Micronaxx The adventures of Finn & Henry

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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20Oct/160

¡Rocas Ígneas!

I meant to post this last May when Finn & his bilingual amigos dropped some science on the San Jose district staff. As team leader of the group focusing on igneous rocks, Finn was really dedicated to creating a great poster & presentation—to the point that he skipped Take Your Kid To Work Day at Google so that he could ensure they finished the job properly. Here's a little taste of how things turned out:

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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15Oct/160

Storytime: “We Found A Hat”

Hot (or maybe cold?) on the heels of seeing Hawaiian turtles, Finn here reads our latest storybook, "We Found A Hat." He did it for our friend Sam, but I thought you might like it, too. 🙂

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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10Oct/160

Hula Hen

Our Henry is a quirky little dude: Sometimes he's super fearful in cases where Finn would rush in (e.g. snorkeling), but in others the boys' positions reverse. Here's an example of the latter, where Hen got right up on stage with Mom-O to learn some hula moves at our Hawaiian luau:

15Sep/160

“Soldiers vs. Tidal Wave!!!”

The dudes have been busy "basementing" up a storm lately, crafting all kinds of Lego maritime misadventures using teams of hapless soldiers, pirates, sharks (real & mechanical), and more. Here's a little stop-motion film that Finn created last night:

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7Sep/160

How to Scare Your Cub Scout

What would a campfire be without some terrifying tales? Check out the boys' skit from last weekend's scout camping:

6Sep/160

Cub Scouts @ Camp Cheesebrough

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Labor Day Family camping at the Boy Scouts' Camp Cheesebrough is legendary. We missed it last year but made sure we took the boys this year so they could get in on the fun. The camp is only about 30 minutes away, along highway 9 in the Santa Cruz mountains, has a nice big lodge building and kitchen, and tons of tent camping sites.

Many of the boys' friends and their families also attended, so the adults actually had time to chat and get to know each other a little better while the boys honed their skills at whittling, archery, bb guns, rock climbing, blacksmithing, slingshots, and "human fooseball." Here's the gallery of their adventures.

Other highlights from the weekend included campfires with s'mores, running around in the woods (while hopefully avoiding poison oak), "battling" other groups of scouts, and putting on skits in front of the Saturday night campfire. Cami, the 3 year old sister of Cub Scout Colton, offered to count in Spanish: "One, Spanish. Two, Spanish." Cub Scout David (whose dad Sabu was managing the bb gun range) kept in contact with his dad via CB: "Dad, whittling time is over, over." Sabu: "You are free to play, over."

As we prepared to depart on Sunday afternoon (after picking up trash and cleaning bathrooms), we realized somehow Henry's pillow pet "Peendee Bee" didn't make it from the campsite back to the car. We retraced our steps, hoping we'd either spot him or that he'd been turned into the lost and found. As we rounded the corner on the way back to our campsite, Henry spotted Peendee, who'd been set atop the large propane tank near the lodge, and absolutely shrieked with relief and delight. Phew! Crisis averted.

Upon returning home, we spent the next several hours washing the dust and grime off ourselves and doing load after load of laundry. We had a blast but were all excited to be sleeping in our own beds.

27Aug/160

Bricks by the Bay, 2016

Each year brings a return of the giant (and growing!) Lego brickstravaganza held at the convention center in nearby Santa Clara. Here's just a glimpse of this year's gathering, in which the boys scored a few fun little pieces while seeing various friends:

19Aug/160

Backyard Vulcanism

No childhood would be complete without a nice baking-soda-and-vinegar volcano, and as part of their super fun times with Grandma Nack, the boys constructed one along with a whole set of Lego mining vehicles. Here's a quick handful of shots (click any one to see it larger):

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17Aug/160

Cub Scout Tug-of-Warriors

Last night's pack meeting focused on physical fitness & challenges, including performing various long jumps, push-ups, and jumping jacks. Later the pack split in two to duke it out in a tug-of-war in which Team Micronaxx prevailed! (see below) That was just a warm up prior to all the kids teaming up to beat down the adults, though we suspect that their end of the rope just might have been tied to a pole outside. 😉

11Aug/160

Hey, is your dishwasher running?

How would you catch it, then? 🙂

Idea by Finn, art by Hen.

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2Aug/160

Mysterious Lego Mayhem

Another year at Steve & Kate's Camp, another round of charming if incomprehensible stop-motion Lego vids from the guys. 😉 Note the "flying stick" effect, of which Finn is very proud:

19Jul/160

La Famosa Casa Bonita!

 

As if we hadn't crammed enough adventure into our Colorado trip this year, we crowned the whole shebang with a trip to Denver's legendary Casa Bonita.

For those of you unfamiliar with La Casa, it is an enormous Mexican restaurant-cum-amusement park. Not only do you get heaping plates of food, and a potentially endless supply of hot, fresh sopapillas (courtesy of the signal flag on your table), there is cliff diving, an arcade, a cave room, a mine room, magic shows, strolling musicians, and skits featuring pirates and gorillas!

Since it was Henry's actual birthday, we decided to hit the Casa after a fun afternoon at Elitch Gardens Water Park - a perfect way to wind up our day. We were seated in the magic show room, and our man Henry got up and planted himself smack dab in the middle of the first row so that he would be picked to get up and assist the magician - and boy did he have a good time doing it! He hammed it up like crazy and proclaimed the magic show the BEST part of his birthday. Here's a video (below) and a gallery of highlights from our evening.

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18Jul/160

Pure Diving Grace

There are times you say, "Yep, that is definitely my kid"—then look for a stiff drink. 😉 (Click image to play)

(funnier with sound) Finn's inherited his old man's gracious diving #MotionStills

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[No Finnsters were harmed in the making of this vid]