Shortly following Tertia's 13th birthday (I have three teenagers now... how can that be?!) came the annual Down Syndrome Buddy Walk. This year I took both girls.
There was a bounce house.
There were carnival games with silly prizes.
There were hula hoops. Two different strangers came up to me and said Tertia was a world class hula-hooper. Of course, this is one of those events where no one is a true stranger.
There were Star Wars characters, inexplicably made friendly and huggable and transported to Portland. I'm pretty sure Tertia thinks of Chewie as a close personal friend; she remembers him from last year.
The Central Catholic cheerleaders were there to kick off the walk. I loved the "poms down!" order right before they did a cheer with lots of clapping.
After the walk they turned on the fountain in the Rose Quarter Commons. It didn't take long before the inevitable wetness for all kids ensued:
At first it looks like they might stay mostly dry...