December 25, 2017 - January 23, 2018

Now is the discontent of our winter. See what I did there? Anyway, we’re trapped inside much of the time now. Poor kiddos. At least they’re brave about being out in the cold. So when we can, we bundle them…

More from the Phone Collection

Yen did get his “real” camera out this weekend, so better photos are coming. For now, though, I hope you’ll accept this stop-gap, which begins with Mina waiting in line at IKEA. Somehow when we take photos of the kids…

From the Phone Collection

I haven’t shared phone photos in a while. Yen hasn’t been using the big camera much lately – maybe he wore himself out with vacation. But of course we take photos of the kids every day, and I don’t always…

Lisbon, Portugal

Our flight left at 6am. So that meant we had to get up at 4am in order to dress, check out, and drive to the airport. If you’ve ever packed with two toddlers running around, you know it’s best to…

Snow Days

It’s finally getting warm enough that our snow may melt soon, but the kids are enjoying it while it’s here. Mina is such a sassafras in her matching coat and boots.

El Torcal de Antequera, Spain

In the last post, I described how the kids stayed amused. The balcony was absolutely invaluable. But enough play time. It’s time for our final day in Spain, which we decided to spend hiking. The hike shouldn’t be that difficult,…

Fuengirola, Spain

On our penultimate day in Spain, Grandma and Grandpa decided to take a tour of Gibralter. They left on a bus around 8am, so we decided to have a completely kid-focused day. And what could be more kid-focused than a…

Granada, Spain

You may be asking yourself how we managed to amuse two toddlers for almost three weeks in hotels. First, we were picky about our lodgings. When we stayed somewhere for a week at a time, it was basically an apartment:…

Ronda, Spain

Off to Ronda! This is one of my favorite places in southern Spain. It is also the source of nightmares I had leading up to it. As you’ll see, Ronda is famous for being built across a huge gorge. Until…

Córdoba, Spain

This is a cemetery, of course. Yen discovered it on a previous trip – it has a parking lot and a nice restroom, so it’s where we park when we go to Córdoba. I think this is a little alter or some…

Marbella, Spain

Hello, Marbella! Or rather, Marriott Vacation Club Right Outside of Marbella. Our drive from Sevilla was fairly uneventful. The kids slept for most of it, which meant we kept saying, “Wow, I wish Linus was awake to see those wind…

Sevilla, Spain

Day 1 We got in the car to drive to Sevilla, and were sad because the GPS said it would be a three-hour journey. About halfway through, we learned that Spain is an hour ahead of Portugal. So not too…

The Algarve (southern Portugal) - Vacation Week 1

Sintra Welcome to Portugal! Please be sure to hold tightly to all of your belongings at all times – even when they are squirmy. Our plan was fairly simple: take almost three weeks off in December and explore the southern…

David got Linus a rather large truck for Christmas (he’s overjoyed). Mina has taken up residence in the box. After resting in a box, one does need a bit of exercise. Note what they’re wearing. I didn’t choose those outfits….

November 27 - December 3, 2017

Last post before vacation! It’s a short one, but Yen wisely wanted to clear his memory card before we set out. We begin with what looks like a rather unfriendly confrontation. It’s not torture, though – I promise. Just watch:…