Family, Organization, Uncategorized

The Great ShakeOut: Preparing for the Big One

Our car first aid kit, jumper cables and other emergency repair items, a plushie for Sami, along with cards and books to entertain if we're stuck somewhere. Just in case. This morning, schools and businesses across the Golden State participated in a massive statewide earthquake drill called "The Great Shakeout." At one of our school… Continue reading The Great ShakeOut: Preparing for the Big One

Family, Opinion, Organization, parenting, Uncategorized, Vacation, writing

New Year’s Resolutions and/versus Goal Setting

I confess that I am indeed one of the millions of Americans who year after year makes resolutions for the New Year.  If I am entirely honest, about half of the resolutions I make- those such as exercise more, give up caffeine, cut back on carbs, etc.- I make with the express intention of not… Continue reading New Year’s Resolutions and/versus Goal Setting

american west, california, Camping, Dog, dogs, Family, Hiking, Organization, outdoors, Pets, safety, Shopping, Travel, Uncategorized

Great Hikes… Be Prepared

Welcome back to my two-part series on hiking with dogs. Today the focus will be on how to prepare for a hike with your best pal. As with just about everything in life, there are some inherent risks in exploring the great outdoors.  Weather, unexpected terrain, wildlife (by which I typically mean insects and snakes,… Continue reading Great Hikes… Be Prepared

Family, Kids, Organization, parenting, School, writing

The Years are Short, but the Days are Busy

This is what October looks like. And not every practice is even written down! I'm back, after a crazy busy week working our elementary school book fair, balancing the kids' activities and my own schedule, and trying to stay sane through it all. Don't get me wrong. I'm incredibly blessed to have these four children,… Continue reading The Years are Short, but the Days are Busy