Roos’ 15th birthday

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.

London

Yesterday Roos, Marco and myself went to London. We went by train from Woking station to Waterloo and then took the Tube to Leicester square. The weather was very English; a few serious rain showers and a grey sky. The city however was brightly decorated with Christmas lights so it was quite nice. We arrived quite late in the day and first got some hot chocolate before going to Hamleys. Hamleys, on Regent Street, is the oldest toy store in the world. It opened in 1760. This being a few days before Christmas, the store was incredibly busy. Similar to Harrods the store has people demonstrating the various toys:  boomerangs, paper airplanes and other things were flying around in the store. At the end of the day the choice was overwhelming and we didn’t buy anything. It was fun to visit though. We walked through London and strolled by Buckingham Palace, Big Ben and the London Eye.

 

Great hair day …

Roos’ hair has been beautifully recovered from the buzzer treatment in solidarity with her friend last year. This week however was time to do something special with blonde highlights. Tessa is Roos’ favorite hairdresser and she did a great job. I think her hair goes particularly well with her new glasses. The photo was taken at the Vista Verde school where we were watching Lexi’s stage performance. Lexi sang and acted on stage as part of a middle-school performance.

Roos officially a teenager ! 

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..