Biking to school

Roos has started biking to school this week. This had been discussed for a while. It gives Roos a bit more freedom to chat after school with her friends but it also gives mom and dad a bit more flexibility. The trip is quite hilly though and the 3 gears on the Dutch Gazelle bike imported into the US in 2004 aren’t really up for the job. Roos is getting an electrical bike this weekend. They are becoming quite popular and they allow her to zip up the hills. 

 Here she is today on Mom’s old Gazelle on her way to school. 

First business trip of the year 

At City of Hope I don’t travel as much as I did at Mars. However the business trips are often much closer and not international. These flights get delayed at lot more. It seems I hit the jackpot on the first one for the year. 

 The good news is that I’m departing from John Wayne Airport which is very close to my house. After the second delay I decided to go to airport however. Better safe than sorry and I needed to get lunch. 

Happy new year ! 

Another year has gone by. Happy new year ! A lot happened this year. Two trips to Holland. One to the U.K. For work to China.  Both girls left Vista Verde behind. Alexandra is in Middle School. Roos is well into her first year in High School. I’m into my second year at City of Hope and that’s a long daily commute. Roos isn’t too far off from a drivers license but in the mean time a little bit more flexibility around pickup and drop off at school would be very welcome for me. Today we therefore finally tried out what it would be to bike. While the distance isn’t too far, Aliso Viejo is quite hilly. To get there, door-to-door, is 20 minutes. Back home, which is mostly uphill is 30 minutes. Mom’s old Dutch bike might not have the gears to easily get up the hill. I think Roos needs a hybrid bike with a small electric motor.  

One final BBQ for the year

Time for a final hurray for the year with the BBQ. With some advice from Marco,  I tried my hand at cap steak or Coulotte as it is called as well. The weather wasn’t cooperating however as it was raining. That can however only be a small complaint given that quite a bit of rain has fallen over the last few weeks and it has reduced the drought level in Orange County by one step. That’s the first time since 2014. 


 Tonight Roos was also invited to a new year’s party with her friend Cameron and his family. Lexi and I will have time to catch up together and watch the Ball Drop in NYC on tv. 

Trip to Oregon 

Lexie, Mom, Gary and I all went to Oregon for Christmas this year. It was a lot of fun, we went indoor skydiving, to the stores, we also saw Crater Lake today. I had a lot of fun in Oregon but I’m happy to go home too. Maybe I can go back to Oregon in 2 years for Christmas again. Oh and we went to Powells book store which was awesome. 

Lexie’s crafty

Alex has been into crafts this past year. It’s an expensive hobby as she is starting various very different hobbies. From scrapbooking to cooking.  This weekend she needed a gallon (4 liters !) of glue, borax and other hard to find ingredients to make “slime”. This was too much for me and she had to move her “slime kitchen” to the garage. At least I can handle a gallon of glue there. Her best friend Manona came over to assist. 

And here is the result of the science experiment.