Micronaxx The adventures of Finn & Henry

2Mar/160

It’s Great to be Eight!

Our big guy had a blast all day long. In this little gallery you can see him enjoying a cake topped with his Lego doppelgänger; getting The Dangerous Book for Boys from Grandpa Liggett; blasting Mom-O with a "High Eight"; and getting Captain Underpants from Grandma & Grandpa Nack.

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2Mar/160

¡¡Cumpleaños Ocho!!

Happy birthday to the marvelous Mr. F—cha cha cha! 😀

15Aug/150

The Old Men & The Lake

Up in Tahoe I rang in the start of my 40's just two days after our friend Hans started his 50's. Just as last year we shared a cake, and this year Margot & the boys took the sting out of mortality by giving me "Benny's Spaceship Spaceship SPACESHIP!!" from The Lego Movie—a loving throwback to the 80's-vintage sets I had growing up. Amazingly (miraculously!) despite our cabin being darker than Carlsbad Caverns, we built the beast and got it home without losing any parts.

Here's a handful of photos from the festivities—including impatient Henry realizing that yes, he will actually get to eat some cake 🙂 .

Cake Triptych

13Aug/150

Big Men on Campus

Q. Who's got four thumbs and is (almost) ready for the first day of school?
A. Theeeese guys. 🙂

(For comparison: First day of first grade/kinder 2014; first day of kinder 2013)

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Big Scholars

10Jul/150

Henry: 6; gift wrap: zero!

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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!

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.

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2Mar/150

Happy Birthday, Big Finno!!

Somehow—to our absolute shock—we've done seven full laps of the sun since our once-wee man made his debut. ("The days are long but the years are short.") Happy birthday, our blonde & dimpled treasure!

Stay tuned for more photos & videos from the celebration, but in the meantime check out a gallery of the marvelous Lego-themed cake Mom-O crafted & Finn decorated, on which each member of the fam + Grandma & Grandpa Nack appear. Here, let's have Finn explain it; just don't tell him I shared this clip with you. 🙂

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14Jul/141

Henry is 5!

14653314642_605479cddf_zLast week our Henry turned 5 years old. Five! We can hardly believe our "little guy" is five already. We celebrated his actual birthday on the 9th, with family gifts and a sushi dinner at our favorite sushi restaurant, where Henry's friends "the sushi ladies" presented him with the long-anticipated and much-talked-about green tea ice cream with umbrellas in it. He was thrilled!

His favorite part of the day, by far, was opening his new Lego Cargo Train set, his special gift from Mom-o and Dad-o. He'd been talking about it for a long time and was really hoping he'd get it for his birthday. He spent the next couple of days building the engine and cars with some assistance from his equally Lego-crazed brother and father. Now we've got the set up and running in the basement, and in Henry's own words, he's "obsessed with it"!

Yesterday we had his big birthday party in the backyard. He was really excited about its construction theme - we had caution tape streamers, a dump truck mylar balloon, real orange safety cones, hardhat party hats for the guests, safety signs, a bulldozer piñata, and a box-tower building relay race. Oh - and a bouncy house! There is no kid who enjoys a bouncy house more than Henry Nack. As soon as it was delivered and inflated he was in there hopping around and doing somersaults. All the kids played so hard they were dripping with sweat and red-cheeked by the end of the party. We decided to do a post-party cool-off at the Elks pool, with a little poolside takeout Bibo's pizza to go with it.

Here's a gallery from the big party!

5Mar/140

Happy Birthday, Big Finn!

This post is a bit belated, but the party wasn't: Happy Birthday to our big, bright, blonde boy! We had a ball (my totally sore, bouncy-house-strained neck notwithstanding ;-)), and we'll post photos soon. Meanwhile, let's sing!

Hear the chaos!

See the uncooperative candles that keep threatening to go out!

Celebrate our big blonde guy turning 6!

9Jul/130

Hen Four, Good Buddy!

"Equal parts grumpy old man and delightful, snuggly, hilarious kid," says Margot of Henry*, and I fully agree. Amazingly it's been a full four years since our crazy little "El Segundo" barnstormed into town. What a crazy ride...

We're a bit pooped from taking the lads out for some celebratory sushi, but here's a little gallery of the terrific party we had on the Fourth with our wonderful pals, plus some delightful present-opening with my folks & then this morning.

And from memory lane:

* She also says this about me 😉

10Jun/130

Kindergarten-bound!

Well, our first (pseudo)academic milestone has come and gone. Our man Finny "graduated" from preschool last week, and is now officially on his way to Kindergarten in the fall. The Maestras at Pasitos put on a really fun little ceremony and potluck dinner for the graduates and families. All the kids got to make gold cardboard mortarboards and decorate them, and they each got to walk up and receive a little certificate while the Maestras said something nice about them. It was very cute and Finny was very proud. At the end, all the kids and Maestras danced to "Guantanamera."

Henry, on the other hand, had a complete and utter meltdown just before the ceremony started. Tons of shrieking and crying to the state of hyperventilation. (Of course, this happened front and center next to all the waiting families...) "No one is paying attention to me, Mom-o! No one is playing with me! Why don't I get a present?" I think we finally got a big ol' glimpse of sibling jealousy. I got him calmed down enough with a little lap time, and then he was off riding a tricycle behind the ceremony until it was finished and the rest of the kids could play.

Here's a gallery of the afternoon's proceedings, including a fantastic surprise visit by some Mexican heritage dancers in full costume. As Henry noted: "Mom-o, they're not wearing pants, or shoes and socks..or shirts!" But they had some mighty cool feathered headdresses and rattles on their ankles.

4Mar/130

Fantastic Five!

On Saturday my Finny turned five. I can hardly believe it's been five years since this dimpled, smiling, blond little person made us a family. Before we tucked in for the night on Friday, all four of us shouted "Adios, four!", and when we awoke on the big day, we all said "Hello, five!" before wishing our guy a happy birthday.

Then it was off to breakfast in the hotel for a much-anticipated birthday waffle (seriously, he'd been talking about it for weeks!), followed by a very slow, traffic-jammy drive up the mountains for an afternoon of snowball fights and snow tubing. The combination of all that partying and the high altitude wore us all out, so we saved cake and presents for Sunday.

Here are some photos from our adventure so far. Happy birthday, Finny! We love you to bits!

[Note the triumphal unveiling of the giant Lego Unimog. 🙂 Finny went tearing around the room yelling "Iloveit Iloveit Ilove it" before doing "donkey kicks" of joy on the stairs. Now, if we can just finish building the thing before he's eligible to vote, the success will be complete! --J.]

30Aug/120

Big Guy Style

This morning the guys went to visit Dr. S for their annual check-ups. We'd given them advance notice, so they were pretty excited to go, and hoped to camp out in the "firetruck room". Instead, we got the "undersea" room with the whale-shaped exam table. You can see from the photo how thrilled they were to strip down and wear "paper towel dresses," as Finny called them.

As expected, Henry did not enjoy having lights shined up his nose/eyes/ears, and he hated wearing the little hearing test headphones ("too tight!"). However, he was totally calm and cool during the entire exam. Finny, our more even-keeled guy, also did really well, and was unfazed by the blood pressure cuff, poking, prodding, and hearing test. Also as expected, Henry shows signs of allergies, so we are going to get a blood test to determine what, exactly, makes his nose run. For now, the doc says Claritin once a day is fine while he's sniffly.

Now for the stats. Finny: 44 lbs, 43 inches tall, 90th percentile for height and weight. Hearing and eyesight both good. Henry: 38 inches tall (hooray!), 35 lbs, 50th percentile for height, 70th for weight. Hearing probably good but he couldn't sit through the whole exam, and eyesight probably good but he was kind of fidgety/uncooperative so it's hard to say. The doc thinks Finny will ultimately hit 6'1", and Henry 5'10", which sounds about right to me!

Dr. S enjoyed hearing the guys spool up narratives about the cars they'd brought along, and Finny's new bike. Physically and mentally, their development seems right on track (she had them do little hopping and balance tests, too). She also liked hearing about Finny's ability to help out around the house and get himself dressed. And finally, since I promised them no shots today, we have to come back at the end of the month and get vaccinations/boosters. That will give them plenty of advance notice.

9Jul/120

G-Man B-Day!

Our little Mr. Henry Nack officially turned 3 today! We had a big birthday party for him while we were with the rest of my family in Colorado last week, complete with a VW Beetle-shaped cake, homemade ice cream, and presents; check out the photos. Today we had another, smaller party with our friends the Wiggins at the park down the street. This time we celebrated with a big ol' pizza and a tiny little cake, and lots of running around!

Although Henry has not really grown much taller during the past year, he has made enormous leaps and bounds in other ways - both literally and figuratively! Figuratively, he's become so articulate and conversant - especially in the last couple of months. He easily articulates pretty complex ideas and observations, and recounts events and conversations in great detail. He and Finny have extensive conversations and make up elaborate narratives while they're playing. And literally, he has started hopping and jumping around like crazy, especially when he gets excited about something. For a little guy, he gets pretty good air! He also loves physical horsing around with all of us, and usually starts laughing uncontrollably when we tumble around with him.

His love of vehicles continues unabated, and he reaped many wheeled and winged presents for his birthday - including new variations of his favorites, Lightning and Mater (from Pixar's Cars). He is also nuts for fire fighting, and was THRILLED to receive his fireman "backpack" - which is a tank you fill with water, then pump out the attached sprayer hose (usually onto his brother).

His fondness for owls is also going strong, and he received a couple of terrific owly gifts. Grandma Nack gave him a beautiful book about an owl flying around at night, and his Auntie Laura made him a super-cute little knitted, stuffed owl with big brown eyes, named "Roy," just like the one his cousin Patrick has.

We can't wait to see what Henry's next year holds in store. He's off to a terrific start!

4Mar/120

Finny’s Fourth!

We feel so happy & lucky to have gotten to celebrate the Finnster's Fourth with so many excellent pals (both large & small), and with my folks who trekked all the way from Illinois. We couldn't have asked for more gorgeous weather--72 with not a cloud in the sky (rather different from last year's slightly shivery fun). Everyone seemed to enjoy packing away greasy pizza & Margot's brilliant fire truck cake before taking a whack at the piñata. Thankfully neighborhood "big kids" Dom & Charlotte were able to liberate the candy at last.

Thanks so much to everyone for coming out and partying with us! Here's a little gallery from the festivities.

2Mar/121

“Finnegan Nack, Now with Cuatro!”

Happy B-day to our Fantastic Four-Year-Old!! We've had a great day celebrating the Finnster's cumpleaños with his Nack grandparents, and we can't wait to dive into tomorrow's party, piñata, and fire truck cake. He was so excited about his Lego birthday present that he literally spun out of control, doing a donut by the couch! 😀 We'll share more photos and videos soon; for now, here's that moment of ecstasy (click it for larger):

12Aug/111

Welcome Baby Jenna!

Speaking of birthdays, we extend a hearty Micronaxx welcome to our new niece/cousin baby Jenna Marie Nack, born yesterday to Ted & Stephanie Nack. Lookin' great, kiddo; can't wait to meet you at Thanksgiving! 🙂

10Jul/110

Happy Birthday to Hen!

A birthday wouldn't be complete without singing and (cup)cake, so thanks to nephew Patrick for documenting the proceedings:

We neglected to mention that just before the festivities, Henry had been forcibly awakened from an epic nap (lest he be up all night). That left him pretty lethargic & unsure what to make of all this fuss. (In the previous gallery you can really see the effect of the cupcake sugar hitting his bloodstream!) It's also funny to observe Finn's oversight of the candle-blowing operation. He really had to work at not jumping in and doing the honors himself!

Nostalgic bonus roundup:

9Jul/110

Numero Dos for El Segundo!

Henry Seamus Nack turned 2 years old today! Since we were flying back to SJ from our weeklong trip to Colorado, we celebrated Henry's big day on Wednesday in Leadville. His cousins, aunt, and grandparents were there for the festivities--candles, singing, cupcakes, and presents! Here's a link to the party gallery.

We can hardly believe our little Henry is already two. In many ways, it seems like he's been with us far longer than a mere 2 years, but in other ways he is still our little bitty guy. It's been terrific to see his personality bloom this past year, especially when it comes to his ability to use so many words to express himself instead of being thwarted by a lack of vocabulary and constantly seeming frustrated. Although he can be a bit slow to warm up to new acquaintances, once he does, he is a joy to be around--he's slyly goofy, often breaking into a wry grin when he's up to something. He's kind to his big brother, loves all kinds of physical horseplay, and loooooooves his Dad-o. We love it when his blue eyes sparkle and he verbalizes his observations, often asking us questions to help figure things out. Hooray for Henry! We couldn't love you more, little squirrel!