Micronaxx The adventures of Finn & Henry

31Mar/200

Finnster By The Dozen!

Though it technically happened just this month, Finn’s 12th birthday—about which I neglected to post amidst all this craziness—feels roughly 1,000 years ago. Be that as it may, let’s take a moment to celebrate a dozen years of enjoying our crazy-verbal, floppy-haired, bedimpled amigo!

We partied first with the gang (including Seamus!) at home, enjoying what felt like a 50-pound Meat Monster pizza and cake. The next night (Finn’s actual birthday), Mom-O was out of town, so the guys (minus Seamus!) and I headed to the mall for round 2 of pizza & cake. Check out some views of our celebrations.

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19Mar/200

Our truly lucky engineer

Talk about being in the right places at the right times: Henry’s recently reaped a double windfall of great train gear needing a good home. First our fellow train club member Les (who’s moving to Wisconsin) provided Hen with a great set of buildings that he added to his existing layout:

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And then, when we were attending a club meeting, a gentleman named Mack called in from Gilroy saying that his family was moving & they needed to find a new home for their giant (8’ x 4’!) old train table. After Hen & I drove down to take a look, we rented a U-Haul and spent an entire evening getting it home. Mack & his family could not have been more gracious, and we’re thrilled to give the layout a place of honor in our garage. Check out our photo album plus this quick tour from Hen:

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15Mar/200

Yosemite 2020!

Feeling a bit stir crazy last weekend, we decided to get the heck out of Dodge & take the Westy off to Yosemite—and this time we didn’t even get stuck in snow! If you’re impatient, hop right to our photo gallery, or read on for an overview.

After tucking in Mr. Seamus at a friendly dog boarder, we cruised out on Friday afternoon. After arriving in the valley near sundown & pausing for some horseplay by Bridalveil Fall, we made our way to Camp Curry & cozy cabin 4A. The moon illuminated our spectacular little nighttime hikes as we watched Orion’s belt rise over the sheer mountain cliffs behind us. Even our cold & grousing tween had to acknowledge the grandeur. 😌

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Saturday proved to be somewhat overcast, chilly, and eventually rainy—but undeterred we headed out for a guided Ansel Adams photo walk led by an accomplished nature photographer. Henry enjoyed seeing Ansel’s prints juxtaposed with the real subjects behind them, noting what’s changed (trees, bridges) and the eternal mountains that haven't.

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After warming up a bit at the visitor’s center, we hiked over to what we dubbed back in 2010 “The Dad-O Falls & Goonie Falls” (i.e. one big, one little). We pit stopped for lunch, reading, and recharging, then motored up to the spectacular Tunnel View before making our way back down to the beautiful Awahnee Lodge for dinner & drinks.

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Finally, on Sunday morning (newly bright & crisp!), we headed off to a brief & easy hike to nearby Mirror Lake before packing up the Westy & heading back to civilization (and our wiggly friend!). As I say, please check out our gallery for the full picture.

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PS—Just for fun, here’s a quick vid (and pics) of our tiny troopers enjoying the waterfalls almost exactly 10 (!!) years ago:

27Feb/200

Hen’s Haul

On Saturday Hen & I checked out the Great Train Show in San Jose—something of an annual tradition for us. He’d been saving his money for months & months, and he was delighted to make some great buys of vintage cars & buildings. Here’s a taste he put together for his YouTube channel:

For a fun throwback, check out the tour Hen presented following the show three years ago:

23Feb/200

Gotcha Day!

What a difference a year makes! Friday marked exactly a year since we picked up Mr. Seamus Murdog Nack from the airport (video), and my how he’s grown (both literally and on us):

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We celebrated the occasion by getting him dolled up with a fresh haircut & his Christmas bandana, then serving up a delicious (and instantly consumed!) cookie:

We hope that this is just the first of many happy returns for Mr. S in our fam. Check out the whole Seamus category for some fun memories from our first year together.

18Feb/200

Seaside with Grandpa

California “winter” continues to spoil us like crazy, and just as we did exactly a year earlier, we took advantage of the weather to take Grandpa Liggett over the mountains & to the Pacific. This time we headed to Santa Cruz’s lighthouse & nearby beach, but now with a very excited Mr. Seamus in tow (or rather, towing us!). 

Check out our album from the day.

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5Feb/200

The Sweet & The Furious

Our intrepid men of science, Drs. Henry & Esteban, unveiled their hard-won findings (about sweet candy-and-Coke explosions) last night at the WGE Science Fair. Check out a little gallery of the guys showcasing their work & touring some fun installations made by classmates.

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27Jan/200

Dropping Some Science

It's Willow Glen Elementary Science Fair time again, so you know what that means...Time to drop some science in the backyard! Henry and his friend Esteban teamed up to do some experimentation with Mentos and Diet Coke, to see if increasing the number of Mentos dropped into the Coke would make the soda geyser higher.

Here's a little online album documenting their experimentation. We all had a ton of fun! Spoiler alert, the geysers get pretty high! We had an interesting result when we got up to 10 Mentos - the first Mento started fizzing and blew the remaining 9 Mentos completely out of the bottle!

20Jan/200

Sox that rock

What's the next best thing to cuddling up to one's best pooch all day? How about having him keep one's toes warm all day?

Finn reports that these custom socks, which I commissioned using a pic from Seamus's birthday, are the softest in his whole drawer. I must say, the guys make a fetching (hah) pair. 😌

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18Jan/200

Henry vs. Aliens!

See, this is what happens when one works with a special FX ninja & a guy who has a farm on the side: combine the two for some Henry-powered hilarity! 😂🔥

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5Jan/200

Golden Gate Romp

Knowing how much Seamy likes to run around with pals, we loaded up the Westy yesterday & headed to the SF Doodle Romp, a gathering of—you guessed it—all kinds of ‘doodle mixes (goldendoodles, labradoodles, etc.). Our man was in heaven, to the point that he & a few new buddies decided to make a break for the seashore! After a few tense & breathless minutes of chasing, we were able to track him down—a highly emotional moment for Finn that you can see in the gallery from our day.

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3Jan/200

Masters of Puppets

Following a few months of hard work at their Saturday morning art class, the guys were proud to perform with their puppet creations, complete with hand-painted moving backdrops.

Will Finn’s lions ever get a hold of some tasty gazelle meat, or will they have to subsist on nasty melons forever? Will Henry’s Midwestern boy ever find the right store? You’ll just have to check out our galley (which contains a couple of video recordings of their performances) to find out. 🦁🥰

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30Dec/190

Season of de Lights

Happy New Years, gang! I thought I’d share pics from a couple of sparkling nights out we recently enjoyed. First, as is our yearly tradition, we drove through the lights in Vasona Park in nearby Los Gatos, and a few nights later Henry & I cruised the streets of Santa Cruz in style via the New Years Lights Train. I hope you enjoy our galleries:

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29Dec/190

Merry Chrismoose

Hey everyone—Merry Christmas!

We had a ball celebrating our first nativity with the Sea-Moose, hanging around Chez Nack and opening a bunch of terrific gifts before wolfing down the googley-eyed cookie trees we made. Since we’re in Carmel for a couple of days, I’ll keep things brief for now & just pass along our photo gallery to check out.

All the best to your & yours from all of us!

16Dec/190

Achtung, Legokrieg!

After months of painstaking basement collaboration, the dudes were proud to unveil “Crossing the Rhine, March 1945,” their first big Lego “MoC” (“My Own Creation,” in Lego parlance). Featuring hand-decorated GI’s & Germans, Molotov cocktails, skeletons, and more, the scene is now on display alongside many others until January at the Palo Alto Museum of American Heritage. Check out this gallery to see it up close!

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12Dec/190

All Aboard The Jingle Bell Express

Awaiting Christmas Day loot is a delightful burden, but sometimes one just has to jump the gun (or is it tracks?) a bit. Mom-O found a great little HO-scale engine & cars for Henry, and we surprised him with the gift a bit early so that it could liven up our tree for the next few weeks. Check out this quick tour Hen made to celebrate its inaugural run:

8Dec/190

Seamy’s Fur-st!

Our big furry boy Seamus turned 1 year old on Friday, December 6th! We are so happy to have this fuzzy goofball in our lives. Hard to believe he's been with us since February! We have all come to love him so much, and he is the perfect addition to our family, especially our Westy adventures.

Finn was so excited to celebrate the big day with his dog - he'd been talking about it for weeks! We found a recipe for a dog-friendly "pupcake," complete with frosting, to make for him, and our lovely dog-walker Terry brought him a bag of treats, balloons, and party hats to help celebrate. Here is a gallery showing our buddy on his big day.

1Dec/190

Giving Thanks, 2019 Style

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

Unlike on holidays past (when we’ve ventured to Yosemite, Hearst Castle, sand dunes, and elsewhere), this year we elected to stay close to home & to Mr. Seamus. Happily, though, we were able to brush aside the constant rain & put our cabin fever at bay.

Following our feast (augmented by Finn & Hen’s cookie-making skills), my cousin Andrea & her husband and kids came down from Marin to camp near Santa Cruz. We were able to meet up on Friday for ice cream (again, rain be damned!), and on Saturday we again bundled up, this time to see the Irish whomp Stanford!

Check out some memories from the weekend:

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19Nov/190

Seamus Size: Now vs. Then

As long as we’re reminiscing about Mr. S., let’s compare February to November. 😝🥰🐕

18Nov/190

9 Months of Moose

As we get ready to celebrate Seamus's first birthday, Google Photos happened to whip up a fun little retrospective of some moments we've shared with our young employee of the month since he joined our fam back in February. I especially love that Google keeps mistaking Finn's little stuffed buffalo Bert for a very young Seamus. 🥰 Check out the quick tour:

By comparison, here's the wee man when first we met!