While Mom's Away....

....the guys go skiing


There is a place called Mountain High that's a couple of hours away and is the "local" place to go skiing in LA.   You can go just for the day. 

Don and Quinn had a great time and with each run Quinn got more confident and more skilled.    He's becoming a great little skier. 

This is an awesome video Don shot of Quinn skiing but you really need to watch to the end for the good part.  It's at about 1:20.

Service for Mom

Ross and I returned to Maryland for a week in January to bury moms remains and have a short service.  It was just the family, including my cousin Susan, and a small group of moms best-est of friends. 



After the service we had lunch at one of moms favorite places where she and the ladies would go for 1/2 price appetizers during happy hour.  It was a great place to remember her. 


Lately...

Sonic can be found in his usual spot during the day.  Quinn's bed.


Quinn's class studied the colonial days and as part of that he had to create a Sit Upon where he sewed together patches of fabric and stuffed it.  They use their sit upons for reading in the hallway or when going to school assemblies.  A special treat for 5th graders only. 


Saturday walks in our green hills.   Don picked up this walking stick for Quinn in a gas station on our way back from Mammoth.   Quinn calls it his Daisy Stick because there is a daisy engraved in the stick. 



While the rest of the country is blanketed in an arctic freeze, we are enjoying a California January. 


While Quinn was in Odyssey, Don and I went searching for a magnificent oak tree.  This one was pretty sweet. 


We hiked 1000 ft up and had a gorgeous view of Westlake. 


Looking towards Camarillo.






It might have been a little windy.


And that same oak tree from the other side.  I love how these trees come to life.


And a morning puzzle for this guy. 


Sunday Hikes are Back!

Odyssey is back in full gear so every Sunday Quinn spends his afternoon with his team working on their problem.  So Don and I get to hike!

We had just had quite a bit of rain and all the open spaces were closed to the public.  I remembered reading that the trail to the top of Tarantula Hill was paved so we decided to give it a climb.  It was only 1 mile round trip but it was a straight up hill climb.  But so worth it!

We met a mom, 2 girls, and a dog at the top of the hill and they offered us snacks.  We got the little girl to take our picture and she did a great job!


Photographer in the Making

Quinn started back to school on Monday.  On Tuesday I got a call from the nurses office that Quinn had been feeling nauseous and vomited.  Sometimes he does this in the morning after he has eaten a sweeter breakfast.  Once he vomits he feels fine but the school doesn't want him there.

So we enjoyed a nice day at home.  Quinn has been asking to learn about photography so I pulled out the good camera and he practiced shooting the hummingbirds.    

Look how well he is holding the camera. 


I set up the tripod so he could just hit the shutter. 



And his pictures...







Later in the afternoon we got out of the house for a short hike. 


LACMA

One of our Christmas gifts this year was a membership to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art or the LACMA.    We decided to get the most out of our annual membership and paid them a visit.

A double capture of our family in the balloon monkey in the courtyard.


Feeling like proud annual members.  And Quinn gets a free NextGen membership.  He's one of the cool kids!


There was a really great 3-D exhibit going on.  Do these look familiar?


And the 1/4 mile of artisitc panels from Rauschenberg.  It only took him 17 years to create these.


And one last reflection selfie in a Rauschenberg.   And notice Quinn has on his favorite casual comfortable shirt.


Our Dude




Mammoth Weekend

Quinn didn't want much for Christmas so instead of unnecessary gifts, we decided to take him to the snow.  For the last couple of years he has been asking to go to the snow.  And then over Thanksgiving he and Don left Chicago the day Chicago received lots of snow and Quinn was so disappointed.

Mammoth was pretty much guaranteed snow in December and is about a 5 hour drive so that was our choice.

Off we went....

Don was looking dapper in his scarf.


Snowcapped Mountains!


We stayed in a condo at The Westin which was a great location.  We were accross the street from Mammoth Village with lots of shops and restaurants. 


The gondola was also right across the street so we decided to check out the mountain.



The next day we hit the slopes.  We had arranged for Quinn to take a ski lesson and Don decided to ski too.    I played photographer.



The ski lesson kinda sucked.


This was about the extent of the lesson.   Not even a bunny hill and no tow ropes.


A view of the slopes from the top deck.


Despite the bad lesson, Quinn loved skiing!



Here are a couple of pictures from Don near the top of the summit.  Pretty sweet.



After skiing we walked to the village for dinner.  We wondered what was going on with all these colored headphones.


It's called Silent DJ and it was a blast.  The headphones were free and you could tune in to one of three DJ's.  You heard the music through the headphones so the onily noise you hear without headphones was people singing.  It was so much fun!   We danced our butts off.



The next day we went tubing at Woolly's Tube Park.



The runs.


You were pulled up a tow rope and Don captured it on the GoPro.

Woolly's Tubing 1 from amy white on Vimeo.

Here's Don and Quinn going down the run.  It was so much fun!

Woolly's Tubing 2 from amy white on Vimeo.

Mammoth has a great FREE bus system that we used to get to Woolly's and back.  A pretty beautiful bus stop!


And more silent DJ and some scenes from the village.




Quinn loved skiing so much that Don decided to take him back to the slopes and play ski instructor.  I was skeptical and had my mom worry going but I knew Quinn was in good hands.

Quinn at the top of the hill.


And a review of his first run.

Quinn Meets Sign from amy white on Vimeo.

My guys.






Don and Quinn skiing away....to lunch....

Quinn and Don Skiing from amy white on Vimeo.


We tried to take another gondola to the top of the summit at 11,000 ft but the winds were too strong and it was closed.  We waited for the bus home and it was so cold we froze our butts off.  We had planned to go to the village for NYE but we were still thawing out. 


Instead we had dinner in the hotel restaurant and watched the fireworks from the window.  Win-Win!


The morning of our departure.  The view out our condo window.  We didn't bring our bathing suits.


It might have been a little cold at 10 am.


Overall a great trip!  We decided we are not cold weather people but Quinn knows that he wants to ski again so we are shooting to get him skiing again this winter!