Micronaxx The adventures of Finn & Henry

5Nov/160

Halloween Party 2016

For the last several years, our Las Madres friends Phil & Michelle have put on an excellent Halloween party complete with haunted house, tons of crafts, and neighborhood trick-or-treating. This year Maria donned Margot's Rosie the Riveter getup & joined the Crash Test Dummy (Finn), Caution Tape (Hen), Medusa (Mom-O), and Captain Kirk (you know who) for some mask- and lantern-making & more. Stay tuned for more shots of the dudes in their costumes. Meanwhile, here's a little gallery.

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31Oct/150

Big Time Carving

The guys have been patiently waiting over the last month to finally carve the giant pumpkins they picked out. (Unlike in the chilly Midwest, pumpkins out here tend to rot about 5 minutes after they're carved, so we had to bide our time.) Henry designed a pretty solid owl, though as you can see in the gallery, he spent much of his time eating himself under the table—literally—with all kinds of corn (pop & candy). Finn meanwhile enjoyed breaking out the little carving kit we bought and fashioning some kind of diabolical weirdo. Mom-O reports that both were a hit with visiting trick-or-treaters. 🙂

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29Oct/150

Throwback Thursday: Cowboy & Lionboy

Two years ago today. 🙂

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25Oct/150

Halloween 2015: Cone N’ Vaders!

Hen's traffic cone prayers have been answered: through Mom-O's help he's been transformed into a giant orange cone for Halloween! Finn is equally happy to have gone over to the Dark Side & become Lord Vader; Mom-O is resplendent in Dia de los Muertos make-up; and I'm discovering just how unforgiving a tight Star Trek tunic can be. ;-p Here's a little gallery from today's costume party at our friend Ella's house.

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12Oct/150

Throwback Monday: Retro pumpkin chomps

On this day, seven years ago, Finn tried a little bit of pumpkin (specifically the stems) while hanging out with our brand-new neighbor Maddie. Check out the shots below, as well as in this old gallery from the day.

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3Nov/140

Half Moon Play

Following our trip to the aviation museum, I drove the dudes to Half Moon Bay's famous pumpkin patches. It's something we'd wanted to do for years, but traffic horror stories kept us from chancing it. This year, though, with Mom-O in Seattle for the weekend, I figured, hey, I'm going to be on the hook for keeping these guys safe & entertained, so why not do so while they're physically restrained? 🙂

I had fun filling the boys with sugar, then letting them burn if off by dead-lifting giant pumpkins & wheeling them around. Back at the ranch we applied kitchen knives, crowbars, and shovels to the pumpkin-carving process—and somehow no one lost a digit!

Check out the gallery from our adventure, and see also the crazy high-speed "hyperlapse" video below.

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2Nov/140

Haunted Hangar!

Last weekend the dudes & I checked out the Hiller Aviation Museum's Haunted Hangar event, featuring a witch dropping a pumpkin from a helicopter! We enjoyed a little scavenger hunt & some craft-making before the signature event. Check out the gallery plus this video of the drop:

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8Nov/130

“Trick or Meat!!”

The dudes & I had a ball trick-or-treating last week—or as they put it, "Trick or Meat!"/"Trick or Mouse!" (y'know, being a lion & owl & all). This baffled neighbor after unsuspecting neighbor, but I loved that they stuck with it. When we returned home, the guys got their first shot at handing out candy themselves! Henry was so into it that when we ran out, he dipped into his own bucket to share with visiting kids. (Not bad—and quite charming—for a kid who's always scrapping with his bro over who got more toast, butter, etc.) This quick video gives a taste of our evening:

4Nov/130

What’s got two talons & looooooves candy?

Answer: This guuuuuy. 🙂

(Photo snapped in the immediate aftermath of trick-or-treating.)

29Oct/130

Riveting Rosie & the Hoo-Crew

The lads were excited to suit up & get down to candy-eating & crafts at their friend Ella's house this weekend. Here are a few pics of the whole gang, including ma in her kerchief & I in my too-tight cap.

26Oct/130

New costumes swoop & roar into town!

Boy did I have a high opinion of myself in autumns growing up: Every year "I" would win a prize for having the best costume (headless horseman, knight, California Raisin, etc.). Little did I realize, of course, that the honors should go to my tirelessly creative mom, wielder of felt, glue, papier-mâché, and more.

Now Margot has taken up the proud mantle & is making excellent costumes for young Nacks. Check out her latest handiwork! 🙂

When I came downstairs yesterday, Henry popped out from behind a door in full owl regalia. After wildly "hoo"-ing at me for a few seconds, he thoughtfully lifted up his mask and said, "Don't worry, it's just me, Henry—not a real owl." 🙂

1Nov/120

Microghouls & Trainwrecks & Cowboys, Oh My

Happy Halloween from the Micronaxx! The boys loved sporting the excellent Thomas & Mummy costumes Mom-O created (with slight assists from Dad-O), both at preschool & while trick-or-treating. Young engineer Hen did become kind of a train wreck at school (kids touching his fragile costume, etc.), but both guys were sugar-fueled champs as I led them in neighborhood candy-gathering. (No set of stairs is too daunting to haul one's train costume up, as long as there's that sweet, sweet lucre at the top.) Here are some shots from the occasion, plus a video below.

30Oct/120

Riders on the Hay

Man, I should work as a sheep in a pumpkin patch petting zoo: I sure know how to get fleeced! ;-p Actually I had a ball taking the lads to nearby Spina Farms Sunday while Margot was in class. We rode the little train, climbed aboard ponies, and jostled around in a hay wagon with our pals the Wiggii. Sure, the proprietors know how to soak you for a few bucks, but it sure buys a lot of tot-delight.

Here's a little gallery from the proceedings, plus a couple of clips:

26Oct/120

Bat-Shirt Crazy!

The boys have had a bat-tastic week: Nanny Yvonne bestowed these super-fun bat shirts on Finny & Henry the other day, and at "Bats at the Library" in SF, our pal Reen set them up with new wing'd amigos "Leobat" & "Olliebat"! (<--seen here adorning the boys' heads) Thanks so much, guys!

22Oct/120

Jack-o’-lanterns

Carving pumpkins just wasn't at the top of my & Margot's to-do lists this year, but Finn could hardly have been more interested. He kept brining up the subject, even grumping loudly that we were trying to get off the hook for doing it. Last night he was in a fog following a long car ride, but when Mom-O said we could do some carving, he immediately re-energized & ran to get his smock.

Here's the amazing part: A kid who, to my chagrin, can barely draw a straight line walked right up to his pumpkin, grabbed a marker, and drew a perfect, complex eye (a circle with a pupil mounted on one side). Oh man, I thought, he's gonna get good at drawing after all!! Ah, but pride goeth: right afterwards he said "Now I'm gonna draw a second eye!," then drew a tiny circle, after which he rendered the "nose" as a series of abstract lines. But still... it's a start & I'll take it!

Here are just a few pics:

21Oct/120

Lords of the Orchard

The boys had a ball joining a phalanx of little pals in picking apples & running around Moss Landing yesterday. Here's a little gallery, which for fun you can compare to last year's somewhat drier outing to the same orchard. (Henry looks so much older now!)

2Nov/110

Halloween: It’s a Thriller!

Another year, another successful candy haul! Swashbuckling Blackbeard & Bob the Builder looked great in their duds, and of course they're really gotten into craving the sweets. In this little gallery, you can see Henry even (jokingly) trying to eat a candy wrapper!

Following trick-or-treating, and while Margot dispensed candy to 400+ (!) kids, I took the job of winding down our two sugar-addled amigos. After they caught me humming Michael Jackson's "Thriller," they demanded to hear the real song, after which I hipped them to a video of 1500 Filipino prisoners doing the Thriller dance. I think it's safe to say they enjoyed it:

(Apparently I went as Scooby Doo for Halloween, given my goofy giggling during this clip. ;-))

1Nov/110

Halloween Greetings

Another Halloween has come and gone, so before it's too far gone, here are a couple of pics of the guys from preschool yesterday. They got to wear their costumes and have a little parade. John and I took them out for trick-or-treating in the evening, and they both absolutely loved it! Finny asked if he could put his costume back on today because it would be Halloween again, and the first words out of Henry's mouth upon waking this morning were "I want candy!" Uh oh!

21Oct/110

¡Las Calabazas!

As Beldar Conehead would say, "We will honor your Halloween ritual by paying homage to the symbolic vegetable orb!" 🙂

We've had fun taking the lads to the pumpkin patch with their Pasitos amigos, and then over to Casa de Wiggin for their first pumpkin carving. Check it out!

13Dec/100

Shower cookies, colander hats, & more

Our picture-taking time has been a bit limited lately, but we've gathered together some good odds & ends into a little gallery (HTML). And check out Finn making a literal "holy cow"!