Beach Afternoon

Sunday afternoon we packed up and headed to Leo Carrillo Beach for some low tide and sunset action.   There was a bit of complaining from someone who wanted to stay home and doesn\’t like road trips.  Our little homebody.  But off we went.

The sunset was scheduled for 7 pm and we were hungry so we left around 6 pm.   But the sky was still quite beautiful.


On Saturday we visited KidSpace museum because they were having a special bug day.  We adopted 5 painted lady caterpillars that we will watch metamorphose in to butterflies.  The museum is having a butterfly release day in May and we are invited back for that if the timing of the metamorphose is right.

We\’ve been to KidSpace before and the Physics Forest is always a hit with the guys.

One hot and sweaty boy.

There is a huge outdoor play area behind the museum with lots of water related activities and this tricycle track.

Inside we went in a dark spider room where my shirt glowed.

Uphill Climb

My Monday morning hike was quite an uphill climb.  I had seen this hill from the road and was dreading it.  Little did I realize that the hill visible from the road was just the beginning.  I guess that\’s why it\’s a \”Fitness Hike\”.
I might lag behind a little bit but keep moving one foot in front of the other.  It was a warm day in the full sun and we had another dehydrated hiker on the verge of passing out (not me).  

Lot os flowers still in bloom but it\’s starting to warm up and the rattlesnakes are emerging.  This kind of narrow trail with lots of vegetation on either side worries me a little and I always keep my ear out for the tell-tale rattle.

I think we have hit the peak of the green season as the greens, especially at the top of the hill, are starting to get brown and crunchy.

I guess I should have taken a picture when we got to the top of the world.  It was quite beautiful with a much needed breeze.  Still loving my Monday mornings.

Marathon Man

We are so proud of Don for fulfilling a life long goal of completing a marathon.  On Sunday he completed the Los Angeles Marathon which starts in Dodger Stadium and finishes in Santa Monica.  26 miles and still standing!!

It was a warm day so they started the marathon 30 minutes early and fortunately it was mostly cloudy to give a little bit of relief from the heat.  Don looks great after finishing.   He wasn\’t 100% pleased with his time but he finished in about the top third of all 26,000 runners.  And he finished!!!

Unfortunately we weren\’t able to see him running or finish because it was crazy crowded.  It was my first marathon as a spectator so I wasn\’t quite sure where to go or watch.   It took about 30 minutes after he finished to make his way to where it wasn\’t so crowded that we could find him.  But there was an LA Marathon iphone app (of course) so we were able to track his time splits at every 10K and see when he finished.

We went down to Santa Monica on Saturday after Quinn\’s baseball game to spend the night.  Don had to catch a shuttle at 4:30 am from Santa Monica to Dodger stadium for the start of the race.

Here are some pics he took at ZeroDarkThirty.

Dodger stadium.

He said he was sizing everyone up to know whether or not they were beatable.  Totally beating Gumby 🙂

PreRace and ready to go.

A couple of shots of the beautiful sky on Saturday night.  There are worse places to have to finish a marathon.

10 Day Wrap Up

It\’s been 10 days since I\’ve blogged.  I\’m creating a Project Life book for Quinn\’s first year pulling together all the bits and pieces I\’ve saved and putting them in one place.  That\’s been taking up my computer/free time.

So here we go.

Years ago when Quinn was 3?, Ross and Tamara got him this Imaginext set.  He would play with it occasionally and his friends liked it.  It\’s geared for kids 3 – 8.  Lately he\’s been playing with it alot and asked for a Castle set.  Don and I were dubious but I found a good sale on it so we got it for him.

And he plays with this thing non-stop.  For Hours!  And the space shuttle is always included in the mix too, as you can see.  These 2 boys are always begging me for screen time and on this day there wasn\’t a peep about screen time.  Quinn just asked for another Imaginext toy.  And I\’m picking up today.  Imagination at work!

We\’ve had some much needed rain around here lately.  It usually comes and goes during the day so we also see lots of rainbows.  This double bow looks like it starts in Quinn\’s soccer field.

Geodes Quinn made from a science kit are \”for display only\”.  Funny boy.

Quinn\’s class rotates through various arts classes and just finished with dancing.  Parents are invited to a very casual show.  Here\’s a 1 minute video.  I think I hit the mute button about 10 seconds in :/  I should mention that girls (in general) have so crazy about the movie Frozen that boys normally run screaming at this song.  You can watch a big version on YouTube HERE.

At the end they invited the parents to dance with the kids.  Oh yeah!  Don has some moves!!

My Monday morning hikes are even better than ever with all the rain we\’ve had.  On this Monday I saw lots of butterflies and lizards too.   These pictures just don\’t show how beautiful it is right now.

We even saw a little garter snake.

Best buddies.  Sonic can now be trusted free in the house.  I usually put him in his crate when I take Quinn to school just to keep him used to the crate.  But otherwise he is free to roam and is a good boy.  The other day Quinn had built a massive hot wheels track in the rec room with cars and pieces everywhere.  Sonic didn\’t touch a single piece.

Yes he can be a PITA but I am amazed at what a good boy he is at 18 months.

Carpooling and friends.  Love it!

Yankees Opening Day

Today was Opening Day for Quinn and his Yankees.  I know, a tough pill to swallow.  Yankees.

This year is very different from last year.  Umpires,  score keepers,  pitching machine instead of a tee, etc, etc.  This is when it starts to get competitive.  Considering that the Thousand Oaks Little League has actually won the World Championship it all begins in this Acorn 1 league.

Our guy at bat.  They are out with 3 strikes and have 5 pitches total.  Quinn was 0/4 but alot of other kids were too.  But his swing has improved tremendously from last year and he sure looks sharp.

Speaking of score keepers.  Each team provides a score keeper and Don volunteered to be the Yankees score keeper for Saturday games.  Lots of rules surrounding the score keepers.  They must sit up here and can\’t cheer for their kid, or any kid.  They keep track of every pitch, hit, throw, etc.  The umps are constantly checking with them on pitches, outs, score, time, etc.   Don found it much harder than expected.

Funny story.  Quinn was playing Left Center field and a ball was hit in to Left field (not left center).  After the play was over the umpire called time because Quinn was crying hysterically.  He came in to the dugout and was crying so hard it took a long time to find out what had happened.  The Kona Shaved Ice truck had left the parking lot.  Truth.

Quinn is one of 3 players that rotate as catcher and Quinn actually likes it.  And is pretty good.  It requires him to keep his head in the game and he constantly has something to do…vs standing out in left center looking in to the parking lot 🙂

A clear view of his catching stance.  He got nailed in the leg one time and had lots of tears.  But he sucked it up and stayed in the game.  So proud!!!

There is usually a classmate on the other team and here he is catching while his buddy Ethan is at bat. 

Final score 10 – 4 Yankees.  

Coach Ken having a talk with the guys after the game telling them what a great job they did and how they continue to get better.

Coach Ken hands out a game ball (or two) to the players that really stood out during the game.  The first ball went to….

The one and only Mighty Quinn.  Coach was so proud of him for stopping a ball while playing 3rd base and sucking it up when he got hit as catcher.  It\’s great to see him reward improvement and effort.


One proud dude with his game ball.

One proud mom with her dude.

Coaching signing the game ball for Quinn.