DREAMS Manufacturing 1 Year Anniversary Party!
Well, today was our one year anniversary for the D.R.E.A.M.S. Manufacturing Company! I got to see my fellow employees all dressed in uniform for our new picture that was taken for our new label that will go on our meat pie boxes!
Before the picture taking, I got to talk to my friends about how Halloween is coming up and what we plan on dressing up as. I was trying to decide whether to go as a werewolf or Loki from The Avengers. There seems to be more people leaning towards Loki, so I may have to look at getting the scepter for it soon because it’s selling fast! One of my friends wants to go as Genie from Disney’s Aladdin and another wants to be Maleficent from Maleficent (I think).
After a little while, it was time to take the label picture! I had to make sure that my face could be seen and that I had the best smile I could pull off! We took one regular, another with our hands in the air, and the final one was with silly faces! Just before the picture was taken, I overheard Ms. Donielle say that this picture will be going national! But because it’s for the label, I think that’s what she meant due to everyone buying the meat pies will see the faces of awesome employees and managers!
After the pictures were taken, there was food served, but I left shortly after because I wanted to eat with my mom and sister, who were waiting in the car. I just didn’t want to be stuck doing nothing at a restaurant. But I got to tell everyone bye and head out to help do a couple of errands afterwards!
You know, this job has really helped me out in life so far! When I just got out of high school, I didn’t really know what I was going to do about where to work at besides try to register for college, which didn’t go as planned. But luckily, I found the Continuing Education program that I went to twice! Aside from that, when I found out about the D.R.E.A.M.S. Manufacturing Company opening soon on Facebook, I thought I could help out due to my certification in Food Handling that I received back in high school! Ms. Donielle and the chef were very impressed with it! On my first day, I was shown how to do things and got the hang of them after a little bit. I got along extremely well with everyone! I’m very happy that I found this awesome job and I’m very thankful for all of the awesome managers and friends of mine that make my job enjoyable! I would like to thank Ms. Donielle Gaubert Watkins for starting the business, Pamela Broussard, Sydney Broussard, Brooke Schexnyder (even though she doesn’t work here anymore) for being awesome managers, Brandon Gaubert for being an outstanding chef, and everyone else that takes part in this wonderful job of mine! You have all really made this part of my life special!
68th Annual Kiwanis Football Jamboree Event
Well, tonight I got to volunteer to help sell our meat pies again! This time, we went to the 68th Annual Kiwanis Football Jamboree at the Cajun Field! I got to help hold up fliers for the D.R.E.A.M.S. Manufacturing Company! Although it didn’t seem like too many people were interested at first.
After a while of holding up the fliers and asking anyone around if they were interested, I got to take a short break and meet up with my friends. Some of them were in the DR.E.A.M.S. Cheer Warriors team!
Some time later, while I was back to holding up the fliers, I noticed that the mother of one of my friends was watching the field below. I then decided to go see what we going on and found out that the D.R.E.A.M.S. Cheer Warriors team was preparing for their cheer that they got to do before the game! I surely enjoyed every minute of it!
Shortly afterwards, some shocking news came up. We have sold out of meat pies! I honestly couldn’t believe it at first, but I was very happy when I found out that it was no joke! That’s because it means that we’re selling good and business is getting better!
After everyone began to leave, I got to tell my friends bye and help load up some of the fans that we were using due to the scorching heat outside. My family was there to pick me up just a few minutes after.
You know, this was the very first football Jamboree that I have ever been to! Even though I didn’t get to watch the game, I still enjoyed helping out the Foundation! And I surely can’t wait to help out the next time we sell more to the public!
Meet and Greet Candidate for Mayor President Meat Pie Sale Event
Well, today I had an unexpected surprise event! I got to volunteer to help sell our meat pies at the Meet and Greet dinner for the Candidate for Mayor President of Lafayette Carlee Alm-LaBar!
Before the event, I went over to my friend Logan Watkins’s house to get freshened up and ready for the event! While waiting to leave, I got to meet his pet Yorkshire Terrier named Elizabeth! She greeted me with puppy kisses and followed me around the house for a bit lol! After we were ready, we headed over to the home of the couple that were hosting the dinner!
When we got there, we got to meet the couple and I ended up running into a friend that I ran to in the past Carly Faulk! Her and I recognized each other and remembered that we have met at a certain event before, but weren’t sure exactly where. As people walked in, I introduced myself with a smile and got to tell them a little bit about the D.R.E.A.M.S. Foundation and my blogging job for it! Lots were impressed about it and thought it was cool! Once all of the guests have arrived and everyone got settled, it was time to serve the food! Logan and I were assigned to serve our meat pies to the guests! Logan would hand each passing guest a plate and I would take a meat pie with tongs and serve the guest! We worked pretty well together! We got to take a picture with one of the guests that we met Timothy Cazares!
After a little while, the wife of the couple hosting the dinner grabbed everyone’s attention and we got to listen to the speech of the Candidate for Mayor-President Carlee! She talked about how she will do things and what she will change if she is elected! After announcing her speech to everyone there, every guest gave a very strong applause!
Once the speeches were done, Logan and I got to resume our job of serving the guests and got to eat once everyone was served! I ate 1 1/2 of meat pies, a half plate size serving of pasta, and two peanut butter chocolate brownies with lemonade! I got to talk with the Candidate for Mayor President for a bit and explained how I was the blogger for the D.R.E.A.M.S. Foundation! Her and I decided to take a picture afterwards!
Once everyone started to leave, I wanted to make sure if my help was still needed before leaving. I was thanked and got very good compliments about not only our meat pies that we have made for this wonderful event, but my help for the event! My grandparents were waiting outside and began to think as I left the house “I guess sometimes life brings you unexpected surprises! I got to not only meet new people and talk about what I do with the D.R.E.A.M.S. Foundation, but I got to do some PR work for an event! (as my grandparents called it)”. I even got to keep the shirt that I wore! I would like to thank Ms. Donielle Gaubert Watkins for inviting me to this awesome event, Logan for helping me out with the serving, and everyone else that has attended this event and made it one to remember! All pictures are below!
Lake Charles Gun Club Meatpie Sale
Well, today I got to help volunteer to sell some of our meat pies at the Lake Charles Gun Club! But there was a bit of a change in things, not many people came to the event as expected. But not only did we manage to sell our meat pies, but we got to participate in shooting shotguns and doing Archery! This is the first time I have ever gotten to shoot a cock and load shotgun and do Archery in my entire life! Even if I didn’t shoot any of the flying disks that were launched into the air, I still had fun trying to do so! It’s just a bit hard to aim while following the disk at the same time. But to warn you, that shotgun will leave your shoulder a bit sore at least! I also got to hang out with some of my coworkers and best friends today while cooling off from the scorching heat! I did get a bit of sun lol! When I got to try and do the Archery, the employee walked me through the process step by step and I eventually caught on and shot pretty well for my first try! In fact, you won’t believe this, but I’ve managed to get a bullseye on my third try! I have the pictures taken all below! And you bet my back and upper arm muscles felt pressured! After I completed the Archery, I got to try two of our meat pies and drink lots of water due to sweating like a dog on a hot summer day. But even though the event didn’t go as planned in a way, we still all managed to have fun and try new things! If I had to choose which activity was better, I’d have to say it was Archery! Mainly because you don’t have to worry about a kick back and loud noise. But I still think both activities were very fun! I would like to thank everyone from the D.R.E.A.M.S. Manufacturing Company Donielle Gaubert Watkins, Logan Watkins, Sydney Broussard, Pamela Broussard, Ashley Castille, and everyone else that participated in the event today! You sure made my Saturday awesome!
CYT Fall Session 2019
If you have a child with special needs that is interested in Acting and Performing Arts, D.R.E.A.M.S. CYT is the perfect program to get them into! CYT (standing for Christian Youth Theater) is a program where kids and teens can act and perform plays for the public. D.R.E.AM.S. has a CYT class of their own and it has everything you would expect in a Performing Arts class! I myself have had experience with the program and I rated it 10/10 every year that I went!
Back when I first got involved with D.R.E.A.M.S. around 2015, I was offered to attend CYT for the Fall session of CYT. I accepted the offer because I felt like it would be a very good opportunity to try something different. After all, it is fun to pretend to be someone you’re not! For the first Fall session that I attended, we did a skit of a parody of KATC! I was a country singer named Lexendary. I had lots of fun performing my character and loved how everyone applauded at the end of our performance!
For the 2016 Fall session, we did a skit of a parody of Family Feud! I got to be a host along with one of my friends that I met at Camp Unique! But instead of talking like a regular host, I had to sing every word I had to say, which I thought was pretty funny because imagine having to give a speech to the class with a voice like that lol. My mother, stepfather, sister, grandparents, and one of my cousins and her family along with her mother ALWAYS came to see my performances and congratulated me after every awesome performance. Honestly, I did truly feel like a star, even though I never got to participate in the actual CYT plays! As for the 2017 Fall session, D.R.E.A.M.S. CYT was doing a skit of the TV show Happy Days! The vocal class got to sing the theme song and a short commercial in between the skit! I guess we managed to make the already awesome performance even better! That’s why if you’re child with special needs loves to act, then I highly recommend this program for them! If you’re interested in signing up, go to cytlafayette.org D.R.E.A.M.S. Theater Fall 2019! I guarantee your child will have a blast!
If you think your child would like to join the CYT D.R.E.A.M.S. class, please go to the link below to register for class!!
Camp Unique 2019 Day 5 July 26, 2019
Well, as you all should know by now, today was the final day of Camp Unique for 2019! We began with Praise and Worship with the two songs Oh Happy Day and one of my favorites, Pray! After our prayer for the day, we headed off to Fitness!
When we got to Fitness, we played our usual warm up game Pop See Ko! Because it was the final day, I let other campers go before me and offered to go afterwards. I got to show everyone that I can pat my head while rubbing my belly! After we finished, we played an obstacle course racing game! My opponent and I were too close to call a winner, so we settled it on a tie! I also cheered on the other campers as they hopped over the floor latter marks, hopped into hoops on the floor, balanced on foam noodles, and catch a ball at the end. I was reminded of the Pixar lamp while I was hopping lol! After the obstacle course came a parachute game where we had to toss balls into the air like popcorn does out of a pot! I haven’t played with a parachute since elementary school! At one point we had to go under the parachute and run from one end to the other! It was very fun!
After Fitness came Dance! For today, we did some Jazz dancing! It was very fun to learn and dance along to the song! I remember playing the saxophone back in the 5th grade! But of course my music reading skills and instrument playing are a bit rusty now (I brought this up because a saxophone is a Jazz instrument isn’t it?). And then we got to play a game of Duck Duck Goose while listening to the song Macarena! Another song that took me down memory lane of Pre-K lol!
After Dance came Snack Time! I got to have more cookies and water today! I also got to take selfies with friends as you can see below the post!
After Snack Time was over, we went to the karaoke room and sang some more karaoke! This time, I sing Hakuna Matata from The Lion King! Everyone cheered when I was done! After a few more songs, we got to the Chicken Dance once again! Back to Pre-K memory lane it was lol!
After a couple of more karaoke songs, we got to head to the Art room to make some coasters for our parents! I got to paint a black L on it with golden stars, lightning bolts, and even a number symbol with a 1. It was sure fun doing Art this year! And speaking of Art, my project is finished! It’s the very last two pictures below! It’s a fingerless Infinity Gauntlet (Don’t worry, I didn’t actually snap my fingers lol!)!
After Art class came a grand finale for all of this year’s camp! It was a Magic Show! I finally got to see the dazzling magician that was talked about for this year! As I watched his magic tricks and participated by saying my own magic words “Abra Kadabra, Alakazam!”, I felt as if we were all apart of the show itself! I laughed when things got a bit silly and was amazed when the magic tricks worked out exactly like they were supposed to. When the magic show ended, I said all of my goodbyes to my friends and headed out, thinking about what wonderful things will await us all next year!
The D.R.E.A.M.S. Foundation has really changed my life. I can still remember my life before of being bullied in school and some other kids thinking that I was a bit weird. And when my Mom found the D.R.E.A.M.S. Foundation of Acadiana and signed me up, I was a bit nervous at first due to me not knowing anyone from my school or anywhere outside of school. But as soon as the first day of Camp was over, everything changed in a flash. I now have a place where no one will think I am weird, they will think I am special in my own unique way! Everyone is special in their own unique way! Honestly, I can’t ask for better people to spend an awesome summer camp with! I would like to thank Donielle Gaubert Watkins and Brian D. Watkins for starting the foundation that has changed my life forever, my friends Logan Watkins, Ali Wood, Hayley Scimemi, Paolo Ferrata, Danielle Landry,Adrianna Jeanne, Jaden Landy, Bella Russo for being there for me and making this camp year another year to remember, the volunteers Natalie Simon, Tammy Sturgill Landy, Janae Snow, Kaylon Khamphilavong, Triston Thorne, and everyone for helping us out and keeping us happy, the Dance teacher Virginia Foshee for teaching us the graceful ballet, Danie Adams for teaching us the groovy Jazz, and everyone else for every other moves we have learned to bust, the coaches Damon Vincent and Catherine Vincent for helping us exercise and letting us play fun workout games, our Art teacherAnne Hoerner for not only her kindness towards us and always being there to help those in need, but her generosity to loan me some sketch paper so that I can do my project and show everyone what I was planning to do in Art this year if we ever got to free draw, and everyone else that took part in Camp Unique this year! You have all made this year special to me! Am I happy you ask? You bet I am!
Camp Unique 2019 Day 4 July 25, 2019
Well, today was the 4th day of Camp Unique for 2019! As usual, we started with Praise and Worship with our favorite songs Deep Cries Out and Pray!
After our prayer for the day came Fitness! We played our favorite warm up game Pop See Ko and also played a game called Grab the Tag and Wack the Mole Fitness style! Grab the Tag is where two players tuck in tags in their pant and they both try to grab each other’s tag from each other. But even though you have to try and not let them get it, it has to be visible enough for the player to catch it if they have the chance. I had lots of fun playing it! After that game came Whack the Mole Fitness style! It’s very similar to Whack the Mole, but instead of using a hammer and moles, we use medicine balls and a foam noodle as the hammer and mole. I got to give myself a good ab exercise due to the challenge for me having to keep my legs off of the floor while turning and whacking the noodle from side to side. But it was still very fun!
After the game was finished, we headed on over to Dance! For today, we got to do our most popular line dance of Camp Unique! It was Can’t Stop the Feeling by Justin Timberlake! After our most recognized line dance, we still had more time to kill for two more line dances. We also did the Cha-Cha Slide and the Cupid Shuffle! These two were childhood favorites of mine! I sung along while doing the dance and had fun doing so!
After Dance was Snack Time! Today’s snack was chocolate chip cookies with Capri Sun juice or Water! It was very delicious! I got to socialize a bit and even meet more new people!
After Snack Time was over, we headed to the same room where we made cards and made a video to do some karaoke! I got to sing Thunder by Imagine Dragons! My Facebook name Lex Electrifying Goulas is what made me think of it. I was originally going to do Hakuna Matata from The Lion King, but that song is more of a duet song. I even got to do the Chicken Dance along with everyone else! I haven’t done that dance since Pre-K. As we did the silly but fun dance, I had nostalgic memories of my 4-5 year old self doing this every time the song came on.
After our karaoke time was finished, we went to Art! Today we got to trace and color in some hearts! I made two hearts and colored them orange and red.
And for the grand finale of the day, we got to do some amazing science with Mr. Brian D. Watkins, or should I say Professor Brian? Lol! For today’s science experiments, we got to watch a rocket launch into the air and fill some soda with Mentos! They exploded like two soda volcanoes! And for the last experiment, we had some dry ice in water I believe it was. Unfortunately, the experiment for the rocket didn’t turn out as it was supposed to, but at least we still managed to get it into the air! Camp Unique is getting better and better as the week goes on. But the thing is, tomorrow is our last day of camp! I surely can’t wait to see the grand finale of not only for the last day, but for the entire week of this wonderful camp that has changed my life!
Camp Unique 2019 Day 3 July 25, 2019
Today was the third day of Camp Unique for 2019 and it was awesome as usual! For today, we got to learn a new song for Praise and Worship! I forgot what it was called, but it has the line “Step if you’re blessed”. And then we sung our usual song towards the end called Pray. Some Therapy dogs came to visit us today! I got to pet both and received a puppy kiss from one of them lol!
After saying our prayer for the day, we headed off to Fitness to play some more fitness games! As usual, Pop See Ko was the warm up game! After busting a couple dance moves, we got to play Horse and Buggy again along with Squash the Bug, which is raising a medicine ball above your head and slamming it on the ground in front of you. And then we played a game where we have a partner and we are back to back. This game is about passing the medicine ball to each other both clockwise and counter clockwise. We even got to kick some X-Ray papers! I even accidentally kicked the paper out of the coach’s hands a couple of times lol.
After Fitness came Dancing! But instead of Cajun dancing again today, we got to do some Ballet! I got the hang of the jumping, foot positions, and bowing (for the males), but the tip toeing while turning part was a bit tricky. I would like to thank Virginia Foshee for teaching us Ballet today and working with us! Since we had a bit of more time to kill, we got to play Duck Duck Goose again along with hitting a balloon while not letting it touch the ground.
After the games came Snack Time! Today’s snack was Goldfish and Capri Sun Juice or Water. I got to socialize with my friends and talk about how Camp Unique was going so far.
After Snack Time was finished, we got to go outside and play a sport with sticks that had nets to catch a tennis ball (I forgot the sport’s name). After catching the ball, you threw it in a net, which was the goal. I did very well at it! In fact, I’ve managed to test my dexterity a bit and came to the conclusion that I may be a bit ambidextrous. I congratulated my partners as they played the game, caught the balls, and making a goal.
After the games were finished, we went back inside and got to go to Art! Today, we colored some pictures that had the word Love surrounded by plants and flowers. I used all sorts of different colors for the letters and plants. And before we left, we played a funny game where we had to try to draw the person in front of us without looking at our paper! I didn’t do too bad, but I got the hair in the wrong place lol. But it was okay, it was just for fun! While we were heading out, one of the campers didn’t want to take a blank sheet of paper that they had. So I offered to take it home because I have something that I want to do with it, but it’s a surprise! The Art teacherAnne Hoerner gave me sketch paper along with any other pieces of paper she did not need. I thanked her and told her that D.R.E.A.M.S. can’t ask for a better Art teacher than her. She thanked me for my kindness and I got to head out. So I not only got to do a different Praise and Worship song and get kissed by a dog, but I got to learn basic Ballet for the first time, meet even more new people, and receive the main material that I need for my surprise project! I surely can’t wait to see what tomorrow and Friday brings to us!
Camp Unique 2019 Day 1 July 22, 2019
First day of Camp Unique went very good! I got to see a lot of my friends and even meet some new people! And the thing is, this was only the first day! I have a feeling things will get even better as the week goes by! Here’s my experience for Day 1 of Camp Unique!
Before the afternoon of wonderful activities begins, we ALWAYS start with a little activity called Praise and Worship. This is where we sing songs about how great God is and how we should thank him and trust him for everything he does. And at the very end of it, we all say a prayer and get into our groups! Because I was in the blue colored group, our first activity was Fitness!
Fitness is an activity where we have fun playing games and exercise to stay fit at the same time. Today we started off with my favorite warm up game Pop See Ko! In case some of you don’t know what Pop See Ko is, look up Pop See Ko on YouTube to get an idea of what it is. The entire class gets in a huge circle and everyone including the volunteers participates! I got to start off everyone with the dance move known as The Floss. I then passed it to another camper who did a dance known as The Bernie. I knew how to do this dance since I was around 11 or 12 years old. As I did the dance, everyone cheered me on including the coach! After a couple of more dance move done by other campers, we played another game where we pretended to be animals while technically exercising at the same time. One camper did a horse, I did a T-Rex, and another did an elephant. Of course we all did it as a class. I sure had fun pretending to be one of my favorite dinosaurs!
After Fitness comes snack time! Today we had Cheez-It’s and water or Capri Sun juice. I also managed to take some selfies with some of my friends! The pictures will be below!
After snack time comes Dance! Today we learned how to Cajun Jigg! I had an excellent dance partner who is also my friend and a volunteer Jaden Landy! Her and I did each step required and got better as we went on. We learned how to sway, twirl under the arm properly, and even learned how to connect our hips with each other and do a circle movement after that (I forgot what the dance was called).
And after the dancing was done, then came Card Making! Today we were making cards for a girl the can’t get out of the house very often due to her having seizures 6 times a day. And since her birthday is coming up and she loves to get cards, we all made cards for her! I wrote “Happy Birthday (girl’s name)” on the front of the card. And on the inside on the left, I drew a birthday cake with presents, balloons, confetti, and a banner with Happy Birthday on it. I even drew a girl with a crown on her head to resemble the girl and even wrote “Birthday Queen (girl’s name)” with an arrow pointing to her. On the right side, I wrote “Hope you get better soon -Lex”.
After the Card Making came the final activity of the day. That activity is Art! Today our Art teacher had us cut out some blue fabric cloths into pieces of different geometric shapes for a big surprise on the final day of Camp (I don’t want to spoil anything)! We also talked about our theme this year, which is Love and how the type of art that we were doing was known as Fiber Art. After all the cutting was done, it was time for us to leave! Thank you for a great day today Donielle Gaubert Watkins, Brian D. Watkins, Kaylon Khamphilavong, Ally Nguyen, Triston Thorne, Danielle Landry, Logan Watkins, and everyone else that took part in volunteering and helping out! This post will also be going on the D.R.E.A.M.S. Foundation of Acadiana in the blog posts!
Camp Unique 2019 Day 2 July 23, 2019
Well, as you all know by now, today was the second day of Camp Unique! In my opinion, today was just a tad bit better than yesterday. But it is extremely close when it comes to voting on which day was better. Today was also special because we had an activity added in today! A company had managed to bring in some animals such as two kids (baby goats), a goose, a horse, a calf, a rabbit, a pig, a chicken, and even a dog! I got to pet the rabbit and two kids (baby goats)! I will have the picture of me petting the rabbit below! It was so fluffy that I thought I was going to die (Despicable Me reference) lol!
After the petting zoo came a dance party due to the other kids getting a chance to see the animals! I got to dance to the two songs Can’t Stop the Feeling and Footloose! Fun fact: I did Footloose at my high school prom! I had tons of fun doing the dances with everyone. After doing the two dances, I got to meet a couple of new people and tell them about my new blogging job and how Camp Unique works. Every one of them congratulated me and I thanked them for their praise.
For the next activity, we went back to our normal schedule and went straight to Fitness! We got to start off the class with Pop See Ko again today! Unfortunately, one of the campers got a little shy and didn’t feel like doing his dance move. But luckily, I offered to take his place and showed everyone my arm waving dance. This dance has both of your arms out with your fingers on both hands together and you move them up and down like waves on an ocean. After our warm up game, we got to play a game called Horse Buggy (at least I think that is what it was called). The game works by two people with a long rubber band that goes around one person’s waist and the other person has to pull back like they would pull back a horse while the other person with the strap around the waist has to run forward and pull, working their leg muscles in the process! I had lots of fun doing it with my partner! And since we had a little bit of time to kill after the game, we played a little bit of a Duck Duck Goose game, but with a Fitness edit to it! We had to hold a squat position as one of the players goes around and picks the goose. I felt the burn, but that’s what you want when you exercise!
After that round of Duck Duck Goose, we went to do some more Cajun dancing! Today I got to dance with my awesome partner Jaden Landy and learn the Two Step! Her and I practiced over and over until we finally mastered the dance and got every step right! I even got to meet her mom, who was taking pictures today!
After the Cajun dancing was over, we had our Snack Time! Today it was Animal Crackers and water or Capri Sun juice! I got to mingle with more of my friends and meet more new people once I was done.
After Snack Time was over, we went to the same room where we made cards for the girl that couldn’t get out of the house and for today, we made a video of us singing a Christian song called I Can Only Imagine! It’s about a man wondering what he will do or how he will react once he meets God for the first time. I sung along with the words and the rest of the group as if it was a song that we were singing all together. We all did a fantastic job and took another short video of us thanking the sponsors for what they do for us.
And for the final activity of the day, we went to Art! For today, we got to use the pieces of fiber material we cut out yesterday to make designs on a white fiber material paper. This paper was heated up and made a different way than the blue ones were. I made a design with my name and what was supposed to be a lightning bolt to resemble my Facebook name Lex Electrifying Goulas! The Art teacher Ms. Anne Hoerner was feeling a bit under the weather today. But I got to help her feel better as I worked on my design by talking about the animals that I got to see and how the rest of my day was. I even got to explain my very own motto to some of the volunteers and campers “You don’t know until you try”. She thanked me for doing so and I was very happy to help because helping those in need is what I love to do. And that could be why I get along with so many people at camp! Can’t wait to see what tomorrow and the rest of the week brings me!