Blog Archives

Cracking Up on Independence Day!

IMG_1944

We had a bang up time at this year’s 4th of July Parade in Fort Collins!!

IMG_2022

IMG_1780

IMG_1928IMG_1878

 

 

 

IMG_1907

 

This year we were excited to have our great friend and awesome parade MC, Ponto, join us. He worked the crowds and kept our presence known. Thanks, Ponto!

IMG_1980

IMG_1843

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Landis and Thalia came up with some great chants to say throughout the march.

 

img_2013.jpg

Landis’ idea (from the Lego movie):

“Everything is Awesome. Everything is cool when you’re part of a team.

Everything is Awesome, when you’re living out a dream!”

 

 
IMG_1800

“We’re AIA

we’re here to say

you can be awesome

ANY way.”

 

 

Nick was very excited to have Thalia as a “Personal Chauffeur” throughout the parade.

IMG_1861

 

 

We had the 5 new parade goers this year, Shelley and Landis Fletcher, and Lori Thompson with her sweet grandsons…  What a fun new group to add to our marchers!

IMG_1915 IMG_1841

 

IMG_2001

 

 

 

 

In addition, we had family join us this year. Nick’s sister-in-law, Amy, and his nieces were happy to ride in the parade, and to pass out candy!

 

IMG_1992

IMG_1965

 

Cindy Peak, Nick’s Speech and Language Pathologist, came along to help us decorate and represent Awesome in Action, Co.

 

IMG_1787

This year, we used the manual wheelchairs from the Walk in My Shoes presentation to show how Awesome in Action, CO, uses experiential learning to help folks understand what it’s like to be differently-abled.

IMG_1856       IMG_1871-cropIMG_1923

 

 

IMG_1816

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We hope our presence helped establish Awesome in Action, Co in our community as a resource for ability awareness!  We are always in search of new presentation opportunities and sponsorships for these presentations.

IMG_1937

Please feel free to send interested parties our way.

 

Happy Summer, everyone!!!

 

Awesomely Explosive for Independence Day!

We all had a blast (pun intended!) at the 4th of July Parade in Fort Collins today.

 

IMGP5628 - Copy

 

4th of July 1

Awesome in Action revealed itself as an official 501(c) 3 organization today with our brand new t-shirts sporting the nonprofit Awesome in Action logo.

IMGP5693

4th of July 2

IMGP5618 - Copy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We even had an official mascot this year! Thank you, Jarvis, the amazing 3 legged dog, for displaying what being Awesome in Action is all about!

 

4th of July 7

Thank you also to special friends, Liz and Leonard Urban for joining us this year!

IMGP5613 - Copy

 

 

IMGP5626 - Copy

 

 

On a whim, Martin joined us to add to his Marathon training workout (He’d already done the Firecracker 5K twice!)

IMGP5633

IMGP5642

Of course, no party is complete without this joker and her crew! We had so much fun with Kelleen, Charlie, and their kids Riley, Kira, and Aidan.

IMGP5619 - Copy

IMGP5655

 

 

 

IMGP5657

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And, as always, we loved to have our dear friend, Tammy Castell, joining us to march this year!

IMGP5600

IMGP5615 - Copy

The old crew, Alex, Thalia, and Olivia joined the parade, and they were a great help getting ready!

IMGP5621 - Copy

IMGP5601

IMGP5699and they were even nice to each other (mostly!)

4th of July 44th of July 5

 

 Nothing says the 4th of July like a duel with cardboard tubes!

 

image1image4image1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here’s a few shots of us marching from behind! Susan took the wheel to drive the Silver Bullet down the parade route!

 

 

 

 

 

Vanessa is a hot kid after the long parade! Even so, she chose to share her Popsicle with Jarvis. Guess her mom, Amy, is teaching this (almost) youngest AiA team member some great values!

IMGP5677

IMGP5665

Thank you, Roussos Family, for coming to support us during the parade!

 

IMGP5611 - Copy

 

From our family to yours, Awesome in Action wishes you a happy and safe Independence Day!