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
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
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
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
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?