April 4 - 17, 2017

April 4 – 17, 2017

It’s Spring at last! Oddly, Linus is celebrating it by wearing his winter hat indoors. Isn’t this a beautiful family photo? I look at this one a lot while I’m at work. Keeps me going! We call this gesture, “Please,…

April 13, 2917

April 13, 2917

The kids haven’t quite figured out how to smile for the camera.

February 23 - April 4, 2017

February 23 – April 4, 2017

I’m sorry it’s been a while! We’re usually so busy dancing with them that we can’t stop to take photos. Mina is getting more interested in books now, though she still rarely sits still long enough to listen to a whole…

Dancing Queen

Mina absolutely loves dancing.

That’s not a noodle. That’s pho.

There’s a lot going on in the audio of this video, but I still had to share it. First, you’ll see that Linus’s chopstick skills are getting stronger each day. And then you’ll hear the words of a true gourmand:…

Dinner with the Trans

Here’s a very typical dinner scene. Mina says she wants soup, but of course only to blow bubbles into. Linus has thrown his peas and corn into his chair and is now innocently asking where they’ve gone.

Counting

Linus is trying to speak more English now. You can hear a bit of it here. He’s also counting in both languages, though in Vietnamese he tends to skip sau (six). When we ask him where sau went, he sticks…

February 6 - 23, 2017

February 6 – 23, 2017

Now we come to the part of winter that seems to last forever. The snow is old and dirty, it’s cold, and no one wants to go outside. But that’s OK, because we’ve got more trucks than any two kids…

Marriott's Manor Club at Ford's Colony, Williamsburg

January 28 – February 5, 2017: Williamsburg, VA

For our winter vacation this year, we contemplated all kinds of warm places. Mexico? Costa Rica? Even Florida, which we’ve always promised ourselves we’d avoid. Then one day, Yen pointed out that all we really need is a place with…

January 12, 2017 - January 27, 2017

January 12, 2017 – January 27, 2017

Our little Mina has decided to be a little kid instead of a baby. She’s done with her high chair and is even learning how to use a fork! She’s actualy not bad at all with it. But that’s not…

Vacation Preview

Vacation Preview

We are still on vacation, but I thought I’d share a couple of early highlights with you. First, just a cute picture of Mina drinking a lot of water after swimming. She loves the pool! When we took a ferry…

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

We’re missing Tet this year because we’re headed off for vacation, but we decided to dress the kids up anyway.

December 21, 2016 - January 11, 2017

December 21, 2016 – January 11, 2017

Linus is becoming a master chef. Everything I make is either stirred, sorted, or otherwise assisted by him. He’s even learning to break eggs (which has been tremendously messy, but he loves it). Here he is helping out with meatloaf…

November 24 - December 20, 2016

November 24 – December 20, 2016

I really am sorry. I don’t know how an entire month goes by before I post again. Or rather I do, but I’m always surprised when it happens again. But  I think you’ll agree that these were worth the wait….

Linus and the Box

Linus got a new truck for Christmas, which came in a giant box. Of course he had to get inside.