||December 12, 2013
Choraleers are back on the road bringing Christmas joy to all they can. We
performed at Exceptional Care in Sterling last week. They were extremely gracious
to us. We had fun encouraging our audience to sing-along with us
the well known Christmas carols. The more joy we brought our audience, the
more joy we felt inside!!
Shelley, James and Michelle sing
first time we ever played our chimes...
||December 3, 2013
We hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. We had a wonderful turkey dinner
with family and friends.
Lots of laughter combined with a lot more laughter.
|Larry and DJ
||November 13, 2013
We had a really fun Halloween this year. Nearly everyone dressed up and joined the fun!
I thought you might enjoy seeing some of the costumes. It took me some time to get everything
together but look below at the fun costumes. Try to guess who each resident is and then
hold your cursor over the picture and see if you guessed right!
|Love Letter to Toni
||November 7, 2013
From all the Bear Fans at STRIVE
A LOVE LETTER for TONI...
click the video below
||October 23, 2013
Okay, so it is only October and it is already snowing, gray, and cold. ICKK!
Normally that would spell disaster for everyone's mood, but 2 little angels
(devils in some people's vocabulary) came and visted and kept us all
warm an cheery! Rudy and Guenther were there normal adorable selves!
John makes the perfect bed
|Margo gets some nice lovin'
|Israel hates the cold,
but who can resist Guenther
|Rub my belly please!
Mondays are usually rough on a regular basis, but last Monday we came in to find
that there was no power at the Progress Center. However, we didn't let the lack of electricity
get us down. We did the proverbially "made lemonade out of lemons"! We packed up our
stuff and headed for Rock Falls. We took a stroll across the pedestrian bridge which
connects Rock Falls to Sterling. We had a picnic by the Rock River. We ended the
day with our chairs reclined and relaxing in the sun.
A GREAT time was had by all!!
|James and Shelly
|Larry and Madeeya
Autumn is here. It feels like summer outside, but
we got ourselves into the right mood by painting pumpkins today.
Everyone did a great job and we now have beautiful pumpkins decorating
|Jason makes it just right
|Madeeya is a "girlie girl"
so her pumpkin is pink!
|Mike is having fun
What do I receive at Christmas-time? Presents?
Nope, Santa kisses...
How many kisses?
How should I know, you have to be asleep!
Want my opinion? SHUT UP!
||September 26, 2013
The Choraleers went and visited Four Seasons Living Center. Everyone
was so nice to us. They even served us cookies after our performance. We were happy to provide
them with some entertainment. Their smiles made us smile!!
Occupational Therapist Dan Howard rewarded us with a song of his own. We felt so special! Great times!
THANKS FOUR SEASONS!!!
|Ashlely and Tarik
|Larry and John
The cuteness factor went up 10 fold at DT when Jane brought in some kitties. The one
kitty really took to Frank. He plopped in Frank's lap and made himself at home. Mike
always enjoys animals when they come and he enjoyed petting the other kitty.
|Yipee ki-ya!!(Part 2)
||August 26, 2013
Join the fun!! Click play and watch us ski!!!
A teacher asks the class to describe
their mom--using three letters.
One said "muscular"
Another said "outstanding"
The third said...
||August 21, 2013
I got the WONDERFUL opportunity to go to Rock Island and see some
friends of ours ski. It was not a Day Treatment event, but it was
sure FUN!! I am working on a video to post, but until then, here are
some pictures to whet your appetite...
|Larry gets ready to go
|Go Larry Go!
Rudy came to visit the other day and he decided that Pat was the one!
I know I just posted pictures of Rudy, but sometimes you just have to
go with that which is over-the-top CUTE!!
Add a wonderful smile to your day and see pictures of Pat and
her "best friend"!
|Pat and Rudy
|Rudy wanted to be where Pat was...
||July 29, 2013
Donna Jo and Larry went to Magic Waters last week and had a BLAST!!!
Watch the video below to get a taste of their fun....
|Rudy and Gunther
||July 25, 2013
Our good friend Jane stopped by the other day and let us interact with her
pets: Rudy and Gunther. We enjoy Jane's visits because she is sooooo nice.
We also enjoy petting her dog and cat. They provide us with much furry love.
|John loves Gunther
|Mike feeds Rudy
It is that time of year again--OUTRIGGER!
|Jason is ready to rock and roll!
|John kicks back...
Jason doesn't think Tarik is wet enough...
--just one more splash--
The Choraleers were gifted with some cash from some really nice people at
the Greenview Condos. They blessed us when we performed there. So we had the
cash but we wondered what would be the best way to spend it? We ended up contacting our friends
in Rock Island who live in an ARC of the Quad Cities home. We offered them the
chance to party with us and have pizza. They said--COME ON DOWN!!!!!
So we did....
|Julie and Madeeya enjoying themselves
|Ashley does the Dew
What a beautiful day! The Choraleers took this wonderful opportunity to
perform outside at Exceptional Care. The
weather was fantastic and the singers were in GREAT voice. We had so much fun!!
A BIG thanks to Karla for inviting us and to the residents and staff
who treated us so wonderfully!
|Always having FUN
|Shelley sings from her heart
|It's Puppy Love
The weather maybe cool and rainy outside, but inside we are keeping good cheer
by singing, singing and singing some more! We did some more karaoke the other day
and may I state--we discovered some real Super Stars in the bunch!!!
|James and Lester
|Lucy and Pat
|Tarik and Mike
We have the nicest music therapist in the world! Michelle, the world's greatest therapist, came today
and assisted us in having a good time. She told us today was for those who like country music. Let me tell
you there are alot of people at DT who love country music. Chris said he not only loves country music, he
loves to sing country music. Great fun was had by all...
|John gets down
|Elyse plays along
|DJ has fun
|Chris likes to sing too!!
Some people have it and some people don't...
We have started a new small group (the smaller the better!) at Day Treatment. It has been dubbed "Food Group" and is being run
by Molly and Amy. Yes, that was a BIG sigh of relief you heard that Nancy (who cannot cook!) isn't running it.
had our very first "Food Group". Tarik, Julie, and Madonna met together, planned a menu, prepared a meal and then
ate it! Fun was had by all. They had vegetable lasagna with bacon and chocolate oreo pie.
It was good fun and a learning
experience all wrapped up into one.
ENOYING the fruits of their labor
The baking club is at it again. Every month they make us something yummy to munch.
they didn't "bake" it, but made us banana-strawberry smoothies. Oh yeah! They were good!
|James mixes it up
|Madeeya and Jason measure
|Shelly stirs things up
|Larry adds chocolate chips
||April 19, 2013
The Choraleers are back on the road again. We sang at Good Samaritan's Nursing Home in Prophetstown two weeks ago.
We had a wonderful time. The facility there was extremely nice to us! It's great to back on the road
making people smile!
|Ashley sings her solo
|Tarik sings one for the Chicago Bears!
|LPC's got talent!
||April 10, 2013
It is too long to put the whole show up but for your viewing pleasure--an overview
of the Talent Show.
I gotta say it! Dang we are good!!
The Garden Club is trying to entice Spring to actually come. It has been cold here and we are wishing for warmer
days!! Ginny and Pam have been encouraging the participants as they plant tomatoes, peppers, and flowers.
the greenhouse is toasty warm!
|Larry transports a pot
|Israel prepares the soil
|Lee checks out the garden
||March 21, 2013
The Choraleers are gearing up for their 4th season on the road. We think this
is our BEST program yet. Everyone has been working hard. We did a run through in
the gym of the whole program and I have to say; they are awesome!
It will be
exciting to get back on the road...
|Tarik sings his solo
||March 15, 2013
Last week ended the 2012-2013 Soccer season, the two teams ended in a tie after a six game
season. They had a play-off match last Thursday where first score won the game.
Champs were able to take the BIG prize. They are our 2012-13 Soccer Champions. Congratulations to
Jason, Michelle, Israel, and Tarik--it was a hard fought win.
Last Friday, we had a soccer
banquet where everyone was able to gather together in the LPC gym and munch pizza and get presented
with awards. Anne came over from STRIVE to help pass out congratualations and medals! It was a
proud moment for everyone involved.
Israel was awarded MVP for 2013; he scored the most goals
of any other player.
Jason won "Mr Team" award for being such a great team player. Jason encouraged
and cheered on players from both teams.
It was an exciting season and we were sorry to see it come
to an end.
Big thanks to Toni and Molly for coaching the teams! Can't wait till next year...
|Madonna gets cheerleader recognition
|Jason "Mr Team" Award
|Take Me Out To The Ballgame
||March 7, 2013
I am still working on getting the full talent show "web ready"
click the arrow below and enjoy listening to Mike do a rousing rendition
of Take Me Out to the Ballgame!
Karaoke anyone? Yesterday, per residents' request, we did karaoke. It was fun.
It was something different. It was a challenge to say the least, keeping up with the
music and singing on a microphone in front of an audience.
It was so good, we plan to
do it again real soon!
|Shelly and Michelle show off their skills
|Talent Show 2013
We had our Annual Talent Show and as usual the residents were AMAZING!! Thank-you
to the staff and friends who came and watched us perform! I am working on the video
of the show so I can post it for everyone to enjoy!
Till then, here are few pictures
of the event...
|Larry shows off his artwork
|James gets down
|Shelly, DJ, Madeeya "sign" and "sing"
Okay, so I knew there was trouble when I heard giggling coming down the hallway
I go to see what is going on (expecting the worse) and there is Shelley Misch.
Shelley was causing
trouble and was properly chastised by the staff with a "naughty" hat.
was so unhappy she was giggling as she was coming down the hall.
She was so unhappy she
posed for pictures for this blog. :)
It has been cold. VERY cold! People are cranky and tired of being cooped up.
To all you who are ready for winter to be over! Here is a smile.
It started with a feather which came off a hat. Enter DJ who has a great
sense of humour! Look below at her many looks and expressions and just try not
to grin! I DARE YOU! Don't smile!!!!!
|Simply Mahvelous Dahling!
The ladies decided to start the year right. They got their beauty on!
Hair, make-up, nails! GORGEOUS!!
|It's a new year!
We are looking forward to a exciting new year in 2013.
We finished with a fun soccer
match in 2012. There was a raging snow storm outside, while a game raged in the gym.
Here are some of our last pictures from 2012. We can't hardly
wait to see what 2013 holds for us...
|James "The Gate Keeper"
|Jason "The Beast"
|Larry "The Speed Beetle"
Winning Wheels Day Treatment Program showcases the talents of Winning Wheels & STRIVE residents at the Lyndon Progress Center.
The Winning Wheels and STRIVE residents are proud of their progress in therapy and developmental training.