OUR ADVENTURE AT LAKE ARROWHEAD THE BARNETTS ON ICE O ne of my greatest joys in life is being able to travel with my family. We’ve been to a lot of pretty great places, but the trips I love the most are the ones where I’m able to share something new with my kids. For example, this last winter Nicole and I took Finn and Harlow up to Lake Arrowhead to see snow for the first time.
Harlow were sitting on the couch, watching this silly movie for the eighth time together. Finn had his arm around Harlow, and while they were cuddling, I made them bacon and eggs, which Finn called “alien soup.” It’s one of my favorite memories from our trip. When it was time to leave, Finn was not ready. He was so sad and wanted to come back immediately. Fortunately, we have a lot of great trips planned for the future. Nicole and I want to
We knew we were guaranteed to have some snow during our trip, but the night before we went up, they got an extra 18 inches. It was beyond perfect. We had to put chains on the car tires, which Finn thought was the coolest thing ever. He kept talking about what an awesome “invention” it was. When we were driving through the snow, I had to agree with him. The kids were blown away by all the snow and how fresh the mountain air was. Finn called it “sugar air.” He and Harlow loved to stand by the window and breathe it in, despite the cold. We had to bundle Harlow up so much that she looked like Maggie Simpson. Early on, Harlow fell face first into the snow. I was worried for a moment, because it clearly freaked her out at first, but she quickly got back up. She must have decided it was fun, because she kept falling on purpose after that. Nicole’s parents, her sister, and her sister’s son were there too, so Finn and Harlow got to make a lot of fun memories with their cousin. Since this was their first time in the snow, we had a pretty long to-do list. They had a blast making snowballs, throwing the snowballs at trees, and going sledding. As a dad, my favorite part was building a sledding track for the kids. We tried to build a snowman, too, but we weren’t very successful. Harlow ran out of steam pretty fast, and Finn was having more fun sledding. One thing I really love about taking trips with my family is how random stuff that would be mundane at home becomes great memories. We found a movie on Netflix called “Leroy and Stitch.” It’s a sequel to the Disney movie “Lilo and Stitch” and, frankly, it’s a terrible movie. But it will always make me think of that magical family trip. The last morning we were there, Finn and
The kids were blown away by all the snow and how fresh the mountain air was.
take the kids to Yosemite, and maybe rent an RV and drive up the California coast to Big Sur. When they’re older, I’d love to take Finn and Harlow to the state parks in Utah and later out to see the Grand Canyon. Nicole has a lot of wonderful childhood memories from camping and being in the great outdoors. They really shaped the person she is today. Considering she’s a pretty amazing person, I want my kids to have those same experiences. Getting our kids out into
nature is really important to us, and I look forward to all the adventures we’re going to have together.
Our Easter Adventures
Hello, everyone! Did you know Easter is almost here? I love holidays more than any other kid that I know. Halloween is my favorite, but Harlow and I really love Easter too. We have a lot of fun decorating eggs! Last year, Harlow was only 1 year old and she kept putting her whole hand in the egg dye, making a big mess. It was really funny, and Momwas glad she had us dye eggs outside.
The little kids go first and then the big kids get a turn. This year I’m in the big kid group, which is awesome, but it means I won’t be collecting eggs with Harlow. I hope she does okay without my help! I think she will because when she wants something, she will almost always get it. She’s tough like that! Our second egg hunt is on Easter morning. First, we wake up and find a basket the Easter Bunny left for us. That bunny always leaves fun things like puzzles, coloring books, and games. After that, we do an egg hunt at our house. Mom and Dad play the “hot and cold” game if we need hints finding the eggs. I like to find the eggs that I designed, but I also like finding the little plastic eggs that have surprises inside like Play-Doh or little plastic bugs. The only thing I don’t love about the holidays is the food. Everyone keeps trying to tell me that potatoes, cranberries, ham, and turkey are really good, but I say they are DISGUSTING! Mom and Dad usually cook a big meal, but Harlow and I don’t ever eat any of it. I overheard my mom say we should just order pizza this year. Or maybe she’ll make us mac and cheese instead.
This year I know that I will be an expert egg designer. I have spent the past two months practicing my drawing skills. My favorite things to draw are robots and rock-and-lava monsters. These are characters for a movie cartoon I am going to create someday, so my mom is saving all of my drawings in a big book for me. This year, I’m going to design monster robot eggs for sure!
I think that would be a much better Easter tradition, don’t you?
Every year we have two different egg hunts. One of them is at a big park down the street from our house with kids from a bunch of different neighborhoods.
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realize that homeowner's insurance can cover sexual assault when the parents of the assailant are negligent in the supervision of their child. The amount of a homeowner's insurance policy is relative to the home's value and some insurance policies have exclusions for sexual assault and/or intentional conduct. Each policy is different and needs to be examined to determine coverage. Our second client recovered $625,000 after being sexually assaulted. This minor came to the United States as a foreign exchange student. She was placed in the director's home where she was then sexually assaulted. A business is always responsible for the conduct of their employees. If an employee of a business sexually assaults someone the business will be responsible for the sexual assault. Most businesses will carry a commercial policy of $1 million. Many businesses will also carry an excess policy relative to the value of the company. If you have a question or suspect that your child has been abused at school, church, or someone else’s home, call our office at 949-565-2993 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. A WAKING NIGHTMARE Protecting Children and Victims of Abuse
We had a very busy winter!
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Rainbow Easter Prank Passover Fool Showers
Taurus Hoax Spring Butterfly Dandelion Mischief
$300,000 Sexual Abuse of a Minor at Neighbor's Home $250,000 Bed Sore at Nursing Home $130,000 Physical Assault – Bar Fight $50,000 Car Accident – Policy Limit Case
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$625,000 Sexual Assault of a Foreign Exchange Student/Minor $188,000 Premises Liability – Trip and Fall at a Car Dealership
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$100,000 Fall at a Nursing Home $45,000 Broken Leg at School
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This winter, we recovered a total of $925,000 for two victims of sexual assault. These cases are complicated and require an attorney who understands the complex legal issues that surround them. Sexual abuse is offensive and life-altering to the victim involved. While we can never undo the pain experienced by our clients in these situations, we strive to provide them with closure and compensation so that they can move forward on their path to healing. We hope that by sharing these stories, we can help other families who may not realize that there is something that can be done if their child has experienced abuse of any kind. One of our clients was sexually assaulted while playing at a neighbor's home. In this matter, the homeowner's insurance of the defendant paid $300,000 to our client. Many people do not
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teach you all about the wonders of your town. Download an app like Eventbrite, or go old-school and check for fun local events in the paper. APPRECIATE THE ARTS There are countless tiny museums and cultural attractions all over the place that most people overlook — especially those who have lived in an area for a while. Does your hometown have interesting art installations on Main Street? What about museums dedicated to strange and supernatural phenomena, parks, historical landmarks, or giant robotic farm animals? Check Yelp.com for lists of popular attractions near you, or ask your friends for suggestions. You might be surprised by what your hometown has to offer.
Do you dream of adventure? Do you want to see something new, discover someplace interesting, and make memories you’ll cherish forever? Do you still have to be at work on Monday? Finding adventure doesn’t have to mean packing up and trekking across the globe for six months. Being adventurous is all about changing your mindset and looking for the unexpected in the familiar. As you start planning summer vacations, instead of spending a lot of money to be a tourist somewhere else, why not try finding a little adventure at home? GET A ROOM If you really want to experience your hometown through the eyes of a tourist, try waking up somewhere new. One night in a hotel room or bed-and-breakfast can really put you in the adventuring mindset. FIND LOCAL EVENTS Now’s the time to check out the farmers market you’ve been meaning to go to for ages! Then you can swing by that free concert in the park before going to a play at your community theater. Attending local events is a great way to visit places in town you’ve never been before. You might even find a historical tour that can
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