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…


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…


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

Dancing Queen

Mina absolutely loves dancing.

That’s not a noodle. That’s pho.

There’s a lot going on in the audio of this video, but I still had to share it. First, you’ll see that Linus’s chopstick skills are getting stronger each day. And then you’ll hear the words of a true gourmand:…

Dinner with the Trans

Here’s a very typical dinner scene. Mina says she wants soup, but of course only to blow bubbles into. Linus has thrown his peas and corn into his chair and is now innocently asking where they’ve gone.


Linus is trying to speak more English now. You can hear a bit of it here. He’s also counting in both languages, though in Vietnamese he tends to skip sau (six). When we ask him where sau went, he sticks…

Linus and the Box

Linus got a new truck for Christmas, which came in a giant box. Of course he had to get inside.

Animal Sounds

Linus is slowly learning his animal sounds. I’ll translate this for you: duck, frog, parrot, owl, and Linus. A Linus says, “cuh-dik-uh-dik-uh-dik!”

Videos for Aug 23 – Sept 5, 2016

I nearly forgot about these! But maybe it’s nice to keep them separate. First up, we finally caught Linus at his laundry routine. Make sure you have the volume on so you can hear his little laundry song. “Duh duh…

Cat Suit Selfie

Linus is very excited about his Halloween costume. I turned the camera around so he could see himself.


I keep trying to capture Linus speaking his unique made-up language, but he always clams up when he sees me recording. Here I tried to hide what I was doing and managed to film him a bit (although you’ll notice…


A couple of videos from our little hike this weekend. We definitely need to take them out for hikes more often. As you’ll see, Linus really enjoys it.