November 6 – 26, 2017

This might be the last post before vacation! We’ll see… Clearly we’re all very excited about it.

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Co Ba got Mina this bear. She is absolutely besotted. She insists on having him in her crib while she sleeps, and I often find her sleeping draped across him.

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This isn’t Linus doing an impression of 90s-era Madonna. He’s just pretending to have giant nipples! We don’t judge…

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A little morning yoga. Look at Mina’s upper body strength! I do love exercising with these kids. I’ve been obsessed lately with squatting – not hunkering, but actually squatting flat-footed, as if I were using an Asian-style toilet. My hips have never felt better. But of course when the kids see me doing it, they dash over and show me proper form.

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We’re still doing our regular outings despite the early cold weather this season. Here we got bundled and visited the waterfront in Boston.

Boston Harborwalk

Boston Harborwalk

Boston Harborwalk

Boston Harborwalk

As always, Linus was interested in the infrastructure more than anything. It’s not exactly a toddler-friendly environment, so I was a bundle of nerves. He checked out the big chains, and each time we came to a ladder leading down to the water, he insisted on leaning over to look. I insisted in turn that he had to hold my hand very hard.

Boston Harborwalk

The highlight was seeing this fire-fighting boat. They even turned on the lights for the kids!

Boston Harborwalk

Ugh. This was a small disaster. We let the kids play around what we thought was just a sculpture. It turned out to be a fire pit! No one was hurt, but they were both covered head-to-toe with soot by the end of it. Lesson learned, I guess.

Boston Harborwalk

Boston Harborwalk

These kids! They don’t care that it’s 30 degrees out – they still want ice cream after dinner.

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Our next outing was to the zoo. The Franklin Park Zoo has really turned itself into more of a park than anything. I’m not sure we even saw more than one or two animals this time.

Franklin Park Zoo

Franklin Park Zoo

Franklin Park Zoo

Franklin Park Zoo

Franklin Park Zoo

Franklin Park Zoo

Oh wait – here’s an animal! Mina enjoyed watching him yawn. And he kept looking at her and licking his chops. Yikes.

Franklin Park Zoo

Franklin Park Zoo

Franklin Park Zoo

Franklin Park Zoo

Brave little girl! She saw Linus climbing this structure and tried to go right up behind him.

Franklin Park Zoo

Franklin Park Zoo

Franklin Park Zoo

I think I mentioned this mask in my last post. Maybe she will start a new trend?

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Mina calls herself by a nickname Yen gave her. Not sure of the spelling, but it’s pronounced “Mee-kah-toon.” She hits each syllable evenly so it sounds like a Native American name. I’m sure it means “Dances in Underwear.”

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Linus is awfully proud of the mess he made all over his shirt! Both kids tend to watch their after-dinner TV shows without clothes on.

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One of the kids’ favorite games is sitting on the couch and pelting me (I’m on the floor) with bean bags. They both have surprisingly good arms.

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Yen has brought the devil Nutella into our home… At least it’s a guaranteed way to get some whole grains into Linus. He calls it a “chocolate sandwich.”

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We recently acquired a Boston Children’s Museum membership thanks to Thanh-Nga. We decided to visit the day after Thanksgiving. Unfortunately the rest of the Boston had the same idea, but we managed to make it work.

Speaking of making it work, Mina was a little too short for this exhibit, but she still gave it her all.

Children's Museum

Children's Museum

The kids love this section. By turning the bike pedals or this big column, you make giant fans spin. It’s as if they designed it especially for Linus.

Children's Museum

Children's Museum

Children's Museum

Children's Museum

I was so proud of Linus here. There’s a big sign on this structure saying that it’s recommended for kids over age 5. Linus tried it once and ended up trapped inside and crying – I had to climb in and get him. But later, on his own, he decided to give it a go again. He got all the way to the top and then ran back and forth on the little bridge over and over.

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Meanwhile Mina ran through this tube…

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But Linus found another way across.

Children's Museum

Children's Museum

Mina’s obsessions: books, and taking her clothes off.

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And another outing! Back at Ipswich River. I know we go to this one a lot, but it’s just such a great spot for the kids with all of its boardwalk and caves. Mina was enthralled by the ducks this time. We probably spent 15 minutes watching them at one point.

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I must say they were putting on a good show.

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The weather was pretty mild, but I don’t think it was quite this warm.

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Linus was brave here again. He climbed up this dead tree and jumped into Yen’s arm from probably 5 feet.

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And we fed the birds. We had a lot of trouble helping the kids stay quiet – they were just too excited to keep from shouting out, “Chickadee!”

Ipswich Wildlife sanctuary

Ipswich Wildlife sanctuary

The next morning we headed to Drumlin Farm. It was much colder and quite windy. Both kids have learned to stuff their hands way down into their pockets.

Drumlin Farm, Lincoln, MA

Drumlin Farm, Lincoln, MA

Mina insisted that I hand over my glasses. She didn’t want to wear them on her eyes, though. I guess they were mask proxy?

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Drumlin Farm, Lincoln, MA

The garden beds at the farm are all empty now, but they let the kids dig in the dirt.

Drumlin Farm, Lincoln, MA

Drumlin Farm, Lincoln, MA

Drumlin Farm, Lincoln, MA

Drumlin Farm, Lincoln, MA

Drumlin Farm, Lincoln, MA

Drumlin Farm, Lincoln, MA

And we were very, very happy to learn that we’d happened to visit on the last day for hay rides until April!

Drumlin Farm, Lincoln, MA

Drumlin Farm, Lincoln, MA