Azores: Saying Goodbye

Azores: Saying Goodbye

And then the last day finally came. We were all so sad to think about leaving – the Azores and our friends. We packed up the house – I think we left it in fairly good condition – and headed…

Azores: Nordeste

Azores: Nordeste

We saved the longest drive for the last full day: Nordeste, all the way over on the other side of the island. Yen had three stops in mind: two botantical gardens and the town itself. My husband does love flowers!…

Azores: Furnas

Azores: Furnas

Wait, where did we bring two toddlers that has steam rising from the ground? That would be Furnas! When you arrive at the¬†lagoa, the first thing you notice is the cats. They’re everywhere! And then you realize that’s attracting them:…

Azores: Vila Franca do Campo

Azores: Vila Franca do Campo

As strange as it sounds, Mina loves dark, enclosed spaces. We often find her in the back of a closet or on a bed deep under a blanket. So of course she was attracted to the wardrobe in our Airbnb….

Azores: Lagoa Azul and Lagoa Verde - Take 2

Azores: Lagoa Azul and Lagoa Verde – Take 2

Remember that time we went to Rome and in a single day visited the Coliseum, Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps, and Pantheon? And how afterward I started to think, “I can’t wait to get back to work and get some rest”?…

Azores: Mosteiros and Pinhal da Paz

Azores: Mosteiros and Pinhal da Paz

When we first arrived, Yen said, “We’re probably going to get jaded about these views after a while.” I can report after the duration of the trip that it didn’t turn out to be true. What we did stop doing…

Azores: Lagoa Azul and Lagoa Verde

Azores: Lagoa Azul and Lagoa Verde

OK, this first photo isn’t from the Azores, but our kitchen the night before. Miss Mina is a Tran in so many ways, but don’t forget her James roots! She’s been tapping into them recently by practicing this move: arms…

March 2 - 27, 2018

March 2 – 27, 2018

As usual, Yen needed to clear off his camera before vacation. Lots of close ups this month of their sweet little faces. I think I’ve mentioned before that Linus is obsessed with his Snap Circuits Junior board. I thought Yen…

Visit to Peabody-Essex

Visit to Peabody-Essex

We’ve been eager to check out an exhibit on “play” at the Peabody-Essex Museum in Salem. It’s a little expensive and a good reminder that you can often get museum passes at your local library – or in this case,…

January 24 - March 1, 2018

January 24 – March 1, 2018

Winter continues, and so do the complex LEGO structures. I do love weekend mornings when Linus and I are up before Yen and Mina, and we sit together making and destroying everything we can think of. Charmer! Hm… What should…

Cycling

Cycling

It’s not Spring yet, but it sure feels like it today: we’re going to hit 70! The kids are taking advantage of it, and now even Mina is zooming around on her little bike.

Frequent Fliers

Frequent Fliers

Miss Mina and Mr Linus both get their own seats on planes now, and we’ve finally gotten wise and are using harnesses instead of dragging their seats onto the plane. They were so good on the flights this weekend! Photos…

December 25, 2017 - January 23, 2018

December 25, 2017 – January 23, 2018

Now is the discontent of our winter. See what I did there? Anyway, we’re trapped inside much of the time now. Poor kiddos. At least they’re brave about being out in the cold. So when we can, we bundle them…

More from the Phone Collection

More from the Phone Collection

Yen did get his “real” camera out this weekend, so better photos are coming. For now, though, I hope you’ll accept this stop-gap, which begins with Mina waiting in line at IKEA. Somehow when we take photos of the kids…

From the Phone Collection

From the Phone Collection

I haven’t shared phone photos in a while. Yen hasn’t been using the big camera much lately – maybe he wore himself out with vacation. But of course we take photos of the kids every day, and I don’t always…