holidays, Travel, Uncategorized, writing

Tournament of Roses: a few more

It doesn’t happen too often, but there are breakdowns and other issues that happen on parade day. For that, there are towing companies at the ready just in case something goes wrong. At yesterday's 130th Tournament of Roses, there was indeed a malfunction toward the end of the parade. With two floats behind it, in… Continue reading Tournament of Roses: a few more

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holidays, Travel, Uncategorized, writing

California Traditions: the Tournament of Roses

Something I take for granted living in Southern California is how close  we are to many events. This morning was the 130th Tournament of Roses lovingly called the Rose Parade. The theme this year was The Melody of Life, in celebration of the music in our lives and was a beautiful and multicultural experience. There… Continue reading California Traditions: the Tournament of Roses

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, Hiking, Hobbies, Kids, outdoors, Travel, Uncategorized, writing

Backpacking Los Angeles: Hoegees and Spruce Grove

I love the great outdoors.  As I hike over five miles at least once a week, I can probably consider myself an avid hiker.  There isn’t much that I enjoy more than being out in nature. Except maybe Disneyland. But that’s a different post for a different time.  All to say, I have never been… Continue reading Backpacking Los Angeles: Hoegees and Spruce Grove

Family, Kids, Opinion, parenting, Pets, Uncategorized, writing

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