Shades of Summer

A perfect Gak color for summer.

Some fun excavating hidden objects.

We got some new books and Quinn dug right in.  Always in a funny spot.

Helping me with his laundry.  

Sonic makes the best pillow and that\’s where Q frequently like to read….wherever Sonic lays.

A little funny from Quinn\’s Big Nate book.  The Jefferson math geeks are the geekiest geeks.  Look at their names 🙂

Hello Summer!!

It must be summer if I am picking figs from our neighbors fig tree!

  Playdates with school buddies! (Despite his face, he was having fun.)

 Running errands with mom and trying to look and stay cool 🙂

Taking Sonic back to the vet because his eye isn\’t healing.  Now on steroids.  Our dogs always seem to get sick right before we go on vacation.

Some fun in the pool.  I am loving our new underwater camera.  

I\’m pretty sure that was a spot of water on the lens but Quinn insists it means that he is The Sun God.

Last Day of 1st Grade

I decided to document the last day of 1st Grade from the beginning of our day until the end.  So here we go.

We have had a dog with an upset belly and this morning he woke up with a swollen face and an eye swollen shut.  A vet visit will be part of my morning.  Oh and June Gloom has officially arrived!

Getting my buddies going.

 First day of 1st Grade and last day of 1st Grade.

An older brother making a movie.

Braeden, Zach, and Quinn.

Mrs. Cano.  
Can\’t forget our lunchbox on the last day of school.  Let\’s get the buddy, a chocolate bar, and go home to give the buddy some TLC.

My headless buddies.

Don got a new pair of shoes from Barbara.  They are much brighter than posted on the store\’s website.  But Don is going to let them fade in the sun.

We got a new underwater camera in anticipation of our trip.  It has many cool features.

Using up some of those water balloons.

Good Night to Quinn\’s Last Day of 1st Grade!

Last Days of 1st Grade

It\’s been such a great year at Lang Ranch Elementary.  Both Quinn and I have made so many new friends and it\’s great to be part of a growing community.

This is the last week of school so the 1st Grade classes had a planned party at a nearby park within walking distance.  It was a day for fun and food and water balloons.  Rather than have the parents spend hours filling up the water balloons I bought a Bunch o Balloons that will fill 100 water balloons in less than 1 minute.  And it worked as advertised!

And then it rained for the first time in months and months.  So no park party.  Instead the room parents organized some in-school activities for all the 1st Grade classes.

There was a break in the rain so a fun water balloon toss.

Spinning in circles….

running down the hall….

and doing 10 jumping jacks.

The kids still had pizza, fruit, and cookies for lunch and it was a very fun day for them.

Home with the buddy.

Last day of 1st Grade carpooling before his buddy heads overseas.

Wednesday was Field Day with lots of relay races.

And water fun.  Throwing wet sponges and trying to get them in the strainer on the head.

Teachers and parents getting revenge!

Then on to basketball.  If they made a basket, they got the number of points on the square.

Quinn and his buddy Eric with cute girlies getting in the picture.

Quinn only has a half day on Thursday and he\’s officially a 2nd Grader.

Santa Barbara Aquarium

A trip to Santa Barbara.  Such a lovely place.

First stop was the Farmer\’s Market.  However, we were walking towards their corporate offices instead of the market so we ditched that plan.  But enjoyed a walk down a street that seemed to house lots of wine tasting rooms and bachelorette parties.

Then it was down to the pier for some lunch and the aquarium.

It is a small aquarium but lots of stuff to touch and do.  Love this.  In the middle of the aquarium they have an opening to the ocean with lots of little baskets on pulleys to pull up to see what you might catch.

A view out of the aquarium.

A  look at the moon jellyfish.

We ate on the top tier under the colorful umbrellas…as viewed from the aquarium.

A look back towards the aquarium.

Quinn won this little kazoo prize.

Doing some parkour.  

Quite a nice way to spend the afternoon.

Camp Read Alot

Quinn\’s teacher is a genius.  She\’s also 3 1/2 days away from summer break.

This past week Mrs. Cano set up two tents in the classroom and the kids were asked to bring in a flashlight. On Friday they were supposed to bring in their favorite stuffed animal but Quinn forgot about it.  With tears in his eyes he asked if I could run home and bring his \’buddy\’ to him.  So I did.

When I walked towards the classroom I thought it was empty. It was dark and absolutely silent.  I walked in to this.

Quinn (and his buddy) in the back of this tent.  You can see his big head shadow 🙂

There was even a campfire.

What a great ending to 1st grade.

Around the House

Quinn\’s current favorite fruit is a ripe, juicy nectarine and he asked to make a Nectarine Smoothie with his special recipe.  Nectarines and yogurt.  So here you have it.  

Quinn in a new very cool shirt.

Quinn\’s completed homework.  It wasn\’t until I was checking homework for his class the next day that I realized he did all the math in his head.  All the other kids had the coins written out.  Wow kid!

The places he lands with a book.  Funny boy.  And Sonic.  He likes to hedge his bets so he stays on the stairs to see whats going on downstairs but can be upstairs in an instance if needed.

The Yankees

Quinn had his last baseball game of the season.  And he had his best hit of the season too!   Double Wahoo!  Unfortunately he hit the ball hard to first base and was tagged out (although he never felt the glove, thus he felt he should have been safe).

He improved so much over the season and made some great new friends.  And he persevered.  Both kids and parents were so positive and supportive of all the team members so a great season and so glad he played.

So proud of our boy!!!

This wasn\’t his hit, but here\’s a video of our tough guy pounding the plate and swinging.  You can watch it larger on youtube here.

Go Yankees!


We\’ve been getting out and doing a little bit of biking.

Quinn\’s Little League is in the middle of playoffs with all 9 teams and double elimination knock-out.  This was the Yankees first loss to the 1st place Angels.  

Quinn and his buddy Nate who plays for the Angels.

A walk in the neighborhood checking out the flower of the Agapanthus from bud, to just open, to full flower.

Dinner out Saturday night with my guys.

Enjoying a new Big Nate book.

Dinner out Sunday night at the lakes.

And a very fun surprise on Monday morning.  A camp out in the classroom!

A special treat of LegoQuest because the school met their reading goal.

Some fun in the tents before heading home.

8 more days of school!