Guus Bosman

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Leo and Adrian, discussing some plans: "na het corona, of misschien in het weekend..."

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Day 184

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Last night I went for a walk after dinner and I saw that they are making nice progress on the sidewalk at Johnson St. So many times we walked there with the stroller!

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Day 165

The house we are staying in is huge. During normal times, it is often rented as a bed & breakfast with 5 rooms, but we have the place for ourselves during Covid-19. The pool is fabulous. It's a full sized pool and deep enough for me to jump into and for Sasha and I to do laps. The kids are having a terrific time. There are also a lot of pool toys.

It's a great routine -- a quick breakfast outside, swimsuits and of we are to the pool. Very convenient.

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Day 121

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A few days ago, during the big storm that also caused some flooding in the basement, the wall in the yard fell over.

It had been shaky for as long as we live here -- a previous owner put it together with various types of brick and concrete but it wasn't done very well. Anyway, it came down and today I broke it in smaller pieces. It was leaning against one of the pillars of our deck and I didn't like that idea, cause it could damage that important pillar.

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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.

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Kern 2

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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.

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New Year's walk

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

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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?"

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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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Meeting Mark

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The other day I met up with Mark, who was in town visiting from Raleigh. It was really nice to see him again. We had coffee and talked for a long time.

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