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Hello! We are a family with 2 little girls. We live in downtown Redmond, not far from Bend, Oregon. We would welcome a helper who can assist with teaching the kids plus dishes and laundry. We are offering a full studio apartment with meals included.
Our Workawayers are treated as part of the family so do NOT need to wear a mask but we hope when you come you will be conservative and wise about going out in public and essentially co-quarantine with us. We are currently following state guidelines for Coronavirus - wearing a mask in public, minimizing interactions with people outside of our family, etc. Two of our children have an auto-immune disorder that makes them particularly vulnerable and Chris has asthma. This means that you cannot have a restaurant job while living with us but you could have an online job.
Our girls have had Workawayers around since before they were born, so Workawayers are a major part of their childhood. Our family is very busy, but we are friendly, albeit always tired! We eat organic, local foods. We are atheists and liberal. We love to bike, rock climb, ride horses, and hike.
- Kali (mom) is a horse trainer and teaches classes online every afternoon and some on the weekend
- Chris (dad) works from home as a software architect for AWS with Amazon
- Quinlyn (age 9) loves gymnastics, ASL, dance, theater, ukulele, and is homeschooled. She is opinionated but very smart!
- Revelyn age 4. She loves animals, art, imagination games, and being outside.
- Cora (age 11) is artistic and loves wolves, theater, and soccer. We have Cora very part-time.
- Before picking a Workawayer, we do a video call to make sure it is a good fit
- We offer a studio apartment with separate entrance, modest kitchen, full bath
- Excellent wifi
- Small garden and apple tree on the property
- Quiet street, walk anywhere
- Down the block there are many wonderful restaurants and cafes
- Walk Redmond’s Canyon Trail right from our house
- Skate park, dog park, farmer’s market short walk away
- Many, many biking trails, lakes, rivers, and hikes about 25-30 minutes away
We try to visit someplace once a week to paddleboard, bike, or hike with our Workawayers. It’s important to schedule this time because otherwise you’ll miss out on the cultural exchange and friendship part of the trip. We do a picnic and play frisbee in the park once a week in summer, usually on Thursdays (although that's harder in winter because it is dark after work). In winter we like to watch movie series with our Workawayers like the Avenger series or Star Wars series. Through Kali’s horseback riding school, you are likely to meet many families who would enjoy showing you around.
We ask for help from 9am-2pm or 1-6pm weekdays. Here is what we suggest for you do for enrichment and to experience our area.
WEEKDAY ENRICHMENT OPTIONS:
Option A) We want you to experience the Central Oregon so we encourage you to go hiking or go downtown and pick up a coffee and walk the canyon. Some days the kids are available in the mornings and can go with you if you want the company. However, Kali and Chris both work full time, so we try to find couples on Workaway so they are not lonely. We LOVED having a writer as a house guest. He spent all morning working on his novel and truly valued the time to himself.
Option B) During the morning or evening Kali goes to train horses. You are invited to go to the stable with Kali and watch or help lunge horses. Kali specializes in putting the first ride on young horses and ponies so there won’t be many opportunities to ride unless you are 130lbs or smaller, but Kali can teach horse training, like equine psychology, grooming, lunging, saddling, and Liberty work.
WEEKEND ENRICHMENT OPTIONS:
Weekends are a great time for you to go camping, skiing, or take a 2 hour drive to the hot springs. We live in a beautiful area and you should see it! Often times, we are exhausted on the weekends and need some time to recharge quietly as a family. We aren’t in our 20’s any more - weekends are pretty much dedicated to kids, rest, or catching up on work. About twice a month we go spend a night or two with Kali’s mom to keep her company.
SOME OF OUR FAVORITE LOCAL PLACES
We really want you to see these places!
Smith Rock for world-class rock climbing and hiking (15 minutes away)
Suttle Lake for mountain biking and Stand Up Paddle (SUP) (25 minutes away)
Phil’s Trail Complex (30 minutes away)
Maston Trail Complex (15 minutes away)
The Old Mill District in Bend for paved biking (30 minutes away)
The Village Mall at Sunriver Resort for paved biking (45 minutes away)
Cline Falls for picnics (10 minutes away)
Sisters, Oregon for food carts (25 minutes away)
Metolius River for hiking or fishing (40 minutes away)
Deschutes River for white water rafting (various spots)
Mt Bachelor Bike Park (50 minutes away)
The High Desert Museum (40 minutes away)
Cascade Lakes Highway for swimming, hiking, biking, and SUP (1.5 hours away)
Belknap and Breitenbush Hot Springs (2 hours away)
PORTLAND AREA (3 hour drive away)
Battleground Lake for mountain biking and Stand Up Paddle (SUP)
Cottonwood Beach for sun bathing and swimming
Vancouver Lake for paved biking
Moulton Falls for picnics
NW 23rd / Alphabet District - great neighborhood
Hawthorne - great neighborhood
Alberta Arts District
Overlook Park for evening walks
Peninsula Park for the rose garden
Canon Beach, OR and Long Beach, WA for day trips
Newport Beach for overnight trips
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Both Chris and Kali are into Myers Briggs (Kali is ESFP and Chris is ENTP) and Gallop Strength Finders. Kali is a huge fan of Chinese Medicine. She loves talking about ailments and remedies. Chris used to own a coffee shop so if you want to learn to geek out about coffee, he is the ideal teacher.
Kali is the founder of an internationally acclaimed horsemanship program and curriculum for kids and kids at heart. As a horse trainer, she has trained for the largest Welsh Pony breeder in the United States and one of the largest horse rescues on the West Coast. She has written four books and produced a dvd. She teaches natural horsemanship, horse tricks, vaulting, Western riding, jumping, and dressage. Treeless, bitless, bridle-less are all part of her norm. Clicker training, carrot stretches, and hoof balancing are all essential parts of the regular maintenance of our herd. If you want help learning to make money teaching classes for kids online, she is the one to ask.
Chris has achieved a lot in the world of programming. He is great with Kubernetes, iOS, PHP, and Python. He has multiple apps in the app store. He is also an incredible team lead if you're looking to learn more about people management and project management, like Agile and Scrum. He's a big fan of the book "Getting Things Done" and has a tremendous amount of knowledge about user experience design. Check him out on LinkedIn and StackOverflow.
Chris and Kali both work full time. Chris works 6am-9am on his own projects and 9am-6pm for Amazon. Kali also works roughly 6am-6pm daily, with online teaching scheduled 8-9am and 4-5pm, but with training horses or managing her horse business remotely throughout. Although we are extroverts, we both have very extroverted jobs (we are on video calls most of the day) so need some introvert time to recharge.
Since 2010, we have hosted Workawayers from...
- General helper with good attitude is a must
- Dishes, laundry
- No smoking (cigarettes or other). Cigarette smoke really bothers Chris.
- No drug use is allowed, period.
We expect you to help out wherever you can. Our home can feel wild with young kids, so you have to be used to a busy environment. You'll learn a lot about the upbringing of American children. Here in the Pacific Northwest, our kids are very outgoing and athletic. We will treat you as a member of the family, but we expect you to contribute more similarly to how an adult would contribute than to how a child would contribute.
The Workawayer apartment is attached to the garage. The apartment is a newly built studio with nice furnishings. There is a shower/bath, modest kitchen, and great internet. The studio has a separate entrance and is not attached to the house.
We provide a grocery stipend of $350/month for a single person. If you prefer to eat with us, we eat mostly paleo. We eat a lot of meat but it is all natural, local, and organic. We eat almost zero sugar and minimal dairy. We have a severe gluten allergy so we unfortunately we prohibit wheat and corn in the house, but you can have them in the apartment. We eat bread made from rice and nuts as well as gluten-free pasta. We eat have vegan cheese.
OUR TOWN, REDMOND
Downtown Redmond is very walkable and bike-able. To be able to get to Bend, you’ll need a car. A monthly car rental is fairly affordable.
Workawayers can drive to Redmond or fly into the Redmond airport, which is 10 minutes from us. We will pick you up or you can take an Uber. When you arrive, you can have 1 full day to just relax. We will start engaging after that. We can help you use InstaCart to have your kitchen well-stocked before you arrive.
We'll help you plan weekend trips. We can't go with you much, due to having the kids, but we'll encourage you!
Portland is one of the most progressive cities in the United States. Portland is known for having outstanding food, a great tech culture, excellent public transportation, great access to green spaces, and for being very inclusive. Portland is extremely bike-friendly.
- Canon Beach 5 hours away
- Seattle is 7 hours away
- San Francisco is 11 hours away
- Yellowstone is 13 hours.
Accès Internet limité
Nous avons des animaux
Nous sommes fumeurs
We have business grade internet at our house because Chris works for AWS at Amazon and Kali teaches online classes with Outschool.com. Our upload and download speeds are very fast.
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