Linus took this photo of a cluster of American Parasol in the neighbors’ yard. He’s got a good eye!

August 18 - October 12, 2020

What a strange thing it is to look back on these photos and see how much has passed. Linus hadn’t started school. There were leaves on the trees. Mina was running around outside in summer dresses. Actually that last one…

Bartleby's Grand Day Out

I completely forgot about this set of photos – which is ironic because we took them to surprise Yen. The kids and I were alone one sunny weekend afternoon and they decided we should take Bartleby outside for a photo…

Family Photo Shoot

At some point every year, Yen moans about how few family portraits we have. We decided we should try working out something with our lovely fall garden. It turned out to be a bit of a challenge. We started out…

The seacows are trick-or-treating. Roundnose is a ghost, Bartleby is a skeleton, and Paddlehead is a zombie. They crawl up to Mina’s bed and she says, “What wonderful costumes!” before offering them all seaweed candy.

The kids made Halloween videos. The first is a classic. The second is a Linus Tran original.

Mini Mina Update

Several of you have asked me how Mina is getting on now that Linus is in school. It’s true that she had a rough start, wanding the house looking lost. But she’s Mina, so she’s resilient. For one thing, she’s…

Fall Garden Tour

Our garden is particularly lovely in fall. The kids decided to make a garden tour for Grandma. I don’t think she’ll mind if everyone watches.

Mina may be small, but she’s figure out how to get into the car without assistance.

Mina's Tea Party

Mina has developed an interest in tea parties as a way to relax on a weekend afternoon – particularly when she’s become frustrated or the day didn’t go as she planned. One thing that has really made it a special…

Not quite the cliche “first day of school” picture, but here’s Linus enjoying his odd first day of school: This first day is a Zoom call for 30 minutes. He’ll have his first real day actually at school on Friday…

Linus saw Yen do this one day and decided he should try it. We were all certain he would crash, but look what he pulled off! I think we can agree he’s ready for skiing now.

Linus has been asking for a driver’s license, so Yen made him one. Think he can use it to get into clubs?

Too much energy? Maybe you should go to the park with the kids. It’s electrifying! Sure, the park is fun. But what Linus and Mina really enjoy is the fitness area. Never mind that all the equipment is sized for…

Cityscape

Mina and I enjoyed an afternoon painting together. It’s one of my favorite activities. She’s very proud of this particular project because she practiced so much blending.