Micronaxx The adventures of Finn & Henry

27May/170

Wrapping Up the Dragons’ Tale

Finn, Hen, and their fellow Green Dragons closed out the season in style last night, playing their 19th (!!) game of the season and their first on the “majors” field. I took the boys to practice at the batting cage beforehand, and it paid off with Hen knocking in an RBI, then scoring a run, and with Finn connecting probably harder than he has all season. Here’s a little gallery and video montage of the game and celebration.

10May/170

Mother’s Day with Grandma Nack

The dudes are really looking forward to their impending adventures in Galena with Grandma & Grandpa Nack. In the meantime, the video below is a fun little time capsule of some times with Grandma over the years (automatically created by Google Photos!), and here's a little gallery of their times together.

26Apr/170

Chaos Reigns @ The Googleplex

Much like we did in 2015 and then again last year (pics), the boys & I dropped in on Google's annual Take Your Kids To Work Day. After engaging in some sugar-fueled Greco-Roman beatdowns, the boys checked out an animal exhibit (how 'bout that anteater!), Finn got himself a new hoodie, and Hen scored a giant plush Android. 🙂 Check out a bit of the proceedings:

Bonus throwback: Finn doing his best Dad-O impression at the whiteboard during our 2015 visit:

22Apr/170

“Let’s go sci-ence!”

Our strange world now demands that we speak up clearly in favor of reason & evidence, so today we did. After hand-crafting some signs with Mom-O, the boys joined us & our friends the Hogarties in our local March for Science. Take a peek!

[Side note: Here's a collection of great signs (and sines & cosines!) seen at marches around the country.]

18Apr/170

Easter Scientists 🐰

After stalking Easter eggs & wolfing down their candy contents, the boys headed up to San Francisco with us on Sunday to explore the California Academy of Sciences. Check out a few glimpses of our day:

2Apr/170

Little League Sprinkler Party

The Willow Glen Green Dragons cool off after their latest victory 💦⚾️😄🐲

19Mar/170

A Fistful of Nerf Darts

Something told me that my trip to the basement this morning wouldn't end well... 😜

17Mar/170

Slip slidin’ the day away

Before heading over to explore the Sutro Baths, cousin Patrick turned us on to San Francisco's Esmeralda Park. Check out our high- and low-speed adventures!

7Mar/170

Opening ceremonies!

What’s the sound of 1,000 little fingers slapping? Watch this vid & see, as the dudes & I circled the infield and high-fived a couple hundred of their fellow Willow Glen Little Leaguers:

27Feb/170

Me & Enrique, Down By The Train Yard

On Sunday I took rail-crazed Hen to the aptly named Great Train Show in San Jose. Amidst the thousands of creations & vintage items for sale, he found a pair of cars he really loved & bought using his own dough. Here’s a rough video peek into our day:

Afterwards, G-Man—showing his eternal love of organizing things—took the initiative and created a little railroading exhibit on his dresser:

5Feb/170

Mole Hole Mudslide

Henry can be a touch, well, unenthusiastic when it comes to certain sensations (from trying new foods to getting his hair washed), so we were doubly delighted when—amidst lots of muck & mud—he braved Camp Campbell's giant "Mole Hole" tube slide over & over. Check out his first, and most questionable, landing. 🙂

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.

5Jan/170

Drones away—Far away!

Auntie Laura's Christmas gift just about made a one-way trip to purgatory (i.e. Neighbor Todd's sketchy yard), but fortunately we were able to rescue it just after I stopped filming. 😬🚁😀

4Jan/170

“We Found A Hat,” El Segundo Edition

Following in Finnster’s footsteps (see previous), Hen reads aloud Jon Klassen’s magnum opus, “We Found A Hat.” 🙂

27Dec/160

Christmas Eve Serenade

After attending a very nice service at the Stone Church at which the lads joined us in singing Silent Night outside, we all enjoyed surveying Christmas lights. Here's a super short video glimpse:

18Dec/160

Santastic Tidings, 2016

With the help of eyewitness reports from Scout and (I'm just going out on a limb here here) the calligraphic stylings of a certain little elf, the boys have just received this year's beautiful letter from Santa. Check it out!

See also Santa's letter from 2013:

Oh, and here's the boys' letter to Santa from back when they were just 2 & 3 years old.

14Dec/160

Chase of the Hat, 2016 Edition

Our friend Dave is a bonafide kid-whisperer. The boys fondly remember chasing him endlessly around a park during Dave's son Cameron's birthday party years ago, trying to grab & hide his hat. Now that Cameron is a kindergartener, he was able to join in the silliness this past Sunday. Check it out:

Bonus vintage Dave: a lightsaber battle with Finn three years ago:

8Dec/160

Ace of Base Plate

Witness the boys' joy at receiving my old cache of Lego road plates (which normally cost an arm and a leg), courtesy of Grandma & Grandpa. 🙂

roadplates

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: