Check out our little song-and-dance men celebrating Multicultural Day at school. (You'd never know what a turbo-powered ham Finn can be while performing at home for a more limited audience. :-))
This is what happens when your first grader's class invites moms to come in for a Mother's Day breakfast & pictures.
Yesterday I sprung the guys a bit early from school so that they could enjoy Google's spring carnival, an outing full of bouncy houses, carnival rides, and free food. In this little gallery you can see them going head-to-head on a bungee-cord race & sliding down the "Epic Journey," plus Henry "defeating" my teammate Clement on the blow-up obstacle course.
Here's a quick video of the shenanigans:
After the festivities, the guys swung by my office to visit their kid-app-making pals in the Imaginarium. Even though the kids' lab was locked, Henry made an immediate bee line & squeezed in through a hole in the wall! Later he left a little message to Googlers: "Hola, nerds."
During last week's Cinco de Mayo celebrations at school, Henry & his little chums cut a lot of rugs, gleefully clapping & executing "gancho" (hook) maneuvers. Here's a little vid that Margot captured:
The boys delighted in doing tons of reading with Grandma Nack during her visit last week, chewing through all of How to Eat Fried Worms plus big chunks of other books. Here's a glimpse of them cackling at some Frog & Toad:
Guess who's getting that two-wheelin' feelin'?
The boys & I recently had a ball attending Google's Take Your Child To Work Day. I'll hopefully have more photos to share soon, but in the meantime here's a peek at Finn holding forth with some friends who were seeking his & Henry's input on a new app for kids. I left a meeting expecting to find them quietly buried in Legos in the kids' lab, but instead they were recording presentations in front of a whiteboard. Are they my boys or what?
...make a snowman. That's what our G-Man did during our snow-extended stay in Leadville. Special thanks go to Auntie Laura for furnishing the great snowman-decorating kit! I'm just a tad surprised that the boys didn't fashion a gory snow-scene after enjoying similar ones in Calvin & Hobbes. 😛 Here's a handful of pics.
Frozen Finny rawks out with the giant icicles he pried from Leadville eaves:
Amidst our snowy explorations on Thursday, Margot & I took Henry out for a restorative donut. While chowing down he noticed a lady shoveling out front. Luckily I caught his expression of bonkers delight the moment I suggested that he could join her. (Here's the tiny gallery.) Back on went the boots & out he went. I told the owner that like Tom Sawyer's friends whitewashing his fence, Henry would likely pay her for the
As it happens the bakery sits adjacent to the town newspaper, and upon hearing our story (San Jose Shorty Slings Snow?), the editor said that she might find a way to feature Henry in print. Stay tuned for the late edition!
This year for spring break we traveled back to our favorite mountain town, Leadville, Colorado. We've spent the week up here enjoying time with my folks in the high mountain air. The first couple of days were sunny, summery, and dry as a bone—spent in shirtsleeves at the park, tossing rocks into the river, and galavanting around town. The boys, especially Henry, were a bit bummed that the snow tubing and skiing opportunities were slim: it's late in the season, many of the resorts are closed, and the only snow left was in shadowy, unmelted, crunchy drifts.
They still managed to goof around in the snow and even get a little tubing in on the hill across town. Then, much to our delight, Leadville got smacked with an enormous spring blizzard that started yesterday and has carried through today. We've gotten at least 18 inches of snow so far, and it's still coming down. The boys, to put it mildly, are thrilled to see all that snow! Here's a gallery of our snowbound antics.
We were actually supposed to leave for California today, but the interstate between here and Denver was closed, and driving conditions were so bad we decided against even trying to drive down the mountains. We'll be here another full day so the boys can get their fill of powdery good times.
What a difference two days & two blocks can make! Click & drag each image below to look around Main Street. (You can click the "View on Google Maps" link on each to see a bigger version.)
At noon yesterday we were in shirtsleeves, happily tossing rocks into Arkansas River rapids. This morning we’re in a whiteout, pulling on boots before more sledding. What a great trip!
"Did you say 'eddy' or 'yeti'?" asks Henry, below. I'm just proud that he knows both terms.
Two squirrels, one tube—"and now Finn’s glasses are bifurcated!!” declares Hen. Check out some big, if somewhat destructive, fun we had yesterday:
We arrived in Leadville yesterday to find amazingly warm weather yet enough patches of snow to keep the guys constantly entertained. In this gallery you can see them drawing with Grandma, firing snowballs at me & Grandpa, enjoying some root beer floats, and horsing around in rusty old mining equipment ("I didn't get lockjaw!!" declares Henry with great pride ).
The boys are raring to go visit the fam in Colorado next week. In anticipation of that, here’s Skiier Hen hitting the slopes two (!!) years ago (man, can it have been that long already?).
Somehow despite living so close to San Francisco, we'd never actually gotten the lads aboard the famous cable cars. Today, following a fun visit to the Exploratorium, we put that bit of bad parenting to rest. Check it out:
Finn's been reading up a storm lately, and the other day I heard him, Margot, and Henry cackling as he blazed through an out-loud reading of The Cat In The Hat. Naturally as soon as I tried to take a video he clammed up & they boys started clowning around, but I was able to capture a few shots of the proceedings.
I never quite got around to posting this footage last summer after we enjoyed a thrilling ride in a vintage powerboat own by our friend Pauline's friend John. Now, courtesy of the video-making technology I've been working on at Google, here's a brief peek at Micronaxx on the waves: