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Nora & Opa

The other day Jaap, Nora and I went to H-Mart. We bought Indonesian condiments, and ingredients for sushi.

It's great to see my parents and Nora together.

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Bloot eten

Jaap and Mieke went to see a music show last night at the Capitol, and Sasha was home a little later, so I gave the kids dinner. They love macaroni with red sauce, "en kaas!"

To keep laundry to a minimum, I introduced the rule "bloot eten".

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Bosmans and the Zanes

It has been many years since my parents and Jonathan and Irena saw each other -- well before Julian was born.

Last night the Zane family arrived and stayed for the night, they are on their way to South Carolina to see the solar eclipse on Monday. We had a lovely dinner together and enjoyed catching up on old memories. Ilana is going to college in 10 days, unbelievable.

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Nora is back

Last night Sasha and Nora arrived at Dulles. Sasha went to pick her up two weeks ago and so after two months our family is finally reunited.

The girls had a great time in Bulgaria and Greece. We were home around 11.00 pm last night, and the first thing Nora asked for was boterham met kaas. Her Dutch is still very good -- a little slow, but with a rich vocabulary.

This morning at 6.15 am Leo started waking up and he was very happy when his mother was caressing him, so we slept a little longer.

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With Opa & Oma

The boys and my parents are very comfortable with each other. When Leo and Adrian wake up, they don't call for me but yell "Oma! Oma!" instead. Which works for me since I get to sleep a little longer.

Oma has a lot of patience, which is good when the boys are having breakfast. They have a routine figured where the first half of the breakfast is independent -- but the second half is with Oma reading a book.

After breakfast they usually go the playground or the grocery store, and have lunch around noon follow by a nap. They are really happy with the fruithapje when they wake up.

Their Dutch is improving significantly. Of course, they are learning appropriate and non-appropriate words alike so Adrian is fond of saying "oh jee!" now. When they count objects, they'll say: "een auto, twee auto's... allemaal auto's".

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Silver Diner

Last night we went to the Silver Diner. Eva tried a real milkshake, Jaap had the lamb meatballs, Mieke the sliders and the boys had a small hamburger each. It was a fun evening, though we never heard our song by Ace of Base.

This morning Jaap and Mieke went to Barnes & Noble while Eva arranged her cellphone and then went out for a bike ride through Arlington. I took the boys on the bakfiets for some chores -- we returned a book, dropped off a package and did some small shopping at Wholefoods.

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Roosevelt Memorial

I worked til late last night. I was done at 12:30 am but then I didn't sleep very well. Nevertheless we had a nice morning together. Adrian woke up calling "Oma! Oma" and while Leo was calling for me, Mieke came to pick him up also which gave me another 45 minutes in the morning.

We went to the Roosevelt Memorial and MLK Memorial. We saw ducks, geese and a big turtle.

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Getting used to Opa & Oma

It often taken Leo a little while to get used to new people around him, but he's getting very comfortable with Opa and Oma.

Here you see Leo chasing Opa, after Opa was chasing Leo.

Adrian is quicker to adjust to new crowds and he loves hanging out with his grandparents. "Oma! Lezen!"

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Opa & Oma arrived

Such a special treat -- Opa and Oma are here!

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Fourth of July

The parade in Lyon Village is always a nice event. Last year the guys were still in their stroller, and on the pictures you can see that they weren't even wearing outdoor shoes yet.

This year I took them on the bakfiets which was a lot of fun.

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