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

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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

Halloween, holidays, Kids, Opinion, 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. Kids middle school and below are clearly in the candy-collecting range. And adults with… Continue reading How old is too old to go trick-or-treating?

breakfast, coffee, Food, School, Shopping, Uncategorized

Mornings… by someone who doesn’t ‘do’ mornings

Up until I had children, I liked to ignore the fact that there was such as thing as a 5 am. When I had zero period band in high school, my poor dad would have to go in my room several times to attempt to wake me up to get ready for school. In college,… Continue reading Mornings… by someone who doesn’t ‘do’ mornings