Toni started "Camp Rockwood last year and DT is helping to
keep up the wonderful tradition.
Last week we went to Rockwood Morrison
and spent the day outside enjoying the gorgeous weather. Some of us cooked,
some of us did crafts, and some of us enjoyed a good book. We had lunch
and strolled down by the lake for an absolute perfect day!!
Jason and James cook hotdogs
Larry and gang enjoy the beautiful day
Julianna Walter passed away last Sunday, June 8, 2014.
Julie lived at STRIVE and was a friend to many at DT.
She will be remembered for her infectious giggle, her incredible
intelligence, and her love of butterflies!!
Julie's Memorial will be held Wednesday, June 18 at the Lyndon
Progress Center gym at 10:30am
Wednesday, the Choraleers were able to perform for the ARC and Fran Riley came out
from KWQC and filmed us. So our debut on TV was yesterday! It was way
cool (and yes, we will give out autographs!) Fortunately, for those
who may have missed the show,
here is the video
We had so much fun and we really appreciated Mr. Riley coming out to film us!
Madeeya starts off the show
Larry and Shelly sing from their hearts
Fran Riley with his cameraman (Jeff)
We have a real racing wheelchair ordered and on the way...We committed
to run the "5K Make a Wish Run" thinking the chair would be
here in time, however it hadn't come. Jason was game to run anyway so last
weekend with the help of Toni, we packed up and headed for Dixon. We had a splendid
run under the banner of Team STRIVE on a beautiful sunny day. Jason was asked to hand out medals at the end of
the race which was a wonderful privilege.
If you would like to see us in the
official video click this link.
||May 9, 2014
Sometimes the stress of the world can really get you down. Bad economy. Global
Some days you just want to SCREAM!!
That is why we have "Anger Management"
We pull out water noodles and start swinging. It is like light sabres on steroids
except there is no light and there are no sabres. Instead there is yelling, laughing, and shouts of pure
joy. Trust me, your face and sides hurt from laughing so much, there is no place
left to be angry or stressed! Good times!!!!
Mikie looks for someone to bap
Shelly goes after an unsuspecting Larry
||April 18, 2014
It is Easter Weekend coming up and at DT we totally got in the mood! We
dyed easter eggs. We decorated the eggs, personalized them, and colored them.
Then to top it off, we had egg salad the next day!! YUM!
It was fun and brought back warm childhood memories. Happy Easter to everybody!!
Madeeya puts her egg in the dye
Lee points at his masterpiece
Sharon enjoys dyeing eggs
Madonna shows off her egg
||April 11, 2014
Jason was able to go horseback riding yesterday. Toni and Natalie took him
to a wonderful place called Pegasus.
From all accounts (and from the smiles on Jason's face) he had a wonderful time.
Below are some pictures. If you want to see him ride, there is a video too!
Click the arrow to watch him ride!
"If man could be crossed with the cat,
it would improve man but deteriorate the cat."
||March 26, 2014
Choraleers are starting their 5th year of performing. We did our
first performance of the year at Winning Wheels last Wednesday. We
followed it up with a performance at Heritage Square in Dixon on Friday.
We are very excited to be back on the road.
DJ and Julie and Michelle
James with Madeeya as a back-up
||It's Easy Being Green
||March 21, 2014
Monday was St. Patrick's Day and Toni and Natalie came over all dressed up
and somewhere to go--HERE!
They helped us get our "green" on.
Lots and lots of laughs... We do like to laugh around here!!
||Seth Ernst Soccer Slam
||March 12, 2014
Dave and Betty Ernst invited us to participate in the Seth Ernst Soccer Slam.
So the STRIVE All Star Soccer team packed up and went to Geneseo.
OMG! We had so much fun. Watch the video below and watch us go...
||Soccer Awards Ceremony
||March 4, 2014
Sadly the soccer season has come to an end, but it was a great year!! We had our soccer recognition
dinner on Tuesday where everyone who participated were honored. We ate junk food and had fun!!
Can hardly wait til next year...
Cheerleader Recognition - Pat
Biggest Fan Award - Lester
||Talent Show 2014
||February 26, 2014
Our very own Chris Morrow, who has his own column here on the DT Blog, participated in the DT
Not surprising, Chris did jokes.
I know it is cold and yukky outside and
everyone is getting tired of winter. Add some brightness to your day and have a good laugh and
watch Chris perform at the talent show.
||February 11, 2014
So while the rest of Illinois is bemoaning the cold weather, we have been getting our
"soccer" on. Our friends from the Seth Ernst Soccer Slam
invited us to come play soccer. So our All Star Soccer team put on a show last Saturday.
We had SO MUCH FUN!!! The people there are amazing and lucky for us, we get to do it again on March 1st.
Check out some of the pictures below..
||January 10, 2014
It has been really cold outside, but we have been handling the cold in the most
||January 3, 2014
We just read Drew Brees Biography (Coming Back Stronger)
and then studied the city of New Orleans for our "My World" group. We had so much fun. Toni's family
down in New Orleans sent us a bunch of Saints gear to help us celebrate New Orleans.
The video below
is our BIG thank-you for the gear. Watch and smile...
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.