Christmas 2018

Last week I was a little down in the dumps. As a result, I wasn’t sleeping well, and two nights in a row I came home and just sort of fell over onto the couch. I don’t remember this at all, but I guess Mina felt I needed a blanket?

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This certainly perked me up. The kids drove their “cars” around the house and then staged a dramatic crash – which they held in position for about a minute. I couldn’t stop laughing.

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Mina has been asking for earrings (unicorn earrings, specifically), so I found some clip-ons for her. She’s absolutely in love.

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You’re going to see an awful lot of shiny noses in this post. ’tis the season.

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We’ve been taking the kids ice skating more often, and Linus is actually getting it (though he complains the entire time). As with most things, he’s incorporated it into his play. He’s drawn a hockey rink onto a white board, set up a border so you can hold the wall, and he’s got his zamboni out on the ice.

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Here he is showing off another creation. He’s been making a lot of jets lately.

The weather is hanging out in the low-30s, but we decided a Christmas trip into the city was in order. The kids look skeptical.

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The aquarium always warms you up, surely? As usual Linus was more interested in the infrastructure. But we had a good time.

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Good infrastructure example here. He’s looking down into a four-story fish tank, and he wants to know: how do they clean it?

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Well, anyone would get excited over a close encounter with a sea turtle.

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Mina is really into her winter attire. I assume she know how cute she looks.

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We had lunch at Quincy Market like tourists and then bought hot chocolate. That did get them excited.

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Back at home, the earrings came back on. I asked Yen to take a photo and she posted. Very Girl with a Pearl Earring, eh? She knows… She definitely knows.

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Next day? Out again! Just a different part of town.

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We weren’t sure about traffic on the day before Christmas, so we took the subway. It’s really gone down hill in the last couple of years. Yikes.

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We stopped off to look at the Frog Pond. Linus was worried that we would make him skate, but I pointed out that we didn’t bring his skates and we’re too snobbish to wear rentals. Last time we were out, I saw an entire family wear their rented skates to walk up a set of metal bleachers. Yikes!

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The squirrels seem extra fat this year. I think we’re in big trouble!

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Mina prefers the hood over the hat. Never mind that she can’t see.

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They put cut-outs on the Common so you can pose for photos. Mina insisted that we try all of them.

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This one had logistical problems.

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Linus wanted to try too but doesn’t quite have the idea down.

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Compliance Officer Nana didn’t want us to get too close to the tree because we might scare the squirrels.

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Oh crap!I dropped her hat! Yen must have picked it up because it’s still in our possession.

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We checked out the windows at Macy’s, of course.

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That night we were invited to the Feast of Seven Fishes at Scott and Alisons. Yen realized it was the first time we were all dressed up in ages and suggested a family photo. In hindsight, this face definitely says, “Ha. Bring it on.”

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First there were the closed eyes.

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Then scorn and distraction.

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“Wait, closing my eyes was an option?”

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Then chaos.

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And finally a winner! Of course Yen had to hold Mina’s hands down.

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Christmas morning! Wow, Mina looks more sleepy than I felt!

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Love this gift from Grandma Terri. Dr. Nana looks so brooding and professional.

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Of course this was a huge hit.

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Yen spent hours putting together all of Linus’s new toys. It was worth it. It really was, Yen. Yes, it was!

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Linus got a bit of exercise walking with his spider.

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Speaking of exercise, here’s Mina walking like a penguin.

And then dancing, of course.