August 23 - September 5, 2016

August 23 – September 5, 2016

The loneliness of the early park visitor! Linus and Yen have been heading to the park right after breakfast so they can play before it gets too hot. I’m surprised more people haven’t adopted this plan, but as you can…

Monday Morning Field Trip

Monday Morning Field Trip

Yen and Linus take field trips nearly every day, but today Mina came along. They went to story hour at the library! I’ve been after Yen to try it. Partly because one of my earliest memories is walking down the…

Rody

Rody

Mina loves Linus’s Rody. Turns out they can both fit on it!

Potty

Potty

Guess who pooped on the potty this morning! She’ll be trained in no time…

August 4 - August 22, 2016

August 4 – August 22, 2016

It’s still hot! But Mina’s staying cool. That little toy you can see on her left is one of her favorites. She especially likes to use it to practice switching hands. Mina’s eating a lot of different foods now. That’s a…

Ballerino

Ballerino

Linus walks on his tiptoes a lot – sometimes way up high on them like a ballet dancer. Yen finally got a great shot of it – even the look on his face reminds me of the intense serenity of…

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…

Bookworm

Bookworm

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!

Swimming

Swimming

There will be a much longer post on this activity, but just wanted to share a photo of Mina getting ready for a swim. She hasn’t got a swimsuit (and I’m not sure I’d put her in one if she…

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…

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…

Park

Park

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