The long Labor Day weekend is almost over. We did a lot of different things. Roos and dad started out with a French brunch in Dana Point on Saturday morning. We then browsed through the Barnes & Noble after we had found the book that we had come for : the Sorceress . This is part 3 in a series about Nicholas Flamel that Roos is currently reading. We made dinner at home and Roos created a tried and trusted dessert from a cookbook.
On Sunday morning we went for a hike in the Canyon behind my house. This time we took a trail that allows dogs, so Rusty could join us as well. We were early and walked along the ridge of the Canyon and the marine layer was still there. After the hike we had breakfast nearby.
Alex was busy too. She went surfing in Huntington Beach in the afternoon. We also did some Labor Day shopping and got her a new electric bike. This way she can go to school and town center by herself as well.
On Monday Roos and I watched a TV series together in the afternoon and played a new board game together : Pandemic. It is a cooperative game with quite a few rules so it took us a little bit to figure out the rules. We won the first game.
Tomorrow is back to work and back to school. For me it is two more weeks of preparing for a Board Meeting on the 2020 Budget but I’m heading to The Netherlands right after.
After several months on a learners permit and many hours practice driving, Roos is now an officially licensed driver. This week she passed her practical exam / driving test at the DMV. We now need to decide what her first car will be and equally important, how she will pay for the insurance 🙂
The last few weeks have been very busy. At work there are a number of large projects that are happening in parallel and all need to wrap up for a middle of May Board meeting. The largest being the financial analysis on the opening of a new cancer treatment and clinical research facility in Irvine. Today though I finally had some time to go for a hike in the Canyon which still looks gorgeous because of the wet winter. I also booked my tickets to visit Jansie: leaving the day after the Board meeting. Marco and family will also be in Holland that same time… looking forward to see my little cousins.
In the morning Rusty dropped by with a bag of donuts from Dunkin to congratulate Alexandra on her 15th birthday. We sang Happy Birthday and in the early afternoon we made our way to Benihana, a Japanese style restaurant to have a birthday brunch. Alex brought one of her friends along as well.
Once back home it was time to unpack gifts and eat some cake. Alex, like Roos-Marijn this year, had also opted to go for the Donut Cake and mom delivered. Sadly the “5” candle was missing so Alex only had a “1” or her cake. Alex got bath bombs and bath salts from her friends and gift cards for Amazon and Starbucks.
Today is Roos-Marijn’s birthday ! We got up early today and while Roos was still in her PJ’s, we sang for her.
Around noon we drove to Camp Pendleton to go play paintball. This was something that Roos had asked about a few times. We got 500 rounds of ammo each and played on 4 different stages including one with old military tanks and helicopters. It was a lot of fun and everybody got hit multiple times. Roos was wearing Mascha’s old military jacket.
At night we went for sushi dinner tonight and back home Roos got her cake: a donut cake special put together by mom.
The end of the season for waterpolo is here and it is celebrated with a girls versus parents match and a banquet. The coach has collected the stats for the season and Lexi ranked on the top for attempts at goal (51) and goals (43) this year. She was ahead of her friend Marley who had 36 goals.
Lexie won the award for the best defensive player .. we are still trying to figure that one out.
It has been fairly cold and rainy this winter in Southern California. The drought conditions from the last several years are now virtually gone, although they have been replaced with larger wildfires in the summer and mudslides. Yesterday however was something new for us as well: Snow in Los Angeles and Orange County. As close as a few miles from my house there was actual snow although at higher altitudes there has always been visual snow on the mountains around Los Angeles.
The picture below was taken at work earlier last week and shows the mountains
It’s not that often anymore that Roos and Alex do things together but today they were baking cookies. The idea sprung up when we were doing grocery shopping yesterday. The cream cheese cookies tasted really good.
Flight AF072 took Roos and myself home to LAX this afternoon as the last leg on our trip.
It was a relatively long flight: almost 12 hours with quite a bit of turbulence as well. Mascha was there to pick us up from the Airport and took us home quickly. Rusty came over right away and Alex is here as well. Roos jumped in the shower right away and is already asleep. I’m not far behind. Tomorrow a new year…