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…

Mirror Maze

We put a Go Pro on Mina before we turned her loose in the Mirror Maze at the Museum of Science. Two words of caution: This is not a video for those prone to motion sickness. Make sure you watch…

The Algarve (southern Portugal) - Vacation Week 1

The Algarve (southern Portugal) – Vacation Week 1

Sintra Welcome to Portugal! Please be sure to hold tightly to all of your belongings at all times – even when they are squirmy. Our plan was fairly simple: take almost three weeks off in December and explore the southern…

All I want for Christmas is a box.

David got Linus a rather large truck for Christmas (he’s overjoyed). Mina has taken up residence in the box. After resting in a box, one does need a bit of exercise. Note what they’re wearing. I didn’t choose those outfits….

November 27 - December 3, 2017

November 27 – December 3, 2017

Last post before vacation! It’s a short one, but Yen wisely wanted to clear his memory card before we set out. We begin with what looks like a rather unfriendly confrontation. It’s not torture, though – I promise. Just watch:…

Honey Honey (My Honey)

Mina loves the ABBA song “Honey Honey.” She calls it, alternately, “Honey Honey” and “My Honey.” She demands it probably 10 times each evening during dinner. We indulge, though, because she dances.

Break Dancing

Mina is a natural little dancer, but Linus has inherited my wallflower tendancies. Still, every once in a while he gets an urge. He’ll say, “I want to move!” I showed him a video of kids break dancing, and he…

November 22, 2017

November 22, 2017

Just a few random shots of the kids’ latest activities. It’s turned cold suddenly, but they’re not letting that interfere with their daily constitutional. Yen bundles them up and takes them to the park whenever it’s not raining. And of…

Bumper Babies

Driving madly through the house is a favorite activity of the Tran kids. Please ignore how messy the house is: it was a rainy weekend and no one had energy to clean! Make sure you watch through to Mina pausing…

Weekend Update

Weekend Update

Yen will provide the “real” photos soon, but I wanted to share a few now. First up is actually a video from Friday. Yen took a little video of them walking down the street. It was Linus’s idea that they…

Gardening

We turned one of our garden beds into a strawberry patch. It’s really taken off! I went with an everbearing variety, so we’re harvesting 2 to 3 cups every week! The kids really enjoy it. Sometimes they just walk past…

Biking!

Miss Mina has been itching to get her hands on Linus’s bike. We bought him a new one for his birthday, but he’s been slow to try it. In fact, when I suggest it, he says, “No, it will make…

Toddler Tossing

This is probably illegal in some states, but it’s how we passed the time Saturday afternoon when we were staying in a hotel and it was raining. Don’t worry, Grandpa Mike – Yen was very careful. Make sure you stay…

Mina’s Bee

I think riding this little bee is Mina’s favorite thing in the whole world – well, maybe second behind Yen. She rides it all over the house, pivoting and stopping just short of a total collision. I’m worried what will…

Eyebrows

Linus is learning to use one of the strongest James traits, acrobatic eyebrows.