Janae’s pilot brother here!

I made the title in all caps for a reason. Something you may not know about our family is that we are loud!  My wife can always tell when I’m on the phone with one of my family members by the ear splitting volume in my voice haha.

18 miles!  That is my biggest running accomplishment lately.


My oldest daughter Emma decided to enter a “Last One Standing” race. It consisted of a 6 mile loop that you had 90 minutes to complete. Every 90 minutes another loop started (sorry if this is obvious and I’m Dad-splaining what this race is, I had never heard of it). The race went on for 24 hours. 


Emma set a goal to run 30 miles!  Her previous longest race was a half marathon, so her goal seemed ambitious. She had friends and her sister setup to take turns running the first three laps and then my wife ran the fourth. I ran the fifth lap with her which I thought would be the end if she reached her goal. Well, she seems to be cut from the same cloth as Janae because she ended miles 30 and 36 feeling so well that she ended up doing a seventh lap!!!!  42 miles!!  I am totally blown away by her stubborn determination!  It was my privilege to do the last 18 miles with her, which is, by the way, the furthest I’ve ever run!


Janae’s Green Smoothies That She Drinks

Have you tried them yet?!  Last time Janae came down to St George she had me try one and now I am hooked!  I am terrible about eating greens.  Within the first three days I had probably consumed more greens than I had in the last 46 years haha  I legit feel like it helps me eat healthier throughout the day and have noticed an increase in energy and less “getting older” pains. I like them so much that my wife makes a few before I go to work, freezes them and then packs them in my lunchbox. 


Family & Flying

These are the two topics I get asked about the most. I married my best friend in the whole world! 


We have been married for 23 1/2 years and have seven kids.

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Our house can be pretty chaotic at times, but we love it.  One of my favorite things about having a large family, which may sound counterintuitive, is individual time.


My wife Emilee and I have always been sensitive to making sure that none of our kids feel like a number or lost in the shuffle. I am continually looking for time and ways to spend individual time with each one of my kids.  As a benefit of my job, we take lots of family vacations together, but we also love to take individual kids on their own trip with just me and Em. Everyone gets a turn and we let that kid pick the where, why and what of the trip. Our oldest chose Tokyo, one daughter Paris, another daughter Italy and my younger son chose a Caribbean cruise. I also LOVE daddy/daughter dates and father/son outings!  Even if it’s just an hour or two running errands, grabbing an ice cream cone, or playing mini golf, I live for the one on one time I get with my kids.

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“What’s your route?” 

That’s probably the most common question I get. The real answer is, it depends. Each airline is different and has their own scheduling quirks. At Southwest we bid our schedules monthly, so it can change each month. You choose from a group of schedules and they are awarded based on seniority. Within the month sometimes you’ll fly the same trip each week or each trip could be totally unique. Currently, I’m in a pretty lucky spot and I mainly just do our Hawaii flying.

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I usually work 12 days a month and split that up into either 3-four day trips or 4-three day trips depending on when Emilee needs me home. We have the flexibility to pick up extra flying as well. As an example, my next trip goes like this: Wednesday fly from Las Vegas to Kona (24 hours in Kona), Thursday fly to Honolulu then to Maui (16 hours in Maui), Friday fly to San Jose, CA then to Portland, OR  (17 hours in Portland), Saturday fly to San Diego then back to Las Vegas. My base is Las Vegas, so each trip starts and ends there. We live in St. George, Utah which is a little less than two hours away and I don’t mind the drive since it’s just a few times a month. Especially because it means I get to live in my favorite place on Earth!

“Does your wife like your job? How does she handle you being gone?”

It is a unique job no doubt. When you are gone, you are gone. If something breaks at home while I’m gone, I can’t provide much more than, “Did you try unplugging it and plugging it back in?!”  However, Emilee loves it!  She is very independent and loves having her time as well as having me home on random Tuesdays during the middle of the day. I know I’ve been home too many days in a row when I hear her voice go up an octave and ask, “So, when do you go back to work?”  Story time: I came home from a trip, open the front door and hear a strange noise. I ask my wife what it is and her response was, “It’s the fans.  Oh, did I not tell you?!”  Apparently one of the kids told my wife the toilet was clogged. Not an emergency, she put it off until she finished what she was doing. Thirty minutes later, kids run up from the basement yelling that it’s raining down there.  Turns out when my daughter said the toilet was clogged she meant the handle broke and the toilet was overflowing the bowl!  No problem, Emilee shut the water off to the toilet, wiped up the water, pulled down the drywall from the basement ceiling, wiped that all up, borrowed some industrial fans to make sure everything dried quickly and then went back and fixed the toilet.  Yeah, she didn’t mention that lol  I’d say she handles it pretty well!!


I hope you are all having a wonderful day!  We are so excited for some big things this year!  Our oldest kid is currently serving a two year mission for our church and gets home in March!!🥳  It will be so good to have everyone together again!  Thank you so much for your support of Janae!  It makes me so happy that you get to enjoy her positivity and love for life that we as her family do!!


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Janae’s Pilot Brother ;) – what a wonderful post – such a nice way to start the day. Your positivity and outlook are contagious (just like Janae)! Thank you for taking the time to write and share about your life including gorgeous photos!


Clearly the love for life big smile runs in the family. I hope you have a great Monday and week. Thanks for sharing so much about your family and work.


What a wonderful post! So nice getting to know you. :)


Adopt me. I have zero student loan debt. I just want the vacation hangs!
I aspire to be like your wife. I rely on my husband to fix 98% of things in our house. I don’t even know where our water shut off valve is. I recently learned where the furnace filter goes.


This was a fun change up! Loved hearing about your family and how you make having a big family work with such a unique job. Loved all the gorgeous pictures of Utah too- I can’t wait to visit one day, and St. George will definitely be our family’s first stop! One of my older brothers (we are all in our 30s/40s) is on mission with his family in Nepal and they are coming back in May so that his wife can deliver there 8th child here in the States, so I definitely understand the excitement you feel about getting your whole family back together. My husband and I are expecting our first baby in March, so this spring and summer will be an exciting time for all of us. Wishing y’all a great week!


Thank you for this inside look into your job! Your love of life and your family shine through. Good job with the 18-mile run–I’m sure your daughter appreciated the support. :)


LOVED THIS POST!!!! I have been following Janae FOREVER and see posts about you and your family frequently. Your family seems so full of love and joy and it brings happiness to my heart when I see blogs about you and your family. You and Emilee are incredible parents. I come from a family of 8 siblings, and you are doing everything just AMAZING.


Thank you for sharing, Janae’s pilot brother! What an awesome life! Your family is very lucky!
I love that you spend quality time with each of your kids – as one of 6 I know how important it is to have your parents’ undivided attention. We were put into pairs for our quality time, but I adore my brother so that was ok with me 😉
The pilot life sounds pretty darn cool! Hawaii is one of my favorite places.
I was in St. George for the first time in Oct for the marathon and it was breathtaking. If we didn’t already live someplace we love (San Diego) we would totally live there. We will definitely be going back to visit!
Janae should definitely have you do some more guest posts in the future, you nailed it 😁


I love posts featuring family members! Your daughter sounds amazing to just go Forrest Gump on her race, wow!

I bet you guys all have the most fun when everyone is together.

After reading Janae talk about St. George and how gorgeous it is, I am determined to run the marathon there (hopefully this year)! I live in Iowa so it will just take a little figuring out haha!

Thanks for sharing about your family!


Nice to meet you, Hungry Runner Brother! Love seeing that you seem to exude the same positivity as Janae. Have a great day!


Hi Pilot Brother! Congrats on running 18 miles and to your daughter for running 42. INCREDIBLE!


Hi Janae’s pilot brother!
We fly Southwest quite often (from LA/Orange county to Denver) and I always peak into the cockpit to see if you’re there, ha. My hubby and I are flying Southwest to Hawaii in August, maybe that will be the trip I see you!?!
Your family is so amazing, and supportive of each other. I love that. And oh my goodness your daughter is a rock star!
Thanks for popping in to share a little bit about you and your family. Loved it!


Congrats to you & your oldest daughter on your longest runs ever! I have heard of those last-one-standing types of races, and I worry that I would give up too quickly because you keep passing the finish line over & over again. Especially in a quest to run 42+ miles for your daughter!! Wow. My favorite style of race is the point-to-point, so I basically have zero choice but to make my way to the finish line (or inconvenience someone to come pick me up, which I am too stubborn to do). It works well for me.:) Someday I will have to try a looped race, to see how it goes.
I love the rainbow-at-the-airport photo in your post. Also, I had no idea you could freeze smoothies – what a great idea! Have a great day!


What a fun post! By chance, are you also the brother who loves The Smashing Pumpkins? Because if so — so do I! AND, my husband is a pilot! He flies for American and has sort of a similar schedule to you, but is gone more during the month due to commuting. I also don’t think he’s even been to Hawaii yet. I can empathize with your wife on all fronts — holding down the fort at home, as well as occasionally getting antsy for his next trip :)
Thanks so much for chiming in!


Hi Pilot Brother! Thanks for an interesting peek into a pilot’s life. Your family sounds wonderful!
Fun fact – I met you on your very last flight with whatever airline you were with before SW (I can’t remember what I was flying at the time). This was 6.5 years ago, as my husband and I were returning from our honeymoon! It was a little bit like seeing a celebrity for me :-) Glad to hear you are all doing well!


Love your posts! Brava to your daughter running 7 laps! Sooo impressive!

My home is Portland, I think PDX is a neat airport as far as airports go. I live overseas and not many places are as into their airport carpet as PDX.

Also , thank you for explaining turbulence as flying through jello (Janae Haares your explanation in a post).

Thanks again for your fun post! Your family is so fun!


As a SWA pilot wife I LUV (see what I did there 😂) this post!! My husband works for the CAP so you may run into him teaching when you’re in Dal for recurrent. Love the individual trip idea with each of your kiddos and that intentionality!

Anyway so glad you shared today! Loved reading about your fam. Have a wonderful day!


Well this was a fun post! I look for you in the cockpit every time I board a Southwest flight. 😊


I loved this post and learning more about you, your family and your job. Thank you for sharing. Janae has an amazing family that I wish were my own! Count your blessings.


Thank you for an awesome post! I love your big family and how you spend time with all of them.
Question: did you ever feel a struggle between wanting or needing to work more to make more money but not wanting to compromise your family time ?
I would also love to hear more about if you would still recommend being a pilot as a career to one of your kids or if the hours and issues we hear about on the news lately have affected your opinion.


Wow, that race sounds pretty gnarly. Congrats to you and your daughter for getting it done! Loved reading this post and what timing, as my family will be flying with Southwest in a few days! Sadly, it doesn’t sound like you will be our pilot, but we have a layover in Vegas so perhaps we will cross paths?


I love the enthusiasm for life that shines through in this post!! Clearly the HRG family has a zest for life and a positive outlook (I met your non-Janae sister, sorry I don’t know her name!) in my parents’ ward in Provo and she gave me the same impression—I love it!! Thanks for sharing today!


Lovely family!


So fun to hear from you, Hungry Runner Brother!! It’s clear you and Janae are cut from the same cloth with your positivity and sunny dispositions. I have 7 siblings so I get how loud (and fun) that is! Your daughter ran 42 miles!!!! Holy Cannoli, that is impressive and so fun that you got to run 3 loops with her. Your wife is a total rock star, and I’m so sorry your route requires you to spend so much down time in places like Kona and Maui, but someone’s gotta do it ;)


Wow. This was fun to read! I don’t know which is more impressive- the fact that you have seven kids, or that your daughter ran 42 miles, or that your wife fixed the toilet by herself. Kudos to all of you! Thanks for the guest post.


This was such a fun post! One on one time is something I want to focus on with my kids!


Well what a delight! We need more of him! But wait…not less of you Janae! :)


HRG- brother!!!
Thank you for sharing this!


Such an interesting job! Your wife sounds absolutely amazing. And Emma sure has some mental toughness!! 42 miles?! I can’t even imagine!!


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