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
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. 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?
Like much of America, I woke up yesterday morning with an Apple News alert on my phone: "A Las Vegas shooting that has killed at least 50 is the deadliest in modern U.S. history." The terrible headline was all over the news, in the car as we made our morning drop-offs. To my knowledge, I… Continue reading