July 16 – August 1, 2018

This post is a little delayed because I really wanted to start it off with this video of Mina dancing, but unfortunately a naked Linus ran into the shot at the end. I finally figured out how to crop the end, though, so now it’s save for general viewing.

I have no idea where she gets her moves. She doesn’t watch videos and certainly hasn’t been clubbing (that I know of). She just… does what she feels!

When Linus was little, we used to use this little penguin light to make a show for him before bed – and it came with a litle song that Yen made up.  Linus remembers it and is singing it Mina here.

Linus set up a little jumping contest. I think they’re both winning.

Mina is still wearing this pillow as a hat. Apparently it’s most appropriate for dining and dancing.

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Poor little guy! He fell asleep like this. The armband is the telltale sign: he spent the afternoon at the Museum of Science.

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A little monkey-see-monkey-do with dinner.

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Dr. Nana is still accepting new patients.

Speaking of doctors, Linus just got back from his annual. He’s 40th percentile for height and 70th for weight. Sheesh! I’m thinking he must be a lot of muscle, as he doesn’t seem to have fat anywhere. Mina, meanwhile, is running 10th for both height and weight.

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Mina is getting increasingly adult in some of her gestures and facial expressions. “Tell me… Why did you think that was a good idea?”

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“Really? Tell me more.”

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“Hm. Something’s not adding up.”

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“Do you believe this guy?”

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Yes, Yen allows bubble blowing in the house.

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We had our annual company outing to Mt Washington a couple of weekends ago. Of course we stopped off to see this old train. Linus actually remembered it from last year and started asking about it weeks before the trip.

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Heading up toward the hotel Friday night. We didn’t actually go inside, we just wandered the grounds. I was afraid Linus would spot the chocolate fountain, and then we’d be in huge trouble.

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I still don’t have enough seniority to stay in the main hotel, but I finally have enough to be in the townhomes on the golf course – so we can walk up to the main place. I actually think this is the better scenario. It’s a little The Shining, don’t you think?

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Hey! A nice photo for once!

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And an outtake.

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“Do you like my pine cone?” She still calls them acorns.

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What’s this face? Well, the entire Tran family had a cold that weekend. I was already a week in, so I was in the best shape of them all (I think I brought it home from work, actually). The poor kids, though, were just getting started. And it was hot! It’s not usually so hot this far north in New Hampshire, but it was 90 and humid. I was proud they wanted to hike at all.

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Checking out a little fish gate.

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A girl and her stick.

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We let Linus feed the fish for a while – just a quarter per handful. Why not? The fish were certainly grateful.

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All of our hiking, and we almost never see wildlife. Possibly we’re too noisy? But coming back to the townhome, we were just about to turn into the driveway when we spotted a mama bear and three cubs!

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It’s a good reminder not to let the kids run too far ahead of us up there.

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Saturday night is the big dinner. We were all so sick that we decided to leave and head home afterward. But first, we got dressed up to eat some mac ‘n’ cheese.

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It looked so elegant from the outside, didn’t it? Well, it has an arcade in the basement.

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Look at this dapper gentleman!

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We tried again for a nice photo. Nope. And by the way, I am not wearing stockings. My legs are just pale!

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There we go! That’s a nice one.

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Running back to jump in the car and head home. I’m so glad we did! We made it home in just over two hours, and were in bed by 10:30. I heard on Monday that some people got stuck in NASCAR-related traffic and it took almost five hours!

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Mina borrowed my hat.

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Back at home, Mina has been bedazzling her own pants. Sometimes when she gets done, she looks like a little matador.

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Such an incredibly typical scene – including Linus wearing a headlamp in the daytime.

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Who needs pants to get bedazzled?

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The many faces of Mina…

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Look at this sophisticated lady dining with knife and fork!

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Here’s Linus waiting for the rain. He’s super into umbrellas lately.

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Oh dear. I got a text about this at work one day. Mina mistook the toothpaste for lotion… She smelled really good the rest of the night!

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Belmont recently renovated one of their parks. It’s terrific now! It’s got all of this and a spray deck.

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Linus particularly likes going here because it’s often visited by an ice cream truck.

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I don’t know what she’s doing here…

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Poor Mina. She’s got a teeny butt and clothing made in this size expects a swim diaper. So when she wears a two-piece, she’s always right on the edge of mooning us all. It’s particularly difficult at the beach with the waves tugging it down.

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This is another park in Belmont on another day. Little story about this slide… Mina started down it, but didn’t realize some big kids were messing around. Some started up the bottom and other started down the top. She got caught in the middle. But our brave little girl didn’t cry. She just yelled, “I want to get out!” Over and over until Yen made the kids get out of her way.

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These pants really get me.

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Nana! So handsome.

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Linus is such a good climber! He loves these ever more challenging structures that Yen keeps finding for him.

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Determined expression as she climbs.

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They love this particular park for the giant sand box.

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Oops – sand in my shoe!

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People just randomly leave toys at the park. Of course the kids love it.

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Making her own bling.

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Busted!

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