Twenty One Speed Bike!

Quinn has outgrown his old bike that we originally got in NJ with training wheels.   He is the proud new owner of a 21-gear bike and of course we had to take it out for a test drive.


We went to the bike path in Simi Valley along the watershed.  



Quinn really loves his new 21-gear bike!


Public Works Field Trip

I joined Quinn's class on a field trip to the local public works.  




We hopped on to another bus and went through the bus/car wash.  Chaos!!


But the kids thought it was pretty great.




Stone Soup

Quinn's class performed the story of Stone Soup.  It was short and sweet, just like this video.


Stone Soup from amy white on Vimeo.

Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Quinn has read the first 2 (of 8) Harry Potter books so we thought we would surprise him with a trip to Universal Studios and the new Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

We bought special passes that let us in early and also got us to the front of the line of all the rides and shows.  So we were up at the crack of dawn and at Universal by 7:30 am.  





The early bird gates opened at 8 am and the only part of the park open was Harry Potter.  And it was pretty magical!!





As we entered Quinn was looking around in amazement and said "My mind has been officially blown!".  I would have to agree, it was pretty spectacular.



We hightailed it to the first ride Forbidden Journey and it was so good we got right back on it!  To get to the ride you had to go through Hogwarts castle and that in itself was quite an experience.  The people in most of the pictures moved.  We are not quite yet at Harry Potter Geek status so I'm sure we missed a ton of stuff.



We wandered through Hogsmeade and got a picture with the conductor of the Hogwarts Express.


At 9 am the gates opened so we made our way down to the Lower Lot.


As you can see it was deserted!  So we rode a couple of rides without a wait.  We rode Transformers 4D several times.


Then back up to the Upper Lot for snack time.  These doughnuts were made famous in The Simpsons!


Another Simpsons classic.


Then we jumped to the front of the line and went on the studio tour.  It was both really good and really boring at times.



Amityville from Jaws and it was also the little town from Murdered She Wrote.


So scary :)


A trip down Wisteria Lane with the Desperate Housewives.


How the Grinch stole Christmas.


The War of Worlds (or something like that).


Then it was on the Waterworld stunt show.  It was both funny and thrilling.  A great show!


Then back to Harry Potter for some ButterBeer and lunch.  Don stood in line for the restaurant while Quinn and I went to the candy shop.


Quinn bought the Every Flavour Jellybeans at the candy shop.  And the taste is pretty authentic.    Let's see, would you like a Vomit, Bogies, Earwax, or Rotten Egg jelly bean?


The ButterBeer was so good we had to get another.  It was like a slushy butterscotchy cream soda.  Yum!!!


We took one more ride on the Harry Potter Forbidden Journey, bought some Harry Potter gear, and then on to the Animal Actors show.    Here's our little wizard with his wand.



This show was pretty amazing.   Animals would just go scurrying across the stage pulling on the high voltage handle, climbing in the coffee pot, etc.  Along with dogs, there were rats, guinea pigs, racoons, birds of all kinds, cats, pigs, you name it.  A really fun, entertaining show.


And that was it!  We rode all the rides at least one, enjoyed the shows, and got to know Harry Potter a little bit better.  Quinn even got his first personalized keychain.  One great day!



Happy Busy Weekend!

We had an unusually busy weekend for us.  Friday morning started with Quinn showing me this spider web outside his classroom. 


Boys on computers at the end of the school day and they just don't want to leave!


Friday night Quinn had a babysitter so Don and I could go out to celebrate 16 years of wedded bliss!  We forgot to take a selfie. 

Saturday was filled with a playdate for Quinn that included lunch, chess, gelato, computer games, and some epic Minecraft.


Saturday night I went to a birthday party for a friend at a local outdoor restaurant.


Sunday we went to the fair at Conejo Valley Days.  

And because our Cub Scouts camping trip was rained out, the boys had a quick campfire at Sunday evening and roasted marshmallows.  

Conejo Valley Days

We had a very full weekend with lots of time with friends.  On Sunday we went to our local carnival called Conejo Valley Days.  We saw a handful of Quinn's friends from him class and also met up with a friend.  I'm still taking the class on creating "Time Capsules" so I created this video from our afternoon!



Conejo Valley Days from amy white on Vimeo.

Around the Pool

I'm taking a new class on creating Time Capsule videos.  This was my first very weak attempt but thought I would share regardless because Quinn looks so darned cute.

You can always watch it bigger directly on YouTube right here.




Mother's Day Art Tour

It was a very Happy Mother's Day here!  I got lots of hugs and love from both of my guys.  

And it was a beautiful day here so we decided on a walking tour of the LA Art district.   It was a graffiti art tour and was led by an artist who spent many years creating graffiti.  

First stop, lunch. 


The Art District was cool and funky with art everywhere you looked...on the sidewalks, building, telephone poles, etc.  It was a true visual experience.  


There were many different styles of graffiti from what I would consider the classic comic lettering to real pieces of art work.  Many of these were done by graduates of esteemed art schools.   Quinn's favorite was the orange sunset colored wall.  The other side of the building had a similar technique with blue shades.  



These "angel wings" are painted all around LA and are created to inspire and remind us of our humanity.





This one was done by Shepard Fairey who created the classic Obama Hope poster.  His "signature" is the star withe Andre the Giant's face (on the forehead).


Calligraphy is another style of graffiti and our tour guide knew immediately who created this.


Even the ATM's get "tagged".


And then a post-tour walk through a funky gallery.


Quinn was a real trooper!  He wasn't keen on going but he didn't complain once.  I think the scooter helped.   A great way to spend an afternoon.