Dancing to YMCA
I think I am now recovered from the Idaho State Special Olympics games last weekend in Cascade.Â Becky and I took a day off yesterday, finished laundry, cleaned the house, and vegged.Â Felt good.Â The Winter State games are always something we look forward to because they are such a blast.Â I am not sure what the athletes look forward to most, the races, or the social gathering and the dance.
This year, Becky came home with two silver medals and a date to a prom!Â I think she had a good time…
Racing in the intermediate catagory was new to her this time and the snow was a little different than she is used to at Bogus.
Silver Medals in Downhill and Slalom
She missed a gate on one run, and took a good fall on another, but she was happy with it.Â She really was bombing the run when she fell, and she was proud that not only did she race fast, but she got up fast as well.Â The Special Olympics organizers group skiers of same ability into heats, so that there is a little competition, but not much -Â everyone is a winner!
Renewing old aquaintances, as well as making new friends is part of the fun of Special Olympics.Â At the dance, we met up with a family that we have been aquainted with, who has three kids with Down syndrome, but we had only met two before.Â The third one, Michael who is Becky’s age,Â came with a special request for Becky – an invitation to his prom.Â It was funny to watch his older brother tease him by trying to dance with her first.Â Becky, being homeschooled, went to a Jr/Sr Banquet, but has never even been to a high school dance.Â Our family has attended many formal dances together, so she loves to dance, but this will be a new experience for her.
His mother and I, had a blast watching them…Â after he asked her, he turned to us (not 3 ft away), and said “She said YES!”Â If only I would have had my camera ready for that smile!Â It was priceless.
Becky and Michael saying goodbye until the prom...
Michael is outwardly more excited and very cute, but Becky is cool.Â She already admonished him for putting his arm around her and is telling everyone that they are just friends.Â She did make a point to look good for breakfast the last day in hopes of seeing Michael.Â Of course, he was watching for her and found her as soon as she walked in the door.Â The day that we got home, she wrote him a letter (he lives an hour away),Â and yesterday, insisted that we could go dress shopping for her prom.Â Despite the fact that she wrote it on the calendar, she continues to ask me when it is.
World Down Syndrome Awareness day is this Sunday and she is supposed to be speaking and playing piano.Â She is usually not nervous at all for these events, but Michael and family should be there….Â we will see how cool she is.
As with every developmental step that our kids make, this step is exciting.Â Since last year at the National Down syndrome Conference, when she saw all her peers with Down syndrome dating, she has been advocating for relationships.Â We have talked alot about waiting for a nice guy, and taking it slow.Â Well, Becky, this is your next page… welcome to the world of relationships!