How My Book Came To Be – Where Would You Fly and Other Magical Stories

Hey, everyone! I wrote this blog post to help you learn more about the book. You can also go to http://lilliandarnell.com/author/ if you want to learn even more about the book. Here’s an interview about the book. I hope you enjoy!

Penny: Hey, Lillian! Are you ready to do your interview regarding your book you wrote?

Lillian: Hey, Penny! I’m very ready!

Penny: Ok then. The first question is What’s your book’s title?

Lillian: That’s an easy answer. The book’s title is Where Would You Fly and Other Magical Stories.

Penny: That’s an awesome book title. What’s your favorite story in Where Would You Fly and Other Magical Stories?

Lillian: My favorite story in Where Would You Fly and Other Magical Stories is all of the stories. If I had chosen just 1 story, I would choose Princess Beauty written in 2017 by me.

Penny: That’s awesome. What inspired you to write these stories that are in Where Would You Fly and Other Magical Stories?

Lillian: Animals, friends, family, nature, quotes, pictures, books, food, and more. More stories inspire me to write more than ever before.

Penny: Wow, that’s impressive. When did you first begin to write?

Lillian: I was 4 years old when I first began to write.

Penny: I just finished reading your book, Lillian. What happens when you write one of your stories?

Lillian: Sometimes, a story will flow like a river through my head. Other times though, I have to do something like drawing or reading to get stories flowing.

Penny: Wow! Do you automatically have ideas for a new story?

Lillian: Sometimes I do but other times I have to do something like taking pictures and reading to get ideas flowing.

Penny: How do you feel about having your own book?

Lillian: At first, I couldn’t believe I was a published author but now I feel amazed and excited that I have my own book and that I’m a published author now.

Penny: What is 18p-?

Lillian: 18p- is where the short arm of chromosome 18 is missing.

Penny: What is the Chromosome 18 Research Society Center?

Lillian: The Chromosome 18 Research Society Center is where they research Chromosome 18. It is located in San Antonio which is in Texas. To learn more about 18p-, go to https://www.chromosome18.org/

Penny: Do you have a link where people can buy your book online?

Lillian: Yes, I have a link where people can buy my book online. The link will send you to a page on my blog where you can learn more about the book. Here’s the link: http://www.lilliandarnell.com/author.

Penny: Should we wrap up this interview, Lillian?

Lillian: Yes, we should wrap up this interview.

Penny: It was great to talk to you about this amazing book of yours and actually meet you.

Lillian: It was great to talk to you about my book. It was great to meet you. See you soon, Penny! Bye, everyone!

Penny: See you soon, Lillian! That’s all until next time, you all! 

How The Sun Came To Be

Hey, everyone! You’re about to enter an interview with Lady Weather. Here are some other weather-related blog posts: http://lilliandarnell.com/2018/02/02/how-rain-came-to-be-natures-glitter/ and http://lilliandarnell.com/2015/06/05/latest-weather-thunderstorms/. I hope you enjoy!

Lady Wendy Weather: Welcome to Sunny Fields! Are you ready to get started, Mrs. Alice?

Alice: Thank you! Please just call me Alice, Lady Wendy Weather. Yes, I’m so thrilled to get started!

Lady Wendy Weather: Ok then. By the way, please just call me Wendy. Here’s the first question: How did the sun evolve?

Alice: Scientists believe that the sun and the foundation of the solar system were made from an enormous, changing cloud of gas and particles known as the solar nebula. As the nebula gave away because of the force the nebula had, the nebula rotated faster and grew into a disk. A lot of the matter was dragged to the center to create the sun we see today.

Lady Wendy Weather: Wow, that’s very important. How are the sun and its atmosphere divided?

Alice: The sun and its environment are divided into individual zones and bands. The solar center, from the interior out, is formed up of the heart, radiative zone, and the convective zone. The solar air over that consists of the photosphere, chromosphere, a development region and the corona. Behind that is the solar wind, an outpouring of gas from the corona.

Lady Wendy Weather: That’s very informational! How strong is the magnetic field? What is a flare?

Alice: The power of the sun’s magnetic field is usually only about twice as powerful as Earth’s field. Nonetheless, the sun becomes extremely concentrated in small areas, leading up to three thousand times powerful than normal. These difficulties and twists in the magnetic field happen because the sun revolves more swiftly at the tropics than at the larger latitudes and because the internal parts of the sun revolve faster than the exterior. These distortions form features varying from sunspots to thrilling explosions known as flares and coronal mass ejections. Flares are the most powerful eruptions in the solar system, while coronal mass ejections are less powerful but require remarkable amounts of matter which can make a particular ejection spout approximately 20 billion tons (18 billion metric tons) of matter into space.

Lady Wendy Weather: That’s very impressive! Next question: What is the sun made of?

Alice: That is a hard question but luckily I have the answer for you. Here is the answer: Just like utmost additional stars, the sun is formed essentially of hydrogen, accompanied with helium. Nearly all the leftover matter consists of 7 other parts which are oxygen, carbon, neon, nitrogen, magnesium, iron, and silicon. For every 1, 000, 000 molecules of hydrogen in the sun, there are ninety-eight thousand of helium in the sun, eight-hundred fifty of oxygen in the sun, three-hundred sixty of carbon in the sun, a hundred twenty of neon in the sun, a hundred ten of nitrogen in the sun, forty of magnesium in the sun, thirty five of iron in the sun,  and thirty five of silicon. Still, hydrogen is considered the lightest of all elements, so it only values for about seventy-two percent of the sun’s core, while helium forms about twenty-six percent of the sun’s core.

Lady Wendy Weather: How fascinating! What are sunspots? Do solar cycles have anything to do with sunspots?

Alice: Sunspots are comparatively cool, hidden features on the sun’s exterior that are usually approximately circular. Sunspots surface where thick bunches of magnetic field lines from the sun’s inside cut through the surface. Yes, solar cycles have a lot to do with sunspots. The amount of sunspots modifies as solar magnetic activity does and the difference in this number, from a minimum of none to a maximum of about two-hundred-fifty sunspots or bunches of sunspots and then back to a minimum, is identified as the solar cycle, and norms about eleven cycles long. At the end of a cycle, the magnetic field quickly changes its polarity.

Lady Wendy Weather: Wow, very impressive! Are you ready to wrap today’s interview up?

Alice; Most definitely. See you again soon, everyone!

Lady Wendy Weather: Bye, Alice. That’s a wrap for Sunny Fields’ interview. See you next time!

Website Source I Used:

https://www.space.com/58-the-sun-formation-facts-and-characteristics.html

How Rain Came To Be Nature’s Glitter

Hey, everyone! This story is about nature’s natural glitter. You are about to enter a story about rain. Here are more stories: http://lilliandarnell.com/2018/01/28/amazing-nature-party-who-the-special-guests-were/http://lilliandarnell.com/2017/04/10/princess-beauty/, and http://lilliandarnell.com/2017/03/09/angel-island/. I hope you enjoy!

Once long ago, there lived Raine and her friend Storm who lived happily in their home. One day, Raine and Storm saw an advertisement that read, “Mother Nature is looking for weather assistants. Please visit Mother Nature at 8989 Snowy Sun Lane about the job. ”

“Should we visit Mother Nature about the job?”, said Raine to Storm. “Yes, we should. I just hope that Mother Nature is paying a good price”, said Storm.

So, Raine and Storm walked over to Mother Nature’s home. When Raine and Storm got there, here’s the people they saw Hailey, Thunder, Lightning, and Sunny all waiting for Mother Nature to open the door.

Just as Raine and Storm arrived, Mother Nature opened her door and her eyes widened in surprise. “My goodness, I didn’t expect so many people to show up. Well, I guess I better get started,” exclaimed Mother Nature.

Fortunately, Raine and Storm were first to head inside Mother Nature’s home. Mother Nature had white marble pillars arching high over their head, a large winding staircase leading to the meeting room, and a gorgeous chandelier overhead.

As soon as Raine and Storm reached the meeting room, Mother Nature asked a few questions like “what’s your name?” and “what’s your age?”. Eventually, Raine and Storm were told to explore Mother Nature’s home.

The next people were called in from outside were Thunder and Lightning. Mother Nature asked them different questions like “what weather do you like the most?” and “which one would you like to be the most if you got the job?”.

After Mother Nature finished those questions, Thunder and Lightning were also asked to explore Mother Nature’s home or talk to Storm and Raine. Mother Nature went outside to ask Hailey and Sunny questions like “Are you enjoying this weather?” and “Have you ever expressed your feelings before?”.

After Mother Nature finished those questions for Hailey and Sunny, she went to get Raine, Storm, Thunder, and Lightning. Storm and Raine were checking out the weather art gallery while Thunder and Lightning were watching a movie called Singin’ in the Rain in the weather theater.

After Mother Nature got Raine, Storm, Thunder, and Lightning, they all headed for the grass outside. Mother Nature said, “Sunny, you got the job for sunshine. Raine, you got the job for rain. Thunder, you got the job for thunder. Lightning, you got the job for lightning and you also get to help Thunder. Hailey, you got the job for hail you can help with Raine, Thunder, Lightning. Storm, you got the job for storm which means you get help Raine, Thunder, Lightning, Hailey.”

So Mother Nature sent them all on their way to pack some belongings at their homes. As Raine and Storm walked home, Raine asked,”Should I change my name to Rain since I got the rain job?”.

Storm replied, “Yes, that sounds like a great idea!”. Meanwhile, Hailey was asking, “Should I change my name to Hail since I got the hail job?”. Sunny responded,”Yes, great idea. I will shorten my name to Sun.”

So when Storm and Raine got home, Raine called Mother Nature to tell her that she changed her name to Rain. Meanwhile, Hailey and Sunny called Mother Nature to tell her that Hailey and Sunny changed their names to Hail and Sun.

Mother Nature asked,”Can you be my natural glitter for when Sunny shines on you?” when Raine called and Raine happily agreed. Hailey and Sunny also agreed to be nature’s glitter for colder months and that’s how Rain became nature’s glitter.

 

Amazing Nature Party: Who The Special Guests Were

Hey, everyone! This is part 7 of the Amazing Nature Party series. In this part of the series, you’ll find the answers to the questions asked in Part 6. I hope you enjoy!

The party leader and the party guests added more expressions to help the special guests feel welcome, impressed, and have fun.

The people who were willing to give the Nature Party a try were a nymph, a sprite named Daisy,  a countess named Lavender, a king named Miles, a queen named Lila, and a superhero named Abby the Magnificent.

The party guests were very gratified and honored to have a king, nymph, countess, and superhero to be at the party. Here’s what Daisy said, “What a blooming party, this should happen every day!”. The nymph said, “What a beautiful party about nature!”

Miles said, “This is such an extravaganza! As King and wife to Lila, I would like to politely request that this nature party happens every day.” The party guests cheered happily at the demand.

Lila said, “I very much agree with Miles and everyone else at this party. As Queen and wife of Miles, I would also like to cordially ask that this nature party goes on every day.”

Everyone again applauded and cheered at the request and agreement. Abby said, “This is the most adventurous party I’ve ever seen in ages. I’ve also brought someone back with me you might like to see again.”

As soon as Abby said those words, the nature Fairy; her unicorn, and the Fairy Queen came out from beneath the tree. The Nature party guests as well as the Nature Party leader applauded cheerfully.

The Nature Fairy said, “Is there a wish I can grant all of you?” and the party guests, as well as the special guests, said, “Yes, the wish is that the nature party lasts more than a day and night.”

At those words, the Nature fairy summoned her mother who is the Fairy Queen to help her grant the wish. And so, that’s how nature gets along so well to this day.

That’s the end of the Amazing Nature Party series. I hope you enjoyed the series!

Wonderful Book Enchantment: Lumber Camp Library by Natalie Kinsley Warnock

Hey, everyone! This is my 60th book recommendation.  Also, in case you’re wondering the blue links, are Amazon affiliates. Here are some other book recommendation blog posts: 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/2016/10/25/books-i-recommend-frozen-by-sarah-nathan-and-sela-roman/. I hope you enjoy!

1. Serena the Salsa Fairy by Daisy Meadows

2. Secret of the Wings by Sarah Nathan

3. Selena the Sleepover Fairy by Daisy Meadows

4. Sophie the Sapphire by Daisy Meadows

5. Whales by Jacques Cousteau and Philippe Diolé

6. Joan Of Arc by Diane Stanley

7. Life In An Estuary by Sally M. Walker

8. Leonardo Da Vinci by Diane Stanley

9. Leo Politi by Ann Stalcup

10. Kon-Tiki by Thor Heyerdahl

11. Ivy by Katherine Coville

12. The Magnificent Flying Baron Estate by Eric Bower

13. The Tulip Touch by Anne Fine

14. Genie in a Bottle by Sarah Mlynowski

15. Soccer Mania by Jane O’Connor

16. Double Dip by Helen Perelman

17. The Crook and the Crown by Debbie Dadey

18. Sugar and Spice by Sarah Mlynowski

19. Robins by Robin Nelson

20. Lumber Camp Library by Natalie Kinsey Warnock

21. Tink, North of Never Land by Kiki Thorpe

22. The Goat by Anne Fleming

23. Genevieve’s War by Patricia Reilly Giff

24. In A Pickle by Joanna Cole

25. The Good Rainbow Road by Simon J. Ortiz

26. Blue Moon Soup by Gary Gross

27. The Wind in the Willow by Kenneth Graham

28. Pipe Cleaner Mania by Christine M. Irvin

29. If I Had A Little Dream by Melissa Castrillon

30. Mockingbird by Natalie Lunis

31. Blue Jays by Lisa J. Amstutz

32. Little Cricket by Jackie Brown

33. Nancy Clancy Seeks a Fortune by Jane O’Connor

34. Shug by Jenny Han

35. The Gallery by Laura Marx Fitzgerald

36. Mary Todd Lincoln by Kathleen Krull

37. Classic Poems To Read Aloud by James Berry

38. Hugs and Sprinkles by Sheryl Berk and Carrie Berk

39. The Garden Princess by Kristin Kladstrup

40. Castle Avamir by Kathleen Duey

41. Moon Shadow by Chris Platt

42. The Mirror of Fire And Dreaming by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

43. Magic And The Night River by Eve Bunting

44. Anastasia Romanov: The Last Grand Duchess by Ann Hood

45. Leonardo Da Vinci: Renaissance Master by Ann Hood

46. Queen Liliuokalani: Royal Prisoner by Ann Hood

47. A Case of the Meanies by Courtney Sheinmel

48. 13 Gifts by Wendy Mass

49. None of Your Beeswax by Courtney Sheinmel

50. Every Soul A Star by Wendy Mass

51. In Plain Sight by Jerry Pinkney

52. Manjiro by Emily Arnold McCully

53. Mammals Who Morph by Jennifer Morgan

54. Napoleon by Robert Burleigh

55. The Birthday Queen by Audrey and Don Wood

56. Lives of the Writers by Kathleen Krull

57. Making Contact! by Monica Kulling

58. Going Batty! by Nancy Krulik

59. Tip-Top Tappin’ Mom! by Nancy Krulik

60. Any Way You Slice It by Nancy Krulik

61. Doggone It! by Nancy Krulik

62. Graceful by Wendy Mass

63. Listening For Lions by Gloria Whelan

64. My Beautiful Birds by Suzanne Del Rizzo

65. Mango – Shaped Space by Wendy Mass

66. Milestones Of Flight by Tim Grove

67. Step Into The Spotlight! by Heather Alexander

 

Wonderful Book Enchantment: Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan

Hey, everyone! This is my 59th book recommendation.  Also, in case you’re wondering the blue links, are Amazon affiliates. Here are some other book recommendation blog posts: http://lilliandarnell.com/2018/01/16/wonderful-book-enchantment-starfields-by-carolyn-marsden/http://lilliandarnell.com/2017/02/20/books-i-recommend-fortune-cookie-fortunes-by-grace-lin/, and http://lilliandarnell.com/2016/06/12/books-i-recommend-the-biggest-snowball-ever-by-john-rogan/. I hope you enjoy!

1. Abel’s Island by William Steig

2. Dream Soul by Laurence Yep

3. Magic Night by Isobelle Carmody

4. 12 Again by Sue Corbett

5. Ruby Fuzzybrush’s Star Dance by Daisy Meadows

6. The Hour of Magic by Geronimo Stilton

7. Rosie Gigglepip’s Lucky Escape by Daisy Meadows

8. Olympia the Games Fairy by Daisy Meadows

9. Good Queen Bess by Diane Stanley and Peter Vennema

10. Half-A-Ball-Of-Kenki by Verna Aardema

11. From Caterpillar to Butterfly by Deborah Heligman

12. Getting To Know Scratch by Jeanne Nagle

13. Baby Cakes by Sheryl Berk and Carrie Berk

14. The Candymakers and the Great Chocolate Chase by Wendy Mass

15. Poppy the Piano Fairy by Daisy Meadows

16. Phoebe the Fashion Fairy by Daisy Meadows

17. Rebecca the Rock ‘n’ Roll Fairy by Daisy Meadows

18. Rani in the Mermaid Lagoon by Lisa Papademetriou

19. The Cupcake Club by Sheryl Berk and Carrie Berk

20. Broken Birthday by Courtney Sheinmel

21. Moonsilver by Kathleen Duey

22. Beck Beyond the Sea by Kimberly Morris

23. Forest Has a Song by Amy Ludwig Vanderwater

24. S.O.S by Gordon Korman

25. Two Friendship Tales by Lisa Papademetriou and Kimberly Morris

26. Emily Windsnap and the Land of the Midnight by Liz Kessler

27. Edward’s Eyes by Patricia MacLachlan

28. The Mystery of the Traveling Tomatoes by Gertrude Chandler Warner

29. The Ice Diamond by Paula Harrison

30. Icing on the Cake by Sheryl Berk and Carrie Berk

31. Beauty and the Beast by Wendy Mass

32. Rita the Frog Princess Fairy by Daisy Meadows

33. Song of the Swallows by Leo Politi

34. Dat-so-la-lee by Gayle Ross

35. Waiting For The Magic by Patricia MacLachlan

36. Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan

37. Skylark by Patricia MacLachlan

38. The Mermaid’s Purse by Patricia Polacco

39. Finding Winnie by Lindsay Mattick

40. Mack Made Movies by Don Brown

41. Miss Hunnicutt’s Hat by Jeff Brumbeau

42. When The Moon Is Full by Penny Pollock

43. Esquivel by Susan Wood

44. In The Moonlight Mist by Daniel San Souci

45. My Treasury of Fairies and Elves by Nicola Baxter

46. Thank You, Mr. Falker by Patricia Polacco

47. Someone For Mr. Sussman by Patricia Polacco

48. The Junkyard Wonders by Patricia Polacco

49. The Pet Fairies to the Rescue! by Daisy Meadows

50. Pet Parade by Daisy Meadows

51. Grandpa’s Great Escape by David Williams

52. The Left-Handed Fate by Kate Milford

53. Uncle Monarch And The Day Of The Dead by Judy Goldman

54. Look Up! by Robert Burleigh

55. Vile Verses by Ronald Dahl

56. Fairy Drawing Book by Ralph Masiello

57. Nicole the Beach Fairy by Daisy Meadows

58. Olivia the Orchid Fairy by Daisy Meadows

59. Louise the Lily Fairy by Daisy Meadows

60. If You Grew Up With George Washington by Ruth Belov Gross

61. Ida M. Tarbell by Emily Arnold McCully

62. Rosalie the Rapunzel Fairy by Daisy Meadows

63. Tooth Bandits by Sam Hay

64. Be A Star! by Heather Alexander

65. Miranda the Beauty Fairy by Daisy Meadows

Wonderful Book Enchantment: Starfields by Carolyn Marsden

Hey, everyone! This is my 58th book recommendation.  Also, in case you’re wondering the blue links, are Amazon affiliates. Here are some other book recommendation blog posts: http://lilliandarnell.com/2017/08/10/wonderful-book-enchantment-georges-marvelous-medicine-by-ronald-dahl/http://lilliandarnell.com/2016/10/25/books-i-recommend-frozen-by-sarah-nathan-and-sela-roman/, and http://lilliandarnell.com/2016/06/14/books-i-recommend-the-curious-garden-by-peter-brown/. I hope you enjoy!

1. A Simple Case of Angels by Caroline Adderson

2. The Worst Witch Saves The Day by Jill Murphy

3. Race to the South Pole by Kate Messner

4. At War, 1944 by Mary Pope Osborne

5. Fantastic Mr. Fox by Roald Dahl

6. Pocket Guide to the Outdoors by Jean Craighead George

7. A Complicated Case by Ulf Nilsson

8. Titanic by Deborah Hopkinson

9. Tree Castle Island by Jean Craighead George

10. Ancient Egyptians by Laura Buller

11. India the Moonstone Fairy by Daisy Meadows

12. Ellie Featherbill All Alone by Daisy Meadows

13. Jessica the Jazz Fairy by Daisy Meadows

14. Cherry the Cake Fairy by Daisy Meadows

15. Rescue on the Oregon Trail by Kate Messner

16. The Song of the Whales by Uri Orlev

17. Kindred Souls by Patricia MacLachlan

18. The Truth of Me by Patricia MacLachlan

19. White Fur Flying by Patricia MacLachlan

20. Starfields by Carolyn Marsden

21. Fish Talk by Suzanne Francis

22. Wish by Barbara O’Connor

23. Calico Girl by Jerdine Nolen

24. Lily the Rainforest Fairy by Daisy Meadows

25. Sky Sailors by David L. Bristow

26. The Boys In The Boat by Daniel James Brown

27. Wishes and Wings by Kathleen Duey

28. The Fourth Journey Through Time by Geronimo Stilton

29. James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl

30. The Magic Finger by Roald Dahl

31. A Girl from Yamhill by Beverly Cleary

32. Free In The Skies by Robert Burleigh

33. Cross Stitch Fairies by Claire Crompton, Maria Diaz, Joan Elliott, Lucie Heaton, and Lesley Teare

34. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle

35. Who Was George Washington Carver? by Jim Gigliotti

36. Destiny the Rock Star Fairy by Daisy Meadows

37. Me And Marvin Gardens by Amy Sarig King

38. Counting Sheep by Jacqueline Kelly

39. The Mystery Horse by Gertrude Chandler Warner

40. Henry Ford by Hazel B. Aird and Catherine Ruddiman

41. One Step at a Time by Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch

42. The Metropolitans by Carol Goodman

43. Man Of Peace by Willam Meyers

44. Maggie and the Wish Fish by E.D. Baker

45. Louisa May Alcott by Cary Ryan

46. Eat My Dust! by Monica Kulling

47. Earth From Above by Robert Burleigh Farmer

48. Farmer George Plants a Nation by Peggy Thomas

49. Judy Blume by Kathleen Krull

50. Drowned City by Don Brown

51. Fireflies by Sally M. Walker

52. Dream Weaver by Jonathan London

53. The Long Winter by Laura Ingalls Wilder

54. Lucy the Diamond Fairy by Daisy Meadows

55. Cheryl the Christmas Fairy by Daisy Meadows

56. Man on a Mission by David Hilmers and Rick Houston

57. Keira the Movie Star Fairy by Daisy Meadows

58. Libby the Writing Fairy by Daisy Meadows

59. Collision Course by Gordon Korman

60. Irish Red by Jim Kjelgaard

61. Castle Avamir by Kathleen Duey

62. Melodie the Music Fairy by Daisy Meadows

63. Knit-Knotters by Sam Hay

64. Lindsay the Luck Fairy by Daisy Meadows

Annual Chromosome 18p- Conference 2017

Hey, everyone! This blog post is a summary of what I did at the Chromosome 18p- conference. I hope you enjoy reading this blog post. In case you’re wondering, the links are Thomas’, Camilla’s, Team TLC’s blogs, and Chromosome 18’s website.

July 11th, 2017: 

2017 Chromosome 18 Conference 7.10.17 #3

Borrowed from Camilla                                                         On the airplane waiting to take off.

 

We woke up early that morning to get to the airport and go through security. I went up the stairs to get to the flights while Camilla and Thomas went up the escalator. We got on the airplane right on time thankfully. Sadly, one of the plane engines wouldn’t start. We got to see a beautiful sunrise while we were sitting on the plane waiting for them to fix the plane engine. After the beautiful sunrise, the plane lifted off the ground.

We sat on the plane for about 3 ½ hours and watched clouds. I played a few offline games on my tablet.  I also finished a Hawaiian magazine while on the plane. I got Fritos® chips and honey roasted peanuts which I ate along with honey roasted cashews, apricots, and cereal. To go with that snack, I got some apple juice and water which I drank during the flight.

I also tried to see Lake Michigan when we were about to land but it was too cloudy for that. When we got off the plane in Chicago Midway International Airport, we walked to an elevator and got off on the ground level of the airport.

2017 Chromosome 18 Conference 7.10.17 #5

Waiting for our hotel room.                                Borrowed from Camilla

Camilla found our luggage and then we used a Lyft taxi to get us to Naperville’s Chicago Marriott where we met a few 18q and 18p- friends in the lobby while waiting to get a hotel room. Once we went up to our hotel room, we started unpacking and ate our lunch/snack that Camilla got us from The Artisan Table (the restaurant that’s in the hotel).

After settling in, I went down to the lobby with Thomas to see if any of my 18p- and 18q- friends were there. Camilla came down a little after I went up to tell her that it was almost dinner time. Camilla ran into several of her friends. I ran into a lot of friends at that time including Katie Baker. We took the Marriot shuttle down to Downtown Naperville to have dinner at an Irish pub named Quigley’s.

Once we got back from Quigley’s, I went up to the hotel room to put some things away. After that, I got a little lost trying to find the pool so I sat down and texted Camilla to find out. Although that wasn’t much help, I found the pool much to my luck. Just out the window, I could see a thunderstorm forming.

After we were done checking out the pool, Camilla and I sat on the hotel’s deck outside the hotel’s main entrances when it starting raining. After a few hours sitting there, we headed up to the room to get ready to go to bed.  I also let Macy Miller (a 18p- friend of mine) know that I was at the hotel and going to bed.

July 12th, 2017:

I woke up around 8:00 am and wondered where I was for a second. I remembered shortly after 2 seconds that I was in Naperville.  I wondered where Camilla was. So I messaged Camilla where she was and she had been out on the hotel deck and was right outside hotel room door. I accidentally woke Thomas up while I took a quick bath and watched a thunderstorm while messaging Macy.

I found out that Macy was already in Indiana. After the storm blew away, I prepared to go down to the lobby to see if any friends were there. I managed to catch Rebecca Parker on the elevator. We ate lunch at the Artisan Table. I went up to the room to relax some and check updates from Macy before going down with Camilla to run a quick trip to the bank.

When we got back, we ran into Macy and her family. I went up to the room to relax for a second before heading straight down to the lobby to hang out with Macy.  I hung out with Macy a little more before going with her parents to get registered and shortly, Camilla and I went in to get name tags and hung out with Macy when she came out of the registry room. I stayed down in the lobby with Macy until right before dinner when I went up the elevator to get my sunglasses and quickly went back down to Macy, her family, Camilla, and Thomas.

2017 Chromosome 18 Conference 7.12.17 #8

Macy & I                                                                                                                                        Borrowed from Camilla

Gorgeous clouds in Naperville.                                                                                                                                                                                Taken by me

We went out to dinner with Macy and her family at Bricks Wood Fired Pizza. We saw Katie Baker and Rebecca Parker there as well. We spent an hour there waiting for everyone to finish eating including myself.  Once we got back, we went back in the registry room for the silent auction. After the silent auction was over, I hung out with Macy in the registry room.

Macy wanted to know where the pool was so she could go swimming. So Macy got her parents’ permission so I could show Macy where the pool was. As Macy and I headed out of the registry room, we ran into some of Camilla’s friends. I helped Macy make friends while we walked to the pool entrance.

Once I showed Macy the pool, we headed back to the registry room so Macy could get permission to go swimming. Macy and I went to our hotel rooms to get our swimsuits on. I was one second late but I made it on time.

After Macy soaked her feet a little and dried off, she went up to her hotel room with her parents. I was drying off when she said good night to me. I went outside on the hotel deck with Camilla after drying off. After being outside for an hour, I went up to our hotel room to get ready for bed and go to sleep.

July 13th, 2017:

When I woke up, I once again wondered where Camilla was. This time, she had stayed on the hotel deck outside. I went down to her and I sat in an outdoor chair for 3 to 4 hours before going up to the room again until lunch.

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Thomas with friends                                                                                                              Borrowed from Camilla

The registry served lunch and after I finished eating, I hung out with Macy for a half hour until Macy went out for bowling and pizza.  After that, I hung around with some friends didn’t want to go. Camilla and I also had a quick walk around the outside of the hotel. I also hung out at the pool.

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Me with flowers                       Borrowed from Camilla

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Me again with same flowers.                                     Borrowed from Camilla

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Me and Camilla with a few of the same flowers.                               Borrowed from Camilla

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A beautiful flower.                    Borrowed from Camilla

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A beautiful flower.                     Borrowed from Camilla

Macy had already gone to bed by the time I came out of the pool. I went to sleep shortly after midnight.

July 14th, 2017:

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Camilla with a friend’s dog.                                            Taken by a friends’ sister.

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Me with Camilla’s friend. Borrowed from Camilla

I woke up and went down to the lobby to sit out on the hotel deck before it got too warm out. After I sat out there, I went up to the room to get 2 books to read on the couch before checking the time to wait for Macy. The registry provided/served lunch again.

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Thomas playing the piano with his friends.                                                                               Taken by Camilla’s friend

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Thomas with his friend and me with Macy.                                                                   Borrowed from Camilla

After lunch, I hung out with Macy a little before she went to the self-advocate room.  I kept reading until Macy came back out and we hung out. We also went out to dinner at Jason’s Deli. After dinner, I hung out with Macy and her father. I also watched them play Monopoly Deal.

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Thomas in the Jacuzzi                                                                                                                                                          Borrowed from Camilla

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Me with a few friends.                                              Taken by Camilla’s friend

Rebecca came by and wanted to play Monopoly Deal. I sat there for 3 straight hours before pointing out the time. So I went up to the room to get ready for bed and go to sleep.

July 15th, 2017:

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Me and some friends.                                                                                                                   Taken by Camilla’s friend

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Me, a friend, Camilla, and Chris Ulmer.                                                                                   Taken by a friend

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Me with Chris Ulmer.                                                                                                                    Taken by Camilla

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Camilla with a few of her friends.                                   Taken by Camilla’s friend

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Camilla with one of her friends.                                     Taken by Camilla’s friend

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18p- Group Picture.                                                                                                                                  Not sure who took the photo

I slept in late but managed to get down to the lobby before lunch. Again we went with Macy and her family to Jason’s Deli. After lunch, we separated ways for a little bit. During that time, I met Chris Ulmer and he interviewed me. Shortly after that interview, Camilla and I went up to the room to get ready for the group picture and the dance with the dinner. Camilla didn’t have time to style my hair before the group picture. I accidentally put on a too tight dress but didn’t have time to change into a more comfortable dress. After the group picture, Camilla and I went up to the hotel room so I could change into a more comfortable dress. Camilla styled my hair to look pretty. After I finished getting ready, I headed down to the lobby to see if Macy was there. I was about to get back on the elevator to ride up to go to the restroom when Macy got off the elevator and I made the decision to go to the closest restroom in the lobby instead. Macy and I chatted for a few minutes.

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Macy and I.                                                                             Borrowed from Camilla

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Macy and I.                                         Taken by Camilla’s friend

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Me, Macy, and a friend.                                               Taken by Camilla’s friend

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Camilla with a few friends.                                             Taken by a friend.

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Me with one of Camilla’s friends.                            Taken by Camilla’s friend

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Camilla with a friend.                                                                                                               Taken by a friend

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Camilla. me, and Chris Ulmer.                                                                            Taken by a friend

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Me with Camilla.                                          Taken by a friend

Macy went up to ask her parents if they felt like playing Monopoly Deal. Of course, I watched. A few hours later, Macy headed up to the room with her parents so her parents could get ready. A few minutes later though, Macy came back down and she suggested we take a walk on a few hotel room floors. So we walked around on the 2nd and 3rd floor until Rebecca messaged me asking where I was. Macy and I headed back down to the lobby to the ballroom for dinner. We took our seats and many friends took pictures of us while we waited for dinner to come. After I finished dinner, I went on the dance floor for a little bit before heading to the restroom. I came back and was ready to dance more. Here are a few of the songs that played: Let It Go, We Are Family and Y.M.C.A. We danced for 3 hours straight while Macy went to bed 1 hour into the dancing. So Macy and I said our goodbyes. I was tired and could barely move or hear when the dance finally ended. So I got ready for bed and went to sleep.

July 16th, 2017: 

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Me and Thomas at the Riverwalk                               Borrowed from Camilla

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Me.                                                     Taken by Camilla

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Me, Camilla, and Thomas

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Thomas in front of a tree.                                                  Taken by Camilla

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Thomas.                                               Taken by Camilla

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I woke up late so I ended up having brunch. After I took a quick shower, we waited for the Marriott shuttle to take us near the Naperville Riverwalk. After we finished exploring, 2017 Chromosome 18 Conference 7.16.17 #40we went back to the hotel to wait for Lyft to come pick us up and drop us off at the Chicago Midway Airport. After we went through security which was pretty quick, we 2017 Chromosome 18 Conference 7.16.17 #432017 Chromosome 18 Conference 7.16.17 #472017 Chromosome 18 Conference 7.16.17 #45found a spot to stand while the airplane was being prepared to board a lot of people on including us. We got on the plane and waited for the plane to take off. Once, we 2017 Chromosome 18 Conference 7.16.17 #46lifted off I once again got honey roasted peanuts and had them with cereal and cashews. I also got a cup of apple juice. Camilla and Thomas took a nap while I watched the gorgeous sunset. After a while, I could see Reno’s highway. A few moments later we landed.

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Thomas

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Me.

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I went down the steps while Camilla and Thomas went down the escalator. We then found our luggage. After that, we headed out to our car to drive home. Once we got home, I dug out the most need items from my bag. I went to sleep in my very own bed peacefully.

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Wonderful Book Enchantment: George’s Marvelous Medicine by Ronald Dahl

Hey, everyone! This is my 57th book recommendation. Also, in case you’re wondering the blue links, are Amazon affiliates. Here are some other book recommendation blog posts: http://lilliandarnell.com/2017/03/03/books-i-recommend-a-year-full-of-stories-by-angela-mcallister/http://lilliandarnell.com/2016/12/12/books-i-recommend-the-song-reader-by-lisa-tucker/, and http://lilliandarnell.com/2017/04/10/books-i-recommend-a-minty-mess-by-helen-perelman/.  I hope you enjoy!

1. How the Sun Got to Coco’s House by Bob Graham

2. Miriam’s Cup by Fran Manushkin

3. Poems Of Easter by Nikki Grimes

4. Doña Flor by Pat Mora

5. Lucky Lazio by Steve Light

6. Small Tall Tale From The Far Far North by Peter Sis

7. A Fish Named Glub by Dan Bar-el

8. A Dozen Fairy Dresses by Tennant Redbank

9. Maps and Geography by Ken Jennings

10. The Mystery at the Dog Show by Gertrude Chandler Warner

11. Wish Girl by Nikki Loftin

12. Ashley the Dragon Fairy by Daisy Meadows

13. Bella the Bunny Fairy by Daisy Meadows

14. The Mystery Cruise by Gertrude Chandler Warner

15. Growling Bear Mystery by Gertrude Chandler Warner

16. The Mystery of the Stolen Music by Gertrude Chandler Warner

17. The Clue in the Recycling Bin by Gertrude Chandler Warner

18. The Return Of The Graveyard Ghost by Gertrude Chandler Warner

19. When The Sea Turned To Silver by Grace Lin

20. The Stolen Crystals by Paula Harrison

21. Good-Bye, Grace? by Madonna

22. The Snow Jewel by Paula Harrison

23. Going Solo by Ronald Dahl

24. Dragonwings by Laurence Yep

25.The Someday Birds by Sally J. Pla

26. Tom Swift and his Air Ship by Victor Appleton

27. Trekking On A Trail by Linda White

28. The Lost Property Office by James R. Hannibal

29. The Days When The Animals Talked by William J. Faulkner

30. Elon Musk and The Quest For A Fantastic Future by Ashlee Vance

31. Talking Leaves by Joseph Bruchac

32. Irena’s Children by Tilar J. Mazzeo

33. Saladin by Diane Stanley

34. Grandmothers’ Stories by Burleigh Mutén

35. Irena Sendler and the Children of the Warsaw Ghetto by Susan Goldman Rubin

36. A Clatter of Jars by Lisa Graff

37. Genie Wishes by Elisabeth Dahl

38. The Tragic Tale of Narcissa Whitman by Cheryl Harness

39. A Song for Bijou by Josh Farrar Ragweed

40. Cider Apples by Sandy Nightingale

41. Good Night, Fairies by Kathleen Hague

42. A Chinese Zoo by Demi

43. The Great Spruce by John Duvall

44. Discovering The Great Masters by Alexandra Bonfante Warren

45. Fairy Dust and the Quest for the Egg by Gail Carson Levine

46. The Full Moon by Kathleen Duey

47. Fira and the Full Moon by Gail Herman

48. Danger in the Deep Blue Sea by Debbie Dadey

49. Roxie the Baking Fairy by Daisy Meadows

50. One Good Thing About America by Ruth Freeman

51. The Mystery on Stage by Gertrude Chandler Warner

52. The Deserted Library Mystery by Gertrude Chandler Warner

53. Julie Andrews’ Collection of Poems, Songs, and Lullabies by Julie Andrews and Emma Walton Hamilton

54. A Family of Poems by Caroline Kennedy Pink

55. Pink and Say by Patricia Polacco

56. How Mama Brought the Spring by Fran Manushkin

57. SkySisters by Jan Bourdeau Waboose

58. The Rooster’s Antlers by Eric A. Kimmel

59. Creating Creatures of Fantasy and Imagination by Claudia Nice

60. The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me by Ronald Dahl

61. George’s Marvelous Medicine by Ronald Dahl

62. Snow Treasure by Mari McSwigan

Mandala Legend With History

Hey, everyone! You are about to enter a historical story about a mandala. I hope you enjoy!

Once upon a time, there lived a mandala who lived alone. One day, the mandala went for a walk. The mandala came along a little hole with golden light shining through. The mandala thought,”What is that golden light?”.

So the mandala decided to take a peek. The mandala was very surprised that inside the hole was an another mandala living alone. Furthermore, that mandala used sunlight to help bring peace to his home.

She noticed the other mandala looking around the small room and thought,”Goodness me, I didn’t see anyone peeking through the sunlight.” Even so, she invited the mandala in and she noticed the mandala enjoying the sunlight as well. So if you ever see a mandala in the sunlight, that could have been a distant relative of the mandala.

Here is some history about mandalas:

The word “mandala” is Sanskrit for “circle.” According to Mandala artist Charles Gilchrist, creator of “Sacred Geometry,” a wandering guru may have brought the first meditation mandalas to Tibet in about the eighth century. Mandalas have been found across the Far East, and Native Americans symbolism is based on the “sacred hoop.” Mandalas are considered to be of Eastern origin, but it would be difficult, if not impossible, to find any civilization without some awareness of the circle’s symbolism and the potential for spiritual self-examination.

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Mandala

Reference:

http://peopleof.oureverydaylife.com/history-mandala-7424.html