Micronaxx The adventures of Finn & Henry

24Jul/141

American Idyll

Found strumming his guitar one summer evening in SJ... :-)

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19Jul/140

Carbin’ Miranda

The bread had gone to his head. :-)

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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!

9Jul/140

May we take your order?

Greetings from Guys' Night at In & Out Burger. :-)

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5Jul/140

Making a splash on July 4

We enjoyed an action-packed Forth with the lads yesterday—first enjoying a party & parade at our friends' Lorraine & Brad's house; then catching a nap (well, trying) to prepare for a late night; rocking a Slip n' Slide at our friends' Jake & Shay's BBQ. Check out a gallery from the festivities!

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3Jul/140

Tsunday Tsunami!

Evacuate!!

The boys had fun testing their mettle—and their absorbency—on Sunday at Natural Bridges State Park in Santa Cruz. Check out a little gallery from the adventure.

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2Jul/140

Every Day I’m Shovelin’ (no poo-poo sandwich required)

I keep meaning to record & post the bizarre little song the boys composed to celebrate our "Guys' Night" outings. Its singsong lyrics in full:

Midnight!
Bug bite!
Tryin' a bite of my poo-poo sandwich!!

Apparently Guys' Night is all about transgression & chow, so it kinda works. :-) Anyway, last night I took the dudes out for some Five Guys burgers (faaaar more delicious than the sandwich in the song), and Henry celebrated by walking on the giant piles of potatoes:

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Afterwards the guys happened across the trunkful of birthday presents I'd recently scored (shovels "Seymour Jr." for Henry & fold-up "Root Chop" for Finn). They were pretty pumped—Hen especially!

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29Jun/140

The Wet Set

Oh, just a typical summer Friday afternoon at Pasitos... :-) The guys have great fun getting drenched with their pals, including (pictured here) Clark & Jacobo.

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23Jun/141

Seymour: An Introduction

This weekend marked our 4th year of camping with many of our Las Madres friends and their families. Instead of our usual Big Basin forest camping trip, this year we headed to Sunset State Beach near Watsonville. We camped in the trees on the leeward side of the big sand dunes, and could take a quick walk down the road and over the dunes to the beautiful beach.

SeymourHenry made a new best friend this year, and his name is Seymour the Shovel. Our friend Jake brought an enormous shovel along for things like fire-tending, and giant-beach-pit-digging (said pit provided HOURS of fun for the kiddos at the beach). As soon as Henry caught sight of that shovel, he was hard-pressed to ever let it out of his grasp. He spent the entire camping trip happy as a clam, dragging Seymour around the campsite, digging hole after hole in the soft, sandy dirt. By the time we left the campsite, it was as pocked with craters as the surface of the moon! Here's a gallery of the action.

He also kept Seymour busy at the beach, shoveling sand into and out of the giant pit that Jake had dug. All day and long into the evening Henry just dug and dug and dug. I thought we might find him asleep, curled up with it beside him in the tent! Jake spent quite a bit of time calling out "Henry! Where's my shovel?" when he needed it! Henry has now asked for a shovel for his birthday, so it looks like John and I are off to OSH to dig one up :)

16Jun/140

From Grumped to Pumped: Happy Hen @ Barber Tom’s

I know—given his history, I can't believe it, either! And yet here you see him, complete with his new little bear (named Manijeh after our dentist-office friend who gave it to him) getting a trim of its own. Wonders never cease...

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14Jun/140

Dos Hermanos

“Don’t hate the playa”—at all. :-)

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13Jun/140

“Where’s Finno?”

Oh hi, I've misplaced a Finnegan somewhere in this giant metal sculpture. You haven't by chance seen him, have you?

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9Jun/140

Ziplining Padre

When a guy's wife & kids are off living it up on a glass-bottom boat, what's he to do? Naturally he gets trussed up with a bunch of nerds, rides up a mountain on a Unimog, and then ziplines his head off (fortunately not literally!). :-)

Though it's a tad off-topic for the Micronaxx blog, here's a little gallery of the adventure. (As for the boat trip, Margot's phone crapped out, so we'll just have to imagine Pancho the Sea Lion & the peanut-eating fish (which sounds like a crappy '90's band).)

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9Jun/140

Wet Pets

So, this one time, Margot left me alone with the boys by a fountain... ;-)

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4Jun/140

Sons on the Beach

Who’s got four thumbs & loves some sunset beach-play?
These guuuuuys. :-) 

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3Jun/140

Luchadores en “¡Desayuno Loco!”

Recipe: Take one (1) Mexican lucha libre mask, add two (2) Micronaxx, mix in liberal amounts of bacon, and stir wildly. :-)

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2Jun/140

Squire by the Fire

Finn toasts s'more eyebrow hair, braving the campfire as his pal Magdalena looks on:

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28May/140

Aquanaxx del Sur

FlippyThe boys have been enjoying the heck out of the pool in Cabo san Lucas, to the point that I can barely type this with my pruney fingers. :-)

Mom-O had the great idea to buy them each a little Lego set that we could take with us & build while on vacation. Henry's is particularly perfect as it features a Coast Guard diver & boat. That's perfect until, of course, a tiny part (specifically a translucent blue diver's mask) disappears (against a blue tile pool floor). Henry's loud wails that "I'll never be happy again!!" attracted the attention & help of a nice group of moms & dads visiting from Iowa without their kids—and luckily Dad-O's probing toe saved the day. Balance was restored to the universe, and while the boys play the grown-ups have been enjoying chats with a cool older couple from Southern Cal (Berkeley grads who served in the Peace Corps in Afghanistan).

Here's a little gallery showing the happy squirts in the water.

25May/140

Mount Madonna Revisited

Check out the gallery from our most recent Pasitos camping adventure! We went to Mt. Madonna with Henry's preschool buddies and their families. Happily, Pasitos "alumni" like Magdalena and Finn were also in attendance - and everyone had a blast. Everyone was excited about hiking, arts and crafts, games, cookouts, sleepovers, singing and s'mores around the campfire.

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19May/140

¡Geek Fiesta!

This weekend marked the annual gathering of super-creative folks of all stripes, called Maker Faire. For those of you who've never gone, it's definitely a must-experience! It's billed as The Greatest Show and Tell on Earth, and it's like a tw0-day science fair crossed with a county fair, with a bit of performance art thrown in. Or for those of you familiar with Burning Man, it's like a smaller, less dusty, less expensive Burning Man. Exhibitors and participants come to celebrate creativity in all its forms, and share all of the fantastic things they've made. Some are there to help you figure out how to make your inventions a reality! There is always so much to see and do, and it is a total blast for both kids and adults. It really gets your creative juices flowing.

This year's highlights included the always popular cupcake cars, a human-powered bike carousel, a high-five machine, a man-sized and man-powered sidewalk-chalk spirograph, serpent vehicles, a fire-breathing amphibious sea-serpent vehicle, lego robots, make-it-yourself kayak kits, cheap and portable DIY yurt kits, El Pulpo Mecanico (a giant fire-spouting metal octopus), a remote-control model boat battle (with real BB's as ammo), and tons of crafts for the kids to make.  Here's a little gallery from Sunday's outing

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And here's a tiny video showing El Pulpo Mechanico—the mechanical, fire-breathing octopus!