Micronaxx The adventures of Finn & Henry

1Aug/150

Some excitin’ kitin’

We had a ball checking out Berkeley's Kite Festival last weekend. The boys were especially intrigued by the enormous octopodes stretching their tentacles out more than 100 feet. Check out a little gallery of the proceedings.

KitesBig

KitesWaving

30Jul/150

Throwback Thursday: Thomas & Toddling

Five years ago today we were riding the rails with Thomas!

TBT

And just two years before that, here's what went wobbling its way through our kitchen. :-)

26Jul/150

Of Krakens & Kites

Here are a couple of video glimpses of our fun, windblown day out at the Berkeley Kite Fest. (Click on either one to play it.) Pics to follow!

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11Jul/150

Port of Call: San Diego

Having previously explored the USS Hornet, Iowa, and America, the boys were eager to see what the naval hub of San Diego had to offer. They weren't in the least disappointed to scurry through not one but two submarines (the deep-diving recorder holder USS Dolphin as well as an old Soviet Foxtrot-class boat), the 100+-year-old ferry Berkeley (which helped rescue people after the San Francisco earthquake), the 19th-century Star of India (the world's oldest active sailing ship), and finally the aircraft carrier USS Midway. Check out a gallery from the day out.

ShooterHen

10Jul/150

Henry: 6; gift wrap: zero!

Hen BDay Anim

Our lad Henry marveling excitedly at the Birthday Lego set he has waited for!

10Jul/150

¡Enrique Seis!

Our Henry has hit another milestone - he is officially a 6-year old! He has been so excited to turn six, and we've been stretching the celebration out over the past two weeks. Last week, at Henry's request, we took a family vacation to Legoland California as a special birthday treat. While there, we also visited San Diego's Maritime Museum and the USS Midway aircraft carrier, and the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. At long last, Henry got to celebrate yesterday with singing and vanilla cupcakes, cards and gifts from cousins, grandparents, and our beloved Coco, and of course a new Lego City construction set from us.

Feliz Cumpleanos to our youngest, but no longer little, Henry!

7Jul/150

SD Zoo Crew, Part Deux

Having really enjoyed our 2013 visit to the San Diego Zoo, we were eager to check out the Safari Park some 30 miles north of town. Despite the 90-degree heat, the park didn't disappoint, and the boys were delighted to see lions, tigers, and goats—oh my! Here's a little gallery from the day.

Birdo

4Jul/150

Bat Men

Just a couple of mammals digging the San Diego Zoo Safari Park:

BatMen

2Jul/150

Legoland!

Legoland

To the surprise of probably no one ever, we've had a ball exploring Legoland over the last few days. It's great that Henry is now able to ride all the big-guy rides, and like MacArthur storming back into the Philippines, he boldly reclaimed the Lazy River that literally sank him two years ago. Highlights this year included the upgraded water park (where you can build & race Chima-themed boats), the giant Lego Death Star (see below), and the 3-million-brick basement set from The Lego Movie. Check it out!

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29Jun/150

“Who did our lion eat today?”

Oh, probably just some little blonde kid from up north. :-) (Hi from Legoland!)

Lion

26Jun/150

Throwback Friday: Wigglin’ with cousins

Seven years ago today. :-)

Cousins

26Jun/150

Throwback Thursday: Wigglin’ with Grandpa

Seven years ago in Leadville. :-)

GrandpaWiggle

22Jun/150

Weekend Silliness

This is what happens when you let a couple of high-energy chicos pro-wrestle one another at a beach house...

Ottomanicas

...and then go hiking in the woods.

CreekWalk2a

CreekWalk1a

18Jun/150

Greetings from Sunless—er, Sunset—Beach

Despite freezing our butts off last weekend (seriously, the temperature dropped 40º en route from San Jose to our Sunset Beach campsite), we had a ball as usual hanging out with tons of friends large & small. Henry, having fallen head over heels last year for our friend Jake's shovel, was delighted to bring his own shovel this year. To tell the tools apart, the boys dubbed them "Seymour El Macho" and "Seymour Junior."

Here's a gallery of some of the first-kite-flying, kid-burying, craft-making, surf-jumping, s'more-toasting good times. :-)

Surf Jumpers

11Jun/150

Throwback Thursday: The Battle for Dad-O’s Face

If there's one thing I've taught my sons, it's respect for their elders. 😉

Ancient-face-assault

9Jun/150

“¡Soy una Pizza!” Hen n’ friends sing the hits

Listen in as Henry & his classmates sing about muñecos (dolls), being pizzas (without anchovies), and more. :-)

HenGradAnim

8Jun/150

Signing Things is Awesome

During WGE's recent Family Fun Night, Finn & pals showed off their budding Sign Language skills via The Lego Movie's iconic jam, Everything is Awesome:

7Jun/150

School’s Out!

Summer's officially here at last, and the Micronaxx are thrilled! Margot & I were able to catch Henry's kindergarten graduation ceremony on Thursday, enjoying some cupcakes & a mini concert (stay tuned for videos). Meanwhile check out our man celebrating.

KinderCollage

LastDay

5Jun/150

T-Ball Boogie

Who's got four thumbs and loves their T-ball trophies? These guuuuuys. :-)

Trophey-Men

3Jun/150

Bros Behold Lowe’s

Awesome parenting technique:

  • Take dudes to In-n-Out Burger.
  • Take their calorie-amped little bods to Lowe's to burn off energy.
  • Delight them by buying four bucks' worth of "treats" (e.g. paint funnel, bucket).

Witness the results!

"Punch it, Dad-O!"

PunchIt

"Watch That Child"? I'd rather not. :-p

WatchChild

Portrait of Hannibal Lecter as a Young Man.

Lecter

No tears in a bucket...

BucketMan