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The End of the World as We Knew It

It has been nearly a four weeks since we closed our schools, began a stay at home order, and slowly backed away from life as we knew it.  What started as a two week closure of our schools extended to a month-long closure, culminating with an April Fools Day emergency board meeting which ended in-person… Continue reading The End of the World as We Knew It

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From Pasadena, California: The 131st Tournament of Roses

It doesn’t get much more Pasadena, California than enjoying the Tournament of Roses parade on a brisk, sunny New Year’s Day. To kick off the new year and new decade, we headed up the road to Colorado Boulevard dark and early for the parade. This year’s theme was “The Power of Hope,” and we saw […]

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Back to School 2018

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 2018

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Sami’s Hammies: Another Pet Story

The tagline for this site is "Four kids, a dog, and a squeaker in the San Gabriel Valley." It goes without further explanation that the four kids are my four children, the dog is our Golden retriever, and we reside in the heart of the San Gabriel Valley. But what is the squeaker? The answer… Continue reading Sami’s Hammies: Another Pet Story

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Happy Gotcha Day, Owen!

  Yesterday marked five years with our golden-haired pal, Owen.  Yes, I'm talking about our fun-loving, active, sweet, and slightly (though sometimes more than slightly) mischievous Golden retriever. We adopted him in January 2013 at the Pasadena Humane Society.  We first saw the Golden on Saturday the 5th, shy and quiet, as he retreated to… Continue reading Happy Gotcha Day, Owen!