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Sofia and Minh went flying at iFly Seattle on Sunday, January 17.

Sofia had a bunny birthday party on Sunday, January 30. About 11 class mates celebrated with her and they really enjoyed the visit of about 15 sweet bunnies.

For the mid-winter break, all four of us went to Houston and the Texas coast

Sofia attended a school "glow dance" which was a lot of fun.

It's official: Sofia will be attending the AAP program at Canyon Park Jr. High next school year. Congratulations Sofia.

During Spring Break, Jan, Huyen and Minh (Sofia was with her mother) made a lovely visit to Portland, OR. Thanks David & Jeanne for the great dinner party.

The first weekend of June gave us gorgeous weather in Seattle and we enjoyed BBQing on our new deck.

At the end of June, Jan and Huyen had an unexpected week off (both kids gone) and we used the occasion to visit romantic Paris. It was wonderful. Flying Air Transat was a new adventure.

In July, the four of us flew to The Netherlands for our annual leave (3 weeks this year) in Delta One Business Class thanks to Jan's hobby. Jan also saw his friend Wiebe several times, including the last night we spent in Haarlem where Wiebe lives most of the year.

In August, Jan and Huyen visited Portland for a few days while Minh is camping and Sofia is with her mom. We had a great time with Jan's old friends.

The day after Labor Day, Sofia started Jr. High School at Canyon Park Junior High, still in the Highly Capable Children Program. Because this is also our neighborhood school, Sofia can now take the school bus home in the afternoon.

In October, Huyen participated in the Mrs. Vietnam Globe competition.

The week before Christmas, all 4 of us had a 3 day mini-vacation in Portland, staying at the Crown Plaza hotel. We visited friends, drove to the Oregon Coast (so beautiful), visited the Tillamook factory and did some shopping. It was all very pleasant.

On Christmas Eve, Huyen participated in a Fashion Show at Muckleshoot Casino. We did some dancing afterwards and had a great time. Too bad there is so much smoke in the casino; apparently, Washington State laws don't apply there.

As usual, Sofia came over for 2nd Christmas day and we all opened our Christmas presents that day. It was also Oma's birthday; she is 85 now. Go Oma! At least another 10 years.

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