October 21 – November 18, 2019

You would be proud too if you made the world’s longest train!

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Actually, this looks like quite an epic project, and even mixed media. See that it’s gears and LEGOS? And Mina is overseeing it all in her fabulous skirt.

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Ah, looks like they took a break afterward to read with Ba Noi.

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Maybe this is a unicorn dance? Or maybe just a fabulous outfit. I’m sure I’ve told you before that Mina is the only one allowed to choose Mina’s outfits. Sometimes she puts together combinations that really surprise me, but they always work.

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Bedford has so many community events throughout the year. This one is a trunk or treat (which I know is an event in many towns). This one is hosted by Whole Foods. If you’re not familiar, it’s a chance for the littlest citizens to trick or treat in daylight, and in a place with no cars. They closed off the parking lot, and folks decorated their trunks to make stations for the kids to visit. And also check out my fancy new highlights!

Mina was a blue fairy this year, but Linus wanted to wear his spider costume. Again. This is the third year in a row. Grandma really nailed it when she made it!

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Back at home, Yen asked the kids to run around the garden in their costumes so he could snap a few shots.

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This is the newest section of our landscaping. Our designer created a little “park” on the side where we had a huge empty space. He filled it with boulders and native plants. Next year he’ll add a stepping stone path and a bench.

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After the photo session, Mina stopped to pick flowers. You can’t quite see it, but the house next door has turned out to be quite beautiful! He was hoping to move in by Thanksgiving, but unfortunately he’s stalled waiting for paperwork and inspections. Sometime this winter we’ll have new neighbors.

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Ack! Giant spider in the garden! He’s standing near the arch that separates the “park” from what our designer calls the “secret woodland garden.” That’ll be finished in the spring, and I promise to make a video of all of it.

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OK, Halloween’s over. Let’s get the bikes! Writing this now, it’s a distant memory. But we really did have some beautiful weather at the end of October.

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This is a little grove across the street. Our neighbor owns a huge plot of land and lets this piece go semi wild. He does trim any trees that try to grow inside, so it’s not full of brambles or other bits that will snag clothes.

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Our house looks awfully nice in the fall! I’m glad we decided to cable this tree instead of cutting half of it down.

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Linus sets up “computers” around the house. Sometimes the keyboard is the real one from the TV. Sometimes it’s a Casio. Sometimes the whole set-up is pillows. But he works diligently away at it. I haven’t figured out yet exactly what his “work” is.

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I wonder whether Aunt Jenny had any idea how much use the Rodys would get when she bought them? Two nights ago I came home and they greeted me at the door on them, then bounced all around the house while I fixed dinner.

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Little Nana! We’ve all been battling colds, and on afternoon he put himself down for a nap. When he was very small, he liked to nap holding my face. Looks like his own does the trick too.

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Yen said that one afternoon the kids decided to collect all of their red toys into a giant pile.

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Minas are buy one get one free this weekend!

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Yen’s Chiefs shirt is getting awfully threadbare. It may be time for a new Christmas present.

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Linus is generally very concerned with the health of his ears. Whenever he’s working near a loud, continuous noise, he runs to get his noise-canceling headphones.

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Above I mentioned her fashion sense, but I’m not too sure about this as a trend.

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But who knows?

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Now that we’ve discovered the DeCordova, we’ve been back a couple of times. It just works as a nice park for roaming around. You just have to keep the kids from climbing on the art. And boy, is it tempting.

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Mina filled her backpack with toys, extra mittens, and snacks. And insisted that she had to carry it while she roamed.

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Linus has been wearing this same winter hat for three years now. I wonder when his little noggin will be too big for it? He is so sentimental that it’s hard for us to introduce new things. It reminds me of a little David saying, “I’m keeping it as an antique!”

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We attempted a family photo in this glass piece. The kids didn’t exactly cooperate.

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It’s so warm out! Actually it wasn’t. But this little girl runs so warm! While the rest of us have layers and hats, she’s always peeling her jacket off and running away.

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The museum is built up on a hill. This section of exposed rock wasn’t very big, but the kids seemed to feel they were scaling a mountain.

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Wow. And that’s probably 10% of their total toy collection. Insane.

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Yen has a cuckoo clock that isn’t working right now (that may be a good thing). Linus sometimes asks to look at it, and then studies it for 20 minutes.

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Meanwhile…

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H!

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The kids really love picnics. When we’re running late in the evening, I set up a picnic for them in front of the TV using this little tray. One night after I fixed plates for them, Yen and I got distracted. When we came back, both kids and the plates were gone. They had set up a picnic in the living room.

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The kids helped me make a Boston cream pie for Yen’s birthday. They are good little chefs, and it turned out really well! Of course he needed candles. Linus agreed that five was probably enough.

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Yen didn’t get a chance to blow out the candles. Each time I lit them, we sang, and the kids raced to blow them out.

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