Archive | September 2014

Buddy Walk 2014!

I like to go to the Buddy Walk because I have Down Syndrome. I saw lots of friends: spinning friends, Big Sky High School friends. Lots of friends. And Grandma and Grandpa came too! It was fun!


I love to do paperwork. So I filled out the registration forms and my Mom wrote the check. New very cool t-shirts this year!


I took picture of bag pipe man. I took picture of balloons up in the sky.


We walked the Buddy Walk.  It was new this year. It was at a new park not by Splash Montana but by the Clark Fork River.

I took picture of face- painting and tattoos.

My mom asked ” Do you want face painting?”

”No, thank you.”

” Do you want to get a Buddy walk tattoo?”

”No thank you.”

These are my adult – life Choices! Face- painting and tattoos are for kids. I am an adult!

” Do you want to eat a sandwich?”

”No thank you!

Gluten – free lunch at home.”

”Do you want a banana?”

”No thank you. I wait for home. I like to sit down to eat lunch.”



At home I was being silly!

I took lots of silly selfies!

It was funny!

I like ” Buddy Walk” t- shirt about Down Syndrome.

At home after lunch I practised violin before I looked at photos and work on blog post.


Mom said, that is an adult-life choice too: delay gratification.

Whatever that means?

Anyway, we had another very fun Buddy Walk. The sky was so pretty and sun was shinning so warmly but wind was blowing rather cold! We did not stay long but we had fun!



Back-to-school is in the air! Campus is busy. My Dad is teaching. The Writing Center is open again! Lots of log-in slips for me to enter. Lots of students, lots of energy it is fun!


A couple of weeks ago, I went to a training meeting at The Writing Center. I met my new co- workers. I presented my portfolio–photos about my Adult Life and tips for helping me work well at my job!


On Wednesday, I packed my backpack with my task list folder and my water-bottle.  I forgot my key and my phone.  Hah!  So when I got home I had to go to our secret place for the spare key. I am the only one at our house who always remembers to put it back!  Anyway, work was fun. I have my own desk now with a little lamp.  Very professional.


On Friday Kelly had a back-to-School Party at her house! I was excited. In the afternoon after my adventure y Mom and I made Cashew-Parsley Rice and Gluten-free bars. I chopped the Cashews and I snipped the parsley.

I did everything for the bars except measuring the sticky honey. My Mom did that for me.



At the Party I was excited to share. My food with my friends. I got to try their food too! I was brave and said ”no thank you to Deviled- eggs and yummy bread and butter. I ate gluten- free food and I feel great. I took lots of pictures of hanging out with friends and eating dinner. I took a picture of Kelly cook dinner– she made a salad. Delicious!

Gretchen made a wonderful chocolate cake. I took some home to share with Dad.

It looked really good.

Gretchen is a good baker.


The Hills are Alive . . .

In the Summer I hiked the `M’ Tuesdays and Thursdays mornings with Mom. Well, I don’t really hike to the ‘M’ because I only hike to the first bench. At the bench we take a water and photo break. Then we hike down to the tandem bike. At home I take a quick bathroom-water snack break and then I take the Bus to my job at Bean and Boutique. The last Thursday in Summer was different. Work got cancelled and there was a big Surprise on the ‘M’ Trail: Tubas, flutes, french horns, clarinets, drums, trombones.


The whole U-M marching band was hiking the ‘M’ trail with instruments. Wow!!


My Mom starting going crazy taking photos, talking about seizing the moment and giving thanks that there was no work today!


` Do you want to hike all the way up the the `M’ with the musicians and listen to their music, Mathalia?’


`Yes! I want hear the music.’

`Okay. You have to hike fast.’

And I did! I made to the ‘M’ before the little concert started. We took lots of pictures and made new friends. Big Sky high School friend, Josh, said” Hi” to me. I did not recognize him but the recognized me! He said he had seen me when we were both high school students.

He said that he plays in the first row of the marching band. I will look for him in the Parade.

Then we hiked down the mountain. The whole event took 4 hours: hiking up, listening to music; taking photos; hiking down! My Mom thought it was a wonderful gift end-of-summer gift.


In the Autumn, I have  Adult Coached Swim. I am excited to see my swimming friends and get back in the pool.