Ijhorst flea market

Alex and I got up early today to go to the Ijhorst flea market. It’s only once a month, every first Saturday, so it worked out with this trip. Opa Wapenveld was there as well selling some things from his garage. There were a lot of Donald Ducks and we bought a few for Roos-Marijn. They were 0.20 cents each. I used to buy them here as well, many years ago as I came here as a kid. 

 Alex also ate her first “Frikadel speciaal” here as a lunch snack. Despite the fact that it had raw onions, the Frikadel stood no change and was eaten in minutes. 

  Looking at the last photo, it looks like my dad is trying to sell one of the floaties we might have left at his house many years ago. 




From Thursday to Saturday I had the best time with my fiends Olivia and Tobias. It was amazing. I even went to a Dutch school! It was so great and I thought the school schedule was awesome. I made many new friends and I love being there. I wish I can do it again. 🌺🌸🌷🎈💕


Birthday girl

Today was an exciting day as Lexi turned 11. Sadly it is a schoolday and that meant only a quick bite of cake at breakfast before school. Of course she was serenaded as well by Roos and I. Mom also called to congratulate her. 

 In the afternoon the celebration continued with mom as dad had to fly to New Jersey. It’s been several years but it is an actual red-eye flight. Leave at 9pm from Los Angeles and land at 6am in New York. 

Lexi’s party with friends will be in a few days. 


Alex on stage 

Over the last few months, Alexandra has really taken up an interest in the stage. She was already recording music videos with her friend Juliette. She now also is participating in the school’s Idols competition with her group. On Saturday afternoon Alex also goes to OCHA ( Orange County Highschool of Arts ) to participate in a class on musical arts.  Looks like there is a stage talent in the family now as well besides Roos’ visual arts prowess.


S’mores in May

S’mores are typically a snack that the girls have only enjoyed during the Christmas visits in Utah. Especially Roos had already been asking for a while to try them in the fireplace so today it was time. It tasted very good with Honey Graham Crackers and Hershey Chocolate.


Milestone for Alex…

Today Alex was just tall enough to go go-kart racing in the adult carts: 4’10”. She did an outstanding job and was only 2 seconds slower than Roos, who has been practicing with me a few times now. Alex had a huge smile after her first race at K1 Racing. The karts they are racing in are electrical carts but in a while I hope to take them to carts with gasoline engine. These are probably a bit slower than electrical (the electrical ones have a lot of torque !) but the sound is a lot nicer.

racing scores

AYSO California State Championships March 16th 2014

Yesterday we travelled to Bakersfield, CA, a 2 1/2 hour drive from Irvine to compete for the AYSO State Championship title. We stayed at the Marriott convention center hotel and this morning at 6.30 the alarm went off, Yawn. After a good breakfast, Alexandra had half a cup of Joe to make her awake 😉 we went to the field to play our first game. 1-0 2-0 (Alexandra scored the second goal) 2-1 2-2 and last couple of minutes we scored 3-2 so the finals for The Eagles.
We played hard in the finals but eventually we lost 3-1, Alexandra almost made 3-2, the girls carried their loss with dignity and had big smiles when they received their finalist medal. The girls can be really proud of themselves because from the 248 teams who played AYSO fall extra they became second!!! Awesome weekend 🙂