August 27 - Septmber 3, 2019

Surprise! You weren’t expecting a post this quickly, were you? You also probably weren’t expecting to see Mina relaxing like this, but she does. One evening the kids decided that we should practice for Halloween. I think they heard us…

July 24 - August 26, 2019

While Mina does often instruct us to look at her butt, I think what’s happening here is we’re supposed to see the cute little flowers tucked into her pocket. She  loves that the lawn is full of clover! With Halloween…

Mina is very patient with Linus’s affection… Until she’s suddenly not.

Linus designed a cable car after riding one up Cannon Mountain. He takes me through all of the safety procedures.

This is going to exhaust you. It’s a series of videos of the Tran kids… Well, being the Tran kids. Running through the house: Biking at a skate park. Don’t worry – they’re both OK. This happens all the time! Biking…

Mina’s guide to washing your hands. And how to brush your teeth:

We lost Grandma Neva yesterday morning. She was 88 and had led a long, loving life. Together with Grandpa, she visited 48 states, Mexico, and Canada. The only states she was missing were North Dakota and Oregon. Maybe my own…

We decided to take the kids on a small hike before dinner (I guess 90 minutes biking on rough trails this morning wasn’t enough…), but Mina decided we should run. I guess we’ll all sleep well tonight! In case you…

Croquet, anyone?

Yen bought a bunch of lawn games so we can enjoy our huge new lawn. Linus’s favorites are what he calls “flying plates.” Today we tried croquet. Mina threw a ball into the air and hit herself in the head….

Finger paint!

We got a package today with a huge piece of paper for padding, so we decided to lay it out in the driveway and paint it.

Staying Cool

It’s official: this is now the hottest summer Massachusetts has experienced since record-keeping began. We’ve been spending a lot of time at pools, the beach, and spray decks. Luckily there are a lot around us! Mina attacks saying cool as…

Weekend in New Hampshire

Technically this is June 28 – July 23, 2019. But you’ll see that it’s going to be dominated by our visit to the White Mountains last weekend. But first, let’s celebrate Mina’s half-birthday and get a little exercise. The kids…

Drawings

Linus drew a schematic of a windmill turning a magnet inside its nacelle to send power through a line. You think he might be a future engineer?Of course I can’t leave Mina’s work out. She drew a swimming pool (which…

Florida

You might well ask what kind of mad people would choose to vacation in Florida in June. These are the faces of mad ladies and gentlemen: Well, Ba Noi isn’t crazy – she stayed safe and sound in Massachusetts. But…

Kisses

Linus is rather fascinated with lipstick at the moment. Usually he lets me apply it for him, but today he decided to help himself. Isn’t he stunning?