Monday, July 26, 2010

Our Favorite Hike, Tarbell Trail

My husband, our 2 kids, 8 and 5 and I love to hike Tarbell Trail. It’s a trail system on Department of Natural Resources land in Clark County in the Yacolt Burn State Forest on Larch Mtn. There are some very neat features. A wooden plank footbridge crosses a creek and goes up through tall trees where you come across a stick hut that was made by someone. For kids who love pretend play and adventures, this trail has the perfect features to assist with our family’s imagination. You can find a map of the trail system here

Friday, May 1, 2009

Just Like Daddy

He's using a skateboard for a creeper

I think he's taking apart the rear axle

Evan is available for all your mechanic needs

Monday, April 27, 2009

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

A plug for Michaela

Michaela is dancing in Vancouver Dance Theatre's "Alice in Wonderland". This is her first big show. She has 3 parts. If are interested in going, you can buy tickets from me or at the door. You'll want to go to the Friday or Saturday at 2pm shows. Michaela is on the poster ad. She's Alice's cat, Dinah. She's sitting on Alice's lap.
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Friday, March 27, 2009

Our Television Debut

This evening, Adam, the kids and I went downtown Portland to have dinner at Greek Cuisina. We then meandered our way a few blocks over to Pioneer Square where they were about to go live with KGW's 7pm news. KGW has a new "Studio on the Square" where you can stand in front of the studio's windows, Today Show style and get your mug on TV. Well, here's the Eldridge's television debut. Watch for me in the green coat, Michaela and Evan are next to me...Adam is somewhere in the back. KGW says we were the largest and funnest crowd to date! That's cause we were there, I'm sure!

Watch it here:

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Yes, They Do Know What's Going On

The other day, I went to the grocery store to grab some chicken and tortilla chips for dinner. I was in the chips aisle scanning all of the prices, looking for the best deal. Michaela asked me, "Mom, why do you only buy things on sale?" I was caught a little off guard. Doesn't she know? Especially with Adam as her Dad, she should know about deals. I took this opportunity to teach her budgeting and money management. I told her that Dad gets paid a certain amount of money, we look for the best deals so we can buy more things with that money. I went on to explain, "say you only had $1 and you wanted to buy some candy. This gum costs $1, but these candy bars are on sale for 2/$1. If you bought the sale candy, you would get more."

I think that during these tough times, kids are aware of their parents stress. They also notice that they aren't getting as many things that they used to. We used to eat out several times a week. But now I am super-shopping and making more meals at home. We rarely eat out anymore. Michaela has noticed this. She asks frequently if we can go out to a restaurant. I have to tell her it's not in the budget. These moments are perfect opportunities to teach about money and responsibility. I watched a story on 20/20 about those high school kids that made a video talking about how their parents financial stresses are impacting them. I didn't think I needed to worry about my kids. I thought they were too young to feel unstable, nervous or scared by this economy. But Michaela's recent comments tell a different story. She sees the changes in our spending habits. She's hearing, "we can't afford that" more than ever. My initial instinct is to shield my kids from any stress. I don't want them to worry about money. But experts say they need to be more involved in the family when it comes to finances. I found some articles that were helpful to me, maybe they will be for you too.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Did You Just Say, "Fractured Teeth"?

Evan had his first set of dental x-rays today and the dentist found something surprising when he took a look. Evan has 2 fractured baby teeth. The top front teeth. He asked if he's had any injuries to that area, to which I responded, "Daily." Mr. Dentist may be surprised to see the fractures, however, I am surprised that more bones aren't broken. How perfect is that? Evan has broken teeth and we didn't even know it! I've resigned myself to the fact that he will break a lot of bones. He is delightful combination of dare-devil and klutz which makes for more bruises and bumps than I can count. Mr. Dentist says there's no reason for concern. He's not feeling any pain and the teeth should be fine until they fall out like they're supposed to. Unless, they get knocked out before then. Which, for Evan, is highly likely.