Mina is learning a song at school. In classic Mina fashion, she is practicing it over and over to achieve perfection. We are both overwhelmed by her on-point pronunciation of buenos dias! Looking forward to turning her loose in Puerto…

Trans on Ice

We had a nice walk yesterday at Whipple Hill. In a few places the trail was nearly impassable because of ice (and/or unleashed dogs), but that also meant that the big lake in the middle was frozen solid. The kids…

Mina and I have a little bedtime routine. Every night after Cha and I both sing to her, I come back into her bedroom and make a whispered announcement. Something like: I just found out that 100 hummingbirds are about…

Strange Cargo

I never thought anyone would ever be so happy to be locked in a trunk.

New Year 2022

Like everyone, we rang in the new year last night. We let the kids stay up late (8:30!), and before they went to bed we did a countdown, reflected on the old year, and looked ahead to the new year….

Dec 12 to 28, 2021

Some Tran crafts to start you off. First, a bow and arrow. Binoculars! I wish I had a sign like this. This one disturbed me, but I tried not to make a fuss. Some gratuitous shots of Yen’s muse. We’re…

Nov 2021

In an effort to break up the days, we took a weekend trip to Providence. We had no idea how big of a deal it would be to the kids – a month later they are still saying, “Can we…

October 2021

You’re going to see an unseasonably warm October unfold in these photos – all the way to flora and fauna. We added a few more beds to our front lawn, and with it some flowers that are meant to attract…

Mina is taking phonics very seriously.

September 2021

We’re closing on the end of the year so I’d better catch up on my posts! There is snow on the ground while I write this, but let’s journey back to a time when we needed shorts and t-shirts, and…

Mina and I did some baking together tonight. She’s the best sous chef ever!

Karate

Linus’s teacher suggested that he might benefit from an after school program. We debated a few options and finally selected karate. He seems really excited about it. The teacher made him take a small test to get his white belt….

Lounging

The kids are enjoying the unseasonably warm fall.

September 2021

Just a few photos left that I haven’t posted. It was a quiet month while the kids started school. Still, we got out and about a bit. Linus actually started school three days before Mina – it’s a way for…

August 2021

You’ve probably never even noticed, but I tag each of these posts with the kids’ age at the time so we can look back and say, “What was Mina doing when she was 3?” There’s a tiny data quality nerd…