Quinn\’s Odyssey team being honored by their principal Dr. Sellers before their trophy goes in the school trophy case.
Earlier this year Quinn\’s buddy Dan convinced him to join the 4th grade Odyssey of the Mind team. Don and I were adamantly against it because Quinn\’s plate was already full. But Quinn persisted and we relented.
Divisions I, II, III & IV
In the outreaches of the universe, there is an Intergalactic Hangout where all sorts of creatures from different worlds stop, eat, refuel, and relax. Teams will create a humorous performance centered on this science fiction hangout that includes original creatures, foods, and a search for space treasure. There will also be a worker character, entertainment, and a futuristic map at the hangout.
As the judges score the Long Program, they make little post it notes with positive feedback. Coach Juli was pleasantly surprised to see so many post it notes and read them off to the kids.
The kids and Coach Juli. The competition was at Westlake High School.
What a great bunch of kids. So supportive and encouraging of each other. They all bring something special to the team.
Waiting for the awards ceremony. Dan and Quinn were feeling nervous.
There were 11 teams just from Lang Ranch Elementary School. Here they are doing their School Spirit chant.
Quinn\’s coach and team were beyond shocked and happy to take the #1 spot. Tears of joy!
Such an amazing achievement for these kids. There were 23 teams competing in their division.
Presidents Day Weekend the team probably spent 15 hours over the course of the weekend working together. At the end of the weekend I asked Quinn how he felt about Odyssey and he said he LOVED IT!
Hayden\’s sister also competed so Hayden was there to cheer her on. Unfortunately her team didn\’t place but their performance was really creative and funny.
The dude that got Quinn into Odyssey. Still sticking together.
Proud is not a big enough word to say how we feel at this moment.
The lovely ladies — Angela, Roz, Kriti, Amy, and Amy. I am going to miss Kriti. She has become a really great friend.
I recorded a couple of songs during the day. This was the last song they played — \”Go Big Blue!\”.
The band director highlighted each group. Love the sax players raising their instruments! Quinn claims to have started this trend.
The big finale!
The band director Ms. Janine. She is so fun and full of energy with the kids. And she had some great advice to stick with your band friends as you go through middle and high school. Some of your friends will change but your bandmates will be there for you.
I\’m sure this was the first of many. Quinn is really enthusiastic about his sax and the band so we will continue to encourage and support him.
MeRa and Olena.
A gaggle of photographers. There were 13 participants plus MeRa, Brian and their 2 kids.
Karen and Teresa. It\’s so much fun to be around like-minded, photography crazy ladies. There is always someone to take your picture.
It\’s fun to get a \”starburst\” from the sun and takes a little bit of technical and creative knowhow.
Teresa was also on our Thailand trip. Our camera duel with the most serious face we can muster.
This is my favorite picture from the weekend. I walked by these two and the light was so amazing that I sunk into the snow and started shooting. This is a fellow participant Lynda and MeRa\’s daughter Pascaline (in blue) giving Lynda some tips.
Photographers have alot of stuff to charge.
We were on a snoeshoeing trail but there were also lots of cross country ski trails.
There were quite a few hills. This picture doesn\’t show how steep this hill was but the hands on the hips might be an indication.
Once we got to our destination, Brian and MeRa whipped out hot chocolate & marshmallows, cheese, crackers, salami. It was the best picnic ever!!
We stayed put for a good hour or more and just photographed the world around us. I love this one.
The aspen grove with a path leading to….
Black & White Aspens.
Self Portrait on the timer.
The next morning we got up at sunrise to shoot this barn. You never know what you might get with sunrise but I love these.
The sky changed color as the sun rose and shone on the distant mountains.
Mother-daughter shoot off!
This is how we roll.
Me and Sue! It was really cold at 7 am!
Here we are in Bangkok on a tuk tuk in November.
Then it was back to the house. A look down on the common area. So cozy!
John & Jenny were there to help Brian & MeRa. They made all the meals, did the dishes, cleaned up. We were very spoiled.
And then it was time to go. I love spending time with these two. I learn so much about photography, myself, and have made the most wonderful friends. We are already talking about our next adventure.