Emmanuel continues to happily work at Knotts Berry Farm in the Entertainment Department. His schedule changes from week to week, but he can always ask in advance for time off, when necessary. He really enjoys working this way because there's a lot of
flexibility, plus he has made so many friends over there! I'm so glad he was able to get the week off to go on our anuual family vacation this year - a cruise down the Mexican Riviera for seven days on the Carnival Splendor.
He loves hanging
out at the Knotts amusement park with his friends even when he is not working. Every year he looks forward to the "GhostTown Alive" event in the park, which goes from Memorial Day to Labor Day. He hopes to one day work as one of the actors in this event, and
so he continues to audition for it every year, and will not give up until he gets this position. For now, though, he just enjoys hanging out and being one of the actors on a "volunteer" basis - they all have loved his enthusiasm since he spent his summer days
there when he was 16. They always make him feel special.
Emmanuel auditioned for "Scary Farm" and will be a monster once again in one of the new mazes this year, so he is looking forward
to that in the fall. His improv and acting skills are improving every year, and the "perseverance" skill is becoming more and more part of his life and he continues to audition for many different acting positions. He also continues his education by taking
improv classes from time to time, six weeks per session, through a place called Held2Gether, where he also has made several friends.
He turned 20 at the beginning of this month, so is now saving up to get a car since the plan is
for him to move out within the year that he turns 21. It's a scary thought for him to be living independently from us, but at the same time is excited about it. He knows it's all part of growing up, and so he's cultivating the financial and emotional skills
to do so successfully.