Guus Bosman

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No training wheels

Tonight Nora bicycled for the first time without her training wheels and it went great! We are very proud.

On the photo you can still see the training wheels, but they are all the way up and not helping her at all.


Day 55

For the second time I tried to make sourdough with my levain (starter). The first attempt, a few days ago, wasn't a success, mostly because I didn't have enough time to bake it and I threw out the dough. Today things didn't start too good either -- after 3 hours the dough had hardly risen. But I didn't throw it out and left it for several more hours and only at 6.00 pm I started baking it. And it worked! There was a nice oven spring and the bread came out nice and dark. It smells good -- we will eat it tomorrow for lunch.

I worked with Adrian in the morning and it went well. The spelling of words in Kern 2 is now easy for him -- the only mistake he makes sometimes is between "i" and "e". A few days ago he saw clearly that there is a difference between "d" and "b" -- until then, he didn't quite realize it, but we're getting there. Mieke sent me additional materials for Veilig Leren Lezen, I'll print out a few of those over the weekend for more practice.


Kern 2


Adrian and I were hanging word cards up, to help with reading lessons. It was serious business and afterwards we reviewed the three words.

Then he said: "papa, niemand woont in een nummer" (nobody lives in a number), so funny.


Sunday visit to the Gallery of Art

We went to the Gallery of Art yesterday. We had prepared to take the Metro, like Adrian wanted, but it started raining so we took the car instead. I dropped everyone off, and parked 15 minutes away.

It is such a lovely place. We all had a good time. Leo liked the boats, Adrian liked Rembrandt's self-portrait and Nora liked the French impressionists colors.

We looked at several Greek and Roman statues, and the boys had various observations to make.

Here is Leo looking at a model of a Dutch "jacht" -- in the back you can see "View of Hoorn".


Bakfiets to Fort Myer

Nora had a birthday party at the bowling alley in Fort Myer, or Joint Base Myer–Henderson Hall as is the new name.

It's 1.4 miles from our home, so I took her by bakfiets. It was a gorgeous ride. The weather is incredible today, 70 degrees Fahrenheit (21 degrees Celsius). Driving through Lyon Park was fun and it connects very nicely to the Arlington Boulevard trail. Entering Ft Myer was interesting -- there was no need to wait in line like the cars had to.

Going back home was not easy though. I took the exit at Iwo Jima -- leaving me at the bottom of the Rosslyn hill. Next time, I'm going back home the same way we came.



A script I wrote a few years ago to help me with pictures on the website stopped working... It assumed every year started with 201, haha.

FoundPos := RegExMatch(clipboard, "^201[0-9][0-9][0-9][0-9][0-9].*\.[jJ][pP][gG]", FoundFileName)


New Year's walk

We went for a walk "in the woods", at Donaldson Run.


Move screening "Why we cycle"

We went to the screening of Why We Cycle today, a lovely Dutch movie about the hidden beneficial effects of bicycling. After the film I was part of a panel discussion.

The screening was in the Northeast library in Capitol Hill. We arrived just in time, and found good seats on the front row. There was coffee, stroopwafels and Christmas cookies to all five of us where happy (I think the kids had three cookies each).

It was a beautiful film, very well made. It was fun to hear the interviews in Dutch, the kids picked up on it too. At one point we saw twin boys in a bakfiets -- they looked very much like Leo and Adrian!

The panel was fun too. Other folks on the panel where Katherine W. who lived in The Hague for two years, Jeremiah Lowery, Advocacy Director at WABA and Alan Page, an attorney and artist from DC.

The screening was organized by Greg Matlesky and underwritten by The Daily Rider and Friends of the Northeast Library (thank you).

The kids were very well behaved. They patiently sat through the one hour movie, and even the beginning of the panel after which Sasha took them to roam around the library. Once we were in the car (!) to go home, Adrian fell asleep right away. Everyone's a little under the weather it seems.


Paw Patrol werkjes

The boys were downstairs at 7.30 am, and they are doing Paw Patrol "werkjes" over breakfast. They really enjoy it.

Adrian asked: "papa, hebben Sinterklaas en Piet deze boekje gemaakt?"


Sinterklaas at the Embassy, 2019

We were there early -- right at 12.30 pm -- and the kids all knew what to expect so they enjoyed things more. They played with the Pieten in the beginning, had some pepernoten and looked around with curious eyes. The organization is excellent each year, this year was very smooth also and it was clear that the crew was having a lot of fun too.

Adrian had a long conversation with one of the Pieten. I overheard him say that he didn't like her feather (it was yellow) but that it needed to be black, haha. He has strong opinions, our dear Adrian.

Adrian had big plans to talk with Sinterklaas -- "ik zal hem vragen hoe hij op het dak komt en het paard" and he was going to sing a song. But once he was invited to come over, he was quiet and subdued, the sweet heart. Leo was shy also and when he was done the whole room cheered him on, so nice.

Nora had made a drawing for Sinterklaas, a mijter and they had a short conversation. She is never shy.

In the evening, Adrian told us something funny. He has told Sinterklaas that he is "boef lastig" and that Sinterklaas' mouth fell open in surprise, haha.


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