CicLAvia: Culver City Meets Venice (2015)

From our Backyard to the Beach

CicLAvia_Mural_1CicLAvia was recently back in our neighborhood, and I was finally able to corral the whole family to join me for a CicLAvia experience! It was my third attempt to get the whole family going. For my first CicLAvia, it ended up just being Doobie (age 6) and me, and the second time I did it alone.

But my success this time wasn’t without hurdles. First, I had to explain why I really wanted to do this again and have the whole family along. Then, the night before, when I had finally convinced all to join me and had planned the day, we discovered my husband had a totally flat tire that was beyond just pumping at home. Luckily, a local bike shop replied to my email overnight and confirmed they could fix it upon opening. We were good to go, just a couple of hours later than planned. Continue reading

Stand Up Paddleboarding in Malibu

Earlier this month I got to try something for the first time that I’ve had my eye on for a long time… stand up paddleboarding! Doobie and I were invited to join friends at their beach house in Malibu. Sonny was off to an event with his dad so we seized the opportunity, especially given that it was supposed to be a beautiful summerlike day… in November!

And it was a gorgeous beach day. It felt like we were on vacation at some faraway vacation destination. We had clear blue skies, warm sun with temperatures in the 80s, no wind, a totally still ocean. We wore sun block and beach hats. It was the middle of fall and it was nothing like any beach day we had experienced during the summer when I was usually huddled under a towel trying to enjoy myself. Continue reading

Beach Days

We live in a city with beaches envied and visited by people around the world.  Yet it’s taken me 18 years to finally begin to have a desire and willingness to go to these beaches that have always been so close to us.  We’ve taken visiting family and friends to the beach, but those have been short visits either for lunch at a beach cafe or just to get a glimpse of the ocean or to feel the sand, not to hang out and play and swim.

Visits to the beach with out-of-town family often resulted in unplanned sand and water play.

We live only 10 minutes from the closest beach and it’s a super easy drive, too.  But I’ve always considered it too much of a chore to go—all the toys to bring, snacks and drinks to prepare, sunblock to slather on, towels and hats to pack.  And then we have to park and lug all this stuff to a spot.  And then of course, at the end of the day, we have to pack it all up and trudge back to the car with tired kids, wet towels, and toys full of sand.

It seems the tide is beginning to turn, however.  The other weekend we went to the beach for Father’s Day, and we are already planning our next trip to the beach.  It was Daddy’s wish to go. He was at an event at the beach not long ago and had the chance to body surf and boogie board again.  He remembered how much he enjoys the beach.  He’s always loved the beach.  He grew up in a house right on the beach in Santa Monica.  He wants his sons to become confident and competent in the waves.  So we went to the beach. Continue reading