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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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Dog Days at the Beach

Owen's leash drags behind him as he plays in the Pacific. In these golden years of our Golden’s life, we’ve been adventuring more with him and trying to make the most of the time. He's been a part of our family since his adoption at the Pasadena Humane Society over eight years ago, and although… Continue reading Dog Days at the Beach

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The Beaches of Orange County

The temperatures in Southern California are forecasted to rival the surface temperature of hell this Labor Day weekend, and while it's going to be unusually crazy hot at the beaches, there is a good 15-20 degree difference between the coast and the valleys, making a beach escape very tempting. For our family, a trip to… Continue reading The Beaches of Orange County

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Beachy Vibes: San Clemente, California

Greetings! It has been a while since my last post. Much has happened between then and now, including my parents-in-law celebrating retirement and moving to their 'new' home in San Clemente. It is a place our family frequented in past years, as the house belonged to the husband's grandmother. Nevertheless, the change is bittersweet. Our… Continue reading Beachy Vibes: San Clemente, California

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Sunny Days at the Beach

It's Labor Day today, and we're finishing up what was a busy three-day weekend.  Today has a bit of a slower pace.  The husband is back at work since we didn't make any big plans for the holiday, so it's just the kids and me.  Our plan is to join the throngs of people headed… Continue reading Sunny Days at the Beach