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They know what they're

Cover MOM: Joni Buyes.........................10

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This mom gets real.

Because I said so .............. 5 A message from MOM

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Camping with kids


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Default is not mine

I DIDN’T ASK FOR THE DEFAULT PARENTING LIFE, IT CHOSE ME. If you haven’t heard this term yet, you need to. The Default Parent is the parent who, most often by giving birth, is in charge of the child’s dental visits, signed field trip forms, sunscreen, well-child appointments, haircuts, water intake, emotional equilibrium, play dates, toenail clippings, fiber intake (and good grief, don’t we all need more fiber), rides to lessons, and oh so much more. Then there’s the Backup Parent. This is the parent who asks, on Sept. 1, are the kids registered for school? I witnessed this phenomenon early on in parenthood when it came to leaving the house for an errand, sans kids. When the Default Parent leaves the house, they find the Backup Parent and give a rundown, akin to this: Child 1 just ate lunch and is playing in the backyard. Do not let them expand the dirt tunnel under the fence where the dog started one. Child 2 didn’t really eat anything so they are totally cranky and will be hungry soon. Do not under any circumstances let Child 2 fall asleep or they will never get to bed later tonight. I am leaving for approximately 1.5 hours to buy groceries. You are in charge of the kids. Oh, and guard the popsicles. When the Backup Parent leaves the house, they say out loud to no one in particular: Where’s my wallet? Oh, here it is. Okay, bye! How did we get here? I ask myself on the daily. We’ve been trying hard to shake off this stereotypical 1950s-style of parenthood, yet it trailed after us into the new millennium like the smell of a dirty diaper. Most Default Parents will tell you they want equity. They want equal division of parenting duties without having to delegate them. In my house, that means every time a kid says, “mom, mom, mom, mom, mom,” my husband needs to step in. He’s learning to intercede by


asking our kids, “What do you need?” Training ears and eyes is critical to this mission. And single parents? You are in a league of your own. We wish for you to get the restorative, restful sleep you need and promise to pick up your kids if you get stuck. Just text us. Recently, my teenage son wanted more WiFi, after it automatically timed out for bedtime. Instead of asking his father who was sitting right across from him, my son walked all the way upstairs to my bathroom where I was taking a shower, knocked on the door and yelled, Mom, can I have more internet? YOUR FATHER IS RIGHT THERE, I yelled back. Oh...right, he said and trudged off. We just gotta keep at the training, I guess. For all of us.

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HEN TEETH are crowded, they can create problems that go beyond looks. Untreated teeth crowding can lead to a host of issues, such as: Increased cavities. Teeth crowding creates nooks and crannies where food particles can hide, which increases the risks of cavities. It’s simply harder to clean those tight spaces. Damage to teeth. Crowding often causes a misalignment of the bite, which makes for uneven wear and tear over time. This ups the risk for damage to the enamel, leading to cracks or chips. Pain or discomfort when chewing. Unintentionally biting one’s lips or the inside of the cheeks is sometimes a result of crowded teeth.

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Headaches and jaw pain. Crowded teeth can be a root cause of a painful jaw disorder called TMJ. Speech problems. Where teeth are positioned in the mouth impacts how we articulate words. Gum pain. As people age with untreated teeth crowding, they have more gum disease. Social-emotional health. If a person is unhappy with how their teeth look, they may limit themselves socially or have difficulties with self-esteem and confidence. The health benefits of treating crowded teeth are many, as your teeth need to last you a lifetime.

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All it takes is a little planning and you can tailor your trip to accommodate the ages and abilities of your entire family.


CAMPING WITH KIDS Americans are itching to get out of the house this summer, perhaps more than ever. And while destinations that may have been on your list for a family vacation are still slowly emerging from COVID-19 protocols, there’s one surefire, socially distant option for families of all ages — camping.


EFORE YOU DISREGARD this most outdoor of outdoor adventures, consider camping as an extension of the Great American Road Trip. All it takes is a little planning and you can tailor your trip to accommodate the ages and abilities of your entire family. If you have really little ones (or if you’re just not that into getting primitive) obviously an intense backcountry trip is not the right option. However, you can still experience the nomadic joy of camping by sticking to established campgrounds that contain the amenities necessary to keep everyone clean and happy. Nothing beats a day of sitting around a campfire like a warm shower! If you don’t have camping gear, consider renting an RV for the occasion. They’re self-contained and really allow you and your family to celebrate the best of both worlds. Camping spots in Oregon get gobbled up fairly quickly in regular seasons, but with a year off, many are just now coming back online. Visit to check the status of campgrounds in Oregon, from the coast to the high desert, and everywhere in between. If you’re a camping rookie, there are a few necessities that will make your family’s trip enjoyable: Make sure everyone has adequate bedding, whether that’s sleeping bags or blankets for a camper. If you’re sleeping in a tent, consider an air mattress or bed roll, and make note of the temperatures where you’re going.

Remember your sunscreen. Pack sunscreen for every activity, including water sports and hiking, and reapply as directed. A painful sunburn can ruin a trip quickly. With the exception of bikes or skateboards, limit kids’ toys to just what they need in the car to stay entertained between destinations. Riding a bike around a campground, where speed limits are low and strictly enforced, is a great way for children to have a little freedom. Let there be light! Don’t forget a batteryoperated lantern or two: one for the picnic table, and one to accompany campers around the site and to the restrooms. Pack drinking water for all, if you’re headed off the beaten path. Established campgrounds may offer a potable water source; bring a large container for filling up your family’s supply. Keep food simple. Part of the joy in camping is the distinct difference between being at home and being in nature. Hotdogs are a campfire staple, as are foil packet meals that you can make ahead of time and cook right on a fire (if forest regulations allow) or over a camp stove. You might find that kids are so engaged with “playing” that they don’t ask for as many snacks as they do at home. Remember, getting there is half the fun. Take time to stop at roadside attractions along the way. It’s often the moment in between the moments that make the best memories.

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Joni Buyes

Profession: Wedding and family photographer Husband: Anthony Buyes, sales associate for Sherwin-Williams Children: Arika, age 15; Jordan, age 12; Addie, age 9 Community: Salem


Photos by Samantha Shannon

Joni Buyes takes beautiful photos for others, including MOM Magazine. Now it’s her turn to be in front of the camera. Family comes first. All families are unique. Tell us about yours. I have a sweet, hilarious husband, Anthony. We have been married for 10 years this August. We are a blended family, and we have four kiddos together. Anthony has a son, Gabriel 13. I have my first two: Arika, 15, and Jordan, 12. Then we have our littlest, Addie who is 9, together. We also have two fluffy kitties named Jack and Charlie which we adopted from the Humane Society. They are our loves. Every family has their own traditions, rituals or inside jokes. What’s one of yours? We love games so we try to fit in a family game night at least once a week. We play games like Throw Throw Burrito, Cards Against Humanity: Family edition, Sorry and so many others. But we also love an exciting night of living room karaoke or snuggling together watching movies. In the summer there isn’t a weekend evening we aren’t outside roasting smores. Do you think that parenting is easier or more challenging than when you were growing up? I believe that it could be more challenging today than it used to be with the constant growth of technology. I never thought I would have to fight my children to want to go play outside. Or fight them to get off the devices without hearing tantrums. What is the most surprising thing you have found wedged between the sofa cushions or behind a car seat? I found homemade glitter play slime underneath a car seat once that melted in the heat and stuck to my back seat. It’s still there because we can’t figure out how to remove it. In what way are your children like you? How are they different? Jordan and Addie have dimples just like me. Arika is very driven and organized. She also has a

very sweet side to her and people say she looks just like me, minus the hair color. Addie is very sensitive just like me. They are all different from me in the way that they all love spicy food and I can’t stand it. You know you’re a mom when you hear yourself say, “______.” “I don’t know how many times I have to repeat myself!”

No one works harder than mom. We know that being a mom is a full-time job. How do you balance (or not) motherhood, activities, work, volunteering, household responsibilities, and life in general? What sometimes falls through the cracks? Life is certainly difficult to juggle sometimes between work, kids, sports, household chores and so many more things. One thing that helps me is being hyper organized and having about four calendars all throughout the house. I also gave up a long time ago doing the kids’ laundry. They all are responsible for taking care of their own rooms, belongings and doing their own laundry. No one accomplishes anything alone and that’s certainly true in our house. Usually if something falls through the cracks when our schedules get crazy with appointments and sports it’s usually dinner, which then results in us eating out a little more than I’d like to admit sometimes. Tell us about your work or volunteerism outside of the home. I love running my photography business. It fuels my soul to meet new people, get to know them, capture their wedding day and serve them in this way. I love connecting with them, making them laugh and taking gorgeous photos. It is a ton of really hard work keeping up with everything it takes to run a business, the constant training to hone and perfect my craft and to make sure my 11

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MOM s Favorite... …binge-worthy TV: Friends, Parks and Rec, Big Bang Theory …words to live by: When something bad happens you have three choices. You can either let it define you, let it destroy you, or you can let it strengthen you. …place to hide and find some peace & quiet: a super hot bubble bath …way to get out of making dinner: Telling my husband I’m super exhausted from work, which is usually true, though I do love cooking for my family. …inspirational quote: “If it’s important to you, you’ll find a way, if not, you’ll find an excuse.” …digital tool: QuickBooks Selfemployed is a lifesaver for running my business.


clients and couples are fully taken care of, loved on, and served in the best way possible. I fully believe my business has a higher purpose though than to just take beautiful images. I love to use it to be as much of a blessing to others as I can be. What have you learned professionally, that has helped you as a mom? One of the things I’ve learned is that even though things get difficult and you run into tough situations, you don’t give up. Running my business and doing photography is my passion and anyone that has experienced me shooting has seen how excited and pumped I get. But it’s not without its struggles. Just like life and having children, there are moments when you want to pull your hair out and give up, but it’s a life calling and knowing and seeing the bigger picture helps you to keep pushing through. Tell us about a recent achievement you’re proud of, or a personal passion or talent. I placed in the Best of the Willamette Valley contest in the Best Photographer category the last two years. I am really excited for the results from this year’s votes as well. I’m always so humbled by all of those who vote for me and support my business.

Do you have a goal you’d like to accomplish within the next five years? I have wanted to become a published author since I was a little girl. I have been working on my writing for years, and there are books I’m working on that I truly hope to get published one day.

If mom’s not happy, nobody’s happy. Tell us about your community/upbringing growing up. How did it shape the mother you are today? My childhood was difficult to say the least. We had moments and people that were amazing but we also endured a lot of pain and trauma. We learned early on that we had to grow up at a young age. I ended up becoming a teen mom and gave birth to Arika when I was only 16, a sophomore in high school. I thank God every day for my granny who taught me so many valuable life lessons before she passed. She helped shape me into a mother I didn’t know I would need to become so early in life. Though life took a turn for me I wasn’t about to become a statistic. I went right back to school after I had Arika and ended up graduating at the top of my class. I couldn’t have done that 13

without the help that my school and community offered. There was a daycare across the street from the school that provided childcare, and the support from the school and counselors was a huge help as well. I couldn’t have done it without them. What is special about where you grew up? I grew up in the small town of Silverton, and I love the community of our town. There are events and things that go on throughout the year, the shops and small town vibe that I just love. What do you think is the most important life skill or value your parents taught you? My mom always taught me to never give up on my dreams. She was my biggest fan in everything I did and she was always so proud of her girls. She was one of the hardest working people I know, and she was always there to help anyone who was in need. She taught me to look out for others and help when I could. She also taught me that if you’re going to work at something, you work hard. Since we lost her two years ago to cancer, I still try my very best to keep making her proud in all that I do. When did you realize you were no longer a child? When I had my first child at 16 years old. I had to grow up so quickly in that season of life, and it was very clear that I was no longer a kid anymore. What is one thing you never had that you want for your kids? I always wanted to travel and see new places and have more adventures. We weren’t able to do that much while growing up, and I want to be able to allow my kids that opportunity. I’ve come up with an alternative to a sweet 16 party for my kids: instead of spending money on a big party, each of the kids will be able to chose anywhere in the world they want to visit and I will be taking them on a one-on-one trip with me there. This way we get time to spend together before they finish high school and move on to the next phase in their lives. What are three words your best friend would use to describe you? My little sister, who is my best friend, described me as trustworthy, amiable and resilient.


What are three words your kids would use to describe you? I actually asked them, and they said outgoing, beautiful and busy. Momma is always busy! What’s your superpower? My super power would definitely have to be multitasking. I am constantly doing a hundred things at once. What’s in your mom purse right now? A Tide To Go pen. You never know when a stain may happen and trigger a meltdown. It’s probably the most used item in my purse besides my wallet. What keeps you up at night (apart from kids, of course)? The weight of everything that always has to get done is what usually keeps me up. I always seem to overload myself and there’s always things going on that pack our schedule. The to-do list gets unmanageable sometimes. But taking deep breaths in the busy seasons and knowing I only have to do what absolutely needs done for that day helps keep me in check. What is the best way that you let off steam? I love doing yoga. It really helps me to slow down and catch my breath. I feel so refreshed after a yoga session, if I can get my kitties to not take up all the space on my yoga mat. What’s your guilty pleasure? (dark chocolate hidden in the pantry, TJ Maxx, daily latte habit?) Coconut milk ice cream — mint chocolate chip is my favorite. Who is your favorite real-life hero? My favorite real-life hero is my little sister, Jamie. She’s overcome and accomplished so much in her life, despite all the obstacles she’s had thrown in her way. Since we lost our momma we have become even closer, and she’s not only my best friend but my rock, my support, my comic relief and my real-life hero. She may be younger than me, but I will always look up to her for all that she’s done and all that she is. Outside of your family members, who/what inspires you to be better? What inspires me to be better, especially in my photography business, is all of the beautiful people and couples I get to work with and the relationships that are built from it. I fully believe that God gave

me this passion and talent to help serve others, and I love to think of my business as designed for so much more than to just take and deliver pretty photos. I want to use it for a higher purpose to touch lives, whether they be in the lives that I touch through loving on and serving people or others He brings to me just at the right moment. What is something you think everyone should do at least once in their lives? I fully believe everyone should try facing a fear. I used to (and still a little bit now) have a really bad fear of flying, but I love traveling to new places. Working through this fear has allowed me to have some amazing new experiences, and I now travel regularly for my business and get to visit my clients in new and exciting places. They say that everyone has a book in them. What’s the title of your book? I love to write and I’ve always wanted to be a published author. I fully believe there’s a story inside of me that has yet to be told, and the more

MOMs Love Local We love locally owned businesses, restaurants, places and organizations. Share your favorite…

…shop to pick up a gift for a friend: Salem Saturday Market …view or scenic lookout: Willamette Valley Vineyard …place to treat yourself to a mani/ pedi: Ivy Nails on Lancaster …restaurant to take the kids: Bo & Vine downtown …restaurants for a date night: Rudy’s Steakhouse …take-out, food truck or quick bite: The Yard Food Park …meetup spot for happy hour: Archive Coffee & Bar …place where the kids can let off steam: Salem’s Riverfront Carousel, Minto-Brown Park, Rock Boxx Climbing Gym …event in your community: World Beat Festival …any other local places you love: The Gray Lab natural light studio for indoor studio sessions with clients. 15

I put thought into it and the more I pray about it, the more the title “Good Enough” comes to mind. After years of believing lies that I am not good enough or thinking that I’m not enough, I have worked really hard to accept myself and believe that I am in fact good enough.

Listen to mom. Is motherhood what you expected? What surprised you the most? Motherhood is not exactly what I expected. Though I think what surprised me the most was how much more challenging parenting is as the kids grow and get older. In the younger years it was challenging but in very different ways. As my kids get older and enter into puberty and the emotions and hormones are going crazy, I am finding myself really missing the toddler days. Who and what has influenced the mother you are today? My granny has been the most influential person who has shaped how I raise my children. My mom worked a lot


when we were kids and my granny helped raise us. We were with her every day and she taught us almost everything we know. She was raised very strict and taught us how to keep a clean house, how to cook, bake, how to save money. She also taught us how to pray and about God and who Jesus is. She taught us discipline. When I think about what type of mom I strive to be, I always hope that I’m making her proud in passing down so many of the things she taught us. What’s the best advice you’ve received from another mom? It’s ok if you don’t get the dishes done today. This was one of the things that has really helped me realize that it’s ok if the house is not completely clean and perfect all of the time. As close as we feel we get, we are not superwoman and we can’t always do it all and sometimes we kill ourselves trying to. As long as our children and families are taken care of and we are finding time to take care of ourselves, the dishes or laundry or whatever chore can wait.

What advice would you give your younger mom self? What do you wish you knew then that you know now? I would tell my younger mom self today to just breathe, take in the moments as they come and be present in the moment. Because these moments with the kids go by so fast and oftentimes we find ourselves looking to get ahead to the next phase in our life thinking it will get easier and better. Only to find we missed the present moments thinking and worrying too much about the future. What message would you like to share with other moms? Remember to tell it like it is. I would just like to share with the other moms out there to give yourself some grace. We are all trying to keep our kids alive, fulfilled, happy and healthy and we run ourselves into the ground with all the demands of family, work and life. Sometimes we need to take a small step back and give ourselves grace and know that we are doing a good job.

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Jumper cables Tire jack and filled spare tire Emergency kit with basic repair tools, working flashlight, flares, blankets, etc. Fire extinguisher First aid kit: Check that yours is properly stocked and rotate out any expired items. Because you Emergency never know when water supply you’ll need to MacGyver Duct tape something

Practical Concerns Garbage bags Wet wipes Disposable urinals like TravelJohn! and TravelJane! Car sickness wristbands/ medications Blanket & towels Water supply Neck pillows


These are actual products! Who knew?

Books: try an audio book the whole family can enjoy Games like car bingo and ISpy No-mess activities such as Invisible Ink books or Crayola Color Wonder sets

Try the Harry Potter series or classics like Chronicles of Narnia

Food & Drink Water bottles for everyone Juice boxes Shelf-stable snacks like jerky, nuts, oranges, apples Special treats like gum. Warning: bubble blowing contests may ensue.

Music — don’t forget the headphones Tablets or other screen devices with downloaded stories, movies and music A bin for each kid to store their travel items

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Download a new movie your child has really wanted to see to keep them engrossed for a good chunk of time.

MEET LAURA AUGUSTINE Laura Augustine has worked as a finance assistant at Capitol Auto Group for 7 years. She is the proud mom of three kids (four, if you count her husband Chad): Ariel, age 23; Claudia, age 22; and Bryson, age 18. As a family, they love to go fishing and boating at Detroit Lake, and they also have four Saint Bernard Dogs: Grace, Ted, Jerry and Stuart.

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package rolled pie crust dough (get the two-pack for bottom and top crusts)


cups fresh cherries, pitted and sliced in half

⅔ cup sugar (use more for tart cherries) 1/4 cup cornstarch 1 tablespoon lemon juice 1 teaspoon vanilla 1 tablespoon chilled unsalted butter, cut into small squares


tablespoon coarse sugar (optional)



IN A LARGE BOWL, stir the cherries, sugar, cornstarch, vanilla and lemon juices together until thoroughly combined. Set filling aside in the refrigerator as the oven preheats. PLACE one of the pre-rolled crusts as directed into a pie dish. ADD the cherry filling, sprinkle squares of butter on top, then put on the second pie crust. CRIMP the edges of the crusts together, then use a fork to poke holes in the top for venting. If you want to get fancy, there are all sorts of cute lattice and weaves you can make with the top. Sprinkle coarse sugar on top for a pretty finish, if you like. PLACE the pie onto a large baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes. AFTER 20 MINUTES, turn the oven temperature down to 375°F and bake for an additional 30 - 35 minutes. If the edges of the pie are browning, use foil or a pie crust shield to protect them. ALLOW THE PIE TO COOL for three full hours at room temperature before serving, which gives the filling a chance to thicken properly.




cups fresh cherries, pitted and sliced


tablespoon cornstarch


tablespoon lemon juice


teaspoon almond extract

1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted

3/4 cup all-purpose flour 1 cup oats 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup light brown sugar


PREHEAT oven to 375°F. LINE an 8-inch baking pan with parchment paper. STIR together cherries, cornstarch, lemon juice and almond extract. Set aside. IN A LARGE MIXING BOWL, stir together melted butter and sugar. Add flour, oats, baking soda, baking

powder and salt, and stir with a fork until the mixture resembles crumbs. Press all but ¾ cup of the crumb mixture into the bottom of the lined pan. SPREAD CHERRY FILLING over the crust, then sprinkle the remaining crumb mixture over cherries. BAKE BARS for 22 to 25 minutes, until the top is golden brown. COOL completely before cutting. 23












4 cups of salad greens, like arugula or spinach mixes

¼ cup cherries, pitted and sliced ⅛ cup sliced almonds or nuts of your choice ¼ cup goat cheese, crumbled DRESSING

IN A MASON JAR with a lid, shake 3 Tablespoons olive oil and 1 Tablespoon red wine vinegar, with salt and pepper to taste. TOSS greens, cherries, almonds and goat cheese. Top with dressing. This salad also works well with a lemon-Dijon dressing.


You can invest in a cherry pitter tool, which can be found in many stores or online. Or, you can search the web and find a myriad of DIY options involving a clean chopstick, an empty glass pop bottle, or a bent-up old fork...the list of options might go to the end of the internet.

CHERRY SAUCE Use on waffles, ice cream, cheesecake, or even by itself for divine deliciousness. INGREDIENTS


cups fresh tart cherries, pitted

3/4 cup sugar 1/3 cup water 2 teaspoons cornstarch 1

dash salt


COMBINE water, sugar, cornstarch and salt in a saucepan. Whisk over medium heat. ADD THE CHERRIES. Stir occasionally until it comes to a boil and thickens, roughly 6 - 8 minutes. For a thicker mixture, you can add another teaspoon of cornstarch.

Sources: Northwest Cherry Growers, Oregon Aglink, USDA, Nutrients

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children. Before you do, consider your long-term financial picture. You may well receive a medium-to-large inheritance someday, and when that day arrives, you’ll need to decide how best to use it. Consider some options: Do nothing, at least at first The grief of losing a loved one is a lot to handle in the beginning, so know that you do not need to make any urgent moves with an inheritance, as least not at first. Eventually, if you are inheriting an investment vehicle such as an IRA or a 401(k) plan, you will have to make some decisions about liquidation or withdrawals. And because these accounts may carry tax obligations, it’s a good idea to consult with your financial advisor fairly soon after you receive your inheritance. But if a big part of your inheritance simply consists of cash in a bank account, there’s nothing wrong with moving the money into a cash management account at a financial services company until you decide what to do with it.

Collaborate with your financial advisor You’ll likely want some guidance on how to use your new assets to strengthen your existing investment strategy. Do you have any gaps in certain areas? Can you use the money to help diversify your holdings? Diversification can’t guarantee profits or protect against all losses, but it can help reduce the impact of volatility on your portfolio. Use it for your own retirement or children’s college savings If your inheritance is large enough, it may permit you to max out your IRA for years to come, and possibly free you to have even more of your salary deferred into your 401(k) or similar employersponsored retirement account. You could also use the money for other long-term goals, such as funding a tax-advantaged 529 college savings plan for your children. The joy of giving You also might use part of your inheritance to donate to charitable organizations you support. Due to recent changes in tax laws that caused

many people to stop itemizing their deductions, charitable groups are in more need of support than ever. Your future goals Use this opportunity to review your goals. Is your inheritance large enough for you to adjust your planned retirement age? And if that age may indeed change, what about your other plans for retirement? Will you now be free to travel more or pursue other hobbies? Will you need to modify the way you invest, possibly by taking a less aggressive approach? Again, a financial professional can help you answer these questions and give you sound guidance in the decision-making. Brought to you by:

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By Lynne Brown for the Parenting Success Network

Family Outdoor Fun By Lynne Brown for the Parenting Success Network

There’s nothing like summer in the Willamette Valley: the rain is gone, the sun is warm and nature welcomes us outdoors. There are so many options for family outdoor fun!

Engaging in activities as a family group helps children learn to communicate with people who have different styles, opinions and ways of doing things. Playing together allows each individual to contribute in their own unique way.


Play soccer, tennis or volleyball. Take advantage of the numerous city parks that provide spaces for all of these sports. Divide up into teams and forget about keeping score — just enjoy the opportunity to be active together.

More family time creates stronger emotional bonds as well. Building relationship skills can have long-lasting effects: research shows that teens who spend more time with their parents are less likely to skip school or get into trouble with the law.

Go on a hike. Visit a state park and enjoy the forest. “Forest bathing” is a way to destress together — simply slow down during a walk in the woods to absorb everything you can see, smell, hear and feel around you.


Take a bird watching walk. You don’t need to leave the neighborhood to take advantage of the 420 different bird species that call the Willamette Valley home. As you walk around your neighborhood see how many different kinds of birds you can see and hear.


Prior to the 20th century, many families came together over shared farm work and household chores. While most families today do not work together on the family farm, finding time to have fun together outdoors can help strengthen family bonds, develop strong emotional connections, improve communication and reduce stress.


Pitch a tent or build a fort in your backyard. Once built, enjoy a meal or have a reading marathon in your homemade outdoor oasis.

Have a sunset picnic at a park or beach. Summer is a great time to enjoy outdoor dining, in your own backyard or farther afield. Pack up the car with a meal, a comfy blanket and sunscreen, and enjoy the scenery at a local park. For extra adventure, journey over to the coast.


The Parenting Success Network is a nonprofit coalition that offers classes and workshops based on proven parenting programs. Visit for information.

Spending time together having fun helps both the adults in the family and their children reduce the impact of stress on their health and well-being. Findings from a Canadian research study underscored the importance of the role of leisure as a means of coping with stress. Choosing energetic activities for family fun, like biking or soccer, elevates the body’s heart rate and reduces its stress hormone known as cortisol.

Family friendly


If you think about it, wineries are the perfect family friendly places: they have room to run, often have food, and of course, they have wine for grown-ups.

The Willamette Valley is teeming with beautiful wineries, all with their own unique vibes. Some have a swanky ambience (read: get a babysitter and go on date night), while others are as casual as visiting an old friend. Continued… 27

Winery owners & workers seem to be the friendliest, most laid-back people in the hospitality industry. Of the places we visited, we were greeted warmly with cheerful conversation. It’s like they’re just so happy to have us visit, they spin a kind of magic relaxation that makes us want to stay there all day. These are just a few of the many great places we visited, so the list is by no means exhaustive. We’re lucky to live in an area with so many, you could probably visit a new one every week for a year. In fact, we might just make that a goal...

1 Bennett Vineyards & Wine Co. —Eugene


We headed to Bennett Hills Winery in Cheshire on a lovely blue sky day. They offer lots of appropriately spaced picnic tables with sun shades, which work great for families. The grounds are beautifully tended, and if we could give an award to the most perfect trees, we would. The 2015 Pinot blend was a joyful reminder of why Oregon is known for Pinot Noir. A generous cheese snack plate is available for $15. It comes with chocolate, so grab yourself one before the kids sneak them all for themselves. Bear Creek runs along the property, and the owners of the winery participate in a stream bank restoration program through the Long Tom Watershed Council. A mid-size pond with water feature brings relaxation to anyone traveling without a water-curious toddler. If you want to actually relax and enjoy yourself, we recommend leaving the little walkers at home. Bennett Vineyard is easy to access just off of Hwy 36, but no worries about traffic noise as it’s set far enough away, you’ll barely hear it. Mostly you’ll relax to the sound of the wind in the trees.


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Ankeny Vineyard —Salem 2 In Salem, Ankeny Vineyard was hopping with people on the warm Saturday we visited. Bridal parties, couples and families can enjoy wood-fired pizza in an open setting. Both outdoor deck seating and covered seating is available. The barrel room is an overhang with cafe lights strung from the rafters. Note that this area can be a bit loud for conversation, which can be nice when you want to cover up the noise your kids make. Tables are spread out for the pandemic, which is a bonus for anyone pushing a stroller to be able to maneuver around with ease. The staff was friendly and attentive, and the made-from-scratch pizza was served fresh out of the wood-fired pizza oven. They also serve small plates and desserts, with the menu focused on seasonal, locally sourced ingredients. Note that reservations are needed during times of live music. Even then, at peak times you might have a short wait for a table, but not a big deal when you can walk around the beautiful grounds. With 22 acres you get that wide-open relaxation feel, especially with the nearby Ankeny National Wildlife Refuge. Visit the chickens, and the rooster will likely crow hello. The kids can burn off some energy by walking up the hill to say hi to the llama and goats.

Springhill Cellars Winery


—Albany/Corvallis Tucked just outside of a residential area in North Albany, you’ll find Springhill Cellars Winery. This three-generation winery is as inviting and friendly as can be, with owners who live onsite. The sweeping views of the valley are lovely, and neighboring farms with horses give a pastoral feel to your visit.

With picnic tables outside, under a covered overhang, you know this is a place you can relax. Mature trees offer shade, and a small water feature provides a nice effect. For special events, they turn on the cafe string lights and light the fire pit. People love the cheese plate, which comes in three sizes and features five to six fine cheeses, mixed nuts, grapes, summer sausage and crackers. The owners are also known to serve items fresh from the garden, whipping up something custom and in-season.

If you’re headed there from the west, take the Buena Vista Ferry for $3. The novelty of being in a car, on a boat, crossing a river is enjoyable for kids and adults.

Younger kids will like visiting the chickens, and older kids will appreciate the wifi password posted on the door. This little respite is easy to get to, just off of Scenic Drive in Albany. Bonus: it’s dog-friendly, too.

Before you go Check COVID-related openings, closures and special conditions. Many wineries are bringing back live music, but with more structure around seating capacity and ticketing than in pre-pandemic days. Check their websites and Facebook pages for up-to-date info. The Facebook pages tend to be updated more frequently. Some wineries don’t mind if you bring your own picnic, while others set

limitations on this. Check first so you don’t get caught unaware. You’ll want grounds to explore, with shaded areas when you need it. The vineyards that look like a movie scene for jetset are not for little kids. For instance, you don’t want to spend your time pulling them away from posh bonsai trees. Peruse the menu beforehand, and make sure it has something for everyone. Most vineyards offer non-alcoholic beverages to enjoy.

A good bathroom (no portable ones), preferably with a changing table but those are rare. With kids in diapers, it’s always worth your time to have a makeshift changing table set-up in your vehicle’s cargo area. A chicken coop or friendly dogs on the property are usually a bonus. Speaking of dogs, many wineries and vineyards are amenable to canine visitors, but always check with the property before bringing your own. 29

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