27 March 2017

Turning Lemons into Lemonade

Quinn had a really tough moment one night last week.  Because of a video game.

OK, not any video game...Terraria.  It's one of his favorite games.  He even had a Terraria Birthday Cake for his 9th birthday.

Quinn was playing the other night and accidentally hit the DELETE button.   He lost all the progress that he had made over years of playing the game.  He was in near hysterics.  It's hard for an adult to appreciate his 9 year old pain but Don was able to talk him down and calm him down.   Quinn kept telling himself "It's only a game, It's only a game".

Quinn made a list of all the items that he lost.  And also a list of all the friends he would talk to about helping him build his game back up.  

It was such a hard moment for him but I was so proud of him for working on a plan to recover from this loss.  He talked about his various friends that he knew would give him some items that he lost in the game.  And of courses, Hayden would come through for him.  It was a great learning moment for him.

The next morning he got up with a great attitude.  I mentioned to him that I would so proud of how he was handling the situation......and he said #LIKEABOSS.  Yes, LIKE A BOSS!

And that afternoon he had TKD.  They were doing one legged matches.  The girls were crushing the boys.  You can hear the kids cheering boys, boys, boys!

TKD One Legged Match from Amy white on Vimeo.

A couple of years ago it might have been very difficult for him to lose a match like this.  But he bowed, shook hands, and moved on.

Last proud moment of this post.  He worked hard and his grades went up.  All A's and E's (excellent) with an S (satisfactory) in PE.  But we agreed that the S doesn't really count....as long as he's trying his hardest and has a good attitude in PE.

I think you see someones true character when times are tough.  And Quinn had some challenging moments this week that for sure he handled #likeaboss.

25 March 2017

Super Bloom of Poppies!

California is having a super bloom of wildflowers in the desert areas.  Maybe the best super bloom in decades because of our very wet winter.  

The closest patch of super blooms is the Antelope Valley Poppy Preserve in Lancaster which is about 90 minutes from us.  I didn't want to miss seeing the super bloom so on Friday I dropped Quinn off at school and hit the road.

I pulled over to capture this carpeting of yellow wild flowers.

A Joshua Tree at the entrance to the park.

Get ready for an overload of poppy pictures!

I had a couple of hours in the park, which wasn't enough.  When I left around noon there was a line of cars waiting to get in.

22 March 2017

Quinn's Time Lapse Drawing

Quinn takes his ipad to school everyday to use for projects in class.

I browse through his ipad most days and come across all sorts of goodies.  He created this little imovie with a time lapse drawing.

Time Lapse Drawing from amy white on Vimeo.

20 March 2017

Carpinteria Bluffs

Sunday Funday!

We drove north to Carpinteria, which is a little bit south of Santa Barbara.  First off lunch.  Cherry Vanilla Sprite!  

A little geocaching and playgrounding.

Melee fighting!

The main attraction.

The trail to the bluffs.

We made this same trip in May 2014 and I tend to take similar photos so this post will have some throwback comparison photos....like this one. 



A look towards the mountains.  It was cool and overcast which was nice.

Same tree in 2014.


2014 (that must be my favorite blue jacket)

A look down at the sea lions.  It is birthing season (I guess that's what you call it) so there were lots of moms and pups.   Quinn even pointed out a baby getting some milk.

There are naturally occurring tar pits.  This one was still gooey.

On the beach checking out some tidepools.

There was a big pod of dolphins out in the water.  You can see a couple of fins.

The boy is done.  It was about 3 miles round trip.    He is filthy dirty so it must have been a good day.

Heading back to the car.  A great day with flowers, geocaching, sea lions & pups, tar pits, beach time, dolphins, photography,  and fresh ocean air.