by LYDIA COBB | photos by Samantha Gleaton Photography

Community at the Core

family_blechschmidt5With three children, the Blechschmidts are embedded in schools, sports, and in their careers in law and therapy. They’re all Carlsbad and loving every minute. “The best part is that our children are growing up in a community that cares about community, the environment, and local sports,” shared Alicia Blechschmidt.

Bart and Alicia met when they worked for a group home for developmentally disabled adults the summer they both finished graduate school. Alicia has a practice as a part-time mental health therapist serving children and families. Bart has practiced real estate and business litigation law for 23 years and enjoys providing service to his clients, including small real estate investors, large banks, and Fortune 500 companies. Bart’s law firm moved here seven years ago because they wanted their kids to attend Carlsbad schools.

Parents: Alicia and Bart Blechschmidt
Children: Sierra (13), Maddy (11), and Kyle (8)
Community: Carlsbad
Hometowns: Bart – Vancouver, WA; Alicia – Albany, NY
Profession: Bart – attorney; Alicia – part-time therapist in mental healthcare
Favorite Places in Carlsbad: Tamarack Beach, Las Olas Mexican Restaurant, Beach City Smoothies, Chase Field, That Pizza Place, Pizza Port

family_blechschmidt3Sierra is their emerging teen, and an honor roll student active in student council. Alicia mentioned, “She also loves babysitting and reading.” Sierra shares a passion for competitive dance in many styles with her 11-year-old sister Maddy through Evoke Dance Movement. “Maddy loves to swim and be at the beach,” added Alicia, “and Kyle is a sports fanatic.” He’s an eight-year-old on the move: playing travel baseball for North County Stingers 8U, soccer with LA Galaxy SD, and recreational basketball. Bart has coached their kids’ teams and became more involved with Carlsbad Youth Baseball this year. “We cherish our time at Chase Field and the feeling of family we get within the CYB organization,” reflected Alicia.

family_blechschmidt4Alicia chairs the biannual book fair at Calavera Hills Elementary. This is her first year as volunteer coordinator for the PTA. She’s also team mom for the kids’ sports teams, and helps out in school activities. Bart is board treasurer and on leadership committees for the Carlsbad Educational Foundation, which provides music, science, and innovation opportunities for the 11,000 kids in schools. “We are very close to our goal of contributing one million dollars this year,” stated Bart. Generating support for causes is what they do, kids included. “They have lemonade stands each summer,” shared Alicia, “and donate the money they earn to the Carlsbad Animal Shelter.”

They enjoy local theater and Chargers and Padres games. “We spend most of our free time at the beach,” added Alicia, “and play basketball and tennis as a family.” They’re immersed in the culture of community spirit, sandcastle-building included.