One of the baberies got stuck and the kids used chopsticks to extract her. Then they showed off their superior chopstick skills by pretending to eat her!

Family Art Day

Can you guess the artist of each piece?



Have you ever seen someone looking so cool at the dentist?

Walking Wounded

Poor Nana! Last Saturday he closed the sliding glass door a little too fast in just the wrong place and sliced open his little foot. We tried to manage with bandages, but between his terribly sweaty feet and his propensity…

Riding Lesson

Riding Lesson

I signed Mina up for a riding lesson today. It turned out to be more like an “animal experience” lesson. She got to meet a wallaby, Vietnamese pigs, an emu, rabbits, and a peacock. Then she fed some mini horses…

A Halloween Poem

Linus has been having Writers Workshop at school, in which they learn about stories. He’s gotten very interested in stories and today he decided to write a story – all on his own! I only helped him a teeny bit…


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

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

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

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…

Halloween for Manatees

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.

Halloween Songs

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

Mini Mina Update

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

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.

Problem Solver

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