January 11, 2020

January 11, 2020

I’m simply exhausted, but I have to write this before bed so I can express the gratitude I feel for such a simple but full day, and the joy of spending it with two brave kids who are getting older each…

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…

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…

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…

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…