So your kids are ready to test out their ski legs? Great! Now
what? Gearing up can be confusing but with a few simple pointers
you and your family will be ready to hit the slopes in no time.
When picking out skis for younger children never exceed the top of
the head. Instead, aim for nose or even lower when measuring the
According to Bart Munson at Sporthaus in Kennewick, younger
children can use shorter skis for a greater length of time until
they gain stability and perfect their balance. Until kids are about
7 years old, the professionals at Sporthaus don't recommend ski
One of the biggest misconceptions, said Munson, is that shoe
size and boot size go hand-in-hand. In reality, ski boots are
measured in metric sizes, so be sure to take advantage of the
fitting area to ensure your kids' boots fit comfortably.
If you're hesitant to purchase ski attire because you're worried
your kids will outgrow items too quickly, check out Obermeyer
apparel with an "I-Grow" Extended Wear System that adds up to 2
inches in pant and sleeve length.
Be sure to pack plenty of granola bars in your jacket pockets
for a quick energy boost on the mountain and remember to have
There is absolutely nothing in the world like
watching your own child learning and loving a sport you know your
entire family will enjoy and that will be a big part of family
fun. Nothing, except, maybe, for being able to teach that
sport. This love of teaching children is something that is
unmistakable for anyone who meets Mike and Kelly Stephenson, the
new owners and operators of Ski Bluewood.
was a beautiful sunny Saturday and I was headed up to Bluewood with
Ethan, my 8 year old son. It was a big day for both of
us. This was going to be Ethan's first time skiing, ever, and
for me, it was going to be my first time skiing in 10 years (and
first time with shaped skis). A short 1.5 hour drive from
Tri-Cities got us to the 4,545 ft elevation of Bluewood's parking
lot. A quick and easy trip through the rental shop and Ethan
was ready to learn!
The learning school meeting area at Bluewood is just perfect.
It is a wide open area of snow, flat enough that beginners can get
the feel of having skis on their feet without sliding out of
control. Kelly worked the basics with Ethan here and I took
the opportunity to get in a run or two. Mike was kind enough
to give me some great pointers on skiing with shaped skis (remember
it's been over ten years since I've skied!) while giving me a
run-down of the mountain.
Bluewood is the second highest ski facility in Washington with a
peak of 5,670 ft. While boasting 24 runs and two triple lifts
it is truly a mountain for the whole family: enough long cruising
green runs for beginners to enjoy, yet enough black diamonds,
including some of the best tree skiing around, to keep things
interesting. After some runs on their platter-pull area to
get used to my new skis it was time to go back and check on
The huge grin on his face was all I needed to see to know how much
Ethan was enjoying himself. The instruction was great too -
he was ready to start making some slow snow-plowing runs with Mike
already. Almost a dozen or so runs later Ethan collapsed in a
tired, happy pile at the bottom of the run and announced loudly:
"I'd like some hot chocolate please!"
can't say enough great things about Mike and Kelly. They
obviously are living out their passion and their love for teaching
children is contagious. Everything about Bluewood, from the
friendly lift operators to the wonderfully helpful information
booth and rental staff to the first class teaching staff told me
Bluewood is going to be a great mountain for my family.
we drove away, Ethan announced: "That was AWESOME! I LOVE
skiing! When are we going again?" "Soon," I told
Oh, and by the way, the bruised lip? It was from PE class at
school - not from the mountain, and Ethan had so much fun he forgot
Stay tuned for more about Bluewood and Sporthaus, including Mom
lessons, little sister Natalie's ski adventure, clothing tips and
more, on the MOM blog.
If you are looking for something new in your life, something
that is challenging and fullfilling and rewarding , I suggest you
check out Team in Training. Team in Training and The Leukemia
& Lymphoma Society work together to create awarness and raise
money for blood cancer research.
I joined Team in Training for many reason, initially for
personal reasons like getting in shape and crossing triathlon off
my bucket list. Then I got to know the people involved with
Team in Training and learned just how much blood cancers like
leukemia and lymphoma touch so many people. My unlce is one
that lost his battle…he had lymphoma that then turned into
My goal is to complete an Olympic Triathlon in SunRiver,
OR. An olympic triathlon consists of a .9 mile swim, 28 mile
bike, and 6 mile run. Training has been exhuasting but worth
every second when I think about our real hereos, the ones battling
blood cancer, day in and day out. As a team, we meet 3 days a
week for training, run on Saturday, swim on Sunday, and bike on
Wednesday. It is also recommended that each one of these is
done "on your own" during the week as well with one rest day.
I'm a single mom, I work full time, I take a night class and yet I
still find time, better yet, I make time for this amazing
organization with the hopes that I can help in the race to finding
The other part of my training is also raising funds for The
Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Right now, my fundraising
consists of a Miche Bag Fundraiser on February 11, 2011 and a Yard
Sale Fundraiser scheduled for February 12, 2011, along with letters
to friends and family. For more information about those
fundraisers, please check out my webiste. From there you can
also donate directly, learn more about Team in Training, how you
can get involved, and learn more about The Leukemia & Lymphoma
Society. Thank you.
triumphed over adults as the better readers in Mid-Columbia
Libraries' 2nd annual Winter Reading Challenge, which pitted young
versus old to see who could read the most December 13 - January 15.
The competition more than tripled in size over last
year, with over 2,400 participants and over 15,000 hours read:
1,967 kids logged 9,924 hours of reading, while 503 adults logged
5,347 hours of reading.
Participants completing six hours of reading
were eligible for grand prize drawings. Amanda
Peterson of Prosser won the kid grand prize of four hockey game
tickets and an autographed photo from the Tri-City Americans.
Payton Hatch of Kennewick won the all-ages grand prize
of four upper-box baseball game tickets from the Tri-City Dust
Devils. Linda Clark of West Richland won the adult
grand prize, a Barnes & Noble Nook e-reader from Friends of
Mid-Columbia Libraries. All kids who read for six
hours or more were invited to pick up an individual prize at their
local library branch through January 15.
Mid-Columbia Libraries enriches
our communities by empowering individuals with materials and
services for life-long learning and growth, starting at birth.
With eleven libraries and a Bookmobile, Mid-Columbia
Libraries has provided our region with excellence in library
services for more than 60 years. For more information,
go to: www.midcolumbialibraries.org.
Have you seen the Feb/Mar issue of MOM Magazine in the
Tri-Cities? You can find these stories, and a lot more!
Cover MOM Marla Marvin - How does she do
May I have your attention? Know the real
signs of ADHD - Doctor MOM
The Truth about retirement - Nest Egg
Crowd pleasing recipes
and of course - PINK PAGES!
You won't need sunscreen but you will need lots of towels ~ and
courage! This weekend marks the annual Polar Bear Plunge where
brave souls jump into the Columbia River to show their support for
the Special Olympics.
The 2011 Polar Bear Plunge takes place at the east end boat
launch at Columbia Park near the Lampson Pits from 10:00 am to 1:00
pm. While online registration has closed, participants can register
on-site. It's open to anyone brave enough to endure the frigid
water and past plungers have ranged in age from 6 to 70 years
young. Participants younger than 18 are required to have a
parent/guardian signature of consent to participate.
If you're not up for taking a dip in January you can still show
your support by joining the spectators. It's a fun event for kids
to watch so bring the family out to cheer those braving the icy
waters! All proceeds benefit Special Olympics of Kennewick.
Winter weather in the Pacific Northwest can get you down for
sure. We spent all day yesterday with the kids cooped up in the
house, trying to figure out what to do. They were bored and let
their energy out by fighting with each other. This made us realize
once again that our kids really need a good amount of daily
exercise, and we decided that no matter what the weather, we were
going to go on a hike today.
It was pouring when we woke up, but we were determined to go on
our hike. We prepared with rain jackets and hiking shoes and hit
the trails. The rain was really warm and refreshing, and the kids
loved having permission to get soaked and muddy. It felt so nice to
get some fresh air and exercise, and the pace that the kids kept
reminded us again how much it was needed.
We hiked one of our favorite trails in Corvallis -
the Homestead Trail loop from the Oak Creek parking lot of the
McDonald Forest. It's about 1.5 miles of relatively flat terrain (I
truly believe my kids end up doing an extra mile with all the
zig-zagging and back tracking they do, though), and ends with a
bridge perfect for throwing Pooh sticks.
Here they are, soaking wet and having a blast:
If the winter weather has you and your kids down, make the extra
effort to get out and get some exercise. What is your
family's favorite way to get exercise in the winter?
While many kids and teens understand the influence the late
Martin Luther King Jr. had on America, be sure to take time this
January 17th to help deepen your family's understanding
of civil rights movement and why we celebrate MLK Day. Take a trip
through history by visiting Time.com (
where you can view pictures of King during the civil rights
movement, or test your knowledge of his famous speech by taking an
online quiz. You can also listen to music that resonates from the
era such as "Voices of the Civil Rights Movement: Black American
If you're looking for a local activity, you and your family can
take part in the 20th annual MLK Bell-Ringing Ceremony
at Columbia Basin College at the MLK statue outside of the Thornton
Center on the Pasco Campus. Tomorrow's bell-ringing ceremony starts
promptly at noon. There will be a short presentation in from of the
statue immediately followed by an indoor program in Gjerde Center
that offers youth a great opportunity to learn more about Martin
Luther King Day.
Sick of hearing the groans when dinner was served, I recently
told the kids that they were responsible for making dinner the
following night. I told them that I'd take them to the grocery
store and they can pick out what they want (meeting certain
nutritional requirements) and prepare it themselves. They
completely loved the idea, and decided on pizza and fruit cocktail,
with caramel apples for dessert. They had a lot of fun and were
quite proud. When dinner was finally served, we had a little talk
about how hard they worked, and how bad they would feel if I
groaned and complained. Alex replied, "Anytime you guys are tired,
we can just make dinner!" I think I might just take him up on that
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