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.

Roos at camp

Roos is about to go into the last week of her camp. She doesn’t have her phone so communication is limited but pictures are posted every day. It looks like she is having a lot of fun !

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.