October Fun

 It's fire season in California.  After last year everyone is on edge.  And it's not great when you see smoke over the neighborhood.  Fortunately the fire was a long distance off and the wind was carrying the smoke our way.


Sometimes we get really great sunsets with the smoke in the air.  It wasn't bad. 




It's also ant season.  Fun times!  We left a La Croix on the side table and the ants were all over it.  Fortunately Don has figured out how to get rid of them when they arrive. 


And Halloween is right around the corner.  CVS had this great skeleton dog on sale and Quinn rode with him in the backseat. 


Quinn and his buddy Elias in an afterschool chat. 


Quinn and Don playing a couple of rounds of disc golf at sunset. 



 Now that Quinn is back in Odyssey for a couple hours on Sunday, Don and I are back to our Sunday hikes.  I love this time outdoors together.  We went on a hike where the fire roared toward us last year.  You can still see remnants of the charred plants. 







Sport O Rama!

Quinn's middle school does a special Sport-o-Rama event for the 6th graders.  It's all about team building and having fun and not really about sports so much.  The 6th graders are divided into 6 teams and they compete against each other.

Quinn was on the yellow team.   Here they are making their grand entrance.  
Apparently the Yellow Team has a tradition of losing and it happened again.  But lots of fun was had.



Class of 2026



Viva Las Vegas

This seems so long ago but at the end of September we had a birthday weekend in Las Vegas.  I got Don tickets for his 50th birthday to go see his favorite comedian Daniel Tosh.   We invited the Conrath's to go with us and made a weekend out of it.

On the way into Vegas we stopped at the Seven Magic Mountains which is basically an art installation in the middle of the dessert. 


Each rock is huge and painted a vibrant color. 


Quinn with his own magic mountain. 


We had some time to kill before we checked in to our hotel so we went to the Shark Reef at the Mirage. 


Later that night Don and Carl went to the MGM to see Daniel Tosh and Amy and I took the kids to see a magic/variety show.  It was pretty great and we were mystified.  Somehow I got pulled on stage to do a magic trick.  Here's the selfie the magician took. 



The next day we did the typical Las Vegas stuff by driving the strip and checking out the Las Vegas sign. 


That day was my birthday so we went out for a nice dinner at Mon Ami Gabi and then checked out some of the hotel exhibits.  This was in the Bellagio. 


And of course the Bellagio Fountains. 


A fun way to spend our weekend.  No regrets in going but Vegas won't be on the top of my list of places to return. 


October Stuff

Every Thursday the student group has a fundraiser selling shaved ice.   A nice weekly treat.  Along with this octopus grip tripod thing for his phone.   


Off to bed they go....


A beautiful morning sunrise. 


Most of Quinn's teachers post the homework on their webpage.  So when he gets home from school we make a list of his to do's.  This list was particularly long but he knocked it out with no problem.  


Now that it's cooling down and the snakes aren't all over, Sonic and I are back to our morning hikes. 


Quinn is 12!

 It's hard to believe that our Mighty Quinn is 12 years old!  The 12 best years of our lives.

The middle school PTA has a fundraiser for the school to put personal messages on the marquee!


We started celebrating on Sunday since his birthday fell on a Wednesday.  We started off with a funny butt joke card. 


 Opening his big gift. 


It's a Virtual Reality headset.  You put it on and you enter the game yourself.  Fun times!


He got this cool magnetic spinning levitating globe from this Grandpa and Grandma.  It took a while to get just right but now it's his new nightlight in his bedroom. 


Lucky Quinn that his actual birthday was a school holiday (Yom Kippur).  So we took 2 of his best buddies to the Virtual Reality experience in Century City. 

Tween selfies. 


Tween too cool to smile. 


Our first experience was Alien Zoo.  So much fun!  The boys (and moms) loved it!



After lunch we came home for a donut cake.   Yum!


The personalities coming out!  So funny. 


Happy Birthday Quinn!  We love you!!!