Guus Bosman

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Aap wil een baan

I'm so proud of Nora, I'm bursting. She finished her second "real" book today, Aap wil een baan. I sat down with her, in the basement, and while she was munching on apple slices she completed 6 pages in one sitting.

She has a booklet where we keep track of which books she read, and she can rate the book. This one got a 2 out of 3 stars from Nora. Op is op, the other "real" book, warranted a 3 out of 3.

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Frozen

We saw Frozen over the Christmas break. I bought the Dutch version DVD and Sasha, Nora and I watched it over two days. We skipped over the part with the wolves, but except for that Nora loved it (and we had a good time too).

Since then we've been watching "Laat het gaan" many, many times and Nora can sing good parts of it already.

Today she asked me: "Papa, mag ik Frozen in het Engels zien?" "Waarom?" "Nou, we wonen in Amerika..."

But no, that's not happening because she's getting plenty of English exposure already. Later in the evening she asked me: "papa, wat betekent 'verleg de grenzen die ik ken?'" so that explains why I want her to hear the songs in Dutch.

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Eye problem?

We brought Nora for her 5 year checkup. When we were at the eye doctor a few days ago, her eyesight was fine, but today the test didn't go well at all -- Nora couldn't see anything, except the largest letters. The nurse was a little worried, and we were quite surprised.

Then Sasha looked at Nora's glasses... and they were very, very dirty. After cleaning them Nora did the same test again, and everything was fine, haha.

The checkup was fine otherwise. Nora is 45 lbs, 45 3/4".

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Saturday afternoon

This morning we took the kids for a haircut. Tina was happy when she saw us -- three little customers in a row.

It's a long walk for the guys and they were tired and cranky when we came back. Nora too, so for the first time in a few months we had everybody crying at the same time. Some avocado and a sandwich with cheese calmed everybody down.

In the afternoon the boys took a nap. Leo didn't want to sleep at first -- a diaper situation -- but after a quick chat ("Opa kijken!") he finally fell asleep at 2.20 pm. Nora and I later relaxed. Me at the computer, she with her Bobo.

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Leo & Adrian two year checkup

The checkup for the boys went well. One more shot -- Hep-A -- and a checkup of their eyes. Surprisingly both of them passed the eye test well. So no need to see an eye doctor for them. We somewhat expected that they might need to get glasses, because their sister does, but no.

Adrian is 92 cm, Leo 91 cm.

It was their last consult with Dr. Goldman, who is retiring.

At the end of their visit the nurse took some blood, which resulted it tears. Adrian in particular was unhappy, especially with the band-aid he was given -- he pulled it off in no-time.

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Не искм да пиша букфите

Only a five year old will carefully spend 10 minutes painstakingly writing letter by letter: "I don't want to write letters".

In Bulgarian, appropriately for today's holiday Baba Marta, the beginning of spring. "Не искм да пиша букфите".

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Adding an exterior vent

When we were looking for a house a few years ago, we always checked out the vent system above the range. Most houses we saw did not have a vent that moves air to the exterior. Neither did the house we bought and love, but that is changing today.

We're getting an exterior vent installed. Initially we will use the microwave -- if that's not strong enough we can always install a hood later. But this exterior venting will make a huge difference.

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Beautiful bike ride

Adrian has an ear infection again. We all had colds last week, and he couldn't sleep yesterday from the pain. So this morning I took him to the pediatrician.

First we all went to Hayes Park with Baka and Mia, and when it was time for Adrian and I to go I told him we would go by bike -- he was very excited so getting him to leave the playground was easier than normal.

It's a gorgeous day today, 70 degrees Fahrenheit. It's kind of weird for February but we enjoyed it.

The pediatrician saw that both his ears were infected. We biked on to CVS, got the medication and then back to home where he got a well deserved sandwich with cheese. He was very tired so halfway his lunch he said "slapen, slapen" and I brought him in bed.

When everybody was asleep Nora and I started working on the werkboekje from Veilig Leren Lezen. We spoke with Ettie and family for a little while (Nora wanted to know which "kern" Jasper was on -- number 7, he said).

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Visiting Nora's school

Today was a 'bring your parent to school day' at Nora's school and we happily took this opportunity. Ginny came over to take care of the boys and Sasha, Nora and I walked to school.

It was great to be in her classroom again. Everything is so small there -- the chairs, the sinks, everything.

For several weeks Nora has been telling us about the hot chocolate she made at school, so that was the very first thing she showed us. It was pretty cool to see how she was dealing with boiling water (she was wearing mittens) and carefully preparing the drink.

Then she did a exercise with beads and counting, in bars of nine which was interesting. Then an exercise with shapes and finally she showed us a little bit of the reading she can do. She read a sentence "I dust a box" and all of a sudden she disappeared -- until we saw her, actually dusting a box.

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Nice weekend

Yesterday afternoon Rado and Maria came over with the kids. They stayed over for an impromptu dinner, a great end of the day.

We spoke with Dyado & Babi and Opa & Oma. Today Nora read more from the "op is op" book, and she is doing very well. Today she read 4 pages, and she's getting faster.

In the later afternoon we visited the Potomac Overlook, where we were just in time before closing to see a two real owls in the sanctuary. The boys were very impressed, especially Adrian who later kept saying "uil! zien!". He also said "[sch]aap! zien!" but I'm pretty sure there were no sheep.

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