Back to School

Today was the first day of school. It was a long haul over the summer as the vacation began in early June. In all honesty, mom and dad are much more happy that the girls are back in school than the girls themselves. After 12 weeks, we’re glad that the teachers are helping keeping the girls off Instagram, Snapchat, Fortnite, and Smash Bros by providing home work and assignments.

For Alexandra it is a special year because she is starting high school: Class of 2024 !

Movie and a haircut

Today was a Saturday like many others. In the morning Roos had a hair appointment. After having gone bleached with an undercut, she felt it was time to start growing it out. She got a light cover over the blonde and a minimal trim so she can start growing it.

In the afternoon, while Roos was drawing her art, Lexie and her friend Alex and I went to see a movie. The movie was called ” Eight Grade”. It is not a big audience movie, and rated R. The theater was not very full but it was a funny and we had a good time.

Tomorrow Mascha will drive with the girls up to San Francisco to get their passports renewed. The consulate in Los Angeles closed and now the nearest is San Francisco.. Road Trip ! It’s also the last week of summer break. Next week school starts again.

Roos is going to Mexico

Instead of going to camp this year during the summer break, Roos is going to Mexico with her friend Vivie. They are going to Vallarta. Roos has to get up early as her flight left right around 8am from John Wayne Airport.

Knotts Berry Farm

Last Saturday Alex and myself, together with Alex’s friend Juliet and her dad, went to Knotts Berry farm. This is a small theme park ( compared to Disney ) in Buena Park. I had never been there before but it seemed like fun. There are a few impressive roller coasters and thrill rides and with the fast pass we were able to do them several times. There was Ghost Rider, a wooden rollercoaster, but also Hang Time, where you hang underneath the tracks. Very spectacular was Pedal to the Medal. This one takes you from 0-82 mph in 2.3 seconds and then vertically up. It was a fun day and Juliette stayed over for dinner afterwards.

Alexandra’s graduation

Tonight Alexandra graduated from Middle School and will go to high school after a long, and deserved, summer break. Last week she already attended the 8th grade dance and the 8th grade trip to Disney Land but today is the formal end of her middle school. Lexie has spend 7 years at Vista Verde, only missing one year where she attended Middle School in Aliso Viejo.

The graduation was in the Hilton in Irvine.

Memorial Day weekend

It’s the long Memorial Day weekend. Typically this is when the pools are opened and the BBQ is moved from the garage. That’s on the east coast as here in SoCal we can do use them year round. In order to stick with tradition we did have a BBQ tonight to celebrate the beginning of the summer season.

First job

Roos has been working hard at her new job at the Vons Grocery store. However the taste of the first paycheck is sweet !

Happy birthday Alexandra

Alexandra turned 14 today ! Mom had gotten a cake and we had dinner together with Gary and his parents at a Chinese restaurant. Some of Lexi’s friends were there too. The big present was a new iPhone but we had tricked Lexi a little. The phone store is next to the grocery store and we pretended we were going for groceries. Alex might have had a suspicion but wasn’t sure until we made a 90 degree turn right in front of the store.

Roos has a job

Today Roos started her first job. She’s working in the Von’s supermarket in Aliso Viejo. She’s making about as much per hour as I made per day when I had my first job at the Berghuizer Papierfabriek : fl 29 versus $11 !

Tomorrow Roos will also have her first of four Saturdays of drivers school. This allows her to get her permit and with that she can start to practice driving a car. From there she can get her regular license.