November 8 – 30, 2015

I’m getting a little behind with these posts! We’re trying to get out and do as much as we can while the weather is still decent, and it isn’t leaving much room for pausing and documenting. I suppose that’s one nice thing about winter: we’ll be trapped inside with lots of time to reflect and enjoy each other’s company.

Anyway, here’s our little explorer. “Westward ho!” Why is he holding chapsticks in both hands? Those aren’t chapsticks, they’re mined rocks. He throws them down the chute on his little mine set. He has also lately taken to opening them up and applying chapstick all over my face. I have been a little dry lately, I guess.

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Poor baby. His scar is definitely fading, but you can see he’s still bumping his little head from time to time. It’s the price of being a budding athlete.

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And speaking of athleticism. Yen and I joke that one day Linus will open a yoga studio. It will be called Yoga Đây! or “Yoga is here!” Linus is an incredible yogi, as you’ll see in his little series. First he does this amazing take on Lizard Pose.

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Then into one of his intense little Downward Dogs.

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And then – and I’ve never seen a human do this in my life – he swings his arm out to the side while maintaining the pose! Notice that his heels are firmly planted on the floor.

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And then what the heck?! He twists the whole dog open! We think Linus’s studio will also sell avocado shakes, which are his favorite. And each class will end with a nap on a pillow.

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Yen has a lot of vacation stored up, so he’s taken every weekend as a four-day weekend for the months of November and December. Sometimes he just plays with Linus, but sometimes he takes him and Ba Noi on adventures. This one was to the Museum of Science. Here’s Linus studying a turtle.

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I love it when he stands like this. He’s such a little boy.

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Linus’s favorite piece in the Museum of Science is this huge kinetic sculpture. I think he could watch it for hours if we let him. Last time we were there, we saw a family sitting next to it, eating a lunch they’d brought from home. Dinner and a show! I think we’ll do that next time.

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He also – just as at home – really enjoyed the HVAC vents. Look at his hair flying in the breeze!

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The Duck Tours take off from the Museum of Science. Linus liked seeing them.

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Museum of Science

Yen parked at the mall instead of the Museum, so they had to walk along the river to get back to the car. You can see that Linus didn’t mind at all.

Cambridgeside Galleria

Cambridgeside Galleria

Cambridgeside Galleria

I don’t think he’s practicing to be a fireman. There’s a mirror in our bedroom with a little chain on it, and he loves to play with it every morning. I think he’s just practicing more of the same here.

Cambridgeside Galleria

They stopped in the mall to ride the escalator and discovered Christmas decorations, which Linus loves. The lights, especially, make him very happy.

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Here’s our hero back at home, relaxing without his pants.

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Yep, we’re still taking swimming lessons. It’s such a nice break for me to be weightless for half an hour once a week.

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This picture probably doesn’t make much sense until I explain that the little hand sticking out of the water near the woman across from me – that’s Linus getting dunked.

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Here he is back up again. He always emerges with this slightly annoyed by decidedly sanguine expression.

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The classes last until 7:30, so Linus is usually pretty popped by the end.

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You’re probably getting tired of photos from the Wenham Museum, but we just can’t resist those model trains.

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Wenham Museum

Wenham Museum

Wenham Museum

The museum currently has an exhibit of Nancy Schon’s work, which is just terrific. The kids are allowed to touch it all! And touch they do. This visit, by the way, is when Linus got Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease. His poor little toes are still a little puckered from it.

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Wenham Museum

Wenham Museum

Wenham Museum

Wenham Museum

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Here comes the cleaning man! Don’t look at our messy kitchen. Who left all of those doors open?! Linus will be furious.

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And… pausing in the middle of cleaning for more yoga.

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Just a few days later, we went back to the museum so I could see the exhibit.

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I love this photo. Just a boy and his raccoon.

Wenham Museum

Wenham Museum

Wenham Museum

Wenham Museum

Here’s Linus reading a magazine on the potty, as usual. Every once in a while he tricks Ba Noi into thinking he needs to use the potty, but he really just wants to read Conde Nast Traveler.

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Linus has been walking around like a little old man with his hands behind his back lately.

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This is kind of a strange pose, but I’ll explain. When we tell Linus, “It’s cold!” he puts his hands out like that and does this tiny tremor. It’s adorable.

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Linus may be 16 months, but he’s still wearing 12-month pants. Sometimes when we haven’t done laundry in a while, he wears a pair of 18-months, and we have to pull them up to keep him from tripping. I think it makes him look like a little scamp.

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More exercise! This is a seriously deep squat. Also, he insisted on wearing the vest.

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I think Yen has a video, which would be better. But in this photo, you can see Linus’s favorite little move. Yen has a Vietnamese word for it, but it’s basically a sidelong glance. He does it to you whenever he’s in a teasing mood.

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These photos are from when we went to Zoolights at the Stone Zoo. Most of the animals are sleeping, of course, but the main attraction is Christmas lights everywhere. Linus was pretty overwhelmed.

Stone Zoo

Stone Zoo

Stone Zoo

Back to the Museum of Science! I forgot to mention that they only got to see the free portions during the last visit. They tried to use my work-issued membership card, but I guess Yen couldn’t pass for a Kate James (which is amusing considering that I use his credit card all the time and no one has ever said a word). Anyway, we went back again on the weekend.

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Sorry – we couldn’t resist!

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After the Museum, we ended up on the MIT campus. Here’s Linus looking scholarly in the Infinite Corridor.

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One thing we noticed is that, unlike when we’ve visited other campus, none of the students noticed him. Usually he’s the big man on campus, with girls flocking around to say hello. I can’t help thinking that the poor MIT students are just too stressed out to notice a little boy with big dark eyes. I don’t think I want him to go there.

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If he does there, he will continue to be a man of action. Here he’s marched right up to the Dean of Undergrad Education’s door.

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MIT

MIT

MIT

MIT

MIT

Here we are back outside on Killian Court. Linus really enjoyed the little staircases.

 

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MIT

Here’s Linus first thing in the morning, still wearing his pajamas, and counting the vents. This is how he reaches the kitchen vent.

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