Guus Bosman

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To the eye doctor with Adrian

Adrian bumped into the handle of the gate in the yard yesterday. His eye was red and we took him to the eye doctor today.

Thankfully it was a small scratch, and will heal by itself. He'll need some antibiotic drops for a few days.

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3 years old and learning stuff

Adrian and Leo don't have much of an attention span yet. Not surprising for 3-year olds, but it's easy to forget after doing a 75 minute teaching session with Nora. Nevertheless, we're teaching them all sorts of things.

In the past few weeks they started understanding the colors ("een tomaat is rood. een babaan is geel"). And they know 10 to 12 letters already. "S" van Sinterklaas, "P" van Piet...

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3 year check-up Leo & Adrian

The boys went for their 3-year check-up. Things went pretty smoothly, though Leo was quite nervous.

The nurse took their weight and length, and we showed Leo a YouTube video (Als je van beren leren kan) so he was distracted.

The doctor confirmed that they are in good health, but she was worried that Leo's length was so short... so we went back to the nurse. After she re-measured he was 1,5 inch taller all of a sudden.

Leo is at 50% for weight and height, Adrian at 75% for both.

The photo here is from a few days ago when their was roadwork on 13th Street and we went to check it out. They love construction vehicles.

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Boys are talking

It feels like things are easier now. The boys are slightly more independent, and need us less frequently for basic stuff like picking up fallen items. They also talk more and more, which is wonderful. They are so cute!

Leo likes the routine we have for going to bed. First brushing of the teeth, slokje water, then potty, the hands, schone toet and then voorlezen.

This afternoon I skipped a step and he corrected me: Ik heb niet water gedrinkt. Ik gaan zelf!

When the boys are discussing something, they are so funny. Here is an excerpt of what they discussed in the car today -- listen to the whole conversation (MP3).

Leo: "Adrian zegt sleepwagen! Kiepwagen is dat!"
Adrian: "Geen kiepwagen."

Nora vraagt heel diplomatiek: "Leo had het een bak erachter?" "Leo: kiepwagen. Ja een bak." Adrian: "ja, het was een bakker".

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Nora at 6 years

A little over a week ago I was a little annoyed with Nora in the morning -- she had disappeared downstairs just when I wanted to get her dressed. She showed herself down the stairs with a big smile and said: dat heb ik zelf al gedaan pap! She had dressed herself, and she has been doing that every morning ever since. Which is great because that saves another step in the morning.

She also showed me, proudly, that she can now reach the rope of the light in her closet: papa, kijk! ik kan er nu bij!.

It's quite amazing to hear her speak English also. Last weekend she translated her Dutch book for Judy -- a perfect translation in perfect American English.

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Nora's 6th birthday

Nora turned 6 years old yesterday and she had a great day.

In the morning there were gifts and balloons. Later wee went to the Carousel. First Nora wasn't too excited -- "dat is veel te hoog" but when we explained that this wasn't a scary carousel she was happy. They kids all loved the carousel, though Leo was a clinging into me tightly.

We had lunch together in Paul's which they all loved. When the boys were sleeping the three of us played Черен Петер and Memorie, and later there was a cake with "Nora" in chocolate.

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Indoor playground

We had a day off today and spent it with the kids. In the morning we went to Scramble, an indoor playground in Alexandria. The kids loved it.

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3rd birthday Leo & Adrian

Leo and Adrian turned 3 today. What a milestone! They had a really nice day.

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Mardi Gras 2018

We went to the Clarendon Mardi Grass parade tonight and that was a lot of fun.

Sasha and Adrian walked and Adrian got to peek in a real police car. I had tricked out the bicycle with lights and we joined the WABA group for the parade.

The kids were very happy with the beads that got.

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Flu

Nora is slowly recovering from the flu. It started Tuesday evening with a sore throat; the next day she skipped her gymnastics and since then she's been in bed all day.

Today she started perking up again. When we were talking with Opa & Oma she joked that Adrian was a unicorn (eenhoorn) when they asked about the fabric sticking out of his bicycle helmet.

I took the boys to Whole Foods twice in a row, which was a lot of fun. Nora was jealous and asked when it was her turn. I explained that being sick is supposed to be boring. Today's trip to the store was through the rain; the boys loved the cover and said our bike is now the Batmobile (they learned about Batman recently).

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