Big Nana

Yen came downstairs carrying Linus, who said, “Take a picture quick! I’m getting do big he won’t be able to carry me like this much longer!”

Baby Nana

Baby Nana

As you know, Linus’s birthday is coming up Monday. We are spending an awful lot of time noticing how tall and skinny he’s suddenly become. He assures me he’s still my Baby Nana, but sometimes it’s hard to believe!

Balloon

Prof Nana explains what happens when a balloon meets a pencil.

The Many Faces of Bartleby

This evening Linus asked about when we moved last year (only last year?!): did we carry Bartleby in our arms or put her in a box? I honestly couldn’t remember, and Yen pointed out that while Bartleby had always been…

Chipmunks!

Chipmunks!

We have been plagued by chipmunks this summer. They chewed their way into our shed where I keep the birdseed. They made a nest under the deck. And I can see them eyeballing our young tomato plants. There was much…

Tower Saw

This is an off-label use of Circuits Jr, but it works. Linus calls this game Tower Saw because you make a tower and he builds a saw to knock it down. Hours of fun!

Anh David and the Boulder Thief

I relayed to the kids a story David told me recently. Linus was so entranced I’ve had to tell it at least 10 times. Tonight he made a movie of it.

Tat

Linus decided to draw on himself during our art session today (we were all painting rainbows, but that’s a separate post). Here’s a close up. You need to look closely at the heart. He’s not saying “no love.” It’s actually…

Cookers

Cookers

The kids have always helped out in the kitchen, but now we’re trapped in the house and using it more and more as a way to pass the time constructively. The kids call themselves “good cookers!” It seems that Linus’s…

Engineer

Engineer

The kids visited my office today and Linus got right to work. One of these days they’re just going to offer him a position.

Teeth!

Teeth!

Big news! A few weeks ago Linus asked me why he was feeling a bump inside his mouth. I took a look and discovered that he had two big-boy teeth growing behind the baby teeth. I googled (of course) and…

Banh Trang

If you have ever eaten in a Vietnamese restaurant and wondered how to deal with the stiff rice paper (banh trang), wonder no more! Celebrity chef Linus is here with a demonstration. Of course he dips them about 20 times…

A Bedtime Story by Linus

For context, Bartleby is a stuffed manatee who used to be called Bò Biển (literally: sea cow). That’s before she became a lady and changed her name.* “Bartleby’s mom was very rude and always shouted, ‘Do this! Don’t do that!’…

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…

Quote

Linus said, “I’m a lot like Grandpa. I worry about getting sick. I like to watch boring stuff like news. And I want to drink wine and be silly.”