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
Our little Swiss and American Angelina entered our lives on 3 July 2006. Our second Swiss American, Lenaïc, joined the clan on 9 December 2009. This is our way to share them with our friends and family across the globe. (You may notice the frequent title change. I'm still playing with that)
Posted by Cherise at 9:56 PM
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|
|Lenaïc, Sami, and Will 2011|
|Attempting to herd cats, 2013|
|Will, Sami, and Lenaïc, 2013|
Posted by Cherise at 10:26 PM
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.
Posted by Cherise at 2:11 PM
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!
Posted by Cherise at 8:34 PM
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
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)
Posted by Cherise at 11:16 AM
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
More stories of California adventures to come, but for now, a mini-advert.
Posted by Cherise at 8:40 PM
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.
Posted by Cherise at 6:46 AM
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|
|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
Posted by Cherise at 5:10 PM
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
|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|
Posted by Cherise at 4:07 PM