emergency preparedness, Family, Organization, safety, Uncategorized

The Great ShakeOut: Preparing for the Big One

This morning, October 17, schools and businesses across the Golden State participated in a massive statewide earthquake drill known as "The Great ShakeOut." At our middle school school site, the assistant principal came on the school's PA system and methodically talked through the steps of the drill- drop, cover, hold, check your surroundings, and evacuate… Continue reading The Great ShakeOut: Preparing for the Big One

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california, Camping, Museums, national parks, outdoors, photography, Travel, Vacation

Yosemite National Park

Just two weeks ago, the girls and I took a trip up to Yosemite while the boys were on their Sierra backpacking trip. It was the first visit for Sami and a second for Emily and myself. We spent two days at the park, and while a beautiful time, it wasn't nearly enough time to… Continue reading Yosemite National Park

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

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

Beaches, breakfast, Brunch, california, coffee, Family, Food, Kids, outdoors, photography, Travel, Uncategorized, Vacation, wine and drink

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

Dog, dogs, Family, Opinion, Pets, Uncategorized, writing

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!