Wednesday, July 23, 2014
See, I live in The Village. That village where your neighbor’s door is open and your kids freely wander in. Ok, not so freely, my neighbor put sleigh bells on her back door so she could hear when my kid wandered in, as often she’d turn around, startled, to find a stealthy 4 year old looking up at her.
The village where, when I had to go out of town for the day, I could rally a tag team of five families to pick up and deliver my kids from different schools to different homes until I could get back.
Our village is urban, and while we have trees to climb, there are streets to traverse, which mean we can’t just let our four year olds run to their friend’s house a few blocks away (as much as he may think he can). There’s enough traffic that I don’t let my kids play in the street, but they can walk down the sidewalk to the neighbors' houses. We have what one neighbor calls "Walkpooling" - she'll pick up anywhere from five to ten kids and walk them home from school.
Our village has multiple layers. The layers include two major neighborhoods and another smaller one, but still, all One Village. The layers include families with small kids, families with grown kids, childfree families, and singles. One Village.
Posted by Cherise at 12:26 PM
Saturday, July 05, 2014
Monday, March 03, 2014
The short obituary in the Daily Bulletin (Inland Empire) can be found http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/indeonline/obituary.aspx?n=martin-h-rohr&pid=169984031>here
Posted by Cherise at 9:56 PM
Sunday, December 08, 2013
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