Special Olympics School Games 2016

Rudy and his classmates competed in this year’s Special Olympic School Games today and it was, once again, deeply moving!  Thirty-five schools from California’s Central Coast participated in track and field events at the beautiful SBCC La Playa Stadium.  It was a gorgeous day with some beautiful people.  😉

Events like these are lessons for Rudy in “being a team player” and “embracing the moment…even if you’re not too keen on the activity”!  Ha Ha  Although he has no problem moving with purpose when he wants to, events like the Heart Walk and the Special Olympics are typically NOT those times!  It was a precious time nonetheless and just watching him casually walk around between events was enough to produce a few happy tears!!!

Pictures always tell a better story so here you go…


Olivia skipped school for the morning and joined us in cheering for Rudy and his classmates…
Our friend Kyle was super excited that Olivia was there too. 😉



A pre-parade selfie with Nurse Sara!
Opening Ceremonies
Parade pose!
Rudy’s first event…the 10M assisted walk.
He needed a little coaxing from Coach Galvan…
…but he finished and got a big hug from his teacher Miss A.
Good job Rudy!!!
Walking to the award podium.



Next up? The tennis ball throw.
Rudy’s third event was the 25M assisted walk and although Rolf gave his very best inspirational pep talk, Rudy pulled the old limp leg maneuver and passed.
That’s okay Rudy…you get a big hug anyway!


When all was said and done, Rudy was all smiles and very proud of his Special Olympics swag.

Red Carpets and an Open House

April started off with a visit from Grandma Jo and her two-week visit included some fun highlights for sure, like…

…a fun day with my oldest nephew and his family. Grandma Jo got a little time with her great grands!!!
… a  day trip down to APU to see Wilson and give him a birthday hug in person…he turned 19 on April 9th!! Woo Hoo!!
…a little fun at home too. 😉  Thank you for making the trip Mama!!!

This is an exciting time of year.  With less than 8 weeks of school left in the school year, the calendar is filling up with all kinds of fun events. Rolf and I got to walk the red carpet with Olivia on Friday night at the Hollywood-themed 8th grade Soiree dance…a special tradition for GVJH 8th graders and their parents every year as the 8th graders prepare to graduate and make the big leap to high school.  It’s hard to believe our girl will be an official DP Charger in a few short weeks!!


PC: Greg Lawler

Rolf and I headed to Los Angeles the following evening to attend Camp del Corazon‘s Annual Gala.  We walked our second red carpet in as many days and were honored to share in celebrating this amazing organization!  It was a great evening and so inspiring…as always!


The Dolby Ballroom in Hollywood was filled with celebrities but these are the people with whom we rushed to get pictures…Team Rudy Superstars Dr. Rick and Dr. Dan!!!

Another indicator that the school year is winding down is Open House night at the elementary school!  Rudy was so proud to walk around his classroom and show off his hard work…

Rudy and Rolf with Rudy’s teachers…Miss Avedissian (Special Ed) and Mrs. Gallo (General Ed)
We also stopped in to see Rudy’s Special Ed teacher for next year! Yay Ms. Ochoa!!!
…and 2nd grade General Ed teacher Mr. Latta!!!

There certainly were a lot of smiles tonight at Rudy’s Open House…great joy over all the fun & progress he experienced this year and great anticipation for the year ahead in 2nd grade.  SECOND GRADE!  Amazing!

We’ve had a bit of a heatwave this week which means the pool has been getting some good use…Rudy is usually the first to ask to go in and is growing in his confidence in the water…thanks to Rolf and his pool play:

“Again, Dad. Again!”

Next up?  The Special Olympics on Friday!!!!!  Stay tuned….