Micronaxx The adventures of Finn & Henry


Dad-o’s Sabbatical, Week 1

Many of you already know that John's on sabbatical in Guatemala right now. The boys and I are entering Week 2 of being without Dad-o, and so far everyone's holding up really well. This is in no small part due to my sister (a.k.a. Auntie Laura) staying with us during Week 1. She arrived last Saturday, the day after John left for his trip, and stayed with us the entire week - lucky Mom-o and lucky Micronaxx!

Laura loves her little nephews to bits, and they had a blast hanging out during the day while I was working. She took them to Happy Hollow and the Children's Discovery Museum, among other destinations, and she also took them to preschool on Wednesday. Since the boys are in bilingual preschool, Laura got to practice her Spanish quite a bit, which was fun for her. She taught them all kinds of words - their favorites being "uvas" (grapes), and "calabasitos" (pumpkins).

When they weren't out and about, the guys were spending tons of time playing in the backyard, sandbox, and making art in the basement. They were also playing in their new pirate tent (also courtesy of Laura!), which they love. We had pajama parties on Laura's bed in the TV room, which was perfectly situated for watching Mighty Machines and Thomas videos. Henry, in particular, couldn't get enough of hanging out on Laura's bed. Every night he asked if he could sleep in there (presumably, to watch more TV!). And every morning Henry would ask, excitedly, "Is Auntie Laura still here?" then go running to look for her.

And Laura was a big help to me, providing great company - helping me run the household & wrangle toddlers into the car, baths, pajamas, beds, and play clothes. We all had such a good time with her here, we plan on making it an annual event if we can! 🙂


Beach n’ Butterflies

Our friend Maria snapped some fun shots of me & the guys in Santa Cruz during her visit in November (the same day G-Man tried to induce butterflies to get into his mouth :-)). Thanks, Maria!


“The Toddler Brain”

We can't take any credit for it, but this image was too funny not to share. 🙂


Punks in Bunks!

Another exciting milestone for the Micronaxx: G-Man is now the proud occupant of his own big boy bed--and a bunk bed at that!

Margot did most of the assembly last weekend (with me contributing my usual strong-back/weak-mind stuff), and the dudes are suitably enthralled. They love the presence of "the trundle" that hides underneath the lower bed, though they were a bit disappointed that it's no good for the requested "zooming around the room." The plan is to keep the guys in their separate rooms/beds for the foreseeable future, but the bunk gives us nice options for the future.

I grabbed a few reaction videos that we might get to share soon; for now, though, check out the young pirates in their new "ship."



We get a huge kick out of our boys' verbal stylings. Sometimes, they simply can't quite pronounce a word correctly, and the results are pretty funny. But other times, (thanks to their goofy Mom-o and Dad-o) they've picked up the tendency to play around with language and create a lot of their own words. Here's a little sampling of both sorts:

Confibian: a vehicle that operates on both land and in water
Deppity: The sheriff's right hand man
Trankalizer: what you shoot into the butt of a rampaging dinosaur
Toothpoke: what Dad-o likes to use on his teeth after a meal
Constructions: what you have to read in order to build Lego helicopters
Hasta Moo-Lego: Micronaxx interpretation of "hasta luego"


Helmet Ecstasy

Q. What's better than going to a party, getting fed warm homemade tofu, and getting to "threaten" partygoers with promises of "causing mayhem"?
A. Doing all those things and then getting to try on a real firefighter's helmet!

Thanks to Mom-O's friend Sue & her husband (the SJFD veteran) for their hospitality.


Goin’ Solo (Han & otherwise)

Our guys are pretty physically cautious. Whereas their little buddies bomb around on Strider bikes & swing from monkey bars, our guys tend to creep along.

That's why I was so pleased to see how much they took to "giant bouncy land" on Saturday night. Both dudes threw themselves into the fun--literally--and kept charging up and down the big slides. Finn decided he was Han Solo riding a tauntaun, making me a ferocious wampa. Here's a rough little clip of me chasing him. Would you believe that Henry not only followed in Finn's footsteps, but solo-bombed the big slide himself?


Reindeer CSI!

Long before we had the lads, I started eyeing our long driveway and (cue chin-stroke) planning. What better landing pad for The Big Guy & his team? I just had to wait a few years to put my plans in action!

On Christmas Eve the boys put out a big bowl full of Cheerios to feed the reindeer. After they hit the sack, Margot & I got busy carving a potato into a hoof-shaped stamp. I grabbed the guys' water-soluble* brown paint from downstairs, dunked the stamp, and got busy stamping away, then drawing some sleigh marks for good measure.

The next morning we trekked outside for a little "CSI" ("Christmas Scene Investigation"). Here are a few shots of the scene we discovered.

*(We hope!)


Greetings from Baby New Year

Here's to a delightfully bizarre 2012. 🙂


Happy New Year!

On a brighter note, Happy New Year from Finny & Party Hat Leo (plus Mom-O, Dad-O, and G-Man)!


After the Gold Rush

An inexplicably mustachioed Finnster got wistful realizing that our present-stash had been fully depleted. (And boy, the poor guy cried today while Mom-O started packing away the Christmas decorations.)