The Annual Chromosome 18 Conference 2019: Part 2

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 19th: 

I woke up at 5:00 am once again with a renewed sense of excitement. So I quickly got ready to leave our hotel room in Provo, UT with the help of my mother, Camilla. Thomas took a bag to put ice in so Camilla could put ice into the icebox.

 

After he did that, he went down to the lobby to get some breakfast around 6:00 am. He came up to see how much longer until I and Camilla were ready after he got his food. Of course, we were almost ready. Camilla and I went down to get me a cup of water with a paper straw (I don’t like paper straws, unfortunately).

Then Camilla went up to grab the last round of stuff and I went up to make sure I got everything. We headed to the car at 7:00 am. I messaged Patty as soon as Camilla got the car running to let her know we were on our way again to Colorado Springs.

I messaged Macy (a very close 18p- friend of mine) throughout the second part of the trip as well. About 50 minutes of being on the road, we had to stop so I could go to the bathroom in Price, UT (Later, I learned that high altitude can cause you to go to the bathroom more).

Camilla decided to get some gas while there too. Then we were on our way again to Colorado. After that, we rode in the car. Eventually, I had posted in Lauren Martin (an 18p- friend of mine) and I’s the private group on Facebook that I was almost to Colorado.

A little while later, we made to Colorado (Yay!). I then posted a Facebook post saying I was in Colorado. Then I let Rebecca Parker (an 18p- friend), Macy, and Lauren know that I was in Colorado.

Shortly after, we arrived in Colorado we stopped in Grand Junction for gas, bathroom, and lunch. Then after Camilla ate lunch, we headed toward Glenwood Springs. After Glenwood Springs, we went into a huge traffic jam.

Unfortunately, the car overheated during the traffic jam. We had open our doors and windows to attempt to cool us down because Camilla and I both overheat in the hot heat.

A nice guy in a truck near us was able to give us a frozen water bottle to help. It wasn’t enough so we pulled off at a rest stop called White River National Forest. I went to the bathroom there (nasty! blech!). After I was done, we went back outside and found that the traffic jam had picked up a little speed. So Camilla and I took some quick photos before Camilla checked the car.

After she decided it was okay, we went back to the highway and this time we were on the side of the highway that we could pull over if we needed to. Luckily, we only stopped twice with the traffic jam and we were all so relieved that it was over.

So we continued until Denver. In Denver, there was bad traffic due to rush hour, construction, and car accidents slowing us down but at least we kept moving that time although slow.

Also, in Denver, I finished what was left of my trail mix.

After we left Denver, we were very close to Colorado Springs which expanded my excitement. I was so excited that I could barely contain my excitement and joy. Before I knew it, we arrived in Colorado Springs.

Once we stopped at the stoplight near the Colorado Springs Marriott, I took a good look around. Of course, there was construction across the road from where we were at the traffic light.

Then after the traffic light turned green, we started up a steep incline to the Marriott as it was upon a hill.  Along the way, we saw some adorable fawns. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to get any photos of the fawns.

It was my very first time seeing deer up close. After we went up a slight 2nd incline, we were at the start of the parking lots. We went up 2 more steep inclines filled with parking lots.

Finally, we arrived at the entrance of the Colorado Springs Marriott after doing the last 2 inclines. Then Camilla had Thomas and I sit in the car while she checked us in. I didn’t think it was a good idea leaving me with Thomas especially when I needed to go to the restroom.

While I was sitting there waiting for Camilla to get back, I messaged Lauren in our Facebook group. Naturally, I didn’t get a response until later because they were out exploring Colorado Springs.

Thankfully, Camilla came back shortly after I sent that to Lauren. While I was waiting to go up to the room outside of the car, I messaged Macy to let her know I was at the Colorado Springs Marriott.

I messaged Rebecca to let her know I was at the Colorado Springs Marriott too. I also let Katie Baker (also known as Kaitlin; a very close 18p- friend of mine) that I was at the Colorado Springs Marriott too.

 

I also let her know the room number, just in case. I let Patty Romano (part of the Romano Duo) know that we arrived at the Marriott hotel too and I also let her know the room number.

There was an automatic revolving door, automatic wheel accessible door, and lastly a manual door. Naturally, I chose the manual door while Thomas and Camilla went through the revolving door.

I was surprised at how big and spacious the lobby was. We went straight up to our hotel room in the elevators. The elevators were Montgomery Vector hydraulic elevators (just in case anyone wanted to know).

Once we got inside, my nose got hit with a whiff of stink. I was shocked at how small the room was. Afterward, I went to the restroom. Camilla gave me my hotel room key. Then I went straight down to the lobby with Thomas and Camilla.

After that, I went back up to the room. I then took a look at the view. Camilla found the window opened a little bit. Of course, they had live music playing in the lobby so we could hear that through the open window.

The music stopped at 8:00 pm MDST. After Thomas, Camilla, and I had settled down some for about an hour or 2, we went down to get some dinner around 9:50 pm in the lobby.

Unfortunately, the restaurant was about to close but we were still able to order our dinner while sitting in the lobby. While I waited for my food, I checked to see if Lauren had responded to my Facebook post in our Facebook group saying that I had arrived at the Colorado Springs Marriott.

Sure enough, there was a comment from Lauren. Lauren said in her comment that she couldn’t wait to see me and that she was staying in a different hotel in Colorado Springs.

I also had repeated my first achievement of the trip while waiting for our food which was drinking water from a glass cup with a straw.

The food finally came at 11:00 pm. So after we ate, we headed up to the room on the elevator. We got ready for bed. I stayed up for a while though so I could relax.

Eventually, though, my eyes would barely stay open. So I quickly went to the restroom and finished getting ready for bed. Then I let myself fall asleep. I think it was around 1:00 am or 2:00 am when I fell asleep.  (I know, it was late.)

Me in the car on the way to Colorado Springs. Taken by me.

Visiting White River National Forest. Taken by me.

Visiting White River National Forest. Taken by me.

Visiting White River National Forest. Taken by me.

Visiting White River National Forest. Taken by me.

Visiting White River National Forest. Taken by me.

Rolling into Colorado Springs selfie. (Pun intended!) Taken by me, of course!

Selfie of me. Taken by me.

Selfie of me. Taken by me.

The view from our hotel room. Taken by me.

The view from our hotel room. Taken by me.

The view from our hotel room. Taken by me.

The view from our hotel room. Taken by me.

White River National Forest

Have you ever been to Colorado Springs? I would love to hear your answers in the comments if it feels right.

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The Annual Chromosome Conference 2019: Part 1

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 18th:

I woke up at 5:00 am but since my mother, Camilla bumped the start of the road trip to 7:00 am, I attempted to fall back to sleep.

But since I couldn’t sleep, I simply rested until 5:30am when Camilla came and got me. Then I got most of my last minute things to pack out of our bedroom.

Thomas woke up shortly after I did and used his supposedly 1 hour of free time to go to the restroom while I used mine to take a quick bath.

Afterwards, Camilla started packing up the car (we like to call her Rosie for her red color) which took approximately 2 hours.

Once we got in the car, Camilla went to our local Sprout’s grocery store to grab some ice packs for our 2 ice coolers.

Once Camilla was done, we were on our way to Colorado Springs. We went through Sparks, NV all way to Winnemucca where we stopped for gas and to go to the restroom.

At one point, we went through Battle Mountain. I also had some homemade trail mix at one point. The homemade trail mix had golden raisins, marshmallows, chocolate, cereal, graham crackers, honey sesame seed cashews, cashews, dried apricot, dried banana, banana chips, dried strawberry, and dried pineapple. I ate half of it.

After that, we went almost all the way through the border of Nevada/Utah but we stopped in Wells, NV to get our lunch from the back of the car, get gas, and go to the restroom.

After that, we kept going on the highway. We drove by Wendover and switched over to the Mountain Timezone (Yay!!).

Then shortly after, we started seeing the Salt Flats. Then about an hour afterward, we saw some small sections of The Great Salt Lake.

After some time, we saw the Great Lake. Then we went off the highway toward Salt Lake City heading toward Provo, Utah.

Although, we got stuck in some traffic jams & construction halfway through Salt Lake City. After we got through the accidents, we were almost to Provo, Utah. When we arrived in Provo, the hotel we stayed in was in view.

The hotel was Holiday Inn Provo River/Springville Area. So after we got some essential stuff we needed out of the car, we headed up to our hotel room. For a little bit, we settled down.

We eventually went to a nearby Denny’s for dinner. Once we got back, it was 2 hours later. Then I got ready for bed and went to sleep at 1:00 am.

I had decided to use one of the hotel pillows up under the pillow I brought from home and that was very comfortable.

I had messaged Macy who is a very close friend of mine throughout the first part of the road trip.

Me taking a picture of my shadow before the conference. Taken by me.

My painted toenails & its shadow. Taken by me.

Warming my feet up before starting the road trip and its shadow. Taken by me.

Toenails with my shadow. Taken by me.

My toenails decorated for the conference. Taken by me.

Me taking a selfie. Taken by me!

In Wells, NV at a gas station/rest stop for lunch. Taken by me!

Me on the way to Provo. Taken by me!

Me on the way to Provo, Utah.

Me in Provo for the night. Taken by me.

 

What’s your favorite trip you’ve ever been on? I would love to hear your answers if it feels right to you.

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Adventures Of Marigold Springs

Hey, everyone! I’ve been so excited (almost bursting to the top with excitement) that the Annual Chromosome 18 conference is coming up so fast so to help me with a little bit of excitement, I wrote this story. Here are some related blog posts: http://lilliandarnell.com/2018/07/06/annual-chromosome-18-conference-2018-part-1/http://lilliandarnell.com/2017/09/13/annual-chromosome-18p-conference-2017/ , and http://lilliandarnell.com/2018/06/15/my-adventure-to-surprise-part-1/ if you want to take a look. Anyway, I hope you enjoy!

Once many years ago, there was a time when Marigold Springs was called Magnolia Springs. Magnolia Springs had a girl named Marcella (Marie for short) and she wanted to travel to far off places to have daring cliffs and a never-ending basin of poisoned water.

More importantly, Marie longed for daring adventure. While Marie longed for adventure, her family longed to set up a cute little craft maker in the park. Hold on, why not, you ask?

Well, her family were so poor that they scarcely were able to enjoy food and water. Marie was stuck worrying about the money but when she had some time, Marigold would daydream about her adventures.

Marie even shared one of her adventures her mind took her to her mother. “That would a great story, sweetie. Maybe you could write it down.”, said Goldie (also known as Candy and Marie’s mother).

So that is what Marie did. So all was good as it could be. Until one day, there was a knock at the door. Goldie was thinking about something when the knock sounded and she was startled by the sound.

Goldie then said, “I’ll get it”. But secretly, Goldie wondered who it was. So when Goldie opened the door, she got a huge shock. There at the door stood a young woman about Goldie’s age and she asked for Marie.

Once Goldie got over her shock, she said, “Come in, dear. May I ask what your name is and how do you know my daughter?” The young woman stepped inside gratefully and said, “I am the Princess of Longing, Desire & Adventure but you can call me Rose or Princess Rose.”

“I know Marie from her daydreams. In fact, I am the one who gave her those daydreams. She’s also seen me in her daydreams and she even wrote about me”, said Princess Rose.

“Really? I’m flattered because I was the one who told her to write it down. Oh excuse me, where are my manners? I am Goldie, Your Highness. Ok, I’ll call you Princess Rose.”, said Goldie as she curtsies. “Marie, we have a visitor!”, said Goldie.

Marie hurriedly ran downstairs and she gasped when she saw Princess Rose. “You’re real! I can’t believe it.”, said Marie. Princess Rose chuckled politely at Marie’s excitement.

Princess Rose said to Marie, “The reason I came was I heard that you were longing for adventure. Lucky for you, I’m the princess of adventure, desire, and longing.” To the rest of Marigold’s family and Goldie, Rose said, “The reason I came here was I heard that this family longed to have a cute little craft maker in the park. Is that true?”

“Yes, very true.”, said Marie and her family. Princess Rose pulled Marie to the side and said, “How would you be like to be my adventurous explorer? If so, what should I call you for a nickname?”

Marie’s eyes went wide and said, “Yes, yes, yes! And I would like to have Marigold as my nickname, please. ”

Princess Rose said with a giggle, “Alright, Marigold! Let’s go!” Princess Rose gasped and said, “I forgot to tell Goldie something. ” Princess Rose said, “Goldie, here take this money so you and your family can make that cute craft maker of yours.”

Goldie looked at Princess Rose with glee and said, “Thank you! Thank you!” Princess Rose said, “Your welcome. Now, I really must go. Goodbye, all!” So Marigold and Princess Rose set off to explore in adventurous places.

They visited Salt Candy City, Peace Land, Desert World, Fern Land, and more. Many years later, Marigold returned home on her own to Magnolia Springs but to her surprise, the town’s name changed to Marigold Springs after her.

Marigold was very grateful for her hometown’s appreciation for her. She noticed a cute craft maker in the park. Her sister’s daughter was running it now. Marigold eventually settled down temporarily and during that time she got married to her friend, Astrid.

Then they traveled together all over the world. So if you see Marigold or Marie and Astrid, say hello to them and chat with them.

a marigold

beautiful marigold.

That’s the end of the story! I hope you all enjoyed! What’s your favorite part of my story? If it feels right, I would love to hear your answers in the comments.

Peaceful Summer

Hey, everyone! This is a poem I wrote for someone in Tasmania, Australia on June 7th, 2019. Here are some related blog posts; http://lilliandarnell.com/2019/06/15/how-the-sombrero-hat-came-to-be/,  http://lilliandarnell.com/2019/06/01/how-liana-and-summer-came-to-be-best-friends/, and http://lilliandarnell.com/2019/05/20/my-dream-story/. I hope you enjoy!

Stars shine bright

as diamonds in the sky.

Stars dance all night long

like a bird flapping its wings.

 

Stars wink at the Moon

like the ocean waves to the Sun.

The moon shines down

as silver in the night sky.

 

The moon brightens at the Sun

like gold glimmers in the sand.

The Sun glides gracefully

as a swan swimming.

 

The Sun blushes when the Ocean

shows the Sun’s reflection

as bright as sparkly snow.

The ocean gently whispers

Into my ear like a seashell. 

Sun

That’s the end of the poem. I hope you enjoyed! What’s your favorite summer thing? I would love to hear your answers!

How The Sombrero Hat Came To Be

Hey, everyone! I got inspired last May by a question my mother’s interview for http://meetingtheauthors.com/ which was: A penguin knocks on your door and is wearing a sombrero. What does he say and why is he there? Here are some related stories: http://lilliandarnell.com/2019/06/01/how-liana-and-summer-came-to-be-best-friends/, http://lilliandarnell.com/2019/05/10/how-macy-and-i-met/http://lilliandarnell.com/2019/04/15/monster-sky/.  I hope you enjoy!

Once long ago, there was a girl named Esperanza-Anna Emerald (Hope for short) who lived with her mother Isabelle. They lived very happily. Many years later, Hope was now a young curious woman.

Suddenly, there was a knock on the door. Hope wondered, “Who could that be?” so she opened the door. To Hope’s surprise, there was a penguin wearing a sombrero. The penguin asked in a Mexican accent, “Are you, Ms. Emerald? I was told to deliver some tacos to you.”

Hope asked, “Yes, that’s me and I ordered the tacos. But, who are you and what are you doing here in Mexico?” The penguin responded in a deep Mexican voice, “I am Juan, the guardian of Mexicana, The Arctic is too cold for me, and I’m a Mexican food delivery person.”

Hope said, “Ok, but why are you here Juan besides delivering Mexican food if you are the guardian of Mexicana?”  Juan said, “I’m here because Mexicana is in great danger and the only person who can save Mexicana is you, Hope. ”

Hope said, “Ok, I’ll go. But before I go can you explain why Mexicana is in danger?” Juan nodded and said, “Yes, but we must get going to Mexicana so I’ll explain along the way.”

Hope said, “Ok, Vamos (let’s go! in English)! Soon Juan and Hope were on their way to Mexicana. Juan began to explain, “Many years ago, there was a ruler named Rapido who ruled Mexicana and they partied day and night. Unfortunately, the good times weren’t to last.”

Juan paused to catch his breath and let the words sink into Hope. Hope said after a few minutes, “So what happened next? And is Mexicana your home?” Juan chuckled and said, “Yes… Mexicana is also my home. Now shall we continue?”

Juan continued and said, “The people of Mexicana decided they were tired of Rapido so they wanted to take over the throne. It made Rapido mad and everyone in Mexicana knows not to make Rapido mad or trouble arises. There is a very special thing that can calm things down and you have it. So you see, that’s why we need to hurry back to Mexicana.”

Hope said, “Wow, that’s terrible.” Soon, Juan and Hope were almost to Mexicana. Once Juan and Hope arrived in Mexicana, Hope could see the chaos all around her. Hope immediately said determined, “Let’s do this! Now, what is the special thing I have Juan?”

Juan said, “You have a gem called Sarafina. The gem brings back happiness and peace to Mexicana. The gem is special as it only grows deep in the Forbidden Volancois.  By the way, the gem is your jewels you are wearing.”

Hope said, “Ok. Thank you, Juan.” Hope quickly took the gem from her necklace. Juan whispered, “Now repeat after me. ” Hope and Juan chanted,” Cantis challum canti chant um i.”

Hope asked, “Did it work? ” Juan said, “Yes, it did. Thanks to you. Now would you like to stay in Mexicana to explore for a little bit?” Hope said, “Yes, please.” So Hope spent the rest of the day in Mexicana exploring. Hope found some herbs that she could take back to Isabelle as well.

The next day Juan and Hope set out for Hope’s home. Juan and Hope had become best friends over the journey. Now, one day later they were at Hope’s home. Hope immediately ran to Isabelle. Hope gave Isabelle the herbs.

Isabelle said, “Thank you, sweetie.” Juan had come inside Hope’s home while Hope went to Isabelle. Now Juan was standing next to Hope. Isabelle mysteriously asked, “Who are you? Where did you take my daughter?”

Isabelle was very confused. Juan said, “I am Juan the Mexican delivery person, your daughter’s friend and Mexicana guardian. In case you’re wondering ma’m, the Artic was too cold for me. Why don’t you let your daughter explain where I took your daughter?”

Isabelle said, “Ok, I can see that. I’ll let Hope explain the question. What’s Mexicana, by the way?” Hope said, “Ok, you see, Mexicana was in danger and I was the only one who could save it so I went with Juan as I had no choice. Mexicana is a rustic ancient town that has healing and energetic drama vibes. ”

Isabelle said, “Ok, that’s awesome. Can I visit Mexicana sometime?” Juan said, “Yes, you and Hope are welcome anytime. Here’s my sombrero hat, you can keep it.” Hope said, “I guess I’ll see you again soon. Thanks for the sombrero hat. Bye, Juan!”

Juan said with a longing look in his eyes, “You’re welcome, mi amigo (my friend in English). I’ll see you again soon. Bye, Hope and Isabelle!” So if you see a sombrero hat on a young girl, that girl just might be Hope. Isabelle most likely would be closely behind Hope.

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

Night sky with cacti

Night sky with cacti

What’s your favorite Italian/Mexican food? I would love to hear your answers!

How Liana And Summer Came To Be Best Friends

Hey, everyone! This story is in honor of National Donut Day which is June 1st and the upcoming summer months. Here are some related blog posts: http://lilliandarnell.com/2018/06/01/how-donuts-came-to-be/http://lilliandarnell.com/2018/06/12/the-hummingbird-fairy-wings/, and http://lilliandarnell.com/2018/06/15/my-adventure-to-surprise-part-1/. Anyway, I hope you enjoy!

One day, a donut named Liana was walking toward a building called Friendship Inc. and wondered if someone in this building would be her friend. Little did she know, a watermelon named Summer was running toward the Friendship Inc. building and wondering the same thing.

When Liana and Summer reached the entrance of Friendship Inc., they collided not seeing where they were going. When Liana finally stood back up, she said, “Oh, hello there. I didn’t see you there.”

Summer said, “No, I’m sorry. Let’s walk into Friendship Inc. together.” Liana solemnly agreed. Once Liana and Summer stepped into Friendship Inc., a staff member named Rose said, ‘Welcome to Friendship Inc.! How may I help with friendship?”

Liana said, “We are both looking for a friend.” Rose chuckled and said, “I see you’ve already found a to-be-friend. Come, follow me. We need to do some tests to make sure both of you are right for one another.”

Liana and Summer followed closely behind Rose. A few of the tests were seeing what Liana’s and Summer’s favorite things were. The other tests were personal like the age and gender.

Finally, after the tests Rose said, “Oh, just as I thought.” Liana and Summer both asked, “What is exactly as you thought?”. Rose explained, “Both of you are now best friends.” From that day on, the donut and the watermelon held hands and met up every day.

So now if you see a donut and a watermelon holding hands anywhere, that just might be Liana and Summer. That’s the end of the story. I hope you enjoyed!

What do you have planned for this summer? I would love to hear your answers if it feels right to you.

A picture of watermelons

Delicious Watermelons!!

 

My Dream Story

Hey, everyone! On the night of September 1st, I had this crazy and interesting dream. The dream is fictionalized. The main characters are based on me, Macy Miller (a close 18p- friend of mine), Camilla Downs (my mother), and Caitlin Fuetsch (a  local friend of mine).  Here are some related stories: http://lilliandarnell.com/2019/05/10/how-macy-and-i-met/http://lilliandarnell.com/2019/04/26/the-road-to-heaven/, and http://lilliandarnell.com/2018/07/09/a-brave-girl/. Anyway, I hope you enjoy!

Once many years ago, Anne was playfully jumping on some stepping stones designed to look like flowers. Many years past and Anne was now sleeping peacefully and was dreaming. Meanwhile, there was a hidden dream cam in her brain recording her dream.

Anne’s dream got posted online by mistake. So the very next day Anne decided to show the dream. Anne said, “Are you ready to watch my recording of a dream?” and the audience responded, “Yes!”.

Anne said, “Ok. 1…2…3!!! Enjoy!”. Anne settled down to watch with them. Anne saw herself on a floor at a school laying on her pillow. Her friend, Macy Helens was sitting cross-legged next to her as they listened to announcements.

Charity said, “I told you the pillow moved around”. So Anne shifted the pillow she was laying on. After the announcements, Anne had 1 class about art while Macy Helens had 3 classes that consisted of nature, summer, and space as well.

After Anne’s class ended, Anne walked by Macy’s classroom and Macy invited me to join her. Anne said, “Yes. Thank you!”. When Anne went into the classroom and it had been a while, Kaitlin Rose came in with Macy’s teacher, Annabelle and Anne’s face expressed surprise and shock due to seeing Kaitlin for the first time in years but Anne remained calm.

Anne got up to turn on the lights and to end the dream for them. Anne said,” That’s when I woke up.” to the audience. After Anne said her sentence, the audience clapped, whistled, threw roses, and some even shouted things like, “Well done!” and “Great job!”.

Afterward, Anne went into her home to eat some popsicles. And all was well in Anne’s home. Anyway, that’s the end of this fictionalized dream!

Cherry Blossoms

Cherry Blossoms

How Macy And I Met

Hey, everyone! I had a fun idea to write a fictionalized version of how Macy and I met. The main character’s name is based off of Macy Miller (a close 18p- friend of mine). Here’s a few 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/, and http://lilliandarnell.com/2018/07/09/a-brave-girl/. I hope you enjoy!

Back in July 2016, Macy’s mother Rose commented asking if Macy Helens and I could connect on Facebook on Rebecca (a 18p- friend of mine)’s Facebook post and my mother Camilla Downs asked me if I wanted to connect with Macy Helens before replying to Rose’s comment.

Naturally, I said yes as I was curious and eager to have a 3rd 18p- person to talk to. So I searched up ‘Macy Helens’ and sure enough I found it.

After I clicked follow, I waited for at least 1 or 2 weeks until I Facebook Messaged Macy using Messenger. And 10 minutes later, I got a reply saying Hi.

Then I asked her a few questions to get to know her. I asked, “What’s your favorite song?” at one point. Macy Helens replied, “Let It Go”. I replied, “My favorite song is Let It Go”. And after that I knew we’d be friends.

I also came know that Macy Helens was the same age as me. One year later, Camilla told me they were going to the Annual Chromosome 18 conference and I was ecstatic but I was nervous too since I didn’t know what to expect.

But when the big day came, Macy Helens and I were very shy but as we laughed shyly our shyness slowly drifted away.

We were giggling and laughing more confidently. By the end of the conference, we had become fast friends.

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

The Road To Heaven

Hey, everyone! On September 3rd last year (2018), I saw a mysterious road on a road trip. Here are some related blog posts: http://lilliandarnell.com/2018/07/09/a-brave-girl/, http://lilliandarnell.com/2019/04/15/monster-sky/, and http://lilliandarnell.com/2018/04/23/queen-of-earth/. Anyway, I hope you enjoy!

Many years ago, a girl named Annabelle (Ann for short) wondered if her sister who was named Marchelle (nicknamed Martha) had seen a majestic bridge like the one Ann was standing next to.

“I wonder what’s over the bridge”, wondered Ann as her soon-to-be-famous imagination and creativity took over. At first, she thought it was an exquisite kingdom with a rainbow themed castle and a beautiful young princess. Ann liked the thought of that.

Secondly, Ann thought that it was a tropical paradise. Suddenly, Ann’s thoughts were interrupted by Martha. Martha said chuckling, “Wow, that’s an awestriking bridge. Did you know that many years ago, I saw a bridge just like it? Anyway, we’d best get home or Mother might worry.”

Ann said, “Yes certainly, sis!” Meanwhile, Ann and Martha’s mother June was making dinner. June thought, “I wonder what the girls are up to this evening.” Just as June finished her thought, Ann and Martha came through the front door.

Ann and Martha said together, “Oooh, something smells good. Mother, do you mind if Ann and I go upstairs?” June thought it was a great idea and said, “Yes, girls. Just make sure you’re back downstairs for supper.”

So Ann and Martha went upstairs. As soon as they were upstairs, Martha asked, “Do you want to hear the story of how I saw a bridge just like the one you saw today?” Ann squealed with excitement and said, “Yes, I would love to hear the story.”

Martha chuckled and said, “Ok, let’s begin.” “It wasn’t very long ago when I too wondered where the bridge led to. So, of course, I set foot on the bridge and walked on into the dark of night.

Soon, I saw a fantastical light up ahead and ran towards it. Suddenly, I saw it was a magical world. I was curious and asked a fairy princess nearby where I was. The fairy princess said that I was in heaven.

Intrigued, I asked her you mean as in the heaven you read about in books? And she chuckled and said yes, that’s the very place we are standing in right now,” Martha paused to catch her breath.

Ann asked, “How did you get back home then?” Martha said, “I just took a magical rainbow unicorn flying carpet back home. Well, that’s the end of the story.” Ann said, “Aww! I wanted to hear more!”

June called upstairs to Ann and Martha. June said, “Ann! Martha! Dinner is ready.” Ann and Martha said, “Coming!’ Meanwhile, a time traveler was watching them and she knew that Ann wanted to cross over the bridge to find out what was there.

After dinner, Martha had a story to write. So Ann went outside to go to the bridge and set foot on the bridge like Martha’s experience. So she skipped, hopped, and ran throughout the dark of night.

Suddenly there was a blinding colorful light. Ann walked right into the light. When she came out of the light, she was in a magical world. Ann’s curiosity led to ask a nearby mermaid where she was.

The mermaid said, “You’re in Mermaid Land, Heaven of course!” Ann said, “Am I really in Heaven?” The mermaid giggled and said, “Yes. Now I can send back home. Would you like to ride on a starfish?”

Ann said, “Yes, please!” By the time Ann got home, it was 4:00 am in the morning. So Ann lived happily. Many years later, Ann was 20 and she had written a story about her journey to Heaven.

By that time, Ann was a renowned published author. Her now-famous imagination and curiosity were written in books she wrote herself.

So if you see a girl named Ann or Anne, there’s a good chance that you might see her. If you see her, be sure to say hi to her.

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

Monster Sky

Hey, everyone! I got inspired by a dark thunderstorm cloud ( also known as cumulonimbus or thunderheads) up against a big (fir or pine) tree back in August 2018 to write a story about it. Here are some related blog posts: http://lilliandarnell.com/2015/06/05/latest-weather-thunderstorms/http://lilliandarnell.com/2018/02/11/how-the-sun-came-to-be/, and http://lilliandarnell.com/2016/07/20/a-happy-world/. Anyway, I hope you enjoy!

One day years ago, the Cloud King said in a powerful voice, “Have you finished pouring water down into the world yet?” And the Water Fairy said scared, “Almost, Your Cloudiness.”

The Cloud King laughed a loud, mighty, politely and said, “Relax! I’m not mad. I think the world is definitely getting tired of rain though. I do understand that you’re a water fairy and that’s what you’re meant to do.”

The Water Fairy said with a sigh of relief, “Thank you, Your Cloudiness! You have no idea what this means to me. Yes, I agree that the world is getting tired of rain but the world needs some kind of water too though. ” “Well, you could create lakes, rivers, puddles, and more for water”, said the Cloud King as he scratched his chin thoughtfully.

“Thank you, Your Cloudiness!” And so all was well or so they thought. Many years later, The Cloud King rumbled loudly and said, “Who took my lightning lamp?” The Lightning Fairy said scared, “I don’t know, Your Cloudiness! I thought I put the lightning lamp on your cloud.”

The Cloud King rumbled with anger and said, “Go find my lightning lamp now or I’ll make a violent storm!” So the poor Lightning Fairy went to search for the lightning lamp.

On the way, the Lightning Fairy flew into the Water Fairy (who was much older now) and so the Lightning Fairy said, “Hello, Aqua (the Water Fairy’s real name)! Have you by any chance seen a lightning lamp over this way?”

“No, sorry I haven’t. I’ll keep my eye out for the Cloud King’s lightning lamp, Summer (the Lightning Fairy’s real name) though.”, said the Water Fairy sympathetically. “Thank you, Aqua. I’m on my way to see Misty (the Cloud Fairy’s full name) and Raine (the Rain Fairy’s real name). “, said the Lightning Fairy longingly.

Meanwhile, the Cloud King couldn’t wait any longer and cursed the world by shouting, “Make a violent storm with loud sound and blinding light.” Almost immediately after he said that, thunder echoed on the Earth below as well as lightning striking the sky.

The rain came pouring down with the speed of light on Earth. Back at the Cloud Fairy’s home, the Lightning Fairy talked with the Cloud Fairy. “I’m sorry but I haven’t seen my father’s Cloud King’s lightning lamp, Aqua. Did you hear my father Cloud King cursed the world with a violent storm? Also, have you seen Raine yet?”, said the Cloud Fairy pitifully.

“Why, no! I didn’t know that, Misty. Thanks for telling me. No, that’s where I’m off to next. I guess I better hurry if I want to make to Raine’s home though. Goodbye, Misty!”, said the Water Fairy shocked and determined as she left.

Back at the Cloud King’s palace, the Cloud King was surprised at what he had just done to the Earth below. Sadly, there wasn’t anything he could do about it until he had the lightning lamp back.

Meanwhile, the Water Fairy had just arrived at the Rain Fairy’s home. The Water Fairy gently knocked on the door and a few seconds later the Rain Fairy opened the door. “Hey there, Aqua! I knew you were coming to look for something”, said the Rain Fairy calmly.

“Hey, Raine. You did, how so?”, said the Water Fairy quizzically. The Rain Fairy chuckled and explained, “You see, I borrowed the Lightning Lamp for one of my rain experiments but I see that the Cloud King beat me to it.”

“Oh, well. Are you done with the lightning lamp? I want to get the Lightning Lamp to the Cloud King right away”, asked the Water Fairy patiently. “Yes, I finished long ago with the experiment”, said the Rain Fairy as she gently gave the Water Fairy the Lightning Lamp.

The Water Fairy said, “Thank you so much!” as she left the Rain Fairy’s home and flew towards the Cloud King’s palace. Fortunately, he was asleep so she put the Lightning Lamp on the cloud as she left it previously.

The very next day, The Cloud King woke up to the Lightning Lamp sitting on the cloud like nothing ever happened. He gave a cry of joy having found it. Unfortunately, it was broken but the King decided to keep the storm and he had the power to control the violent storm.

After that, he gathered the Water Fairy; the Rain Fairy, the Lightning Fairy, and the Cloud Fairy together and announced that he found the Lightning Lamp. The fairies smiled knowingly and burst in celebration.

And everything worked out perfectly. Now the violent storm you have read about in the story is a thunderstorm, so if you ever experience a thunderstorm think of this story.

Sunset or sunrise clouds.

Pretty sunset clouds!