Mina’s guide to washing your hands. And how to brush your teeth:

We lost Grandma Neva yesterday morning. She was 88 and had led a long, loving life. Together with Grandpa, she visited 48 states, Mexico, and Canada. The only states she was missing were North Dakota and Oregon. Maybe my own…

We decided to take the kids on a small hike before dinner (I guess 90 minutes biking on rough trails this morning wasn’t enough…), but Mina decided we should run. I guess we’ll all sleep well tonight! In case you…

Croquet, anyone?

Yen bought a bunch of lawn games so we can enjoy our huge new lawn. Linus’s favorites are what he calls “flying plates.” Today we tried croquet. Mina threw a ball into the air and hit herself in the head….

Finger paint!

We got a package today with a huge piece of paper for padding, so we decided to lay it out in the driveway and paint it.

Staying Cool

It’s official: this is now the hottest summer Massachusetts has experienced since record-keeping began. We’ve been spending a lot of time at pools, the beach, and spray decks. Luckily there are a lot around us! Mina attacks saying cool as…

Weekend in New Hampshire

Technically this is June 28 – July 23, 2019. But you’ll see that it’s going to be dominated by our visit to the White Mountains last weekend. But first, let’s celebrate Mina’s half-birthday and get a little exercise. The kids…

Drawings

Linus drew a schematic of a windmill turning a magnet inside its nacelle to send power through a line. You think he might be a future engineer?Of course I can’t leave Mina’s work out. She drew a swimming pool (which…

Florida

You might well ask what kind of mad people would choose to vacation in Florida in June. These are the faces of mad ladies and gentlemen: Well, Ba Noi isn’t crazy – she stayed safe and sound in Massachusetts. But…

Kisses

Linus is rather fascinated with lipstick at the moment. Usually he lets me apply it for him, but today he decided to help himself. Isn’t he stunning?

June 6 - 16, 2019

We’re off on vacation on Friday! As usual, Yen wanted to clear his camera before we head out. So here’s Mina wearing Yen’s hat: As I mentioned in an earlier post, the Chandlers came to visit along with Grandma. They…

The Nap

Today was a monumental day that must be recorded for history: Mina joined me and Linus for our Saturday afternoon nap. Linus and I have been napping buddies since he was born, but Mina gave up naps altogether when she…

June 10, 2019

A few random pics from the kids’ visit with Ruby and Henry. More to come (and higher quality!), I assure you. First up, here’s Mina displaying her arts and crafts. Fun fact: Grandma made that dress for Ruby when she…

May 25 - June 5, 2019

Believe it or not, sometimes we get tired of hiking at the same old places. Then we get out the map and look for something new. On Memorial Day weekend, we decided to try a Mass Audubon property we’d never…

April 15 - May 24, 2019

Poor little Sleep Lord! He’s been taking a lot more afternoon naps lately. We’ve tried putting him to bed earlier, as well as wearing him out in the evening. But he just can’t manage to sleep past 6:30, or 7:00…