Marco arrived on Friday evening from the UK and Saskia, Sylvie and Benjamin had made a jar for Opa containing 80 candies as well as some notes and drawings they had made. That should last Opa a while. I had slept at Opa’s house for the last two weeks but with Marco’s arrival I was banished to a hotel on Friday night. Not that I minded. Room service breakfast on Saturday morning was very welcome.
On Saturday March 17th we celebrated Opa Jansie’s 80th birthday at Restaurant de Spikke in Heerde. Marco had invited most people online a few weeks ago and I had invited some others we hadn’t reached online earlier this week in person.
Almost everyone who was invited came to the party and I was glad I had ordered as much cake as I did. People had a really good time. Opa Jansie’s two brothers: Herman and Jan were both there. It was a very long time ago since they were together and we’ve been able to take a few photos.
On Sunday morning it was departure time for me. Home with KL601 from Amsterdam to LA.
Today is Jansie’s birthday. He’s turning 80. Last night we celebrated with a pre-birthday dinner at a restaurant near Epe. We drank a few glasses of wine at home afterwards. Today there were some early neighbors bearing small gifts and best wishes. The cleaning lady also found his wallet that he had been missing for a week. He has developed the habit of hiding things and forgetting where they are.
Earlier this week we also started to invite people for his birthday party this Saturday. For the first time in many years he spoke to his brother Herman who is coming as well.
Already a week has gone by since I arrived in The Netherlands. I’ve taken my Dad for a day in Germany and Deventer. At my favorite men’s store we got him a few nice shirts and jacket for his birthday.
Later this week I went to visit the Kröller-Müller museum in Otterloo. It has the second largest collection of Van Gogh paintings.
On Friday night I spent the night in The Hague and visited the Escher Museum. Next week is my dad’s birthday and there’s still a bit of preparation needed.
Roos turned 16 today. Yesterday I looked through some of the older pictures and found one from when she turned 1. That was back in Druten long before we moved to the US.
We celebrated by going for dinner in an Italian restaurant. Alex, Gary and mom where there as well. Roos got a card from the Netherlands but also a video game and a sowing machine.
Tomorrow I’m flying out to The Netherlands. Opa Jansie is turning 80 in about a 10 days and we need to celebrate that as well.
Today Roos-Marion turned 15 years old. She was very adamant about the cake she was going to get and it is with mixed emotions that I realized the last Dutch had gone out of her. I tried to convince her to get a “real” cake from the bakery but she wanted an Oreo cookie cake from the frozen section in the supermarket. I have to say that it tasted pretty good though !
Tonight all of us also had dinner together at a Chinese restaurant. Gary’s dad and uncle where there as well and Alex and mom brought the presents. Roos got a tablet that allows her to draw on her computer.
Today was Roos’ 13th birthday ! This means she officially is now a teenager. To celebrate, Alex and myself sang for Roos and Mascha came over in the morning also to have some cake.
After the four of us had lunch in Santa Ana, we headed to Downtown Disney where we rented out the movie theater. At least it appeared liked that because it was only us in there.
We finished with Icecream in Mission Viejo. Roos ordered the ” pig’s trough”. Before and after pictures are below …
It was a great day. Next month it’s Lexi’s turn..
This weekend friends from work came over to celebrate my (belated) birthday party. We started out with an early morning hike. There are some great cooks amongst the team and everybody brought great food. There was a great birthday cake and lots of BBQ. Roos and Alex had sleepover parties but were back early in the afternoon and were able to enjoy the food. The chicken and steak from a local butcher near work in Del Amo was the best.
Today was my birthday and Roos and Alex woke me up with presents and big smiles ! We had a celebration dinner at a wonderful restaurant called Motif in Monarch Beach. Tonight there is no big party because tomorrow morning I am flying to The Netherlands. I think I will celebrate Monday morning with bitterballen …
It happened quite a long time after our little girl had her actual birthday but yesterday Alex’s 9th birthday party for friends and neighbors finally happened. Alex wanted to have a bowling party for her and her 14 friends and so we did. Mascha put together a birthday cake that was very appropriate for a bowling alley birthday 🙂