January 2020

It’s 72 degrees and sunny as I write this, but try to think back when it was old and the sun was setting at 4pm. There. Now you’re in the mood for some late Christmas carols. And now that you’ve…

From the Phone Collection: Dec 18, 2019 - Jan 15, 2020

From the Phone Collection: Dec 18, 2019 – Jan 15, 2020

It’s time once again for Yen to clear off the photos from his phone. This post will be a real hodge-podge, but I think you’ll like it. Mina has a Hello Kitty that she named “Picky Beans” because “she only…

The House the Babies Built

I recently told you about the kids’ babies – or “Baberies” as they have started calling them. In that post, the baberies were living in a cardboard box with a little door. Well. That house has evolved into an absolute…

A monkey on his back or an angel on his shoulder?

A monkey on his back or an angel on his shoulder?

Actually she’s just borrowing his headphones. Our teeny Mina just doesn’t seem to grow, does she? Still, she’s the boss of the house: personal trainer, dance instructor, DJ, fashion consultant, and she gives the best hugs you’ll ever receive.

Babies

Babies

A few months ago, I bought a bunch of craft supplies for Yen and the kids. You know, glitter glue, paper plates, construction paper, and little brightly colored puff balls. They make interesting, complex projects every week, and I always…

Glamor Shots

Glamor Shots

Linus and Mina were invited to our neighbor’s birthday party. She was turning 7 and decided that she wanted a makeup artist for the party. Mina of course wanted to get her hair and face done, so she ran right…

Fungus Among Us

Fungus Among Us

Jenny gave Linus a fungus shirt for his last birthday. It was his absolute favorite thing, and he’s been wearing it everywhere. It’s getting a bit small for him, so she got him a new one for Christmas. This morning,…

Costa Rica: Last Day

Costa Rica: Last Day

Funny – I ended the last post with our drive, but now we’re still driving! Despite the paved roads, it was slow going for a bit because Yen was taking photos every five minutes. At last we came down the…

Costa Rica: Monteverde

Costa Rica: Monteverde

When you saw us last, we were leaving La Fortuna and heading up to the cloud forest. But it was a long journey and we really needed sustenance. There weren’t a lot of choices, but we found a nice little…

Costa Rica: La Paz and La Fortuna

Costa Rica: La Paz and La Fortuna

I was pretty nervous when we got on the plane headed to Panama. No, not a secret fear of flying (although I do have that). This was terror because it was an older plane and didn’t have TVs in each…

November 19, 2019 - December 4, 2019

November 19, 2019 – December 4, 2019

It’s cold outside and vacation was still a long way away, so Mina had to get her sillies out somehow. Dance party! Actually there’s another explanation for the outfit. She loves these little tutus, but Yen has explained (repeatedly) that…

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…

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…