Leaving California for New Zealand

For those of you not caught up on the news for us van Rijs here in Irvine, I thought it would be good to put out a post on what is happening with us over the coming months.

We are leaving California at the beginning of November and heading back to Christchurch, New Zealand. We […]

Catalina Summer holiday

Still on catchup with all the activities of the Summer but one of our highlights was 4 days over at Catalina Island in July.  We were invited by our friends to attend a family camp with them at the Campus by the Sea camp for a week of fun and fellowship. […]

Brownies and Fun Trips


Had a bit of field trip mania over the past couple of weeks. First off I helped out with Clemency’s Brownie troop (460) as they worked on their hiking badge. We took an afternoon stroll up to the top of Turtle Rock learning useful information about hiking. Unfortunately they forgot to mention that […]

Mark, Carrie, and a Trip to Grand Canyon


Mark and Carrie stopped by in Irvine to visit on their way back from the UK. They spent a long weekend here in Irvine before heading off to Salt Lake City to go Snow Boarding. When Carrie had to head back early to New Zealand, Mark came with us on a road trip to the […]

Christmas Holiday in Canada

After the frantic year of HK, New Zealand and now California it was time for a break. We were fortunately able to head over to Ontario in Canada for a family Christmas with my Uncle Bruce and his family. It had been ten years since Veronica and I had been in London, Ontario so […]