My friend Rachel, my mom and I made a video to share at the Missoula Aquatic Club Banquet May 2013. My mom printed and cut up 100s of photos; I chose the ones I liked; I wrote the captions and then I typed them into the computer. I selected the music and my friend Rachel came over and put it all together. Today my friend Christy taught my mom how to upload it and embed it in a post. I am excited that I can share it!
This week was really fun because of Special Olympics and because of a special dinner honoring inspiring students. I hardly know how to begin to tell everything! I like it dance was my favorite part! My friends Jessica and Kenzie thought carrying the Torch for Opening Ceremonies was very special! I will start with Wednesday and then try to tell everything in order: Track and Field Day I got to hold the Torch for Opening Ceremonies and lead the Parade of Athletes around the track field. My friends, Jessica and Kenzie, got to walk with me and it was really fun to do it together. Sometimes the Torch would blow out because of the wind but the policewoman would light it for me again.
Lighting the torch again.
Carrying the torch around the stadium.
Lighting the torch.
Carrying the torch at Spring Special Olympics.
Listening to The Star Spangled Banner.
With friends, Jessica and Kenzie.
It was very exciting and my mom took lots of pictures but only a few turned out well. After Opening Ceremonies we had lunch and then I ran 50 meter race and after that race I played soccer with my team. I think we won but my mom thinks we lost but it doesn’t really matter because we had lots of fun! In the later afternoon and evening we had the dance which is always my favorite part and then we ate a delicious turkey dinner with mashed potatoes, green beans, and a delicious homemade roll. I had a piece of cake and then my mom whisked me off to the next event in the gym across the hall. This was the National Honor Society induction ceremony. Somehow I missed it last year but my teacher, WyAnn, made sure that I got in this year which was really nice of her. After the candle lighting exchange from Seniors to Juniors—I got a little mixed up because I was a Senior getting inducted and not a Junior but it all worked out in the end. At the end then I got another piece of cake—it was so big that I shared it with my mom and dad. And then we went home; I was very tired and very excited about everything.
Warming up for our soccer game.
Soccer team huddles.
I received my ribbon for 50 meter race.
National Honor Society induction—not a good picture.
On Thursday we had Special Olympics bowling which was fun. I went bowling with Megan and with Jacob. It was funny because there were two M.S.’s playing but I knew when it was my turn to bowl. I did a good job. I got a strike once and a couple of times I got a spare. My mom thought that was pretty good. My score was 71, I think, but I really did not keep track of scores and things like that. Then we went back to school and had lunch. I went swimming after school for a short time but I had to get out early and put on my pretty dress to get ready for the Inspirational Student Dinner. The event was very exciting. They had a name tag waiting for me and they took me to table 27. We had six people at our table: my mom and dad, WyAnn my teacher and two more Big Sky Friends. We listened to speeches and then the students had to get ready and my principal, Mr. Laboski called my name and I walked up the stage where Dr. Apostle gave me a medal and I shook lots of people’s hands and everyone clapped and then I sat down with my mom and dad and friends. Everyone was very proud of me and very thankful for the wonderful honor. There were only two students per grade for each school and I was one of them which was a very special honor. We had strawberry shortcake for dessert. The strawberries were very good! After the dinner we took some more pictures and talked to friends. And then we went home; I was very tired and very excited about everything.
I use a ramp to help me bowl.
Finding my ball.
Dr. Apostle gives me my award.
I show my Inspiring Student Award to my teacher.
Picture with friends at my table afterwards.
Then on Friday we had Special Olympics Swimming which was really fun because I saw lots of swimming friends at the pool. My Coach Sarah was there and she was helping everyone and she helped me too. I cheered my friends when they swam their races. And I swam 100 free and 100 breast. My mom and Sarah were there making sure I swam a nice, legal breast stroke. And I did! It was fun! I didn’t get my ribbons from swimming yet but my mom thinks I got a blue ribbon for the 100 breast because I was the only swimmer swimming the 100 breast which was not much competition. It was fun. After swimming, I still had more school and then work at the Writing Center.
Nice, legal, two-hand touch.
Pushing off the wall.
I used the blocks, of course.
What a busy day and what a busy week. My mom laughed and laughed when she saw me come to the Writing Center: I was carrying all the stuff I needed for that day and two snack containers from Special Olympics: my school backpack, my swim bag, my violin for orchestra class, and two buckets from the snacks my mom sent and I was wearing my Letterman jacket and it was 70 degrees outside. When I turned the corner, my mom couldn’t believe that I brought all that stuff on the Ag. Ed. bus and then walked to Mt. Line Bus stop at the Mall and then got on Bus #1 to Miller Hall and walked to The Writing Center. She felt sorry for me so she took some of the stuff home so I wouldn’t have to carry it home all by myself. But when I got home, she insisted that I do it all over again for a picture. Silly mom. So I had to put my letterman jacket back on and my back pack, my swim bag, my violin in one hand and the two snack containers in the other hand.
Two ribbons and one medal for skiing and snowshoeing!
I had a fun weekend with no school on Monday and Special Olympics on Tuesday and Wednesday! So this week I have only two days of school: one Gold Day and one Blue Day. I am tired but I am excited to wear my medals to show my friends at school. Anyway, I had a busy weekend and a time to catch-up at least a little; my mom likes it when we get paperwork done!
So on Friday I got home and found the schedule for my swim meet in Helena on the table waiting for me. That made me excited to get ready for Saturday. So I packed my stuff all by myself! And then I went hunting for my mom. She was in the attic working. I joined her and did a little weaving on my big loom. There was something wrong with foot treadle #3 so my mom helped me a little but mostly I was weaving all by myself. Then I was going to make some pot holders but I changed my mind and asked my mom to read The Hobbit with me. It was scary. The gobblins came into the cave and took all their packages, baggages and ponies too. I went to bed early and got up at 5:00. My mom said it was too early but I wanted to get ready all by myself. The only thing my mom helped me with is a pillow: she asked me if I would like a pillow so I could sleep on the bus. I said `yes.’
My mom said that this was my last regular swim meet and that she remembered driving Morielle and Matthan to Sentinel parking lot for their meets. This would be the last time for the early Saturday morning drive. It was very dark and gloomy with fog. I saw the pretty moon and I saw my mom crying: `what are you doing?’ `I am giving thanks; could you hand me a kleenex, please.’ silly mom.
On Sunday Grandma and Grandpa were sick and the piglets at the FFA Farm had not come yet so we stayed home and worked on homework. Then when we were done doing our paperwork, we finished watching The Dark Knight Rises. There was a football game and The Star Spangled Banner and I liked that part and then the game went crazy with guns and shooting and people screaming. It was scary. What happened is more guns and shooting and funny flying cars. And then it was sad at the memorial service.
I went to Winter Special Olympics on Tuesday and Wednesday. I rode the bus and watched a movie. I went nordic skiing and I went snow shoeing; I did not ride the snowmobile and I did not ride the sleigh or go sledding. Then I went to the hotel and had the dinner and the dance. I ate pasta, salad, bread, cake and ice cream. Then we had the dance. I got to wear my prom dress again because the theme was `It’s a Formal Affair.’ My roommate, Jade, told my mom that I was the dancing queen again. It was fun! I slept in the hotel room with Jade and on Wednesday I went skiing again and snowshoeing again. I won two ribbons and one medal. It was fun. I rode the bus home and watched another movie. My mom came to get me and we went home. I told her everything that we did in the car. At home I unpacked my stuff and packed for a Gold Day. And then we ate supper and we heard a noise: what’s that funny noise? It was Morielle calling on the computer! It is called FaceTime. So my mom put the computer on the desk and we talked to Morielle while we ate our supper. It was almost like having her home for dinner except that she had just gotten up in the morning. I showed her my jar of applesauce and she wanted me to pass it right through the computer so she could eat some for her breakfast! We said `goodbye’ on the computer and then I got ready for bed because I was very tired.