breakfast, Brunch, coffee, Family, Food, photography, Travel, Uncategorized

Beachy vibes: San Clemente, California

  Greetings! It has been a while since my last post. Much has happened between then and now, including my parents-in-law moving to their 'new' home in San Clemente. It is a place our family frequented in past years, as the house belonged to the husband's grandmother. Nevertheless, the change is bittersweet. Our family has … Continue reading Beachy vibes: San Clemente, California

Family, Opinion, Organization, Uncategorized, writing

New Year’s Resolutions and/versus Goal Setting

I confess that I am indeed one of the millions of Americans who year after year make resolutions for the New Year.  If I am entirely honest, about half of the resolutions I make- those such as exercise more, give up caffeine, cut back on carbs, etc.- I make with the intention of not keeping… Continue reading New Year’s Resolutions and/versus Goal Setting

Hiking, Organization, Pets, Shopping, Travel, Uncategorized

Great Hikes: Be Prepared

Welcome back to my two-part series on hiking with dogs. Today the focus will be on how to prepare for a hike with your best pal. As with just about everything in life, there are some inherent risks in exploring the great outdoors.  Weather, unexpected terrain, wildlife (by which I typically mean insects, though we… Continue reading Great Hikes: Be Prepared

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Girls’ Weekend with my favorite ladies

Another weekend is come and gone, and this was one for the books. The boys in our family each left for the weekend one at a time, starting with the husband on Friday, the younger boy Saturday before dawn, and finally my high schooler in the early afternoon. I call it 'bachelorette weekend' whenever the… Continue reading Girls’ Weekend with my favorite ladies

Hobbies, Kids, Organization, School, Scrapbooking, Uncategorized

Our last picture day of elementary school, scrapbooks, and what to do with class photo pages

Today was Picture Day at the elementary school Sami attends. It was the last Picture Day that I will pay Lifetouch good money for, in anticipation of that envelope of three-by-fives and wallets to pass out to relatives out of state and overseas. Samantha is in fifth grade this year; next year she will be… Continue reading Our last picture day of elementary school, scrapbooks, and what to do with class photo pages

Food, Shopping, Style, Travel, Uncategorized, wine, wine and drink

A Day in LeClaire

Our last day in Iowa was spent in the town of LeClaire, right on the banks of the Mighty Mississippi. What brought us there was the husband’s desire to check out Antique Archeology from History Channel’s “American Pickers.” We found so much more. We did indeed head to Antique Archeology, joining the many visitors at… Continue reading A Day in LeClaire

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Family, Food, Travel, Uncategorized

Quad Cities Iowa and Illinois

As the kids get older more of our summer vacations are spent apart, having our own adventures, with us eventually coming together again. This summer I counted 18 days that we spent all together as a family between school letting out and starting again, with the majority of those being the week before school started.… Continue reading Quad Cities Iowa and Illinois

Family, Kids, Opinion, parenting, School, Uncategorized, writing

Back to School

After a lovely- and busy- summer, we are back at school and our regularly scheduled programming. This school year is a big one for the Haas family.  This is the first one in 12 years that we have not had a child at the elementary school. This experience has been bittersweet. On the one hand,… Continue reading Back to School

Camping, Family, Hiking, Hobbies, Kids, outdoors, Travel, Uncategorized

A Weekend to Remember: Rafting the American River

Last weekend brought a new adventure for me. I had never been whitewater rafting before in my life, so when the opportunity arose as a Scout family outing, we jumped at the chance.  It was a first for my younger boy and daughters as well, as the two younger ones were too young for the… Continue reading A Weekend to Remember: Rafting the American River

Family, Museums, outdoors, Travel, Uncategorized

Lincoln County Historic Sites

After two days in a row exploring our national monuments with many miles of driving, we kept the Thursday before leaving for Flagstaff 'local.' We used the day as a low-key rest day, but one with visits to the surrounding villages and their historic sites. Our first stop was to the town of Capitan. After… Continue reading Lincoln County Historic Sites