Micronaxx The adventures of Finn & Henry

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!

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:

26Dec/180

Merry Christmas 2018

I feel so deeply fortunate to say that this year our little gang is once again healthy & happy & having a ball. Although we couldn't be together in person with our far-flung family, it's been great to trade phone calls and some pretty excellent gifts—not to mention a little good-natured long-distance trolling (e.g. Ted sending me pictures of our mom's shrimp dip, and me replying with shots of hot tubs in California sunshine) 😌.

We're off to the Grand Canyon (!) bright and early tomorrow (sporting our custom Westy caps from Mom-O), so I'll keep things brief for now & share a few shots from yesterday. Keep an eye out for, among other things, Finn reading his amazing letter from Santa (more on that soon); the leash for our future dog Séamus (!!); Henry getting the currency proof set Auntie Laura got as a baby; Finn "fishing" via a clever Nintendo add-on from Grandpa Liggett; the boys dueling in geography via a globe from Grandma & Grandpa Nack; and more.

Much love to you & yours from Nacks Micro & Macro!

30Dec/170

From Red Ryders to Luscious Legos: Christmas 2017

“You’ll shoot your eye out!” Happily that hasn’t happened yet, and both bandito Hen & Nintendo-lover Finn are happily ensconced in a pile of Legos, wonderful books from Grandma & Grandpa Nack, a Lego-style drone (!) from the Lingle cousins, and more. Here’s a little gallery of the chaps celebrating with Grandpa Liggett. We feel, and are, blessed indeed. 🙂

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26Dec/170

Putting the “Santa” in “Santa Cruz”: Christmas Lights Train 2017

All the way back in 2011, we enjoyed taking the lads on a Christmasy train ride through town (see little gallery & vid). Given that Hen’s passion for trains has only increased, this year we brought along Grandpa Liggett for an evening ride that featured letter-writing to the big guy, visits from Mrs. Claus & then Santa, and finally some requisite “cooling off” at Marianne’s Ice Cream. Check out the gallery and the short video below. 

[Retro bonus trains: See also Christmas Lights Train 2013 (the tiny one in the park), the Chicago CTA Lights Train in 2012, and Oakland Zoo Lights all the way back in 2010.]

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14Dec/170

Goats Beware!

“Waste not, want not”—true, but you might gain an unwanted reputation!

Around our house I (“The Goat”) am infamous for finishing off others’ chow a little too quickly—something I’ve largely stopped doing, though Finn will never let me off the hook for decapitating his gingerbread man years ago. In any case, this week I discovered that each boy had surrounded his cookie "Masterpiece” with cautionary text aimed my way. As you can see from Henry’s, it was “The opposite of Bon Appetite for Dad today!"

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26Dec/160

Xmas 2016: Blissed Out on Bricks!

It's hard to believe that Christmas 2016 has already come and gone! This year, it was just us four California Nacks, enjoying a quiet, relaxing day at home. Although Henry and Finn tried to wake us up at 3:30 a.m. to open presents, we put them off until the only-slightly-less-unreasonable 5:00 a.m.

Santa and our extended families bestowed many gifts upon the lads this year, especially the much-discussed and eagerly-anticipated big lego sets that each boy was hoping for. Henry got his Lego Airport, and Finn got his Lego Volcano Exploration base station. Certainly not forgotten was Dad-o, who was the happy recipient of a Lego Creator Big Ben set (which he is still constructing!) and a remote control drone! Among other wonderful gifts, I got a terrific Lego Beatles' Yellow Submarine set. Needless to say we spent a great deal of the day working on our Legos, alternating construction time with dinner, movies, naps, and snacks.

Here's a gallery of our day.



12Jan/160

Scout Heads Out

The lads' fun, heartfelt correspondence with our Elf on the Shelf, Scout (see previous), continued all through December. The little gent really enjoyed his new house:

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In fact, on Christmas morning he announced his plans to sleep there all through the year—which he's commenced doing, though it appears he darts out periodically to nibble down a big marshmallow the boys left outside the door. 🙂

1Jan/160

Their Legonic Majesties Request…

Oh my gosh oh my gosh oh my gosh… You know what’s greater than great? Not only does Cousin Tony help hook us up with a Lego set that includes a miniature Lego Store selling even tinier Lego sets (!), he sends us genuine Lego Store aprons with “Finn” and “Henry” name tags!!

Unspeakably delighted, the boys are now filling their days creating & managing a store in the basement ("The Subterranean Brick Barn"), selling Mom-O & me every manner of daily special, limited-edition figure, and more. They're dutifully keeping inventory, recording deliveries ("John's perchess"), and more.

Check out a little gallery of the action, plus a pair of videos below!

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27Dec/150

Reindeer CSI: 2015

“Rudolph is real!!” declared Henry on Christmas morning upon discovering that the carrots & Cheerios they’d left out for Santa’s team had been nibbled & strewn around the back yard. Though unlike in past years we didn’t find hoofprints out back (I blame the rain :-)), the guys were pretty excited about their findings. Check it out:

12Dec/150

Grate Scout! Elfin Christmas Correspondence

This year, the magic of Christmas is shining brightly at the Nack house. Both boys have been so curious and excited about our Elf on the Shelf, Scout, and have been carrying on a lively and wonderful written correspondence with him.

Finn wrote the first letter, wondering about Scout's name, and things took off from there. We've learned that Scout speaks Spanish, that his favorite food is marshmallows (which we often find nibbled in the morning), and in his off-time, he enjoys resting in the custom-built Elf home the boys built for him from cereal boxes, wrapping paper, and ribbon. He even has his own little sleeping bag & pillow made from jewelry bags stuffed with Kleenex.

Here's a cute gallery of the letters and Scout's new home. Finn told me that he really wanted Scout to feel welcome, and I think both boys are doing a terrific job!

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10Dec/150

Throwback Thursday: Christmases of Yore

Three years ago the lads spun themselves silly on the teacups at San Jose’s winter carnival:

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And the year earlier, we railroaded through Santa Cruz with Santa and Sir Topham Hat! (gallery)

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6Dec/150

GoPro Lego Show

Having developed a taste for Lego-based filmmaking at camp this summer, the boys have been enjoying setting up my little GoPro camera & filming all kinds of adventures (what Finn calls "clips") beneath the Christmas tree. Here's a random little set of moments that Google Photos stitched together for me:

3Dec/151

Letr To The Elf

Well, December has arrived, and with it, the reappearance of our Elf on the Shelf! Finn was Johnny-on-the-spot the evening of November 30th, remembering to find the Elf's box and set it out with the lid open so he could get out (of course, being super-careful not to actually touch the Elf, lest his magic disappear!).

Yesterday morning, the 1st of December, our Elf appeared, swinging on a ribbon from the curtain rod in the dining room. The boys were ecstatic to find him! When they arrived home from school yesterday, Finn set to writing a very polite little letter of inquiry to the Elf, because he couldn't remember our Elf's name. Here's a shot of his original letter, having subsequently been answered by the Elf, whose name is Scout:

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25Dec/140

Merry Christmas!

From our family to yours, we wish you much love, peace, and (ideally Lego-fueled) happiness. 🙂

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20Dec/140

The 12 Bots of Christmas

Thanks to Auntie Laura for some fun new reads!

10Dec/140

G & Tree

Why hello there! You've just caught me drawing a little somethin' somethin' for Grandma & Grandpa... 🙂

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5Dec/140

Early Merry Christmas, Lego-style

Greetings from some truly micro Micronaxx, daily lovers of Lego Advent calendars. 🙂

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25Dec/131

1,000 Christmas Blessings

Not only is today Christmas Day, today is the day we publish our thousandth Micronaxx blog post! What?!? Wow! We can't even believe we've cranked out so many posts about our boys in the past 5+ years, but we already know there will be many more posts to come.

We are having a wonderful, relaxing Christmas with the extended Liggett clan - Grandma and Grandpa Liggett, Laura (Liggett) Lingle and her family, we four Nacks, and the Lingle boys grandma Margaret Lingle. We arrived last night, just in time for stocking hanging, spreading reindeer food on the driveway, and reading 'Twas the Night Before Christmas with Grandpa. After Santa visited, all the big people went to bed because we knew we'd be up early.

After a Christmas Eve sleepover at the Lingles, all four cousins were up and at 'em early this morning tearing through their stockings — oohing and aahing over new toys, stuffed animals, candy, and treats. By the time John and I arrived from our hotel at 8:30, they were raring to go on the big gifts. As you'll see from the gallery, there were lots of gleeful smiles as the packages were opened — even from the adults!

Then we were off to the park across the street for a bit of running around in the bright Colorado sunshine in new hats and mittens, courtesy of Auntie Laura's handiwork. The boys are now back inside, playing with their new toys and waiting for Christmas dinner to begin.

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