Paper planes

It was a quiet weekend. Roos had volunteered to work in the water polo “snack shack” on both Saturday and Sunday. Lexie and I had time to go out to get her a new laptop on Saturday afternoon. She got one in her favorite color : Rose Gold. Roos already left the house early today and I spend a lot of time catching up on my course. It’s mostly online but with tests for each module so it does require paying real attention to the videos and materials.

Alex was a bit bored and decided to try her hand at paper planes. We didn’t really crack it with the design: they only flew a few feet.

Labor Day Retro Day

This weekend is lazy Labor Day. Yesterday both Roos and Alex were out and about. Alex was coming back from a sleepover with her friend Kiana and Micah in Irvine and Roos had a birthday party of a water polo team mate. At 9pm Amazon delivered a critical piece of equipment, a new sensor bar, for today’s main event: retro gaming with the Wii. Roos had been trying to get the old Wii working again and now it was ready to go including all the old save-games. We chose the garage to hook it up to an old tv.

We did BBQ on Friday and so it was fitting to have Labor Day sushi in Dana Point. Roos did go the the Big Crunchy.

Where Roos put her focus on the entree, Lexie put the emphasis on her Mochi dessert.

First day of school

The summer is officially over. Labor Day is close by and the girls are both back in school. We’ve got fresh backpacks, sharp pencils, new books and are ready for another year. Lexi was already back in school for a few weeks as she is back to a year-round school, Vista Verde, for her 8th and final grade. Roos is in second year of high school and started this week after a long, long summer break.

Traveling back

The vacation is over already. Time has flown by. The cousins have done a lot in this short time: they had swimming lessons, they did a road trip to the Grand Canyon, took a train ride, were on a Russian submarine, BBQ'd, had brunch on the beach on my birthday, visited Disneyland,… Sadly also this year's vacation has come to and end. On Monday evening I dropped them off at the airport for a long trip back. Thanks very much for coming this year Marco, Annette, Saskia, Sylvie and Benjamin. It was awesome.

San Diego Sunday

Marco and family are already getting to the tail end of their vacation. We decided to go to San Diego on our last full day together. Hamburgers have been a topic of discussion this vacation and Habit Burger was still untested, so we stopped in Encinitas to try them. In San Diego we visited the Maritime Museum including the B-39 submarine and the India Star sailing boat. Alex got a henna tattoo and we walked through the lamp lighter district. On the way back the kids fell asleep in the car. This wasn't bad as Monday will be a day of packing and a long trip home.

Birthday kick-off

Today we started my birthday with an Ocean breakfast / brunch in Laguna Beach. Saskia created a birthday present on the spot. First for the day 🙂
I also got balloons delivered and Saskia, Sylvia and Benjamin made decorations for the house. We had a nice dinner at Andrea in the evening. There were two cakes.. enough to get us through the rest of the week.

Roos at camp

Roos didn't feel well at all at her summer camp. It got so bad that she had to take the boat back to Long Beach, where mom picked her up earlier in the week. Something must have been going round because Lexi also had a fever. Roos was better after about 36 hours and she got on a helicopter back to Catalina Island. At least she got to make a cool entrance ..

In the meantime Marco has taken a road trip to the Grand Canyon. He drove to flagstaff on Thursday and will be back later today. Lexie is eagerly awaiting the cousins. She doesn't like that they're taking a vacation on their vacation with us 🙂

Summer camp

Roos' time with the cousins will be short. This afternoon she is leaving for a 3 week camp on Catalina Island. The boat is leaving from the Long Beach harbor, next to the Queen Mary. There were virtually no lines for the registration so we had some time to get a nice lunch at the Queen Mary ( where I had to get a Bloody Mary, of course ).

Just before boarding the boat, Roos ran into her friend Sadie. She'll be in the same group again as Roos.