Sunday, August 29, 2010

Come on Down and Join in the Fun........The Nebraska State Fair.

Today we went to the Nebraska State Fair in Grand Island, so John could do his Power Point Presentation.  He already won Grand Champion at the county fair with the presentation and now it was time to do it again at the State Fair.  The title of his presentation is "Will You Step Up for Down Syndrome".  He did awesome. He got a purple ribbon.   I think having 2 hours in the car to perfect it helped.  Here are the screen shots from his presentation:


Here is a picture of John with his Creative Mix Cookies that also got a purple.   They were made with a devils food cake mix and have a white chocolate drizzle on them.  They were yummy!  The ones left at home are long gone.  The best part is that now John can make the cookies next time we have to take some for school!

Noah got to have some fun too.  Here he is catching a pass from former Husker Player Eric Crouch.  The funniest part was that the boys had no idea who he was while they were doing the little obstacle course.  I asked them how it was to catch a pass from the former Husker Quarterback and they all looked at me like I was nuts.  After going back to take a look they figured out who it was.  They thought it was pretty cool.
He also got to milk a pretend cow.   I told him after seeing the way he was going about it,  he would have been kicked in the head by that cow if it had been real.

Ben got to enjoy the fair too.  He liked petting the goats.  But it was just too much for him.

On the way home we stopped at Chances R in York.  It was delicious.  Maybe going all the way to Grand Island to visit the State Fair isn't so bad after all.  Our first year attending there was pretty good.

Monday, August 23, 2010

StepUp for Down Syndrome


This is Ben Willey.

It's time again to raise money for the
Down Syndrome Association for Families
of Nebraska (D.S.A.F.) with the newly named
StepUp for Down Syndrome Walk on Saturday,
October 2, 2010 at Antelope Park in Lincoln.

How can you help? Many different ways! You can  donate on-line by going to Ben's Brigade team page  You can donate by check made payable to DSAF of Nebraska (put Ben’s Brigade in the Memo)and send it to CCSUW, c/0 DSAF, PO Box 57362, Lincoln NE, 68505. Our goal this year is to raise $1,000, so any amount will help. But the best way to show your support, is to register and come walk with us on Ben's Brigade. My family would love to see you there! To register, go to Be sure to register by September 3rd to get a free T-shirt with your paid registration!
The D.S.A.F of Nebraska has given Mom and Dad a lot of helpful information and support through my first 2 years of life! This is our ONE and ONLY fund-raiser and the money raised from the StepUp Walk will pay for information for parents and educators, programs for families impacted by Down Syndrome, fun outings for my family, and much more!
The walk is 1 mile around the Children’s Zoo but there will be so much more than just the walk! I know they have a lot of fun stuff planned for the kids! Here is a link to the website where you can find more information: 2010 Step Up for Down Syndrome Walk

Don’t forget your donations are 100% tax deductible.
Let's make this walk a successful one!
Thanks for reading. Thanks for donating. Thanks for loving me for me!



Randy, Angie, John and Noah Willey

Monday, August 16, 2010

County Fair

This week was our county fair.  We had lots of fun.  John took quite a few projects this year including photography, cooking, Youth in Motion, Heirloom Treasures, Care-n-share and entered the Presentation and Performing arts contests.  He got 10 purple ribbons and 3 blue ribbons, and one grand champion for his presention on the StepUp for Down Syndrome Walk.  He gets to go to the state fair with his white chocolate and devils food cookies, his Youth in Motion Activity bag, and his power point presentation.  Noah is in his third year of 4-h as a clover kid.  He also took photography, and a some care and share items (items donated to the needy of the county).  Here are some pictures from the county fair. 

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Bath Time Fun!

The other day I heard Ben in the bathroom, so I asked John to check on him. You may remember a previous bathroom incident we had with toilet paper, if not check here. John came out and said, "I think he wants to take a bath". When I asked why he replied, "because he is already in the tub playing with his toys. I ran in to find Ben having the best time playing in the tub. I grabbed the camera, and snapped a couple of shots, and said "Ben how in the world did you get in there"? So he climbed out to show me, then climbed right back in. However, his climbing in is more like falling in. When I told him to be careful, or he would bonk his head, he proceeded to purposely bonk his head and then giggle. It was hilarious. Thanks for keeping us laughing Ben!
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