Micronaxx The adventures of Finn & Henry

8Mar/160

Henry Nack, cake enthusiast

Area ham approves of carbs. 🙂

Hen-Bites-(4-of-7)-ANIMATION

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.

Ocho

29Feb/160

Cub Scout Campout!

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This past weekend, I escorted our young scouts to their first official Cub Scout overnight campout in the Santa Cruz mountains. It was held at the gorgeous Camp Campbell, which is deep in the redwoods and offers tons of activities, amazing and modern cabins (hot showers! electricity! heat! bunk beds!), and a really fantastic staff. This ranks as my favorite kid-related camping trip ever! All we had to do was bring ourselves, our sleeping bags, and some clothes. Everything else was taken care of!

We arrived Saturday after lunch, and immediately the boys started their activity rotation: Rock climbing, arts and crafts, archery, the Mole Hole, and the Nature Lab. The Mole Hole is an extremely large corrugated tube that runs down a hillside. You grab a plastic toboggan, strap on a helmet and elbow pads, then shoot yourself down at high speed. It's completely dark in there until just before you hit the end, so it's a pretty thrilling ride. Henry went down five times, Finn twice, and I went once. The Nature Lab was full of both live and taxidermied native animals, fossils, rock, and plant specimens to examine. We saw live snakes, birds, and salamanders, and taxidermied Horned Owls, bobcats, and other creatures.

After activities, the lads had some time to horse around with their friends (instinctual prime directive: find the biggest stick you can and start swinging it around) before we ate dinner. After dinner, more horseandalo, then a campfire with skits, songs, and s'mores. Henry was pooped out after all that action, so he and I went back to our cabin to sleep. Finn stayed up super-late with his den buddies in a separate cabin, telling ghost stories, playing games, and goofing off. Here is a gallery of their exploits. (That's a banana slug-crossing sign to the left, by the way!)

Sunday, after we ate breakfast and packed up, we went on a 1.5 hour hike around the campground, high up into the forest. The kids got to take a nice long break to play amongst giant redwood stumps and Redwood fairy rings. It was a blast. Then we hiked out and headed for home after pit-stopping for a quick lunch in mountain town Ben Lomond. They boys were completely exhausted and barely made it until bedtime last night! They were thrilled to come home, sit still and veg out in front of a movie for awhile before dinner. Our young lads are excited for many many more campouts, sleepovers, and adventures in scouting!

23Feb/160

Blue & Gold Squadron

On Saturday evening the lads participated in their first Blue & Gold banquet. The theme was flight, and we had the pleasure of hosting a friendly (and incredibly patient!) real-live fighter pilot. They enjoyed trying on his gear, then participating in an “Angry Birds” sketch (see the flight theme?) for which Margot created fun pig noses, and of course scarfing down some amazing plane- and bird-shaped cakes. Here’s a gallery from the evening.

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22Feb/160

Nacks-by-the-Sea

For the better part of twenty years, my dad has been rocking a jacket he picked up at Quail Lodge in Carmel. Looking for a little outing on Friday, we found ourselves down there, so we dropped by for lunch, then hit the gorgeous beach in Carmel-by-the-Sea. The boys made a little friend from China, whipped me with kelp, collected all the burned driftwood we could find, and built a couple of fine forts. Check out our little gallery from the day!

Bench Party (3 of 6)-ANIMATION

21Feb/160

Coit Tower Adventures

On Monday my folks joined us for a Caltrain ride to our first climb up Coit Tower. We followed the tower visit with a walk to Lombard Street, some refuelling with North Beach cannolis, a quick trip to City Lights Booksellers, and a quick jaunt through Chinatown (firecrackers! smoke! dragons!!). Check out our little gallery.

Coit Bunnies

12Feb/160

¡Viva la Limonada!

Henry was feeling really entrepreneurial last weekend, so he & Finn set up a little lemonade stand in front of our house. Despite awfully low foot traffic, we got some business, nice visits, and even tips from a bunch of neighbors. Long & his daughter Maddie schooled the boys in the art of haggling; Finn created & distributed some coupons; and both boys lured in small customers with the prospect of test-driving a few Legos as they drank. 🙂 Here's a quick vid from the day:

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11Feb/160

Skywriting is *amazing*

G-Man was pretty taken with the 5-plane combo that tapped out messages over the Super Bowl on Sunday. It was especially neat to hear the Blue Angels streak overhead as the national anthem was starting, then to see them appear on TV a minute or two later.

Skywriting

29Jan/160

I have the sweetest ride

🙂

SweetRide

26Jan/160

Pinewood Dervishes

The boys had a ball designing their Pinewood Derby racers, having them carved at a woodshop, applying paint & graphite, and then finally letting them rip last Sunday. Though we didn't set any track records, we enjoyed the 3-second bursts of adrenaline. 🙂 Here's a little gallery of the event, featuring their cars plus some of our favorites from other scouts.

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22Jan/160

Throwback Thursday: Klaas the Duck

Five years ago today, we introduced der kinder to Klaas the Duck. 🙂 Here's the little gallery.

Piraten

17Jan/160

Bathtime of Hentiquity

Throwback Sunday: G-Man splish-splashes around the sink, six years ago today.

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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. 🙂

3Jan/160

Monterey, Hooray!

Feeling a touch stir-crazy by the end of vacation, we decided to take the lads down to Monterey on Friday for a quick overnight adventure. Highlights included:

  • A little time at the beach;
  • Our best trip yet to the aquarium, which featured Leo meeting lionfish, Finn doing a barnacle impression, and some whale-/otter-watchnig from the observation deck;
  • A trip to the nearby (and previously totally unheard-of!) Monterey Zoo, where we fed carrots to the 11,000-pound elephant Butch. Henry helpfully noted, “If we get to feed peanuts to Butch, we won’t feed him you guys, even though you call each other Peanut." Oh, and Leo got to meet an actual lion (Jacob), too. 🙂

Check out the pics!

Monterey Hooray

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!

Legonic-Majesties

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:

17Dec/150

Throwback Thursday: Backseat Rockstars

A wrench, helmet, elf hat, and chocolatey fingers? That's a perfect excuse for rocking out in the back seat of the Ocho, two years ago today:

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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: