Micronaxx The adventures of Finn & Henry

6Mar/170

Splish-Splash at the Sutro Baths

On Saturday we drove north to SF to rendezvous with cousin Patrick Loughnane & his wife Jocelyn, then check out the ruins of San Francisco’s historic Sutro Baths. The crazy-gusty wind blew Finn & Margot back to the car, but intrepid Hen led the rest of us down to the caves & along the catwalks among the pools (much to Grandpa Nack’s unease :-p). Check out a few photos from the little adventure, and watch for Patrick’s hair to convey just how gusty things got!

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28Feb/170

Our Life on the Rails

From the redwoods to the Rockies...
From Death Valley to Dubuque...
From the Pacific coast to the shores of Lake Michigan...

...in every season and at every age, we've sure had some excellent times riding the rails with our dudes & pals.

Following Sunday's train show, Old Railroad Man Hen decided he'd really like to print out an exhibit of our photos capturing just some of our adventures. Here's a sample of the ever-growing set!

Oh, and here are our very oldest & very newest Hen/train pics. 🙂

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26Feb/170

Nine!

Our big man Finn turns 9 this week (What?! Nine?! Nein!!). Though he’s not fond of being the center of attention, we managed to get him to agree to a small, low-key celebration with two of his best buddies, Colton and Damien. We took everyone out to the Lego Batman movie, then went out for pizza, and home for cake, gifts, and a sleepover.

Finn also did an excellent job of art-directing and helping to construct his custom birthday cake: chocolate cake, frosted with Nutella, filled with more Nutella and banana slices, and ringed with cookie straws. A good, sugar- and nerf battle-fueled time was had by all. Here's a little gallery of the proceedings.

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12Feb/170

Sweet child o’ mine—literally

"Ohhhh!!" said Hen, cackling as he saw this bit of silliness I whipped up, "Get those off the screen & put them in my mouth!!" That kid has never met a carbohydrate he didn't like, so it was fun to make him this tasty morsel.

8Feb/170

Pinewood Dervishes 2017

This year the lads took a much more active hand in crafting their Pinewood Derby cars, applying hacksaws, a Dremel, paint, and glue to shape their hot rides (which ran much faster this year than last!). Here's a little gallery showing the construction, plus a video from the day.

Bonus: See also last year's gallery and video.

6Feb/170

Superb Owl Sunday

Hope you & your feathered friends enjoyed the big game. 🙂

23Jan/171

Space Looens!

Recipe:

  • Ingredients:
    • Two young dudes
    • Innumerable cardboard scraps pulled from recycling
    • $3 worth of random hot tub tubing
    • Assorted memories of James Bond's “Moonraker”
    • One sleepy dad
    • One rainy Saturday
  • Mix well, serve cheerfully.

While I dozed on Saturday following the march, the dudes took a break from screen time and surprised me by constructing a really elaborate launch pad, jet packs, helmets, communicators, and more for Leo, Tim, and other members of the animal posse. Here’s a little gallery of some space-age cuteness.

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21Jan/170

Democracy in Action: The Micronaxx March!

I felt so proud & privileged today to march alongside Finn & Hen (and in spirit alongside Mom-O in DC) in the record-setting Women's March. Numerous marchers smiled & took pics of the sign Hen thought up and made by himself (well, with a little questionable spelling assistance from Finn). I'll translate: "You fried circus peanut, you're not going to rule our state, you'll rule the dungeon. Boo Trump!" :-p

Here are a few shots from the day.

6Jan/170

“Hen Being Hen,” Yosemite Photobomb Edition

Poor Finn simply wanted to look nice in a portrait.
Henry, diving into the shot, wasn’t having any of that. 🙂 

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.



6Dec/160

VRNaxx

Back in the high-tech hothouse of late-'70s Galena, IL, my mom used to let me draw with melting crayons on paper over a hot plate. As cool (or rather, hot) as that was, I'm happy that creative experiences have evolved, and on Saturday I took the lads up to SF to try their hands at painting in virtual reality. We dropped in on Adobe San Francisco, where a bunch of my old friends and colleagues have been busy helping shape the future of expressivity.

Here's a quick video plus a gallery from the adventure. (Much more to come, we hope!)

25Nov/160

Happy Thanksgiving!

Hen & Mom-O recently visited our local fire station with the Cub Scouts, learning that the brave folks who protect us don't get to take holidays off. Inspired by this, they decided to whip up a batch of chocolate chip cookies & bring them over to say thanks to the guys spending Thanksgiving away from their families.

This proved easier said than done! As we parked in the morning, we joked, "Gee, I hope they don't have to zoom off on a call right now"—but as we walked up, that's exactly what they did! When we tried again a couple of hours later, history repeated exactly, and on our third visit (this time around lunch), they were gone entirely. Fortunately the fourth time was the charm, and the appreciative team treated us to a great mini tour. Check it out:

10Nov/160

Sisyphean Monkey Bars

Ol' Henry can be such a vexing dude: He's plenty capable of many things (e.g. swimming), but boy does he get into his own head and run laps there, never believing he can do it. Yet do it he can a lot of times, and this is a perfect example: He's now a nut for the monkey bars, often traversing a whole set in one go (something I never did!). Here's a silly little boomerang animation that Google Photos made from one of his recent attempts (and yes, he did eventually make it across!).

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9Nov/160

Hawaiian Goofballs

Put the boys under the world's largest banyan tree, stuff them with some of the world's largest shave ices, and you're gonna get some silliness. 🙂

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7Nov/160

Brenny’s Bready Magic

Maria looooves to bake, but in the past years she hasn't had many chances. Happily, the Micronaxx & their bottomless tummies provided a perfect opportunity (and the perfect metabolisms!) to get back in action. One day she whipped up (from scratch) some delicious cinnamon rolls, and the next she brought out smiles with caramel rolls. The boys debated the naming (Hen insists on "Maria's Awesomeness"; Finn favors "Brenny's Bready Magic"), but a roll by any name tastes just as sweet—and we've been enjoying them the whole week since her visit. Here's a gallery of the sticky fun.

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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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4Nov/160

“Get in my mouth, Butterflies”—part 2!

Back during our pal Maria's previous visit five years (!!) ago, we visited a nearby butterfly sanctuary in Santa Cruz, where Henry made an unusual request that Maria caught on video:

So, when she came to stay with us last week, of course we had to pay a return visit. This time we headed to Pacific Grove ("Butterfly Town, USA") to see & learn about the winged critters. Check out a little gallery from our day.

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22Oct/160

Sugar Cane Train

Train-loving Hen was really hyped to check out the once-popular Sugar Cane Train. This narrow-gauge ("Two feet six inches!" Hen would interject) system would take tourists on a leisurely 6-mile crawl across Maui. Sadly, train service is on hiatus, but undeterred, our little train enthusiast wanted to check out the train cars & buildings we could glimpse from the road. Grandma Nack was a great sport (just as she'd been in my childhood, indulging me in so many explorations) and joined us in sneaking around the private property just a bit. Here's a little gallery.

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19Oct/160

Leprechauns & Captains & Mustaches, Oh My!

You know what's kinda great? Having fellow goofball photographers as friends. 🙂 Our buddy Michael celebrated his birthday this past weekend in part by inviting friends to dress up a bit & have him take their photos. Here's a little selection of our silly fam in action.

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11Oct/160

It’s “turtles all the way down”… the beach!

Okay, Hawaii is officially 🍌🍌🍌: I mean, where else can you walk outside of your room, clamber over a few boulders on the beach, and come across nearly a dozen giant, ancient sea turtles basking in the sunset glow? And yet thanks to a thoughtful neighbor giving us a heads-up, that's exactly what we discovered. Check out a few pics of the fam getting up close (but not too close!) with these old gentlemen.

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