Marbella, Spain

Hello, Marbella! Or rather, Marriott Vacation Club Right Outside of Marbella. Our drive from Sevilla was fairly uneventful. The kids slept for most of it, which meant we kept saying, “Wow, I wish Linus was awake to see those wind…

Sevilla, Spain

Day 1 We got in the car to drive to Sevilla, and were sad because the GPS said it would be a three-hour journey. About halfway through, we learned that Spain is an hour ahead of Portugal. So not too…

The Algarve (southern Portugal) - Vacation Week 1

Sintra Welcome to Portugal! Please be sure to hold tightly to all of your belongings at all times – even when they are squirmy. Our plan was fairly simple: take almost three weeks off in December and explore the southern…

David got Linus a rather large truck for Christmas (he’s overjoyed). Mina has taken up residence in the box. After resting in a box, one does need a bit of exercise. Note what they’re wearing. I didn’t choose those outfits….

November 27 - December 3, 2017

Last post before vacation! It’s a short one, but Yen wisely wanted to clear his memory card before we set out. We begin with what looks like a rather unfriendly confrontation. It’s not torture, though – I promise. Just watch:…

Mina loves the ABBA song “Honey Honey.” She calls it, alternately, “Honey Honey” and “My Honey.” She demands it probably 10 times each evening during dinner. We indulge, though, because she dances.

November 6 - 26, 2017

This might be the last post before vacation! We’ll see… Clearly we’re all very excited about it. Co Ba got Mina this bear. She is absolutely besotted. She insists on having him in her crib while she sleeps, and I…

Mina is a natural little dancer, but Linus has inherited my wallflower tendancies. Still, every once in a while he gets an urge. He’ll say, “I want to move!” I showed him a video of kids break dancing, and he…

Panda

I bought little masks for the kids to play with. Mina has taken a shine to a panda mask and wears it all around the house. She doesn’t always wear it on her face, though. She puts it on and…

Tea Party

We went to the Children’s Museum today. Many more photos to come, but here’s a sneak preview. Mina arranged all of the pots and pans, and then hosted a tea party for every stuffed animal she could find.

November 22, 2017

Just a few random shots of the kids’ latest activities. It’s turned cold suddenly, but they’re not letting that interfere with their daily constitutional. Yen bundles them up and takes them to the park whenever it’s not raining. And of…

Mount Auburn cemetery

Onward! To the living room! Have I mentioned that the kids play together pretty well now? Most of the time Linus sees Mina as a useful little sidekick. Sometimes she bites him and things go horribly wrong. But we all…

Great Brook Farm state park

We had a strange Fall this year. The temperatures stayed high all through October – so much so that some of the trees didn’t change to their usual colors. It even got back into the 70s several times. Now I’m…

September 25 - 30, 2017

Maybe the title of this (and every post) should be, “Mina hosts a party.” You’re probably sick of hearing me say it, but this child really is a force of nature. She learned it from Linus. Here’s a set of…

Driving madly through the house is a favorite activity of the Tran kids. Please ignore how messy the house is: it was a rainy weekend and no one had energy to clean! Make sure you watch through to Mina pausing…