Guus Bosman

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Father's Day 2019

I received beautiful gifts this morning. Leo wrote me a letter, Adrian drew a picture ("als je bent chagrijnig en als je doet gek", haha) and Nora created a board game and a pendant for me.

Leo's letter: "Liev papaa ik viH [bulgaarse N] jou hil lief hieer jij krijgt un kdooe [kado]"


Leo's first book

Nora and I went to town on the bakfiets. I bought new running shoes. It was well overdue, several pieces had fallen off. I switched from New Balance to a new brand. The last time I bought shoes was in July 2016.

Then to Trader Joes. Due to the power outage a few days ago, their inventory was still low.

When Leo woke up we did a really solid Veilig Leren Lezen session. He's in kern 2 now and it's pretty easy for him, but he likes the exercises so we're not skipping anything. He read his very first book today, maan en saar by Frank Smulders and Leo Timmers (Leo! Nora pointed out).


Reading English


This morning Leo was reading the board book the boys have loved for years, and started spelling our English words. Some accurate, others more guessing. But probably time to finally hide the English books...

Since a few weeks the boys no longer yell for us when they want to get out of bed -- they get our themselves. They even go downstairs without us. An improvement, haha.

We started calling Adrian "Boef Lastig", a name he is proud of. He's a macho dude. We have several socks from Nora that the boys now use. I like to give him pink socks to wear at night, haha.



We were talking about "jokken" today in the car from the gym. The boys understand it well. Adrian have as example: "als je zegt dat je je handen gewast hebt..." and Leo: "als je zegt dat je geslapen hebt maar je hebt niet geslapen"



I was putting Leo in bed. They had been playing "boat" in Leo's bed earlier, so the plush animals were all over the place. Leo complained that "he only had four plush animals", not five. So I asked Adrian: "can Leo please have Rikkie?" and look and behold: Adrian graciously agreed that Leo could have Rikkie.

Then it was time to put Adrian in bed. All went well, until the moment that he asked for... Rikkie, when there were some tears. I managed to calm him down.

The next evening Leo was in bed already when it was Adrian's turn. Adrian couldn't find his bear, beer. That was a problem and we all scrambled to look for it, throughout the house. Leo was in bed already but had a funny smile when I asked the first time. So after more searching I came back and asked him strongly, and he laughed and pointed to the drawer. And sure, there is was. There were three plush animals in the drawer. I took the bear to bring to Adrian and on a whip gave Leo Rikkie.

Adrian was happy with his bear -- but then he asked about Rikkie...


Home Depot


We did another round to Home Depot this afternoon, the last one in a while, probably.

Got plants for the front yard and indoors, plus ten bags of mulch for in the back.

When we got home Jaap And Adrian were waiting for us, with big smiles.

Now it's time to feed the chicks.


Supporting the new Bicycle Plan

I spoke at the County Board meeting tonight to support the new bicycle plan. It updates the 10 year old existing plan, and is the fifth one Arlington has adopted -- a sign off how long the bicycle history goes back here, which is cool.

Arlington is making decent progress with protected bikelanes. The plan is to build more of them and this formal Plan helps codify that.

I spoke for only a minute or so, but it felt good to make my voice heard.

Before the board meeting I hang out with many of my Twitter buddies, several of who I met for the first time in person tonight.


Working on the backyard

Another very productive weekend. Last weekend we were inside for a lot, doing taxes and other paperwork -- this weekend we were outside the whole time and it was great.

Jaap took care of the kids Saturday morning and we went to Home Depot for 2,5 hours. We loaded the car to the brim with gear, dirt and plants. In the afternoon and Sunday pretty much all day we worked on the yard with everybody, which was fun.

The end result looks great; we replaced an old grass patch with nice trees in a mulch bed. We had to be careful about some Comcast cables that were installed rather poorly.

Adrian "blocked the sidewalk" with "pilonnen" to make sure there wouldn't be anyone walking into our working zone.


Studying Dutch with Opa

There is something incredibly powerful about seeing Nora and Jaap work together. They worked on the Dutch course material for 90 minutes or so. Jaap is more patient than I am and it was a very effective session, it seems, on the difference between ij and ei, among other things.


Good Friday

It's a day off for me and Jaap and I took the kids to a playground near the German bakery. It stayed dry all morning and we spent a nice two hours there.


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