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

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…

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…


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…

June 25 - July 10, 2016

June 25 – July 10, 2016

There’s a little spur path in the park we usually go to. A woman told me months ago that it leads past the yard of a retired dentist who is using his relaxing years to garden. One morning we decided…

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…

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…

April 21 - May 4, 2016

April 21 – May 4, 2016

We’ve had such an unusual spring this year. First the winter was unusually warm and dry, and April turned out to be more of the same. Now May is here and we have all of the delayed showers! But it…

March 20 - April 20

March 20 – April 20

A whole month gone again?! As I look through these photos, I’m amazed by the transformation that you can see in just one month. You’ll see what I mean! I may have mentioned Yen’s morning routine, which involves putting Mina…

Good Morning!

Good Morning!

I leave the house very early in the morning. If I leave before 6:00, my commute is 25 minutes. If I leave by 6:30, it’s 35 minutes. By 6:45 it’s 45 minutes, and any time after 6:45 it’s anywhere from…

Nap Time

Nap Time

We’ve been lamenting the lack of any photo of all four of us. Ever a man of action, Yen decided to take a group selfie before today’s nap. Maybe it’s not the most perfect picture ever, but it’s us!

March 21, 2016

March 21, 2016

Time is slipping away from us: it’s just a little over two weeks until I have to go back to work. Let’s not think about that right now. Instead, let us consider the owl. Linus sure loves his! Yen bought…

Linus Entertains Mina

Linus isn’t exactly Mina’s biggest fan, but occasionally he can be very sweet with her – or at least tolerant (which is all I really ask). Here’s one of those moments.