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Sofia went back to school on January 2rd after a well deserved vacation. She had straight As again on her report card in the Highly Capable Children program.

Jan and Huyen went on a memorable trip to Hong Kong and Dubai in January.

Sofia had her 14th birthday in January, congratulations Sofia! She had a fun birthday party at the "Escape Room" in Seattle:


Huyen accepted a position as project lead for a Public Health research project and had to fly twice to Vietnam, early February and early March, to meet her team.

Huyen, Sofia and Jan did a Mexican Cruise during Sofia's mid-winter break from school:

Jan went to Italy to visit his second cousin for the first time. We share the same great-grandfather:

Sofia earned another belt at her Jiu-Jitsu school:

Sofia did several plays at school again this year:

Sofia finished her Middle School at Canyon Park Middle School with straight A's, again. Congratulations Sofia on a job well done! We're all very proud of you.

This summer Sofia acted as a Junior Leader in Training at the Evergreen School again. Sofia and Jan visited our family in The Netherlands, we all attended a great party in Portland at our friends Dave and Jeanne. Then, Sofia and Jan went two days camping in the Cascades where there were too many bugs!

After too much travel (trips to Spain, Maui, Japan, The Netherlands and Argentina in 4 months), Huyen and Jan will be staying home for 6 weeks.

End of summer already! Sofia will start attending Bothell High School in September 2018.


Sofia went back to school on January 3rd after a well deserved vacation. She had straight As on her report card in the Highly Capable Children program.

On January 10, Jan departed for his highly anticipated "Around the world in an A380" trip, visiting Sydney, Abu Dhabi/Dubai and New York. He flew LAX-ICN-SYD in an A380 on Korean Air (Business) and MEL-AUH and AUH-JFK in an A380 on Etihad (First Apartments). He then flew JFK-YVR on Cathay Pacific in a 777 (First Class). Other segments were SEA-LAX, SYD-MEL and YVR-SEA.
In Sydney, visited his long time friends Wiebe & Bea and explored the city for 4 days. He was almost 48 hours in Abu Dhabi/Dubai and about 12 hours in New York.

Happy Birthday, Sofia. She is now 13 years old. Sofia had a lovely "Lasertag" birthday party in March:

Happy Tet, the Vietnamese New Year. We visited the Pagoda in Lynnwood and are having a Tet party on Saturday, Feb.4

Sofia started taking Jiu-Jitsu classes this year and earned her first stripe:

Jan and Huyen attented a concert of Thomas Anders in Bellevue in March. This German guy was part of a group called "Modern Talking" and is very popular in Europe and Asia.

On April 15, we attended a concert by Peter Noone and Herman's Hermits at Snoqualmie Casino. Back to my roots :)

Minh is officially registered at Western Washington University in Bellingham where he'll start this coming September as a freshman.

in July Jan & Sofia went on a camping trip to Astoria, OR. Fun but cold!

The first weekend of August, we all went on a 1 day camping to an area along Hwy 2. Fun but lots of bugs.

In early August, Jan & Sofia flew to Arizona to meet Jan's sister Annemiek. Annemiek and her husband Peter were doing Route 66, from Chicago to LA by car and we met them in Flagstaff.

Jan, Huyen and Minh visited Vietnam for about 2.5 weeks during the month of August. It was really nice to meet Huyen's 3 sisters and their family. Jan can even count 1-10 in Vietnamese now.

Sofia went back to school as an 8th grader in early September. Her school, Canyon Park, is now a middle school and this will be Sofia's last year at that school. Next year: High School. Minh left for Western Washington University in Bellingham.

Jan flew to The Netherland the last week of September to check up on his family while Huyen participated in another Miss Vietnam Global event at that time, in LA. In October Jan and Huyen visited Milan and Rome, followed by a trip to Tahiti/Moorea in December.

We had a few fun parties and dinners with friends. Thank you.



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Our Travels

Read about some of our vacation experiences, learn a bit about the places we've been, and find links to Web sites related to all our destinations.  Lots of photos.

Family Features

bulletA photo album of Sofia's activities
bulletA photo album of Jan's racing adventures; see what it's like at the track if you can't be there.
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