15 July 2006

Irrational Swedish Consumption

Remember our posting a couple months back about the massive wading pool, the one we bought at Wal-Mart because we're complete suckers? Well, fools that we are, we ventured into Ikea last week.

Everything was fine until we hit the kids' section. Even that wasn't too bad at first -- a MULA here, a MULA there...even the pink & green PYRE wasn't out of control. But you see, we'd come in search of furniture -- I mean, after all, the girl has a Barbie Princess Teaset now, she needs a table and chairs for her bedroom, right? That's in addition to the very pink picnic table that Auntie Mai so kindly provided, of course.

Thing is, you just never know when you're going to stumble across a PS LĂ–MSK. Trinhity found one, climbed in, plopped down and looked up at us with this huge smile and...well, you see where this is headed:

Fortunately, Trinhity is exceptionally helpful...

...and she's good with her hands...

...although sometimes she needs to concentrate extra hard.

She's already showing some proficiency with power tools.
"Dad, you need to reverse it, see?!?"

And where would a baby be without her trusty Leatherman Tool?

Last but not least, she knows how to relax after a job well done...


14 July 2006

Nature vs. Nurture: The Motorbike Series

This is the inaugural posting in a fabulous new series that will explore the age-old "Nature / Nurture" question. Are our daughter's characteristics and mannerisms determined by genetic factors or environmental influences? You make the call!

Vietnamese families on motorbikes in Saigon
(photos from Flickr, credits to J Catlett)

Trinhity with dolls on her scooter

12 July 2006

Auntie Mai's Visit

Dearest Auntie Mai took time out from her busy legal schedule to drop by for a recent visit.

She gave Trinhity her first teaset...a Barbie Princess Teaset, no less. Trinh was pretty excited.

Her dolls (and her parents) have been drinking plenty of virtual tea lately.

Stylin' doo, Mai...

Thanks for visiting! Come back soon, eh?

11 July 2006

Munchkin...or Troll?

Surely we aren't the only ones who remember Good Luck Trolls from the 80s? Or were those the 90s? Hmmm. Anyway, it seems that a troll has invaded our house.

And not just any troll...we've been blessed with a dancing troll. Check out her "Stayin' Alive" disco groove...

Perhaps we're biased, but we think she's much cuter than your average Troll...