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Valley Views

It’s no secret how much my girls and I love visiting Yosemite National Park. There is no shortage of wonders to behold, and with literally hundreds of miles of trail to explore, it’s not a surprise that Yosemite is one of our favorite places in the world. The last time we visited the park, we… Continue reading Valley Views

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Reopening the Happiest Place on Earth

In a sure sign that life is slowly returning to what used to be normal, Disneyland and California Adventure parks will be reopening on April 30, 2021. This is a huge for Anaheim and Orange County, as the parks' closure over the past year has cost the Disney company an estimated 2.4 billion dollars in… Continue reading Reopening the Happiest Place on Earth

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The Last Good Day

Jacob's Eagle Court of Honor took place the Saturday before the first shutdowns in March. Happy nine month anniversary of ‘14 days to flatten the curve.’ Needless to say 2020 has not been what anyone expected, and the loss of what used to be has brought about some difficult emotions, especially as we head toward… Continue reading The Last Good Day

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Back to School: Version 2020

Sami starts her first day of eighth grade. Today, August 17, 2020, marks the beginning of the new 2020-2021 school year in our school district. To say that it looks different from any of the other 152 starts in the over 150 years of the district's existence is probably an understatement. There have been crises… Continue reading Back to School: Version 2020

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Celebrations in the Time of Covid

This past Saturday was my Sami’s birthday. It was a big one- number 13- marking the end of her childhood years, and the beginning of her walk over the bridge to adulthood. We began the day with breakfast with her dad, with the plan to open gifts and have cake later that evening, and schedule… Continue reading Celebrations in the Time of Covid