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Summer Beach and Swimming

Now that school is out, the kids are at the pool or beach almost every day.  Here they are at Corona Del Mar beach with their friends.

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The boys had their 11th birthday this past week and we celebrated by taking them out to Champagne Bakery (their choice).  They ate strawberry crepes for dinner.

They also had a sleep over with their friends and had homemade chocolate fondue (again their choice).  Are you sensing a French theme here?

They then stayed up and played video games until two in the morning!

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Back to Normal

So we are back to our daily routine. The boys had a campout this weekend for Boy Scouts and Annika had a softball game.

Anjali took the boys and I went with Annika.

I got a lucky picture of her hitting the ball!

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Annika’s Birthday – The Party

Annika invited her friends to Scooters Jungle for her birthday party.

Here are some pictures of her friends.

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Here is her “homemade chocolate chip brownie cake” since she doesn’t like regular cake with frosting.

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Here’s the little princess making another funny face!

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Ski Mountain High

This week Anjali took the kids to the Mountain High ski resort. It is about a 1 1/2 hour drive from our house and with all the precipitation we have had in the last few weeks, the ski resorts have the best snow in years. They had a beginner program for the kids and by the end of the day, all three were zipping down the mountain.

Here is Nikhil and Vikram at the beginning of the day at their lesson.

(click on the pic to see Vikram)

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Here is Miss Annika at her lesson.

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Annika’s first ski lift ride to the top of the mountain.

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(click on the pic to see them all)

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Aren’t they lucky to “cut” school and go skiing for the day!

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Today I took the boys out for a longer hike through Peters Canyon. We started at the main entrance off Jamboree and worked our way thru Cactus point, up Big Red and eventually back home. A total of about 4-5 miles.

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The field of catci were in full bloom.  This is a picture of the Prickly Pear cactus that grows abundant in our hills.  You will note that they have large fixed spines and smaller hairlike spines.  It is the fine hairlike spines that hurt and take weeks to remove.  I know from the experience of having fallen on one of these on a bike ride a couple of years ago.  Believe it or not, the fruit is edible and is sold in Mexican markets here in the Southland as Nopal.

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Here are Vikram, Jordan and Nikhil.

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Here they are at the top of Big Red.

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This is a strenuous uphill that climbs 175 feet at a 12.5% grade. Here is Rajeev at the top – working up a sweat!img_0129.jpg

Here they all are at the end, thoroughly exhausted. The facial expressions are genuine pain!

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A job well done. The rest of the day is relatively peaceful, with the boundless energy left on the mountains.

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Peters Canyon Hike

Yesterday Abhijit and family came down from San Francisco to visit for a few days. The kids were a bit raucous so I took them on a hike to wear them out a bit.

Here we are at the start of the trail.

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Here are Annika and Emma running down the hills.

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Here are the four boys way out in front.

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Here are Vikram, Rajeev, Jordan and Nikhil

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Finally, here is a picture of the ridge where the fire was just a couple of months ago. The last couple of rains have started to green up the hills already.  Look at the burned out tree trunks on the bottom left of the picture.

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