This and That in May

 Don couldn't find one of his shoes.  Sonic might have taken it to cuddle with.


Evening stretch session.  


Releasing butteflies with Elias.


And nitrogen frozen sub-zero ice cream.  


One of our hibiscus bushes is really blooming.  So lovely.   


I brought home mom's knitting basket and Quinn thought he might teach himself how to knit using You Tube. 


Morning Love.


Brain Power Smoothie.


Cinco de Mayo



Quinn's making a peanut butter and banana sandwich which happens to be one of Sonic's favorites.


Quinn created a field of pebbles with some of his MadMatter.  It took him a very long time but he said it was very satisfying.


Band performance for the 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders at school.  Here is the Advanced Band.


There was an encore performance with Thomas Fry.  Thomas went to Lang Ranch and now plays in the marching band at University of Miami.  He also tutored Quinn a couple of times.  The kids loved playing with him.


One last Odyssey party for the season.   These kids are so good together.  It's fun seeing them just hang out and have fun and sing karaoke.



Mother's Day Weekend in Santa Barbara

I knew that this Mother's Day was going to be tough.  So rather than waiting for Don to figure something out I booked us an oceanside hotel in Santa Barbara.  Nothing like a little Vitamin Sea to help soothe the pain.

We left Thousand Oaks around 5:30 pm and as we were driving up the coast the sky was just magnificent.   We pulled over a couple of times to capture the sky.



We had an easy breezy drive  up the coast and this was our hotel room view.  Just what the dr ordered. 


We had a quick walk on the beach before dinner. 


Dinner reflections at the hotel.


Beautiful morning views. 


We found our 300th geocache at this spot.  There were quite a few caches along the coast so we went for a walk. 



Quinn brought along a make shift fishing pole that he had made.  


After lunch it was down to the beach.  


Quinn wanted to boogie board but the water was cold and it was only about 70 degrees out. 


We had the beach to ourselves.  You can see our hotel behind the palm trees. 


Both Quinn and Don got in the water.  Quinn did quite a bit of boogie boarding and had a great time. 


A must do on a trip to the beach. 


These jellyfish were up and down the shore.  I remember seeing them another time when we went to the beach in Ventura for Mother's Day several years ago. 


A dead bird also washed up so Q gave it a proper burial. 


One more trip into the ocean. 




Quinn was covered with sand so I told him to walk straight into the bathtub.  He likes to take my words quite literally but this time I didn't mind.


The next morning we visited the MOXI museum, had lunch on State Street, and headed home.


It was a tough day but the Santa Barbara breeze seemed to soften the pain. 

5th Grade Open House

This was our last open house in elementary school.  Quinn is always excited to show off his  his art handiwork around the classroom.

This is their Opposing Statements.  I love how he says "Nice as a Canadian". 



Self Portrait.



Are you smarter than a 5th grader?  Don looks stumped.



The 5th Grade Class has a huge "We the People" project and are studying the government.   This week all the 5th graders in the Conejo Valley will make a trip to Cal Lutheran University for simulated civics hearings. 


White has always been Quinn's favorite color. 


Quinn and his best buddy Elias.  The big boys on campus.


Quinn wanted to take a walk down memory lane and visit all his old teachers.

First grade with Mrs. Cano.  In the picture on the right you can see Mrs. Cano's son who she was pregnant with while Quinn was in her class. 


2nd Grade Mrs. Virgen


3rd Grade Mrs. Tracey


4th Grade Mrs. Carroll.    I think Quinn's year with Mrs. Carroll will have a profound impact on Quinn's education for years to come.  She is the teacher that saw that special light in him and made a difference. 



5th Grade Mrs. Young.  She is also an amazing teacher and has made this a great year for Quinn.