Heidi’s Happenings: Christmas in July

August 12, 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.

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Hayden having fun making Christmas cookies in July!

For the month of July, we went outdoors to have some soaking-wet fun with water balloons. Another day, we made funny hats and wore them. To celebrate Pioneer Day, everyone made dolls and dresses out of colored yarn. My favorite day of that entire work week was when Heidi Sue and the buds traveled downhill in two vans to get Aggie Ice Cream. When we reached there, I chose to try Rocky Road. We also played a fun bowling game here at the work site. We also had students come all the way from Korea to help us. They were lots of fun! We welcomed a new participant in July. Mandy became part of our DSL family and she is lots of fun. Mandy loves Garth Brooks and kittens. It was a great month here at DSL!

Summer program is in full swing. Since they are at school in December, the kids upstairs celebrated Christmas in July. They put up a Christmas tree, baked Christmas cookies and made gingerbread houses. They also did many activities with Common Ground. They went swimming and to the movies. Summer goes by so quickly–the last day of Summer Program is August 15! We will miss them!

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Heidi’s Happenings: May, Moms and movies

June 12, 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.

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Heidi and her DSL buds on a field trip to Hill Air Force Base.

We had a great month in May! With warmer weather we got to go outside a lot and see the miracle of springtime! We had a wonderful picnic at First Dam and saw ducks and ducklings, geese and goslings. We took bread crumbs for our feathered friends to eat.

May is special because of mothers! We worked very hard and made Jolly Rancher candy wreaths for our moms! We also baked lots of treats for them and had a wonderful Mother’s Day program where Heid and all her buds told their moms how much we love them!

We also went in three vans downhill to this one movie theater. We watched “The Bears” and it was one good flick! Then, while there, we enjoyed buttery popcorn and drinks. Heidi munched upon kernel-free, buttery popcorn. After everyone watched this wonderful flick, everyone remembered to just kindly thank those nice men for letting the DSL buds come down to this building to view that flick! We also went to the park and had delicious spud-nut doughnuts!

We also had our big field trip to Hill Air Force Base! DSL buds saw all kinds of cool planes and we even ate lunch under the wings of one giant airplane? The buds saw so many planes, but the most impressive one was an Air Force One jet. That is the plane that the President of the United States of America rides in. The buds did learn that this was an older Air Force One jet and not the one that President Obama uses.

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Heidi’s Happenings: Busy, busy, busy!

May 13, 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.

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Dance party at DSL!

Here at the DSL work-site April was busy, busy, busy! First, we all had two extra days off for Spring Break. All the buds really enjoyed their time off! When we got back, there was a class up at the USU campus that came and taught us some different things.

First, we all met at the Hyde Park Community Garden the first Monday in April and we all talked about our favorite fruits and vegetables. Heidi told the new buds that while she really liked bananas and orange juice, she really doesn’t like broccoli. Sometimes Heid’s bud Daurie will try and trick Heid and put broccoli on Heid’s lunch plate, but Heid is too smart for that because mom knows not to give Heid broccoli!

Also our new buds came back and taught us about money. Then Heid and her buds were able to buy pizza and toppings that our new buds had made. Boy, did they ever know how to make delicious pizza! We also had a dance party with them and it was lots of fun!

For our Easter week we colored eggs, went on a scavenger hunt, and to top off the week all the DSL buds went to Pizza Pie Café and enjoyed yummy pizza and salad. We all remembered to use our very best restaurant manners!

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Heidi’s Happenings: Busy start to the new year!

February 20, 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.

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Heidi makes tie-died milk on Science Day at the DSL.

In January, Heid and her buds were very busy starting the New Year off right!  We had three special activities.  We had Science Day, where we learned about surface tension with corn starch and water.  We also made a volcano that really erupted.  We also made tie-dyed milk with food coloring and dish soap.  Drake even blew up a balloon on a pop bottle filled with hot water.  Talia made a rainbow in a jar.

We also celebrated the birthday of one A.. Milne by having Winnie the Pooh Day.  We made Pooh hats.  Heidi Sue remembered to grab Pooh from her bed before coming to DSL. We made a Pooh treat and watched Pooh movies.

We also celebrated Chinese New Year. We made yummy fried rice, edamame, egg rolls, and Chinese green beans. We were all excited to also have fortune cookies. Heid brought a big red Chinese wall hanging that everyone got their picture taken with. We also received a special orange for good luck for the New Year which is a Chinese tradition. We were very busy in January!

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Heidi’s Happenings: Food, food and food!

December 18, 2013 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.

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Heidi and her buds from the DSL delivered food donations to the local food pantry in November.

During the month of November, the buds down at DSL were able to go see a movie, have a Thanksgiving feast, and drop food off at the local food pantry. The movie, Free Birds, was a good one! Heidi’s favorite part was when the people in the movie tried to chase the turkey across the yard. She really laughed hard during that scene. Heidi and her buds laughed and enjoyed popcorn together as they enjoyed the movie. Afterwards Heidi and her friends thanked the people at the theater for letting them come and see the movie and for the yummy popcorn.

We had a Thanksgiving feast this month on the 25th. It sure was a yummy one! Heidi brought cupcakes along with the traditional Thanksgiving food to celebrate her 50th birthday, which was that day! We had mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing, rolls, turkey, and pumpkin pie. The buds down at the work site sure had fun celebrating Thanksgiving that day. It sure was a fantastic Thanksgiving!

The buds at DSL donated tons of food to the food pantry for those who do not have any food for themselves. We got into the vans and headed down to drop off those cans and boxes of food. The guys and gals down at that building thanked Heid and her buds for donating and the buds said they were more than happy to donate food. Before the bus left to come back up to the work site on the USU campus they wanted to wish the people at the food pantry a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. The work site buds said that they wouldn’t ever forget those people down at the food pantry and that they’ll see them in 2014!

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