Apr 18, 2015

Guest Blog: Graduate of Excellence Luncheon by Elder Dog Walker

 I know that whenever I'm asked to guest blog, I should talk about my mission. Unfortunately, this time, there's something amazing that happened to me just this day. At Salt Lake Community College (SLCC (pronounced Slick)), I've been called as Graduate of Excellence, because I've written my paper about my life with autism and to tell everyone at SLCC that I can accomplish things, even if I may go through all the hard times, like earning all the merit badges in the Boy Scouts program.  This special thing that I'm about to tell you was a Luncheon at the Taylorsville Redwood campus in the Oak Room. When I arrived there after my math Lab in a building at the campus, I waited there a little early for my parents to come for the luncheon. They were a little disappointed that I wasn't wearing a suit like I should have. I didn't know the luncheon was going to be like a wedding reception or a fancy restaurant.
Anyway, there came a Dean who asked me to be in a photo for the Graduates of Excellence program. It was a little awkward of having to go with the Dean and the parents to be taken the picture at the same time. The luncheon started with the remarks from the provost of SLCC. He explained good remarks about us and after the remarks, we started with our lunch. My parents and I went through the Stuffed Chicken, since the other was Stuffed Mushrooms and I'm not really a fan of mushrooms. However, the chicken was delicious along with the gravied potatoes and Mediterranean salad. Then we had dessert on a lemon cake with cherry syrup underneath. Right when we were done with the lunch, the deans started to come up to the microphone to present the Graduates of Excellence of SLCC and read the biography each one has written. Then after the speech of each Graduate, then the dean would let the graduate come up and get their award. The award is a Graduate of Excellence plaque and a Stole of Excellence.

It took almost several of the deans to present the other Graduates before my Dean did mine. Right when the dean read about me and said some amazing compliments about me, he called me up to get my Graduate of Excellence plaque and Stole of Excellence. I showed the plaque and Stole of Excellence to my parents and they were full of praise. And the other deans did the last Graduates. Right when the awards were given to each of us, Graduates of Excellence, the provost did his last remarks to conclude the luncheon and before we were free to go, the deans asked us to gather in front of the banner to take our picture with the provost. Then the provost shook our hands and then I thanked them and the other deans for supporting us and then my parents and I went home to show the family about my plaque and Stole of Excellence.

I should say that some of this was a neat opportunity to become a Graduate of Excellence at SLCC. It's kind of hard to become something special like that at college, but it's totally worth the time and effort to become that. And another big thing they asked me to do at Graduation in May is to carry the college flag right down the aisle of the ceremony. It's like something I've never done before in my life and I'm getting a little nervous of having to do with that. I hope that I'll be able to rehearse on that and know that I can do it. I also hope you enjoyed the story of being a Graduate of Excellence!

Saturday at the Bees Game

Another busy Saturday! Why does it seem like I can't ever get anything done? I spent 4 hours today doing a Craft Boutique. I sold about $150 worth of Tupperware, but I met some really nice people. I think I did better than some of the people who were there and it's good for me to get out and meet new people.

I was sad that I had to miss Scout's softball game though. They rescheduled her snow game from Tuesday to right in the middle of the boutique time so my sweetie took her. I heard she played really well, scored a point and rocked at shortstop (my favorite position when I was a kid).

After I got home we spent some time helping Prima Donna, Princess, and Fajita get ready for their dates to Girls' Pref tonight. After we fed their group, most of us went to the Bees game. The weather was beautiful and even though the Bees lost, we had so much fun!

These were the free Bees tickets from the singalong. In Utah, the Miller group owns the Bees, the Jazz, you get the idea... I was super excited when our coupon packs at the Christmas singalong had free tickets for both games.There are also some for Miller Sportspark, so we can look forward to one more racing trip!

My favorite thing is just getting out with the kids and doing pretty much anything. It's so fun to see them experience new things. Baby Doll barely remembered when we went to the game last year, but she did remember running the bases when it was over. They got to do that again tonight. Sport and Bean Dip were racing right together and when Bean Dip pulled ahead as they rounded 3rd, Sport did the only thing he could do... he grabbed Bean Dip's jacket so he couldn't possibly win.

That's baseball.

Apr 17, 2015

Taco and Sport's Monster Concert

My terribly busy Thursday settled down quite a bit when the fields were still wet so Curly's and Scout's games were cancelled. We still had haircuts this afternoon and Prima Donna had a Region Band competition. Princess had her Miss South Jordan training, and Scout and Crafty had dance. Drama Queen had a wedding to attend and Dog Walker went to the temple.

Bossy, Gamer, Grandpa, Burrito and I went to Taco and Sport's Monster Concert. A Monster Concert is an interesting idea. They take a dozen elementary bands from all over the district and put them on a stage together. They have been practicing the same songs for months and finally they get to play them together. After a couple of hours of practice, they have a concert and together they sound like a real band!

They played 7 songs and the concert lasted for only 20 minutes or so, but they enjoyed meeting new friends and mostly the pizza party...

I'm so proud of them both! Learning an instrument is hard and putting a concert together that quickly is even harder. Way to go, guys!

Apr 16, 2015

A Snow Day

Guess what I woke up to this morning!

You know, here in Utah we have had a really mild winter. We got a little snow in December for Christmas, but other than that, pretty much nothing. Not even very much rain. Our water levels are ridiculous; my friend was telling me that the ski resorts closed last weekend. We even took the snow tires off all of our vehicles.

The kids were terribly excited to see the snow. They pulled on boots and gloves and built this tiny snowman (among other things). I had to get after them a couple of times because of flying snowballs and Scout even came in crying that Curly hit her in the head. (I just might have another great pitcher on my hands...)

I did not enjoy the snow since I had to run errands and drive around in it. Thankfully, it is melting quickly and the roads are mostly clear. I'm guessing all my fruit trees have frozen. It's a good thing I procrastinated my spring planting. Bossy was all stressed and worried about her little pea plants. I'm just hoping the pansies make it through.

Think our ballgames will be canceled tomorrow?

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