Nature Is Life

Hey, everyone! Decided to switch it up with a song. This song is inspired by my girlfriend and LGBTQIA+ Pride Month. Here’s some related blog posts: https://lilliandarnell.com/2020/03/15/the-princesses-grand-adventure/https://lilliandarnell.com/2019/12/09/top-17-songs-to-conquer-and-encourage-you-to-defeat-your-fears/https://lilliandarnell.com/2015/06/21/in-the-good-ole-summertime-lillians-version/. Anyway, I hope you enjoy!

Wind blowing through
the palm trees a-wavin’

While butterflies drift
like rain a-blowin’ through
a rainbow

Chorus:

Nature is life
Nature is life (x2)

Nature is love
Nature is loveee (x4)

(Instrumental music)

Roses survive throughout
Love, love love

While butterflies drift
like rain a-blowin’ through
a rainbow

Chorus (x4):

Nature is life
Nature is life (x2)

Nature is love
Nature is loveee (x4)

(Instrumental Music)

Love, love love
Love, love love (x4)

Yeah!

That’s the end of the song! Hope you enjoyed! Peace out and remember to be proud of who you are!

Water of Summer

Hey, everyone! This poem is a little late but this is a poem for World Water Day & World Poetry Day. Here is some related poems: https://lilliandarnell.com/2020/03/19/roses-of-spring/https://lilliandarnell.com/2019/03/21/poems-of-nature/, and https://lilliandarnell.com/2018/03/21/fun-poem-extravaganza/. I hope you enjoy!

Water waves
swirlin’ through like a waterspout;
splashing energetically

Dancing waves
of water curl
and touch you

As you catch a ride
on a huge wave
the wave of water
comes up to greet you.

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

Roses of Spring

Hey, everyone! Happy First Day of Spring! Here are some related poems: https://lilliandarnell.com/2019/03/21/poems-of-nature/https://lilliandarnell.com/2018/03/21/fun-poem-extravaganza/, and https://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: https://lilliandarnell.com/2017/04/10/princess-beauty/https://lilliandarnell.com/2020/03/09/lisa-and-the-huge-storm/https://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: https://lilliandarnell.com/2019/11/03/an-incredible-day/, https://lilliandarnell.com/2019/07/17/adventures-of-marigold-springs/, and https://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.

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: https://lilliandarnell.com/2018/07/06/annual-chromosome-18-conference-2018-part-1/https://lilliandarnell.com/2018/06/15/my-adventure-to-surprise-part-1/https://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 5

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: https://lilliandarnell.com/2018/07/06/annual-chromosome-18-conference-2018-part-1/https://lilliandarnell.com/2018/06/15/my-adventure-to-surprise-part-1/https://lilliandarnell.com/2017/09/13/annual-chromosome-18p-conference-2017/ I hope you enjoy!

July 22nd: 

I woke up around 7:00 am to Camilla closing the blackout curtains so we could sleep a little longer. So I went back to sleep and winded up waking up at 11:00am. My grand aunt Debbie Burton had already landed at the Denver International Airport by that point.

So I messaged her to keep her company while she was waiting on Patty and Frank (the Romano Duo) to get there. I also kept Patty company through text throughout the day. Almost everyone wondered where I was including Rebecca and Macy.

I also took a shower (that was an accomplishment around Christmas 2018) and it felt so natural because I had done it at Patty and Frank’s home many times there. Afterward, I ate a few crackers before going to meet up with Macy by the elevators.

In the conference rooms,  I ate some of my assigned lunch served by the Marriott staff but provided by the registry slowly and cautiously. After I finished eating, I messaged Patty and found out they got stuck in the same traffic near Glenwood Springs.

Knowing that Patty overheated easily, I asked if they pulled over at the White River National Forest. Patty messaged me saying they did but just got back on the highway. After that, they got out of the traffic jam.

Then I went up with Macy to roam around the hallways. I messaged Debbie again to check on her as Patty was worried that she wasn’t okay sitting there all by herself. So I messaged Patty to tell her that she was okay.

I asked Patty what room number they thought they would get. Then Macy and I headed to our hotel room so we could hang out with Camilla. Afterward, Macy and I headed to her family’s hotel room so Macy could go to the restroom.

After that, we went back down to the lobby and I sat with Macy outside the Self Advocate Room for a minute before realizing I was getting nauseous again so I told Macy and then I went back up to the hotel room alone,

Of course, I wasn’t very happy that I had to leave Macy sitting there alone so as soon as I got up into the hotel room I messaged Macy to let her know I was resting in the hotel room.

In return, she told that she was in the Self Advocate Room again. Eventually, I found I was able to not be nauseous while sitting down so I went down to the lobby and stayed sitting there.

Rebecca and Lauren eventually came over to sit by me while I did things on my phone & message Debbie and Patty. Camilla eventually came down and she asked if I wanted more water. I said yes so I got up so I could order water with Camilla’s help.

I eventually started getting nauseous again. Once I got back to the couch, I got a message from Macy asking where I was. I told her that I was over by Rebecca and Lauren. I eventually got up so I could go with Macy to roam hallways again before she had to go back down to the self-advocate room.

I eventually went back down to the lobby with her. I asked Patty and Frank what their estimated time for their arrival was. She said 4:05 pm the first time then said 4:30 pm the next time.

At 4:00 pm we went outside for a group photo. While we were out there, I saw many cars that looked very close to Patty and Frank’s car. Right when Macy, Lauren, and I sat down together, Patty, Frank, and Debbie came through the doors.

Frank went to register Patty, Debbie, and himself. Debbie went looking for the restrooms. While Patty talked with Camilla and met Macy. Then Debbie came back to join Patty and Frank eventually came over.

Patty gave me the hotel room key. Then after I saw Macy off. I saw Debbie, Patty, Camilla, and Frank waiting for an elevator so I joined them. I got off on the 4th floor while everyone else got off the elevator on the 6th floor.

I eventually went to the lobby where they were eating. I also saw Macy’s father and mother eating together. I pointed it out to Camilla and eventually, Macy’s father came over to introduce himself. Macy’s mother looked over at me and asked me if I was still going to Olive Garden.

And I told her that I think I would. Macy’s mother asked if Macy would text me when they are done at Bulid-A-Bear and I told her yes. After Patty, Debbie, Frank, and Camilla got done eating I headed outside with them.

It felt very good outside. I then headed up to their room with them. While I was up there, Macy messaged me saying they were almost at Olive Garden. I then got Camilla to drive me there in the dark.

I then ordered french fries and a straw for my water. I winded up spilling water on the table but luckily no one noticed but me. It was a little too full for me. I then got my french fries.

It was a very small portion of french fries so I was able to eat all of them without it upsetting my stomach luckily. Macy finished shortly after me. At around 10:00 pm, the first Marriott shuttle arrived. Macy and I got on together. We sat together too.

Lauren was on the other side of Macy. I was happy but tired. Macy had to go straight up to her hotel room and Lauren and I went up too. I dropped Macy off by her hotel room. Then I headed to our room to drop off the money then I went to find Camilla in the lobby.

Of course, Camilla was talking with friends. I talked some too. It was 11:00 pm when me and Camilla headed up to the room. I then got ready for bed. Then I played on my phone a little until my eyes would barely stay open so I got up to go to the restroom.

After that, I went to sleep at around 1:00 am or 2:00 am.

View of the mountains from our hotel room. Taken by me!

The view from our hotel room. Taken by me!

What is your favorite hotel so far? I would love to see your answers in the comments if it feels right to you!

Click here for Part 6!!!

The Annual Chromosome 18 Conference 2019: Part 4

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: https://lilliandarnell.com/2018/07/06/annual-chromosome-18-conference-2018-part-1/https://lilliandarnell.com/2018/06/15/my-adventure-to-surprise-part-1/https://lilliandarnell.com/2017/09/13/annual-chromosome-18p-conference-2017/ I hope you enjoy!

July 21th: 

I woke up around 11:00 am. I took my time eating brunch and getting dressed. It was around 12:00 pm when I finally went down to the lobby. I sat down in a comfy chair so I could text Camilla where she was in the lobby.

I saw Emmalee Bauknecht (an 18p- friend of mine; first attenders) and her mother while I sat there along with another friend who attends the conference every year. After a while, I got a message from Camilla saying where she was.

She was in the restaurant with Thomas and his friend, sibling, and Camilla’s friend. She ordered some french fries. I went to the restaurant to grab the water Camilla ordered for me.

Then I found a spot in the lobby that had a table next to it and had a good view of the lobby doors so I could see if Macy or Lauren came through the doors. It was a very comfy couch, I must say.

Camilla came to give me french fries that she ordered for me. The french fries were delicious. If you are wondering, I had them as a snack. Then I dropped off the french fry box off where Camilla was sitting.

I headed up to the room to look at the storm clouds a little better. After that, I came back down and sat down on a similar couch and a similar view of the doors. Macy and I messaged each other for a while.

I even took a selfie just for her. Around 4:00 pm before Camilla went to get nametags, she talked to one of her friends and I saw Macy’s father come into the hotel to check-in and get their hotel room.

Shortly after that, Macy and her sister, as well as her mother (one of Camilla’s friends), came in through the doors. Once I said hey to Macy, her family went up to their room with their things.

So Camilla and Thomas went into the conference registry room. After I stayed in the lobby for a minute or two, I went into the conference registry room and hung out in the entrance of the room.

I got a message from Macy asking where I was because she was in the lobby looking for me. She found me as I was about to go find her in the lobby and of course, we giggled at it (hint; giggling duo!). Camilla eventually came over to us.

Macy and I stepped outside to get our picture taken by Camilla. Then we went inside, Macy asked how to get to the outdoor pool so I showed her how to get out there. We went up to roam around the hallway floors and show each other our hotel rooms.

Right before Camilla and Thomas left to go to the Garden of the Gods, I thought I had lost the room key. So I asked the front desk for a new one using my phone; it was a major accomplishment for me.

Once Macy and I did that, we headed back up to my hotel room. We stopped by so Macy could glance at the indoor pool on the second floor. Afterward, we headed down to the lobby at 4; 00 pm to sit down and I took the opportunity to charge my phone.

I found a place nearby so I could keep an eye on my phone while I was sitting down. While I did that, Macy and I chatted some. Eventually, they again invited us to a restaurant.

This time there was a twist. It was a Mexican place instead of a pizza place but I didn’t mind just so long as Macy and I got to hang out some. So we drove there; Macy and her family arrived there first.

Of course, Camilla got lost but winded up finding it after a U-turn. So we headed into the restaurant and found Macy and her family. The restaurant was called Los Palmitas by the way.

I had some of the tortilla chips while I waited for food. I naturally had french fries. It was almost hard to stop eating them. Once we got back, the opening social had started. Unfortunately, I didn’t go because Camilla told me it would be loud.

So I just waited for Macy to come back but she had to go back out so she could get something at 7:00 pm. Just before 7:00 pm, we heard thunder and saw lightning. The thunder had scared Macy.

She was afraid the power would go out. Just in case, I put my flashlight in my bag. Right around 7:00 pm, it started raining. At around 8:00 pm, I went down to the lobby again. Most people were in the lobby again so I was able to hang out and be social at the very end of the opening social.

I even managed to show a few people the coloring page. I showed Lauren and Macy. They liked it a lot. Lauren’s mother, Macy’s father, and Macy’s mother saw it too and they liked it too.

I went back up to the room at around 10; 00 pm but went back down with Camilla around 11:00 pm. We spent 30 minutes talking and being social before heading up to the room.

I started getting ready for bed when I got nauseous. (Psst… I won’t go into full detail on this because it’s nasty stuff). I finished getting ready for bed and I played on my phone some before attempting to sleep.

I slept for only two hours before I woke up to Thomas being sick in the bathroom which made me sick. I immediately knew that the whole vacation would change. It wasn’t until 5:30 am that I got back to sleep.

A selfie of me! Taken by me, of course!

Me And Macy Reunited At Last! Taken by Camilla Downs

What is your favorite restaurant to eat at? I would love to see your answers in the comments if it feels right to you to answer!

Click here for Part 5. 

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: https://lilliandarnell.com/2018/07/06/annual-chromosome-18-conference-2018-part-1/https://lilliandarnell.com/2018/06/15/my-adventure-to-surprise-part-1/https://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: https://lilliandarnell.com/2018/07/06/annual-chromosome-18-conference-2018-part-1/https://lilliandarnell.com/2017/09/13/annual-chromosome-18p-conference-2017/ , and https://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.