October 21 - November 18, 2019

October 21 – November 18, 2019

You would be proud too if you made the world’s longest train! Actually, this looks like quite an epic project, and even mixed media. See that it’s gears and LEGOS? And Mina is overseeing it all in her fabulous skirt. Ah,…

Jumping Bean

Jumping Bean

Yen took a few shots of Mina jumping on the little mattress we keep in his office as a poor-girl’s trampoline. Observe (if you will) the exquisite control this child has over her body. She’s both a ballerina and a…

Linus Tran, Photographer

Linus Tran, Photographer

As you know, Yen has given each kid an old digital camera to play with. Today Yen downloaded the photos from Linus – and discovered more than a year’s worth of shots. I do love seeing his perspective! Of couse…

A Story by Mina

Once there were two bears. They lived alone in the woods. One bear said to the other, “Let’s get ready for Halloween.” The other bear said, “It’s not Halloween yet, you dummy!” But the first bear didn’t care. He got…

Busy Weekend

Busy Weekend

We had a seriously active weekend! Or at least a seriously active Sunday. Yesterday was the first truly cold day of the season with a high of 30, so we stayed in most of the day. Linus and Mina did…

Linus the Bat

The kids have figured out how to hang upside down in the hammock.

September 21 - October 20, 2019

September 21 – October 20, 2019

I posted two nice entries about our vacation, and then disappeared! But we get to pick up right where we left off. In fact, in these first photos, it’s the very next morning after we returned home. We’re all horribly…

Art Installation

Art Installation

This afternoon Yen overheard Mina saying, “If Cha-Cha is angry, that’s fine with me!” and then, “He needs to be angry or surprised.” At which point they came to get him, and all was revealed. They had collaborated for what…

Big Girl Biking

After just a couple of weeks of Yen skating behind and pushing her, Mina figured out pedals and started biking on her own! Then Yen worked with her for another week and now she can even start out on her…

Amsterdam 2019

Amsterdam 2019

You can come out, Mina! The Netherlands is very nice. You’re going to love it! And it has BIKES! This is the small city where we’re staying, Haarlem. It’s just a 15-minute train ride from central Amsterdam, but we thought…


Linus said, “I’m a lot like Grandpa. I worry about getting sick. I like to watch boring stuff like news. And I want to drink wine and be silly.”

Paris 2019

Paris 2019

As usual, Yen cleared his camera before we left. But then I put Mina in these overalls and he really had no choice. And then we decided to go for a little hike at Ward Reservation. The kids inherited my…

August 27 - Septmber 3, 2019

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

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…

What about the lifeguard kiss?

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