From the Apple to the Orange.

September in NYC is a tough act to follow, but October in the OC is a pretty nice kicker. Since Tina and family moved from Connecticut to Orange County, it has become one of our favorite weekend destinations.

We drove southward on a Thursday morning and stopped in the Valley for lunch along the way. In a New York minute we decided that Katz’s better watch their back, because the CE and I agreed that the matzoh ball soup we ordered at Jerry’s Famous Deli in Woodland Hills was the best we’ve ever tasted.

The matzoh ball soup at Jerry's comes with toasted bagel chips. Yum!

The matzoh ball soup at Jerry’s comes with toasted bagel chips. Yum!

We were excited to arrive in Newport Beach and head over to visit our favorite eight-month-old:

The CE, Caleigh and Tina

The CE, Caleigh and Tina

And don’t forget these guys:

The gang's all  here!

The gang’s all here!

On Friday we rode along with Tina to pick Evie and Viv up at school. We got to see Evie’s classroom!

Viv gave us a tour of the playground.

Viv gave us a tour of the playground.

Evie's classroom. She always seems to have a book in her hands these days!

Evie’s classroom. She always seems to have a book in her hands these days!

Grandpa and I offered to take the older girls that evening so Tina and John could go out to dinner with just one child instead of three. That idea seemed to go over pretty well with everyone. We all had fun!

"Yay! We get to stay with Grandpa and Nana!" (Or maybe they're auditioning for the Fame remake?)

“Yay! We get to stay with Grandpa and Nana!” (Or maybe they’re auditioning for the Fame remake?)

We had room service!

We had room service!

And then Evie read to Grandpa

And then Evie read to Grandpa

Wild cats!

Wild cats!

On Saturday morning, John took us all out to breakfast at Plum’s Cafe. It’s always crowded there. Their “Dutch Baby” pancake might be the reason.

The CE with the baby and the Baby - both yummy enough to eat right up.

The CE with the baby and the Baby – both yummy enough to eat right up.

After breakfast, Tina gave us a tour of the amazing Roger’s Gardens emporium in Newport Beach. It’s the most amazing garden center we’ve ever seen – miles of aisles of every kind of plant and rooms and rooms of home and holiday decorations.

They have a larger-than-life "Scream" display for Halloween

They have a larger-than-life “Scream” display for Halloween

The CE was especially pleased to see that Roger's Gardens supports his favorite charity: Free Wheelchair Mission

The CE was especially pleased to see that Roger’s Gardens supports his favorite charity: Free Wheelchair Mission

On Saturday evening, Tina and John took us to hear Salman Khan, the irrepressible founder of Khan Academy. He shared his journey from hedge fund analyst to educational game-changer. You have probably heard his story: he was tutoring a niece in math and the “how-to” videos he posted to YouTube became so popular that he quit his job and is dedicated full-time to creating a “world-class education for free”.

Salman Khan (image from  thepegasusschool.org)

Salman Khan (image from thepegasusschool.org)

The educational implications of what he is doing are staggering. Not only are children in remote areas of Mongolia learning math, but also this old lady in southern California – I’m determined to make up for my less than stellar performance in high school geometry class. I wonder if the fact that my instructor was the school’s Drivers Ed teacher had anything to do with it? Here’s one of Khan’s videos:

After the lecture, we went for a “grown-up” dinner at Gulfstream. Wow! The OC has some great restaurants!

Tina and the CE at Gulfstream

Tina and the CE at Gulfstream

I recommend the Loup de Mer.

I recommend the Loup de Mer.

Sunday was Duffy boat day – the CE’s favorite thing to do in the OC. John rented the boat and picked us up on a dock near their house and we cruised around Newport Harbor, gawking at the waterfront mansions and stopping off for soft-serve ice cream and cotton candy. So much fun!

Viv and Ev are Duffy cruise veterans

Viv and Ev are Duffy cruise veterans

This was Caleigh's first Duffy ride - I think she enjoyed it!

This was Caleigh’s first Duffy ride – I think she enjoyed it!

First time I've seen one of these: it's called a Fly Board.

First time I’ve seen one of these: it’s called a Fly Board.

Big fun!

Big fun!

We had so much fun in the OC. It’s always hard to say goodbye to that baby, but we know she’s in good hands…

Poor baby gets no attention...

Poor baby gets no attention…

Caleigh loves her mom, and vice versa

Caleigh loves her mom, and vice versa

That face!!!!!

That face!!!!!

Many thanks to the OC fam for the great weekend! Can’t wait to visit again!

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Empty nester searching for meaning of life through the occasional chicken epiphany.
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9 Responses to From the Apple to the Orange.

  1. Ang says:

    That looks like it was a perfect weekend. Absolutely lovely. Kiss those kids from me!

  2. jdevir says:

    We had a great weekend and can’t wait to see you again soon. Maybe next time Chloe can make the trip?

  3. dizzyguy says:

    So fun to relive the wonderful weekend with CCL’s great photos and lively descriptions of the activities. Each of the girls contributed to the festivities in their own way so the action was non-stop. We had such a great time, so many thanks to the OC’ers for hosting us and equal thanks to PP for memorializing the events in such fine fashion.

  4. Jean Gutsche says:

    What a beautiful family! I have used some of Sal Khan’s videos in my history class. What a terrific resource he has created! xoxo

  5. Phyllis says:

    Aren’t we lucky to have five charming little ones in the family. Both coasts are filled with them. nice to watch their progress.

  6. tdevir says:

    I love re-living the weekend through these photos! Thanks for coming to visit us and giving us a reason to go to an adult dinner and rent a Duffy boat. We love having you guys in town. Please come back soon!
    xoxo

  7. Julia says:

    When is the CE going to take a turn on the flyboard?

  8. pollo amigo says:

    Happy family times!

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