Good Luck turns into Fantastically Festive Feats in February!

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“Good Luck turns into Fantastically Festive Feats in February!”

Hi, everybody! I hope that you are had a fabulous month of February, just like the other Arc Participants and me. February is one of my favorite months to be at The Arc. We have so many things to be happy about and to celebrate.

On Friday, February 1st, The Arc Staff Members, the other Arc Participants andI wore our favorite NFL jerseys to celebrate Super Bowl LIII. I wore my “I bleed black, blue, and silver! Go Carolina!” T-shirt. I read the books, The Berenstain Bears Play Football! by Stan and Jan Berenstain and Dino-Football by Lisa Wheeler.

Also, on Friday, February 1st, some of The Arc Participants celebrated the upcoming Groundhog Day by learning about the history of Punxsutawney Phil Groundhog from Pennsylvania and making Punxsutawney Phil Arts and Crafts. I read the books, Go to Sleep, Groundhog! Punxsutawney Phyllis by Susanna Leonard Hill. This book tells the story of Phyllis Groundhog. Unlike the other groundhogs, Phyllis likes to play in the cold river in spring, bake in the hot sun in the summer, and play in the snow in winter. This year spring is coming early, and Phyllis can feel it. But she can’t convince her Uncle Phil to get out of bed to make his prediction on Groundhog Day. I think that this book is a great girl power story as well.

On Tuesday, February 5th, some of the other Arc Participants and I celebrated the fact that the year of 2019 is The Year of the Pig in the Chinese zodiac. I could not wait to celebrate the Chinese New Year of the Pig, because that is the year that I was born into. I read the books, Ten Mice for Tet by Pegi Deitz Shea and Cynthia Weill, Ruby’s Chinese New Year by Vickie Lee, Runaway Wok by Ying Chang Compestine and a book about one of my favorite Disney Princesses in Mulan’s Lunar New Year by Natasha Yim. We made Chinese lanterns, Chinese New Year Pig Good Luck Charms and other arts and crafts to celebrate the start of the Chinese New Year that started on Tuesday, February 5th.

The Pig is the twelfth of all zodiac animals. According to one myth, the Jade Emperor said the order would be decided by the order in which they arrived at his party. Pig was late because he overslept. Another story says that a wolf destroyed his house. He had to rebuild his home before he could set off. When he arrived, he was the last one and could only take twelfth place. In Chinese culture, pigs are the symbol of wealth. Their chubby faces and big ears are signs of fortune as well. We had a great time celebrating the Year of the Pig.

On Friday, February 8th, some of the other Arc Participants and I wore our western clothing to celebrate the start of the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo and The Arc’s “Rootin’ Tootin’ Western Wear Day.” with the help of you Tube, I read the books, The Three Little Javelinas and Cindy Ellen, A Wild Western Cinderella by Susan Lowell to my fellow Participants.

I love the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo! The rodeo is definitely my favorite part of the month of February. Every year, my mom and I go to the rodeo fair grounds to enjoy the beautiful lights on the rides and the food. My favorite foods at the rodeo are the hot dogs and the funnel cakes. This year, a generous rodeo employee gave me a stuffed animal of my favorite My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic character named Pinkie Pie. My mom and I had a wondrous evening at the rodeo.

On Thursday, February 14th, we had our annual Valentine’s Day dance, where some of the Participants wore red and pink clothing. clothing. I wore my Valentine’s Day candy shaped light up necklace and my purple colored heart shaped antennas that bopped around when I move my head. Also, Also, my mom painted my fingernails red with pink and silver hearts and decorated my wheelchair with red Valentines Day ec. Arc Participants, Diana and Joey D. were chosen to be this year’s Valentine’s Day Dance King and Queen of Hearts.

I want to give a special acknowledgement to The Arc Staff Member, Diana L. (A Life Enrichment Instructor) for making such wonderful and beautiful sashes for the King and Queen of Hearts. Also, special thanks goes to the Press Club Participants, who helped to decorate The Arc’s Gym and Mrs. Berni K. (Associate Director of Curriculum) for helping with getting decoration supplies and helping to ensure that the dance was a fun success.

I used my communicator, (with the help of YouTube) to read the books, I Love You Too by Ziggy Marley, The Night Before Valentine’s Day by Natasha Wing and Pinkalicious: Pink of Hearts by Victoria Kann to my fellow Arc Participants.

So, that was my fabulous month of February events at The Arc. I had such a great time celebrating with The Arc Staff Members and my friends. I hope that you had a fabulous February like I had. Thank you for taking the time to read my blog.

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