July 11 - August 3, 2016

July 11 – August 3, 2016

This has been a tough summer. Not because of Linus and Mina, but because we’re experiencing very unusual weather. It’s been above 90 at least one day every week, which is unusual for out here. But worse (and more unusual…


I keep trying to capture Linus speaking his unique made-up language, but he always clams up when he sees me recording. Here I tried to hide what I was doing and managed to film him a bit (although you’ll notice…

June 25 - July 10, 2016

June 25 – July 10, 2016

There’s a little spur path in the park we usually go to. A woman told me months ago that it leads past the yard of a retired dentist who is using his relaxing years to garden. One morning we decided…



Linus does this several times every day now. All of the books come tumbling out, and he sits quietly, reading to himself (sometimes with no pants, as here). And yes, some of his books are in Vietnamese!

June 20 - Jun 24, 2016

June 20 – Jun 24, 2016

I scolded Yen about waiting so long between photo dumps that he turned this batch around in four days! Mina is so much fun right now. I feel as if she’s suddenly come into herself. Her little personality just shines…

June 2 - June 19, 2016

June 2 – June 19, 2016

Lots of silly play this month, starting with Linus’s tractor. He’s rather obsessed with the fact that someone drives each of these machines. He always points to the cab and says, “Om?” Which is, “man?” Which is to say, “That’s…

The Park

The Park

Linus and Yen often go to the park during the day. They often bring his bike, which is why he’s wearing his little helmet. And don’t you love the shades?! Apparently today they were the only ones there! I’m guessing…

Trip to Iowa

Trip to Iowa

We packed up our bags and headed for Iowa over Memorial Day weekend. Linus is an old pro at traveling, so when he got to the airport, he just relaxed and took everything in. We were excited to find when…


A couple of videos from our little hike this weekend. We definitely need to take them out for hikes more often. As you’ll see, Linus really enjoys it.

May 2016

May 2016

Summer weather is here at last, and the kids have really been enjoying it. We take our evening walks, and Linus waters my garden for me (he shouts, “Mah ah!” whenever his watering can is empty. That’s “more water!”). We…

Look, Mommy. No feet!

Our little daredevil has just started to hold his feet up as he costs along. He’s so fast! Notice about halfway through when he screeches to a halt. That’s what he does when he sees a car. Safety first!



You might think that Linus goes to the park for fresh air and exercise. But really it’s for the construction project next door.

April 21 - May 4, 2016

April 21 – May 4, 2016

We’ve had such an unusual spring this year. First the winter was unusually warm and dry, and April turned out to be more of the same. Now May is here and we have all of the delayed showers! But it…

Sharp Dressed Man

Sharp Dressed Man

Linus takes his milk shaken, not stirred.


I’m rocking Mina to sleep, and can hear Linus singing himself a lullaby on the other side of the wall. It’s kind of like a little rap, actually: Mama, cha-cha, ba-ba! Em! Em! Em! Whee-whee! Whee-whee! I’ll translate: Mommy, daddy,…