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

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california, dogs, Family, Kids, Museums, parenting, Pets, Travel, Uncategorized

Science Gone to the Dogs

If you’re in So Cal, need a weekend activity, and love dogs, head over to the California Science Center in Los Angeles to check out ‘Dogs! A Science Tail.’ This new featured exhibit opened this past Saturday, March 16, 2019, and will run through January 2020. With the boys gone over the weekend for a campout, a… Continue reading Science Gone to the Dogs

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

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

Counting the Blessings… in the Midst of Mess

I woke up this morning, stuffy-nosed and bleary-eyed from the winter cold I probably caught as a result of working at the elementary school for the past week and meandered into the bathroom. I was only the third person this morning to go to use it, and I swear I had it clean last night… Continue reading Counting the Blessings… in the Midst of Mess

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

How old is too old to go trick-or-treating?

It is an age-old question about, well age. I was asked by a few folks, what age is too old to go trick-or-treating? I figured that the question was posed as I am now a parent to two high school students. I think it can be agreed that kids in middle school and below are… Continue reading How old is too old to go trick-or-treating?