It was a wonderful start to the day with devotions with Pastor Mari. She spoke about all the beauty during springtime and they sang "This Is My Father's World," "Doxology," and "Jesus Loves Me." After devotions, we enjoyed stories from Reminisce magazine. The stories were about people's most embarrassing moments so we had a good laugh to some of them! Next, we stretched a bit before having a blast dancing the chicken dance! It was a fun time playing several bingo games all together this afternoon! We ended the day with a sing along and listening to polka music! Everyone sang their hearts out and there was definitely a lot of feet tapping to polka! It was a great day!
Happy St. Patrick's Day! Our beautiful Sunday started with church services broadcast from Hosanna church. Next we enjoyed our lovely piano concert from our very talented high school volunteer, Michelle. The residents and staff alike love listening to her play classic pieces by Beethoven, Bach and Mozart and more contemporary pieces as well, such as Edelweiss and Bridge Over Troubled Waters. Our lunch was a classic Irish feast... corned beef and cabbage with boiled potatoes and carrots! After a bit of a rest we gathered together for a St. Patrick's Day social and enjoyed some green cookies and coffee. After we sang some irish tunes next, we enjoyed the classic Irish dancing in River Dance!
Happy Saturday! We got to start out our Saturday morning with a live concert from the Fiddle Stix! They were a wonderful band consisting of a fiddle, guitar, mandolin and bass- all playing classic Irish music! It was amazing to see their fingers just fly across their instruments as they played such fun and lively Irish tunes. After our concert in the bistro we all gathered in the Willows living room to continue the Irish theme and watch some classic Irish dancing! After lunch we all enjoyed a few games of Bingo and Musical Moments- what a day!
Happy Friday! It was a full day with lots of St. Patrick's Day activities. We enjoyed reminiscing about the day and Ireland, learning fun trivia, watching River Dancing videos, and watching travel videos of Ireland. It was fun to see all the different cities and areas there! We spent a good amount of time singing Irish tunes like, "I'm Looking Over a Four Leaf Clover," "When Irish Eyes Are Smiling," "Cockles and Mussels," and "Sweet Rosie O' Grady." Here are a few jokes residents enjoyed today also: "Why do leprechauns hate running?" "They’d rather jig than jog!" "How did the leprechaun beat the Irishman to the pot of gold? He took a shortcut!" One of the residents guessed that one right on! Knock-knock! Who’s there? Irish. Irish who? Irish you a happy St. Patrick’s Day!
The day started by listening to one of our volunteers play the guitar, old Rock n' Roll songs. Then we all learned a bit more about St. Patrick's Day and Ireland with fun trivia about the history, symbols of St. Patrick's Day, and how it's celebrated around the world. We enjoyed a few jokes too! Next we stretched a bit for morning exercise. This afternoon, we played a truth or blarney trivia game about Ireland, the Irish, and St. Patrick's Day. We learned all sorts of fun things! It was a fantastic time at Music Safari today! There was lots of Irish music and singing, dancing, and playing instruments!
Happy Wednesday! Our Wednesday began with Ecumenical worship services in the Hosanna chapel with Pastor George Gilmore. His message of God's love was lovely and the hymns were wonderful to sing. Catholic rosary and communion were next for those residents that participate, Dave was here from All Saints Catholic Church to lead and it was fabulous to have a daughter in law of a resident also join the group in prayer. Please know families, you are always welcome to participate in any resident activity at any time- we love that you can share these special times with your loved ones! After lunch we had our Primrose Kindergarteners join us to visit and create a craft together. The residents love these intergenerational visits just as much as the children who visit! We created a rainbow with a pot of gold at the end- such bright happy colors! After all the joyous comotion we took a little break, then started in with musical moments! What a day!
Happy Tuesday! Our Tuesday had a great beginning with the weather report... all were very happy to hear that it's going to be in the 40's this week and all of this icky snow will melt! Next we all had a marvelous time with "Penny" trivia- "What's a Penny loafer? A shoe! and "What should a bride have in her show for good luck? A penny!" For example- we had some wonderful moments reminiscing about all the types of penny candy. Next we did a group exercise class- Sit and Stretch. Finally we rounded out the morning with our arm chair travel to sunny and green Ireland! After a great lunch of roasted chicken and salad, we all played a great game of "Can You Name Five". It was challenging and fun! Our feature of the afternoon was our favorite musician, Jim Roth playing all of our favorites on the accordion live! It's just the best to see everyone's face light up when he walks in the door- and even better to see them singing along and taping their toes!
Happy Monday! The day began with devotions with Pastor Mari. Mari's message and music was about "I sing because I'm happy. I sing because I'm free. For his eye is on the sparrow, and I know he watches me." It was such a nice time! After, we enjoyed a humorous Irish story, sang Irish songs (like "When Irish Eyes Are Smiling" and "My Wild Irish Rose"), watched videos of the Irish Tenors, and a River Dance video. It was a great afternoon playing bingo together! We also enjoyed some more funny Irish stories and Edward Lear limericks and ended with Celtic Thunder music videos. It was a wonderful day!
We started the day with singing a few of our favorite hymns together like, "How Great Thou Art" and "Amazing Grace" and enjoyed hearing about several humorous signs outside churches. Then we did morning stretches, which always feels good. Next, we enjoyed watching videos of River Dancing including some with kids and others with adults. It's so fun to watch! This afternoon, we had a good time together playing Pennies In (a reminiscing game), fun trivia, animal riddles, and had a good laugh to. We topped off the day with a snack and a polka music concert! What a busy and fun day!
Our day here in The Willows started with a good laugh to funny stories and jokes. Fun trivia all about chocolate was next. It sure made us hungry! We then got in our morning stretches to loosen up our bodies before having a blast dancing the chicken dance! Before lunch, we just had to watch some cute baby YouTube videos. On the way to the dining room, a dance party broke out to 50s Rock n' Roll music as well! What fun! This afternoon, we had a great time playing bingo together before singing and listening to Irish songs and watching The Carol Burnett Show. It was a busy and wonderful day!