Heidi’s Happenings: SpongeBob & Science Day

March 13, 2015 by Sue Reeves

Jericka with an egg in a jar of vinegar.

Jericka shows off her egg-turned-bouncie-ball.

Heidi Hill is a guest blogger for the CPD’s Developmental Skills Laboratory (DSL), a day program for adults with disabilities. Heidi loves to type and each month she’ll be sharing the fun activities that she and her “buds” are doing at DSL.

In the month of February and March we were busy at the DSL Worksite.  In February, we celebrated Valentine’s Day by giving each other cards and candy! We also made Valentines for our CPD friends, and that was lots of fun! We also had a big breakfast for Valentine’s Day.

We went on a fun field trip to Great Harvest Bread Company and learned about how bread was made.  We then got to sample some yummy cinnamon burst bread.

We went to see one under-the-sea bud named SpongeBob at the movie theatre. It was fun to watch SpongeBob and his buds from Krabbie Cakes go on the beach and have some fun in the sun.

In March, we had Science day! We did many experiments: We did exploding Jello, made a volcano, put an egg in vinegar and now it has turned into a bouncie ball!  We are planning to go kite flying in March and going to see “Cinderella,” too!

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Heidi’s Happenings: Snow day!

February 25, 2015 by Sue Reeves

Heidi Hill is a guest blogger for the CPD’s Developmental Skills Laboratory (DSL), a day program for adults with disabilities. Heidi loves to type and each month she’ll be sharing the fun activities that she and her “buds” are doing at DSL.

Image of woman with bags on her hands.

Jericka dipped her hands in paraffin and wrapped them in plastic bags for spa day!

We sang songs about snow. Then we talked about bundling up, playing safely outdoors, making snow men and snow-angels and snow forts. We took to the theater. We enjoyed “Night at the Museum.” It was really a good movie and we enjoyed popcorn as we were watching the flick!

We made bubble bath. We enjoyed doing lots of activities ’round this glass-windowed work site. Everybody enjoyed doing things.

We went by van down to the bowling alley. There we knocked down pins with our own black bowling ball. Heidi had a score of 76. Cindy had a score of 57!

We also had food fun and made some healthy treats! We also had a spa and pajama day and put warm paraffin on our hands and put them in baggies. We looked pretty silly, but, boy, did it ever feel good!

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Heidi’s Happenings: Merry Christmas!

January 27, 2015 by Sue Reeves

Heidi Hill is a guest blogger for the CPD’s Developmental Skills Laboratory (DSL), a day program for adults with disabilities. Heidi loves to type and each month she’ll be sharing the fun activities that she and her “buds” are doing at DSL.

Man in an ugly sweater.

Participant Jeffrey and his ugly sweater!

In the month of December we all had gone down to the mall to see and talk to Santa, and give him our wish lists, so he’d know exactly what Heidi and her DSL buds would like to have for Christmas. Heidi and her buds enjoyed Christmas time with their friends ’round here! We made pickled treats which were sour, but other than that they were yummy! We also made ugly sweaters for our Christmas party and that was lots of fun!

Someone came dressed in green just like the Grinch that lived just north of Who-ville. The mean Grinch  stole everything including, their tree. Soon though, he’d learned his one lesson the tough way, which is, “never-steal from the whos.” Everyone was kind as could be. Plus, Miss Hill never said one cross word to her buds, plus, she’s always had kindness in her heart. Not only that, but, Heidi’s buds down at the work-site never said a cross word to her either.

We decorated DSL and everybody invited their families to the Christmas party. When everybody came to this glass-windowed work-site, they all enjoyed doing things ’round here. Heidi Sue remembered to wish her friends a Merry Christmas, and a wonderful New Year.

Heidi hopes that her buds and their families had the most wonderful Christmas, ever. This past Christmas just was the humblest one, yet, where we could reflect on the true meaning.

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Heidi’s Happenings: Giving Thanks and Giving Back

December 15, 2014 by Sue Reeves

Heidi Hill is a guest blogger for the CPD’s Developmental Skills Laboratory (DSL), a day program for adults with disabilities. Heidi loves to type and each month she’ll be sharing the fun activities that she and her “buds” are doing at DSL.

Two men with a box.

Participant Reed (left) and DSL program director Drake Rasmussen gather food for the DSL food drive.

November was Thanksgiving and Heidi had a birthday! Heidi and her DSL buds did lots of fun things to remember November. We had an awesome Science Day and did many experiments. It was cool and fun.  The buds went to the store and gathered many boxes to paint and collect food for the DSL annual food drive. The buds painted about 20 large boxes and for one whole week gathered different food items.  We gathered pasta, rice, beans, soup, canned goods, cereal, oatmeal and many other nutritious and delicious food for those who need a little bit of help. All together the DSL buds gathered about 300 pounds of food. Pretty good for there not being a whole bunch of us!

We also went to the movies to see “Big Hero 6” we sure did enjoy that flick.

The Monday before Thanksgiving, Heid and her buds always celebrate Thanksgiving together as one big family. We had quite the feast! We had turkey, stuffing, gravy, mashed potatoes, cranberries, corn, salad, rolls, and nine pies! We gave thanks for each other, and all of our blessings.

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Heidi’s Happenings: Halloween fun and football!

November 17, 2014 by Sue Reeves

Heidi Hill is a guest blogger for the CPD’s Developmental Skills Laboratory (DSL), a day program for adults with disabilities. Heidi loves to type and each month she’ll be sharing the fun activities that she and her “buds” are doing at DSL.

USU football players with DSL participant

DSL participant CJ surrounded by USU football players.

All of the DSL-buds spookified the entire work-site upon this high campus. We made cylinder-candles in the shape of an actual mummy. University buds also wore costumes. We listened to spooky music. We also painted pumpkins. Everybody just had the greatest moments ever. We’ll never forget what you guys have done around here. On Halloween we all loaded up and went to Pizza Pie Café in our costumes for lunch!  We had lots of fun eating salad and pizza!

We also attended one amazing Pumpkin Walk and so enjoyed all the scenes that were there.  Daurie’s favorite was one of Lucy selling Vita Meata Vegemin.

We also went to the pumpkin patch and everyone chose their own pumpkin, then they politely thanked those kind men so much for inviting their favorite buds into the patch exactly where those orange pumpkins grow huge, fat, round, orange, pumpkin. Heidi and her buds enjoyed Halloween.

All of Heidi’s buds went to the apple orchard, too. When everybody reached there, they saw lots of apples picked, cored, and then made into apple juice, applesauce and apple-cider. Everybody thought that those products were mighty yummy. That apple orchard has the tallest trees that Heidi and her friends had ever seen, this year. Those apple products really were juicy, and super yummy, other than being sticky and messy, they tasted OK!

The most exciting thing that happened here at the worksite was that a whole bunch of USU football players came to visit us! They were just about the biggest guys Heid and the buds had ever seen! They talked about football and how early they have to get up—at 6:30! They have to practice to be their very best. They played with us, and we each got a genuine, official photo with their autographs!

Whew!  We were busy in october!

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