Thursday, October 31, 2013
All Hallows Eve
Spooky. Scary. A night intended to scare off the demons.
But what I finally realized tonight, is that it is anything but.
I've never been a huge Halloween person. I've had my share of parties and been to my share, but if it didn't happen, I probably wouldn't have missed it. But now I have kids. And they're All. About. Halloween. Dressing up, getting candy.
|Sami, Will and Lenaïc 2010|
And so we did. We started with a pre-party for the kiddos to get fueled up on "healthy food" (i.e. something that wasn't candy), check out costumes, take a group picture, and head out. The neighbors, long since accustomed to so few kids coming by, were THRILLED.
|Lenaïc, Sami, and Will 2011|
|Attempting to herd cats, 2013|
|Will, Sami, and Lenaïc, 2013|
Posted by Cherise at 10:26 PM
Sunday, April 28, 2013
KWAKs are our King William Area Kids. We parents, I like to call "SAPs" - Southtown Area Parents.
Because one can have too many parties, every year during Fiesta (a city-wide, 10 day series of events), our KWAKs participates in the King William Parade. The http://kwfair.org/parade/>parade
kicks off the King William Fair a sort of arts gala and tribute to the funky and weird that is my neighborhood (King William is the fancier side of Southtown). The local newspaper described the parade as "geared towards families." And it is, if your family enjoys drag queens. My family does, so it's all good.
Ok, not ALL drag queens, but the KW Parade is all about anything goes. Quirky, funky, strange, serious, funny, real, and unreal. For a number of years now, the kids in the 'hood jump on the trailer made into a float and sing, cheer, and sometimes pout.
Needing to get things off to a fun start, we decided to merge our Friday playdate (just a few kids...) with the float decorating party and move it all to our house.
While the kids played, the parents worked, then the kids worked, and despite the drizzle off and on, we created a float.
And on Saturday, the kids went wild. And then we all partied some more. These days, we don't bother going to the Fair itself. After the parade we hang out at our friends' house along the parade route, enjoy our neighbors, then stumble home.
We didn't get too many pics of the actual parade, but we got the important part - the KWAKs!
Click HERE for more
Posted by Cherise at 2:11 PM
Sunday, March 31, 2013
Every year our neighborhood has an Easter Egg Hunt. A wonderful family who live across from Upper Mill Park collect eggs all week (every family is asked to leave 1 dozen per kid) then spend the wee hours of the morning hiding them. This year they brought some bunnies too. And it was a record year - well over 100 eggs to be hidden!
The 3 yr olds and under go first, then they big kids count down 60 seconds, and race off.
I cheat though. While I left off my 2 dozen eggs, I brought another dozen in my bag. Having seen my own kid confused my the whole "race to get as many as possible" idea, and there are usually a few late arrivals, I keep my stash and hide one at a time for the little ones. After awhile, I was re-hiding Lenaïc's own eggs, since really all he cared about was finding eggs. And it helped to have a few to hide for his buddy Will.
The kids have a blast hunting for eggs and playing with friends.
For more pictures of the Hunt, click HERE
The Egg Hunt was followed by two birthday parties and a dinner party. All the better that none required getting in the car!
So we spent Easter Sunday relaxing, well, until Angelina went next door and found they were going to another egg hunt and invited herself along....Oh, and if you consider my working 6 hours in the yard as relaxing.
What a great neighborhood!
Posted by Cherise at 8:34 PM
Monday, March 11, 2013
Yesterday was another regular sunny Sunday with no commitments. Well, that part was unusual as we often have some local activity happening. But anyway...
One neighbor posts a note on Facebook that his kid wants to kick around a soccer ball. A few of us say we'll join them. After playing an hour or so and all are ready to stop, Angelina yells "every one over to my house!"
Parents conferred and agreed it was ok. An entourage of kids head over, on the way we see another neighborhood family on the river, invite them to join us. Soon we have 9 kids playing in the yard.
Frederic reminds me he wants to drive out to see the comet - west of here, where the viewing is better. The other parents wanted to see it as well. We also realize it's dinner time. Though I haven't gone shopping, I scrounge up everything in my pantry and fridge while others run home to see what they can bring from their fridges and gardens. We manage a feast for 6 adults and 7 kids (plus one baby). We eat and caravan to the west end for comet viewing.
Just another day in the neighborhood.
Posted by Cherise at 5:04 PM
Thursday, March 07, 2013
An ignorant reporter recently wrote an article about our neighborhood, claiming there were no kids, and therefore the "hip" neighborhood would eventually die as the "young" professionals who live here would eventually move out to the suburbs once we married and had kids.
While I like being referred to as "young," this poor piece of journalism could not be more wrong.
Just another summer day in the 'hood (literally, this was a weekly event this past summer)
And fun isn't only in summer - this was December
Hipster kids at an Election Night Party
Posted by Cherise at 11:16 AM
Friday, February 08, 2013
There will be many more coming, but for now, here's one:
Upon seeing a police car on the road, Lenaïc shouted, "Look! Police! Woo-Wooo. Wooo-Wooo!" (imitating a siren). Then it passed us with no lights or sirens, and he said "The police car must be out of batteries."
Posted by Cherise at 12:57 PM
Tuesday, January 08, 2013
More stories of California adventures to come, but for now, a mini-advert.
And of course they're pretty darned cute.
Posted by Cherise at 8:40 PM
Sunday, December 09, 2012
It's hard to believe that three years ago today I was wondering if these little pains were signs of early labor. I'd already decided to work from home that day, but couldn't focus. Should I cancel the girls' night I had planned to host that night? Should I send the construction worker finishing a room in our house home (we had planned a homebirth, didn't fancy him being around during labor)? Nah, it was too early. Just under 38 weeks pregnant. Surely this baby wouldn't come now? I'm too busy! Well, one little boy had other things in mind, and over the next 12 hours or so, we brought him into this
And what an amazing kid he has become. Lenaïc is so full of laughter and love. He has a light that shines in his eyes when he smiles. He has a spirit that's irresistible. He has a sense of empathy that warms my heart. Often he reminds me of his Uncle Albert, sometimes his Uncle Chris, sometimes Papa, sometimes me. But mostly, he is Lenaïc. The unique, fascinating, wonderful Lenaïc. So full of life.
Our world is a better place because he is in it.
Posted by Cherise at 6:46 AM
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
There is something very special about your first time.
I always walk. My aim is to walk or cycle if I can avoid using the car. That’s one of the advantages of living where we live. Not fully urban, but I can do a lot of errands on foot, including taking the kids to their respective schools.
|Waiting to start|
Well, I did it! 13.1 miles walking, 3hours, 19 minutes, 52 seconds.
|Just finished and got my medal!|
|Calling Erin at mile 9.5 to tell her when to bring the kids out|
|Walking faster than ever|
|Looking up at the only "hill", just before mile 13|
|Breaking into a run|
|By my GPS watch, I walked 13.32 miles in 3:20:00, |
thanks to lots of zig zagging
After crossing the finish line I wanted to jump up and down and cheer. This was way more fun than I expected. Three days later I’m still on a high. And now I understand why people do it. It’s an addiction. I’m already planning my next one.
Posted by Cherise at 5:10 PM
Tuesday, November 06, 2012
Angelina, in first grade, has spent a lot of time lately learning about the electoral process. The school set up voting booths, discussed the candidates, the kids voted. I think just for President, they didn't go into various other elections, which might have been funny as one of her classmate's dads is up for re-election to the state legislature.
She's been coming home every day talking about the election, asking who we're voting for and why, and just overall very excited. I'm excited for her. It's been fun to see this little person with a big mind learn about the democratic process.
Our school is on a busy street near downtown. Lots of (slowish) traffic. Today, as kids entered school, there were kids with signs saying "Get out the vote!" and similar. All non-partisan, no reference to one campaign or another, just encouraging people to vote.
And even the candidates made a little visit..... that's Angelina with the pink headband, looking down, just to the left of "Mitt."
Whatever happens tonight, we have exercised our right and responsibility to make educated choices for leaders for our country. Many people in many countries don't have such a right.
(And lucky us in Texas, we have early voting so we voted last week)
Posted by Cherise at 1:46 PM
Sunday, October 28, 2012
Saturday, August 04, 2012
5:42PM – arrive at gate D5 for our Geneva bound flight. Plane is still there. They’re loading luggage. Passenger doors are closed, no gate agent in sight. Finally find someone who says “Too bad. You missed your flight. You have to go to gate C20 to find another.” We try to argue that the plane is still there. They are still loading luggage!!!! Nope.
3:15PM – make our way back to Dulles Airport for our 5:55PM flight. We had already been there in the morning to check in. Now, the problem with getting moved around on flights: seats. We weren’t seated together. Yes, like anyone is really going to want to sit next to my toddler… Agents could do nothing. So, we head to our gate.
To find that our 5:55PM flight is now delayed until 8pm. Why could it not be delayed the day before?
|For a short time, we tried to distract them with a movie|
|Movie didn't last for long before he was ready to run again|
*Staff was rude, with the exception of one person. I know they work hard and deal with a lot of stressed out passengers, but it’s their job.
*Multiple delayed flights, some with explanation, others not.
*Poor planning – while I know there’s often a narrow window for flights to depart, holding a plane for 5 minutes for passengers they KNOW will be late due to a late connecting flight makes more sense than rerouting people. At least, that’s what they all used to do.
*And just general suckiness All in all, though, thanks in large part to the kindness of other passengers and the friendliness of their kids while waiting, Angelina and Lenaic managed it all very well. And we made it to Geneva safely, if late and tired.
Posted by Cherise at 4:07 PM