqy6Es
  17. Sofia the First Moment to Shine encourages you to step into the spotlight and conquer your fears. I have used this song to help me with many fears over the years. This is the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6KWxXkqNPzo

Well, that’s the end of the list I hope you enjoyed!

An Incredible Day

Hey, everyone! The main characters in my story are based on my 2 friends Macy Miller and Lauren Martin. Here are some related blog posts: http://lilliandarnell.com/2018/07/09/a-brave-girl/http://lilliandarnell.com/2019/05/10/how-macy-and-i-met/, and http://lilliandarnell.com/2019/06/01/how-liana-and-summer-came-to-be-best-friends/. I hope you enjoy!

Once years ago, there lived Macy Helens with her parents Hannah and William. Macy Helens was fearful of heights. Meanwhile, there was a younger girl named Laura Rose who lived with her parents Amethyst and Topaz.

Like Macy Helens, Laura Rose had a fear of heights as well. Macy Helens lived happily with her parents Hannah and William while Laura Rose and her parents Amethyst and Topaz also lived happily.

Until one day, Hannah and William decided to go on a hike with Macy Helens. Meanwhile, Amethyst and Topaz decided to go to a park with a hiking trail with Laura. At first, Macy Helens was terrified.

Meanwhile, Laura was a  little scared but she felt very determined to accomplish this fear. As Macy and her parents, Hannah and William approached the hiking trail, a tiny bit of determination began to shine through.

Little did Laura Rose and Macy Helens know that they were in the same park with the hiking trails. Also while Laura and her parents Amethyst and Topaz approached a different hiking trail, Laura’s determination began to grow into excitement gradually.

Macy Helens just reminded herself to distract herself by looking up and around her instead of looking down as Macy Helens and her parents Hannah and William walked up the hiking trail.

Meanwhile, on a different hiking trail Laura Rose and her parents Amethyst and Topaz climbed on. Later, Macy Helens and her parents Hannah and William found an intersection.

Macy Helens and her parents Hannah and William were left with a huge choice on where to go next. While Macy Helens and her parents Hannah and William were pondering the decision, Laura Rose and her parents Amethyst and Topaz came to the same intersection from a different direction.

Macy Helens and her parents Hannah and William were very surprised to see them. As they walked together, both Macy Helens and Laura Rose were not scared of heights anymore.

By the end of the hiking trail, they were both sad but made plans to see each other in each other’s state. So Laura Rose went home happily and proudly. While Macy Helens and her parents Hannah and William went camping nearby.

The next day, Macy Helens and her parents left the campsite and went home happily rested while Macy Helens was very proud of herself.

Me with Macy and Lauren

Carol’s Books

Hey, everyone! I had this really interesting idea about 2 weeks ago about doing a book review in an interview style. And this is the final result of that idea. Here are some related blog posts: http://lilliandarnell.com/2013/05/27/history-of-book-reference-librarian-interview/http://lilliandarnell.com/2011/10/27/book-review-my-secret-unicorn-a-special-friend/, and http://lilliandarnell.com/2013/02/08/book-review-the-one-and-only-willa-bean/. I hope you enjoy!

Also, I would like to know if you liked it and would want me to do more if it feels right.

Carol: Welcome back to Carol’s Books! Now, please welcome, Isabelle! 

Isabelle: Thank you, Carol! Let’s jump into the questions. 

Carol: Can you tell us what the book Lost in London is all about, Isabelle? 

Isabelle: Why, yes, sure thing, Carol! Jordan Jacoby is a normal girl who longs to have excitement in her life. When Jordan gets a chance once in a lifetime, will she get to go? Find out when you read the book! 

Carol: Also, can you tell us who the author of the book is? 

Isabelle: Why, yes certainly, Carol! The author of the book is Cindy Callaghan. Click here for more about her if it feels right to you, of course.

Carol: Great! Can you tell us what the name of the series is?

Isabelle: Thank you for asking! The series of the book is Lost In. 

Carol: Neat! What can you tell us about the main characters, Isabelle? 

Isabelle: Wow, Carol! That’s a tough question. Well, the main characters are Jordan and Caroline. Jordan is daring and longs to have an adventure while Caroline despises change. And also, if you wondering they did run into several problems. 

Carol: Awesome sauce! Who is your favorite character and why? 

Isabelle: My favorite character is Jordan because she is willing to make new changes. Any more questions you’d like to ask, Carol?

Carol: Actually, yes! Could you relate to any of the characters in the story and why?

Isabelle: Yes, I can relate to one of the characters. Jordan is who I can relate to. Jordan longs to have an adventure like me. I’ve been longing to go on an adventure for many years.

Carol: Interesting! Now, where was I? Oh right! Have you ever done or felt some of the things the characters did? 

Isabelle: Yes! Again, I feel like Jordan who longs to have excitement in her life. 

Carol: Cool! Did you like the book? What was your favorite part of the book?

Isabelle: Yes, I definitely enjoyed the book, Carol! I would have to say her transformation into her daring self is one of my favorite parts 

Carol: Ok, cool! Do you have a least favorite part of the book, Isabelle? If you could change something about the book, what would it be? 

Isabelle: I don’t really have a least favorite part of the book. I think I would change her amount of time enjoying the drama. Now, what question is next? 

Carol: Would you recommend this book to another person, Isabelle? Who would you think would like this book? 

Isabelle: Yes, I would definitely recommend this book to another person. It would be 5 stars from me: ★★★★★. I think that this book is good for 16 years old, 18 years old, and up. Also 13 years old might enjoy this book too. 

Carol: Well, that’s all for today, folks! 

Carol (offscreen): Bye, Isabelle!

Isabelle: Thank you for having for me, Carol!

Isabelle (offscreen): Bye, Carol! It was nice meeting you and talking to you. 

Book in the grass.

The Annual Chromosome 18 Conference 2019: Part 9 & Part 10

Hey, everyone! I just got back to Colorado Springs from the conference on July 27th. This blog post is a summary of what I did at the annual Chromosome 18p- conference this year. In case you are wondering, these are Thomas’s, Camilla’s, mine, and Chromosome 18’s website.

Here are some related blog posts: http://lilliandarnell.com/2018/07/06/annual-chromosome-18-conference-2018-part-1/http://lilliandarnell.com/2018/06/15/my-adventure-to-surprise-part-1/http://lilliandarnell.com/2017/09/13/annual-chromosome-18p-conference-2017/ I hope you enjoy!

July 26th: 

Camilla woke me up around 6:00 am. I was very tired and not too long after I’d been awake I went to the restroom and sat there getting the food out of me for about an hour.

After I got out, I got dressed and ate some food (just because my stomach was upset it didn’t stop me!) before going down to the lobby for the last time. Unfortunately, our car had car trouble.

It took us 1 or 2 hours before getting on the road to Wyoming. Around noon, we arrived at our one gas stop and when we tried to get back on the road, our car had more engine problems.

During the trip, I drifted in and out of sleep especially since there was bad or no service and because I was tired. Once we were on the road again, I slept some more. As well as eating lunch, snacks, and other things.

Once we were about 10 seconds or minutes away from Salt Lake City, we stopped for gas again. And yes you guessed it, more car engine problems. It took about 4 hours for this to be fixed.

So right around 4:00 pm, we arrived in Salt Lake City and I woke up with a pinching stomach pain with nausea behind it. So once we reached our motel, I sat down inside while waiting for Patty, Debbie, and Frank.

I went up with Patty, Frank, and Debbie. Funny thing was that they had the hotel room next to ours. Unfortunately, there was a terrible smell in the hallway which my pain and nausea worse.

I quickly went into Patty and Frank’s hotel room and waited there for Camilla to get back with a new motor. I drank a lot of water which helped. Once I felt a little better I went to our hotel room and the pain immediately came back.

So I lay down and put the heating pad on my stomach. I kept drinking and ate a little. Eventually, I felt nearly better and I took a shower then I felt normal. So I got ready for bed.

I even read a little and used my phone until my eyes wouldn’t stay open. I finished getting ready for bed. Afterward, I turned out the light and went to sleep around 4:00 am.

July 27th

I woke up at 7:00 am. I got up and got ready to go. I sat in the restroom last as I knew that would take a while. So I went down to the lobby and suddenly my nausea swept over me again.

I waited until Camilla came back and I went outside to get in the car. As we stopped at a gas station, I started eating. After I was done eating, I started feeling tired again. I once again drifted in and out of sleep.

When we were close to the Great Salt Lake Flats, I felt Patty’s ringtone and vibration ring in my lap as my phone was in my lap. I looked and responded. It became clear that they were stopping there.

So we decided to do the same. I managed to get some really cool optical illusions although I was tired. Afterward, we went into the restrooms there. We left and went our way.

Unfortunately, I had a meltdown about my chocolate melting and Thomas had scratched me on my right arm and twice on my left hand. (One of those scratches are still there as a scar. )

I eventually calmed down. We soon reached the Nevada border and we soon stopped at Fernley’s Love gas station to go to the restroom and get gas. I eventually went and left the place.

Soon we were back on the road to Reno. I rested some more but the meltdown had scared the sleepiness out of me or at least delayed a little. Before I knew it, we were back in Reno.

We eventually arrived back home around 2:00 pm PDST. We unpacked a little and settled down. I was so tired that I didn’t even watch a movie since it was movie night. I stayed up as long as my eyes would let me.

And right around 11:00 pm, I fell asleep peacefully in my own bed.

Selfie of Me.

Optical Illusion took by me

The Great Salt Flats

Have you ever been to the Great Salt Flats, Salt Lake City, or Wyoming? I would love to hear your answers in the comments if it feels right to you.

Bonus question: What was your favorite part of my annual 2019 conference blog post series?

The Annual Chromosome 18 Conference 2019: Part 8

Hey, everyone! I just got back to Colorado Springs from the conference on July 27th. This blog post is a summary of what I did at the annual Chromosome 18p- conference this year. In case you are wondering, these are Thomas’s, Camilla’s, mine, and Chromosome 18’s website.

Here are some related blog posts: http://lilliandarnell.com/2018/07/06/annual-chromosome-18-conference-2018-part-1/http://lilliandarnell.com/2018/06/15/my-adventure-to-surprise-part-1/http://lilliandarnell.com/2017/09/13/annual-chromosome-18p-conference-2017/ I hope you enjoy!

July 25th: 

I woke up around 7:00 am but fell back to sleep until 10:00 am. I was half asleep when I heard Thomas and Camilla. I overheard Thomas asking a question and Camilla answering the question.

I took about 24 minutes to eat some breakfast then I messaged Macy (Macy, I’m glad I was still able to hang out with you while I was sick. See you next year!) around 10:24 am.

Then I messaged Patty about sandals. Shortly after that, I received a message from Lauren (I had a fun time with you although I was sick. See you next year!) asking if I wanted her to come up to say bye to me.

I got ready for Patty to pick me up and around 1:21 pm Macy messaged me saying she was at the airport. Right around 1:32 pm, she messaged me saying they were in line to board.

Right at 12:51 pm, Macy (thanks, Macy for keeping me updated when I didn’t have my laptop; left it in the hotel room that day) let me know she’d be flying soon. I looked at Facebook while waiting for Patty.

Right around 1:30, I was in Patty and Frank’s car when Macy let me know that they were in the air. Then Lauren told me at 2:57 pm that she’d be on the airplane soon and asked what I was doing.

At the time I was at a fast food place called Outback with Debbie, Patty, and Frank. And at 3:00pm, I let Lauren know when we leave for Reno.

Macy messaged us again and Lauren updated us saying she was on the airplane. Macy asked Lauren what airline she was flying. Then Macy let me know that they had about an hour before they landed.

During that time, we were going into stores and Trader Joe’s. And Lauren let us know that she had 2 hours before they landed. Lauren then asked us how we were doing. Then Macy let us know that they were landing soon.

Then Macy told us her airplane had landed.  During all this, I headed back to the Colorado Springs Marriott. And Macy let me know she was on her way back to her home.

About 42 minutes later, she was at her home. After I ate a small dinner, packed, and went swimming. Later, Lauren updated us and said she was on her way to her home. And asked what time it was for us girls.

I then got stressed about a piece of clothing. After, I felt delirious and tired. I then went to get ready for bed. Stayed up until my eyes wouldn’t stay open then I got up and got ready for bed then I fell asleep.

Selfie of me sent to Macy.

Selfie of me.

What’s your favorite shop or store? I would love to hear your answers in the comments if it feels right.

Click here for Part 9 & Part 10 (last part)!!!

The Annual Chromosome 18 Conference 2019: Part 7

Hey, everyone! I just got back to Colorado Springs from the conference on July 27th. This blog post is a summary of what I did at the annual Chromosome 18p- conference this year. In case you are wondering, these are Thomas’s, Camilla’s, mine, and Chromosome 18’s website.

Here are some related blog posts: http://lilliandarnell.com/2018/07/06/annual-chromosome-18-conference-2018-part-1/http://lilliandarnell.com/2018/06/15/my-adventure-to-surprise-part-1/http://lilliandarnell.com/2017/09/13/annual-chromosome-18p-conference-2017/ I hope you enjoy!

July 24th: 

I woke up at 11:00am. I then dressed and I ate a little food. I went swimming for about 10 minutes and hung out with Lauren. After that, I took a shower so it wasn’t in my way later.

While I was drying off, I messaged Macy and I decided to put on my red shirt so Macy and I could match. Then I went down to the lobby and sat down to wait when I realized I had forgotten my iPhone charger and I figured I would get it when I went up to get my headphones.

In the next minute, Macy and Lauren found me and so I told her and asked if she and Lauren wanted to come with me. They said yes and we also made a stop by Lauren’s hotel room so she could grab her phone plugin.

After we went down together to sit on the lobby floor next to the same plugin outlet. I then watched a little bit more of the video before pictures. I went to the restrooms quickly then I went with Lauren and Macy outside. I handed Camilla my bag so she could put it somewhere.

I sat down on the grass gently pulling my skirt around my knees so I wouldn’t have the grass tickling me. I smiled for the cameras and for the first photo we all waved. Then the other photos we smiled.

Once the photos were all taken, Patty and Frank came down to talk to me. And since, Lauren was with me and Macy I introduced Lauren to them.

After they left, I headed up to the room while Macy and Lauren went to get dressed. I got dressed and Camilla did my hair. Macy came in right before Camilla did my hair.

Once my hair was done, Macy and I headed to the elevators to wait for Lauren to come down with the elevator.

Once we went to the lobby, we went to the lobby’s public restroom. While I was waiting for Macy to finish, I messaged Camilla to ask when she would come down and when we should head into the ballroom.

We eventually headed toward the ballroom. We ran into Patty (aka Romano Duo), Frank, and Debbie on the way there. We headed into the ballroom at one point. Macy, Lauren, and I sat down at a makeshift self-advocates table.

We waited for food and just like always I was the last one to eat. What I had was french fries although there was pork with it. After I had some rich chocolate cake, I headed toward the dance floor.

Debbie joined me then Rebecca joined us and Lauren and Macy came back from the restroom to join us then Patty Camilla, and Frank joined us. A little later I went to the restroom.

To my surprise while I was drying my hands, I saw Macy holding the door waiting to go to the restroom. Once I was done I left the restroom, I found our dance group in the ballroom and shortly afterwards Katie came to ask if I wanted my picture taken with her.

This time I said yes so I went and then once I was done I headed back. Then Katie (It was great to see you again! See you next year!) asked Lauren. Afterward, we continued to dance until the end of the dance with a few photos taken.

One by one people began to leave, In the end, I went with Macy and Lauren. Once Macy and I got on our hotel floor, we said goodbye to Lauren (I had a fun time with you and it was fun dancing with you! See you next year!) to head up to her 8th-floor room.

I headed back down for a minute so I could say bye to Rebecca (It was great to see you and I had fun dancing with you! See you next year!) then headed up in time so Macy (I’m glad I got to spend time with you although I was sick. See you next year!) could say bye to me. Then I got ready for bed. Once I finished getting ready for bed, I got into bed and used my phone until my eyes were starting to close.

During that time I was thinking how much I would miss Macy and Lauren. Anyway, I got up to finish up getting ready for bed then I fell asleep. I went to sleep happy.

Me with Lauren and Macy.  –  Taken by Macy’s parents and Lauren’s mother

Me with Lauren.  –  Taken by Lauren’s mother

Macy, Lauren, and me. – Taken by Camilla

Macy, me, and Lauren. – Taken by Camilla

Me, Lauren, Macy, Rebecca, and two other people at the conference. – Taken by a friend of mine.

Me, Macy, Rebecca, and Lauren.

Me, Macy, and Lauren.

Me dancing with Lauren, Macy, and Rebecca.

Kaitlyn, Katie, Lauren, and me. – Taken by Katie’s mother.

Macy, Lauren, Rebecca, me, and Frank.

Lauren, Macy, and me. – Taken by Lauren’s mother.

Me, Macy, and Lauren at a self-advocate table. – Taken by Lauren’s mother

Me, Macy, Lauren, Rebecca, and Frank

Me and Hannah. – Taken by Camilla

Kaitlyn, Katie, Lauren, and me. – Taken by Katie’s mother.

Macy, Lauren, Rebecca, me, and Frank.

Debbie, Lauren, and me.

Me, Macy, Lauren, Rebecca, Frank, and Macy’s sister.

Me, Macy, and Frank.

Me, Macy, and Lauren. – Taken by Lauren’s mother.

Rebecca, Frank, Macy, me, Debbie, Camilla, Lauren, and Patty.

Dinner at Self Advocate Table

Lauren, Macy, and me.

Rebecca, Macy, me, Lauren, Frank, Camilla, Thomas, and Patty.

What’s your favorite song? I would love to hear your answers if it feels right to you!

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The Annual Chromosome 18 Conference 2019: Part 6

Hey, everyone! I just got back to Colorado Springs from the conference on July 27th. This blog post is a summary of what I did at the annual Chromosome 18p- conference this year. In case you are wondering, these are Thomas’s, Camilla’s, mine, and Chromosome 18’s website.

Here are some related blog posts: http://lilliandarnell.com/2018/07/06/annual-chromosome-18-conference-2018-part-1/http://lilliandarnell.com/2018/06/15/my-adventure-to-surprise-part-1/http://lilliandarnell.com/2017/09/13/annual-chromosome-18p-conference-2017/ I hope you enjoy!

July 23rd: 

I woke up at 9:39 am. I then looked at my phone to see if there were any messages from Macy and sure enough there was. Eventually, Macy asked where I was and I told her I was up in the hotel room eating.

Then around noon, Macy went to her hotel room to eat lunch. Then about 9 minutes later she asked where I was again. I told her that I was still in the room but I told her that I was dressed.

So she told me that she was on her way to our hotel room. Then 2 minutes later, she was at the door. So I walked over to the door to open it. So we hung out in the hotel room for a little bit before heading to her hotel room.

During that time, Macy went to the restroom there. Once she was done drying her hands, she asked Siri what the weather was in Kentucky. After she got the answer to the weather, Macy asked what time it was in Kentucky.

Then she told Siiri to type a message to me saying we were in the same room together. After she sat down for a minute, we roamed the hallways and as we approached the 6th floor I asked if she wanted to see Patty, Frank, and Debbie’s hotel room.

She said sure so we did. Once we got to the door I pulled out the room key and looked at the room number to make sure it was the right door. Then I opened the door to show her what their room looked like.

I let her see the view then I closed the white curtains again gently. After that, we went to the 4th floor again. So we could ask Camilla about the pool. We went on a mission to find the age limit of going in the pool by ourselves.

Macy and I went outside and looked on the sign on the gate but to our surprise, there was no age limit on the sign. We went back to Camilla to tell her and she suggested we go look at the sign outside of the pool on the second floor.

So we went to the second floor to look at the sign and sure enough, the age limit existed. The age limit was 14 and under. So we went back to Camilla and told her. She told us to double-check with the hotel staff in the lobby.

So we went back down to the lobby to ask. The staff said it was okay for both of us. We headed back up to our hotel room. Camilla said good but she pointed out the pool had people in it.

We waited until 3:00 pm. At 3:00 pm, people started coming back from the zoo. In about 15 minutes, we got in the pool. I kept an eye on the time too to make sure it wasn’t 10 minutes yet.

When there were about 3 minutes left, Camilla came in the pool and I told her to let me know when 10 minutes were up. When the 10 minutes were up, Camilla helped me and Macy find a spot in the shade to dry off.

Once we dried off, we headed out of the pool gate and down the steps where we ran into the rest of Macy’s family. I followed them right into the elevator and managed to get a spot next to the elevator buttons so I could press the 4th-floor button.

Once Macy and I got off the elevators, we went in opposite directions so Macy could take a shower and so I could get dressed. While I went to the restroom, I Facebook Messaged Patty to talk to her about getting the presents Patty got us from exploring The Garden of the Gods and Pikes Peak.

Eventually, I began figuring out what to put on. I finally decided upon black baggy pants that are very comfortable with the shirt I wore before going to the pool. At 4:00 pm, I arrived at their hotel room on the 6th floor.

I sat down to hang out and before I left, they handed me a bag that said Garden of The Gods and Pikes Peak while Camilla got some ‘replacement’ earrings while Thomas got a dream catcher.

At around 4:30 pm, I found Macy in the elevator room on the 4th floor waiting for me so I quickly changed my pants into my blue skirt. Then I went down only to realize I forgot my sunglasses and my little white cape so I went up quickly to grab them.

Once I came to the elevator room, the elevator that came was crowded but there was just enough space for me to squeeze in (being small has its advantages). In the elevator, among the crowd was Katie and her father who were heading down to the lobby as well.

At around 5:00 pm,  I saw this party/tour bus we were getting on. I could hardly believe my eyes. The music I must say was interesting.  Camilla went inside the bus to get photos of the party bus full of self-advocates like me, Macy, and Lauren.

Camilla danced to the music which was very funny. Once she left, we started riding with no seatbelts which were awesome! All the bumps made me feel like I was dancing. Macy said that she was not expecting seatbelts but she liked it like me.

Too soon though, we arrived at the restaurant called Front Range Barbqeucue and again I had another friend hold it while I got off. Once I got off, I followed Macy and the other self-advocates to the entrance of Front Range Barbqeucue.

Then we turned left and I saw three steps with no railing but I looked around and found a temporary railing. Macy went first, I went second, and Lauren went last.

While I was going down the steps, I looked down to ensure that my feet were stepping in the right place. Once I was down, I walked into the room that the self-advocates would be in.

Macy, Lauren, and I all found a spot to sit down together at. I got some water and a straw so I could drink that water instead of my thermos water. Unfortunately, when I was about to message Camilla my phone went dead so I had no way of knowing the time.

Shortly after that, the food was ready and I went to at least get two things of food. Chicken and a muffin. I knew I might not be able to eat both so I chose to eat the meat. Although, immediately I regretted my decision. I immediately wished that I had chosen to eat the blueberry muffin.

After I ate,  my stomach was grumbling, gurgling, and unsettled. So I just rubbed my stomach and drink water in hopes that would settle my stomach. My stomach took it a while but eventually, it settled down some.

I was wondering about the time. I was practically talking to myself about it but Macy heard me and showed me the time on her phone. (Thank you for that, Macy!) It was almost 8:00 pm.

Soon it was time to go so I went outside and went back up the steps using the temporary railing. I found Katie and she helped me get to Macy and Lauren. We got to the party tour bus and this time my hair was blowing around due to a window open behind me.

We saw the sunset on us while on the bus. It was a magnificent sunset. I really wished I could have taken a picture of it. Macy showed me the time again on the bus. Macy and Lauren’s mothers’ all went to get tattoos and Macy asked me if I wanted to hang out with them while they waited.

Then all too soon, we were back at the hotel. We walked back inside together.  And so the waiting began starting with a stop at the restroom for all three of us. Once we were done, Macy’s father asked about us having fun in the bathroom through text message.

We burst out laughing. Once we stopped laughing, we headed into the lobby and I sat with them for a while. When they were on their phones, I went to scout out a plugin outlet but couldn’t find one.

Eventually, Camilla came by and helped me find a spot for my phone and I eventually went over once it was on and messaged Macy through it. Then Macy and Lauren went up to grab their iPhone plugin cords.

I decided to go up with them so I grabbed my phone plugin and went up with them. Once Macy and Lauren got their plugins, we all found a perfect spot for our plugins that weren’t being used. So we plugged up our phones and sat down together on the floor,

Camilla stopped by to take pictures of us and I also asked for a cup of water as I already drank all my water. We sat there until almost midnight. We had a great time together.

Macy set up this group text with Lauren and I because she figured it would be easy to message us through. (Awesome idea, Macy!) I also dropped Macy off while Lauren continued on the elevator alone. I got ready for bed and then I used my phone until my eyes wouldn’t stay open.

So I got up and finished getting ready for bed. Then I went to sleep at about 3:00 am. (Yes, I know it was late but I was having fun on my phone and didn’t see the time until it was too late.)

Me, Macy, and Lauren hanging out aka Starfish Triplets! Taken by me!

Me, Macy, and Lauren.
Taken by Macy!

The Starfish Triplets aka me, Macy, and Lauren on a party tour bus! Taken by Camilla.

Self Advocates on the Party Bus! Taken by Camilla.

What do you like to do with your friends? I would love to hear your answers in the comments if it feels right to you!

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