Micronaxx The adventures of Finn & Henry

18Sep/170

Chalk-Rockin’ Streets

Yesterday Mom-O & Hen buzzed over to San Jose’s Luna Park to check out the annual street-chalk festival. As you can imagine, the young art connoisseur flipped out over giant owls, soda-drinking goats, and more. Here’s a little gallery from the outing.

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20Aug/170

NYC Wednesday: Empire State of Mind

I’ve been remiss in sharing a few last shots from our great adventure in NYC. As usual on Wednesday we packed things in:

  • We began with a picnic lunch in Central Park (thanks to Auntie Laura for organizing things so that we could simply pick up chow & walk over), followed by the four boys & me touring the American Museum of Natural History. (Henry’s as taken with their owl collection as he is horrified by naked proto-humans. 😜)
  • From there we headed down to Rockefeller Center. We took in the sights of Atlas, rendering in both bronze (a towering statue I remember seeing when I was three years old!) and Lego!
  • Afterwards we headed down to Little Italy for dinner at La Mela & cannolis across the street.
  • Finally we wound things up atop the Empire State Building. (Dad, I included the vertigo-inducing 360º shots hanging off the side just for you. 😲😉)

Here’s our gallery

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16Aug/170

First Day of School 2017

Look at these big, handsome beasts! 😍 The Walking Train is underway!

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Blue Walkers

31Jul/170

NYC Thursday: 30 Rock, Brooklyn, and the Yanks

With Margot & her dad opting to take it easy on Thursday morning, the guys & I accompanied Laura’s family to Rockefeller Center for a trip to the Top of the Rock. The beautiful weather afforded us sweeping views of the city. I’m still not convinced that the boys know New Jersey from Brooklyn from Harlem, but I think we made some progress. ☺️

After that, we met up with Margot in my old neighborhood of Brooklyn Heights (making a brief detour to Remsen Street, where I found my late, beloved cat Remsen) in order to visit the NY Transit Museum. Train-loving Henry was predictably over the moon—saying specifically, “I love this to Pluto and beyond!” We scored him some terrific subway-themed socks, and he treated himself to a little working subway setup.

Following the museum visit, we grabbed a car to Grimaldi’s Pizza under the Brooklyn Bridge. After the boys drew on the plates, we wolfed down what Finn is (justifiably) calling the best pizza he’s ever tasted, then walked over the bridge.

Last—and by no means least—we rejoined the rest of the fam to head to our first-ever Yankees game up in the Bronx (exactly as spelled out on Henry’s miniature set—161th St. station). Seeing Grandpa Liggett’s name flashed up on the Jumbotron was a particular treat.

Here’s a gallery from our jam-packed day.

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30Jul/170

NYC Tuesday: Lady Liberty, Ellis Island, Flatiron, and the High Line

By Tuesday the rains that doused us Monday had largely moved on, so we made our way out to Liberty Island to see the big gal in person. As souvenirs the boys picked “Liberty” and “Donut,” a crown-wearing lion & panda (hey, it’s a free country 😉).

Following our visit we sailed to nearby Ellis Island. Hen loved the historic train artifacts (“Look, it’s the WaBASH line!”), and I enjoyed/winced at the collection of ethnic newspapers and propaganda posters.

From there we sailed back to Manhattan and visited the Flatiron Building (a longtime favorite which we’ve built in Lego!). We walked to the High Line—an elevated subway track that’s been converted into a park that meanders through, among other things, the old Nabisco factory that’s become Chelsea Market (where we had dinner). Henry particularly enjoyed the benches that roll along the old railroad track.

Lastly, after getting everyone home for the evening, Margot & I found the energy to rally & hit one of our favorite Manhattan bars, the Peninsula Hotel. Here’s a gallery of the day’s explorations.

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30Jul/170

NYC Saturday: Katz’s & the Lower East Side

Given that our flight wasn't set to leave Newark until afternoon, we decided to spend some time Saturday exploring a bit of Manhattan's historic Lower East Side. At Katz's Deli the boys & I challenged each other to partake of some especially sour pickles; Finn learned that bacon sadly isn't kosher (darn!); and we washed things down by splitting some cheesecake. Afterwards we discovered Economy Candy (where Hen scored a Tootsie Pop the size of his head) and made our way to Morgenstern's Ice Cream (perhaps you're detecting a theme? :-)). Here's a brief photo/video montage from the day:

28Jul/170

NYC Friday: Library & Central Park

Man, we've been zooming around the city like mad, barely catching our breath.

Today we started out at the NY Public Library, home to the stone lions Patience & Fortitude, who Finn & Margot knew from their roles in the Percy Jackson book series. After that we split up, with the boys & I heading up to Central Park for some exploration, boating (a first for all of us!), and watching street performers (the Afrobats). Happily Hen (mostly) overcame his fear of sailing into the bushes, and Finn's "interpretive dance" style of rowing didn't result in (permanent) oar loss.

Now we're all laying low a bit at home, grabbing some chicken on the corner & watching The Hunt for Red October before Margot & I head out for a nightcap. Here's a little gallery from our day. Note that you can click the stretched-out panoramas to load them into interactive 360º viewing mode. Enjoy!

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25Jul/170

NYC Monday: Sailing, Rain, & WTC

Greetings from sometimes rainy but always thrilling New York! I'm being pulled out the door for day 2, but in the meantime here's a little gallery of what we've been doing so far—visiting Brooklyn and the 9/11 Memorial, sailing around the harbor, and more. To be continued! 🗽😀

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9Jul/170

Camping with Las Madres 2017

Continuing our great tradition from the last 5+ years (see previous installments), we were delighted to join our gaggle of Las Madres pals for some s'more-spattered fun in the woods. This year was beset by bees & biting flies (released, no doubt, by the increasingly large & far-ranging kids' explorations), but fortunately our dudes were mostly spared. Highlights included playing Old Maid, Mancala, and Rush Hour Jr. Check out a gallery from the adventure.

4Jul/170

Happy Fourth!

We've been having a great Fourth of July here in San Jose—missing our traditional Leadville scene a bit, but happy to get to party with Las Madres pals along the Alameda. You can check out a little gallery of photos by mousing over the image below & clicking the little arrow at the right, or by clicking this link, and I've shared a little vid from the parade below. Happy Fourth from your West Coast Nack pals! 🎆🎇🇺🇸😀

 

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26Jun/170

Grandpa & the Guys

On the heels of a great visit & Father's Day spent with Grandpa Nack, here's a little time capsule (much like the one we made for Grandma Nack) showing the chaps’ adventures together over the years. You can view it as a video (below) or as a gallery. (Happy belated Father’s Day, Dad!)

22Jun/170

Mississippi Queen

“A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again” is how David Foster Wallace memorably described his experience aboard a cruise ship. By contrast, we had a ball cruising the Mississippi with the boys (see previously shared pics), but turning the boat into a temporary aircraft carrier for my drone was… not my soundest idea. Here’s the footage I was able to salvage amidst my semi-frantic attempts to land the drone (which kept getting blown backward as it approached the boat). Enjoy (?)!

21Jun/170

Alpine Mayhem

In case you somehow didn’t get enough of our downhill hijinks the other day, check out this pair of vids. (And if you’re feeling nostalgic, compare them to the time the whole fam sledded at once, three years ago.)

To quote Hen on this one, Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhh!!😝 (turn up your speakers)

And in this vid, you can click and drag around as it plays, seeing the scene in 360º mode!

19Jun/170

Alpine Cruising!

Yesterday we had a ball riding Chestnut Mountain’s Alpine Slide down to the Mississippi, then tooling around the backwaters for an hour before hitting the slide another half dozen times. As you might be able to see, Hen started out pretty nervous but grew to love the slide, getting faster with each run. Here’s a little gallery from the day, plus a video of Henry in action.

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14Jun/171

Andrea’s wedding

On Saturday we had a ball journeying up to Marin County with my folks & the boys to celebrate my cousin Andrea’s wedding. From bagpipes to mariachis, from a cappella Guns & Roses to devouring jars full of Oreos, it was memorable all around. 🙂 Here’s a little gallery from the day.

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5Jun/170

Lego Leprechaun

Henry Seamus put his idle hands to good use Saturday at the Lego store. ☘️😊 (Roll over the image & click the little arrow by the mascot's fist to see more pics.)

#GoIrish #Lego ☘️💪

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27May/170

Wrapping Up the Dragons’ Tale

Finn, Hen, and their fellow Green Dragons closed out the season in style last night, playing their 19th (!!) game of the season and their first on the “majors” field. I took the boys to practice at the batting cage beforehand, and it paid off with Hen knocking in an RBI, then scoring a run, and with Finn connecting probably harder than he has all season. Here’s a little gallery and video montage of the game and celebration.

14May/170

Mother’s Day: Celebrating our year with Mom-O

Wow—what a whirlwind last 12 months we've had! Here's a quick compilation of some of Mom-O's highlights with her dudes—from riding rapids & exploring a goldmine Colorado, to ziplining in Hawaii, to freezing in Yosemite, to plumbing the depths of Death Valley and beyond. The pics are also viewable as a gallery.

30Apr/170

Remembering John Chancellor

As a very young kid, I spent innumerable hours (and gallons of water) playing in the sandbox, where engaged in the rather bizarre ritual of drowning "John Chancellor" (a Fisher-Price figure I named after the then-current anchorman). I also enjoyed taking my Lego armada into the tub for technicolor food coloring battles.

Therefore I'm one happy padre when I see our dudes partaking of the same kinds of fun (well, minus the late Mr. Chancellor), sometimes with the exact same boats! Here's a little gallery from yesterday's building & battling. (Note cameo appearances from the little Lego lion & whale Grandma Nack sent at Easter!)

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2Apr/170

Little League Sprinkler Party

The Willow Glen Green Dragons cool off after their latest victory 💦⚾️😄🐲