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To the County Fair

This morning we went to the Arlington County Fair, the kermis. Jaap and Mieke walked, I took the kids with the bakfiets. That was a lot of fun, the boys in particular liked crossing the highway on a bike bridge.

We spent most of our time at the playground, and the boys did two rides. Adrian didn't like the first ride ("ik wil dat jij bij mij was") but they both enjoyed the train ride with Opa. We brought sandwiches and water, which was smart since they 'were getting hungry' at 10.30 am, they said. We also met Ginny, who was working for the Arlington Library.

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A boy and his Opa

The boys love the attention they are getting.

Here are Jaap and Adrian reading a book.

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Jaap's birthday

We celebrated Jaap's birthday together, a nice milestone. In the morning there were gifts -- mostly of the literary persuasion. Later in the day Judy and Ginny joined us for coffee and home-made apple pie.

We went for dinner at the Silver Diner, much to everyone's delight -- it was a fun day.

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First week with Opa and Oma

Opa and Oma left for New York City yesterday. They took the train. They're planning to visit the Metropolitan, the 9/11 Memorial, Central Park and a few other things.

We've had a great first week together. The boys were a little bit shy, but quickly got used to my parents again, especially when Oma started reading a book.

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Jaap and Mieke arrived

My parents are here, it's wonderful to see them. Their plane landed at 4.00 pm, but customs took a while so we were home at 6.30 pm. Leo was very shy in the beginning, hiding behind Sasha, but Adrian was ready to start talking right away.

Mieke read a book, Kom uit die kraan!. They didn't remember it from last year and didn't quite get the story yet, but they quickly warmed up and dinner was fun with lots of talking.

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Selling our baby gear


We're cleaning out the basement and so we're selling our old baby gear. It makes us a little nostalgic, but it's also nice to clean up and get more space in the house.

The double stroller went to a family with two kids who are consolidating strollers. One of the high chairs went to a family who already had one of the model but wanted one at their aunt's as well. The "baby cage" went to a lady who'll use it for her small dog. The running stroller we sold to a lady who turned out to be a co-worker.

The car seats are more difficult to sell, though we just sold the oldest one (Nora's green one).

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Chicks

We're taking care of 5 chicks this weekend -- Stella, a larger chick, and four recently hatched chicks. It's been really nice to have them in the house, very cozy.

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Een kabel

It has been raining for several days in a row, and yesterday when it cleared up we went to the Bluemont creek so see it after all the rain. As expected, the water level was high and it was fun to watch.

Nora asked: "Kun je in dat water zwemmen?" and I explained no, it's not for swimming because of the current ("Er staat een flinke stroming.").

The next day over breakfast, we were talking about this again and Leo told Sasha that the water wasn't for swimming because има кабел -- there's a cable. Later he told me "er was een kabel".

It took us a while to figure out, but Leo translated "stroming" into "stroom" which goes through a cable (кабел)...

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Bike to Work Day 2018

For the first time, I made it to a pitstop on Bike to Work Day. The event ends at 9.00 am, and at 8.45 am I was in Ballston.

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To the "far away playground"

The weather is amazing -- spring has really arrived -- and we went for a walk to the 'ver wegge speeltuin'. The kids hadn't been there is a while so that was nice. It's a beautiful walk over Key Blvd and through Lyon Village.

Tuesday night we had dinner outside and Judy joined us. Friday after dinner we went to the taverna for a while.

We also went to Home Depot to get new play sand; it ends up in the yard quickly. Told the boys that "feeding the plants" with sand isn't necessary.

It's good to be outside again.

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