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post #281 of 372

Lion King

So, I'd really like to take my 9yo Wolf to see the Lion King...partly it's because I have wanted to see it myself ever since it won the Tony Awards (I saw the opening sequence on the awards show on TV 12 yrs ago, and as a theatre major I was obsessed ) Anyway, I want to see it, I think he would love it, and I'd like to take a chance to have a just the two of us 'date night' before the baby comes. Since Bear was born 2.5 yrs ago I don't spend as much time with Wolf and I think the just-us time would be good for both of us.
The complicated part is that we're gonna live 4 hrs away in Homer...that's a darn long time for me to leave the 2yo with just daddy (basically a day and a half, because there's no way I could drive back in the middle of the night after the show...I guess if there was a matinee or something, but still, it would be a looooong day and with me in my third trimester by that point I don't know if I've got 8hrs of driving in one day in me...) So I'm debating now... We could all go up, make a family affair of it...but I don't want to buy a ticket for the 2yo because he won't really appreciate it I don't think (and I'm poor darnit!) and I dont know if DH cares about seeing the show. He probably would like it but doesn't care much either way, and considering that if he comes we have to work our schedule with his work schedule (not to mention the cost of tickets...) I am just having mixed feelings about the length/cost of the drive, plus getting a hotel, plus figuring out logistics for the 2yo...
Tickets run from $30-135, and while I can't afford the top tier, I had hoped to at least get something in the middle (I've sat in the nosebleed section before, and it's hardly worth going imo...the extra $ to be closer is worth it.)
I don't know if I really have a point to make here, so much as I'm just thinking about all this and trying to sort out my thoughts.
post #282 of 372
To separate sticks/leaves from berries, I make an inclined plane and cover it with a towel. Then I slowly carefully roll the berries down the plane... and the berries land in a big bowl or cookie pan, and the twigs/leaves/bugs stick to the towel.
post #283 of 372
Jenni, do you have anyone in town you could stay with? I don't think it's a bad idea for the whole family to go up, even if DH and the 2 yr old don't go to the show. I realize it cost money, but if you can afford it, I would say go for it. You don't get an opportunity like that very often and it would be a shame to miss it.
post #284 of 372
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Those are all awesome berry tips! I will try them this weekend!

Look out Blueberries, here we come!



On another note, I am getting just so frustrated with this Vaccination crud from the schools. Man...........
So a quick recap from last year.... We moved across town thus my DD had to switch schools. When we registered at West last August, I hand delivered a notarized vax exemption form to the Nurse herself. So when DD was transfered to Bartlett the form was mysteriously non-existent. I had to get a new one since they told my DD she would not be allowed in school until she had her vax records. (they seriously sent her home!)

So this summer we got 3 phone calls (3 schools?) about the new Chix-px vaccine being mandatory and they will need 2 doses in order to go to school. (in addition to all the other shots)

Then just yesterday I get a newsletter from the High School reminding parents that no student will be allowed to register (will not be given their schedules even) unless they have a current and complete Vax Record on file! Which also means a notarized exemption for us Non/Delay/select vaxers.

I just KNOW that I will have to get a new one for EACH kid and once again hand deliver it to the schools.

Honestly I think some people purposely loose that stuff to make it a pain for some of us parents.

Mostly I am just frustrated. Thanks for listening.
post #285 of 372
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Oh, I do have some good news though!

So, my family is going to host a German Intern this fall! She will be here in about 2 weeks. So we have to hurry and get our guest room finished! We are painting and stuff. It is going to look AWESOME!
post #286 of 372
Tammy, that is so odd they require a notarized exemption! I've never had to have Em's notarized. I've got a medical one for her, so I don't know if that makes a difference, but truth be told, my doc would sign them for everyone.. not just because she has an allergy.

I always hang onto my original and always give everyone a copy... I refuse to let the original out of my paws. I'm still using the same exemption we got back in 06 LOL!

I'm sorry they are being such a pain!!!
post #287 of 372
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omgosh! I'm a senior member now! When did that happen?
post #288 of 372
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Originally Posted by Icequeen_in_ak View Post
Tammy, that is so odd they require a notarized exemption! I've never had to have Em's notarized. I've got a medical one for her, so I don't know if that makes a difference, but truth be told, my doc would sign them for everyone.. not just because she has an allergy.

I always hang onto my original and always give everyone a copy... I refuse to let the original out of my paws. I'm still using the same exemption we got back in 06 LOL!

I'm sorry they are being such a pain!!!
I cannot get a medical one, so we use the Religious one from the District. It does have to be notarized. Luckily we can get that done free through our bank. It is just annoying. In California, they have the Exemption form on the back of the Vax record sheet in the schools paperwork, so it is available to everyone. And they have a "personal" reason box you can check. Alaska does not have that.
post #289 of 372
Yeah, I wish AK had philosophical exemptions. If you ever *want* a medical exemption, I'll let you know my Dr's name He'll seriously give them to anyone that wants them, because he's fundamentally against them and doesn't feel they are medically safe.
post #290 of 372
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Yeah, I wish AK had philosophical exemptions. If you ever *want* a medical exemption, I'll let you know my Dr's name He'll seriously give them to anyone that wants them, because he's fundamentally against them and doesn't feel they are medically safe.
thats good to keep in mind!
post #291 of 372
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Originally Posted by tallanvor View Post
Jenni, do you have anyone in town you could stay with? I don't think it's a bad idea for the whole family to go up, even if DH and the 2 yr old don't go to the show. I realize it cost money, but if you can afford it, I would say go for it. You don't get an opportunity like that very often and it would be a shame to miss it.
We could probably find someone to stay with...there are a couple of people that we kinda know but nobody that we're really friends with if that makes sense. I'm having mixed feelings about our whole financial situation right now actually because even though DH gets a raise this year (teachers go up a little each year and this year was more than usual cuz he just finished his masters degree), but our living expenses--esp rent--are going up a LOT with this move, so I have a feeling we'll be totally broke still. The pfd's (which we'll get for the first time this year) are going to go toward debt, which will help a bit with the monthly load, but in the long run it won't feel like we have much more to live on, you know? : Anyway, yeah, I need to talk with DH about whether we can work something out, but I don't think I should do it until we're into an apartment he's got enough to stress about right now...I just get to thinking about things cuz I'm a way-in-advance-over-planner kind of person.
post #292 of 372
So what exactly is the process to get a vax exemption in AK? I've never persued it before because Wolf had all his shots as a kid but we've since shifted views and now that the 2nd chx is on the list there is no way I'm doing it, so he's gonna be "non-compliant" if I don't get that exemption filled out
post #293 of 372
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Originally Posted by Icequeen_in_ak View Post

I always hang onto my original and always give everyone a copy... I refuse to let the original out of my paws. I'm still using the same exemption we got back in 06 LOL!

I'm sorry they are being such a pain!!!
This is what I was going to suggest as well..
post #294 of 372
Just wrapped up my garage sale! : And wouldn't you know it, I had just lugged everything in and finally sat down when it started raining buckets! Woohoo, perfect timing!

I never did turn in a vax exemption. I was asked about it once or twice, and I just said, "Oh... yeah.... I do need to get that in for you, don't I!?" They never have the forms available so... I hope they have them when I go to register my oldest, otherwise I guess I'll just use the old form I printed off the muni/state (?) website.
post #295 of 372
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Originally Posted by brightonwoman View Post
So what exactly is the process to get a vax exemption in AK? ...
you can google Alaska vax exemption and it will pop up but i believe 1stimer has a direct link.....

it's easy. print out, fill out the info, get it notarized at the bank.
post #296 of 372
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Clam digging

We really want to go clam digging and I know the season is getting short.

So, I have heard that August and Sept are not ideal since that is spawning season (do clams spawn?)
Also the good tides are exactly the first day of school in August!

But I did find a great tide in Mid October when the kids have a 3 day weekend in Seldovia.

Do they have razor clams in Seldovia? And can you get there in October? Would it be too cold?



okay, I found some info

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Clamming
You just haven't lived until you've eaten a bucket of fresh steamed Seldovia clams . . .
Available clams include butter clams, horse clams, cockles, blue mussels and steamer clams. You can dig for clams at low tide (preferably a minus tide) at Jakolof Bay, Tutka Bay, and Kasitsna Bay.
BE CAREFUL - TIDAL CHANGES CAN BE DANGEROUS - DON'T GET STRANDED!
An Alaska Sports Fishing License is required for clam digging, so pick one up at the grocery store first.
post #297 of 372
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Originally Posted by onyxravnos View Post
you can google Alaska vax exemption and it will pop up but i believe 1stimer has a direct link.....

it's easy. print out, fill out the info, get it notarized at the bank.



http://www.epi.alaska.gov/pubs/Immun...Manual_v03.pdf


page 37 for a medical exemption
page 38 for a religious exemption
post #298 of 372
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Originally Posted by roadfamily6now View Post
We really want to go clam digging and I know the season is getting short.

So, I have heard that August and Sept are not ideal since that is spawning season (do clams spawn?)
Also the good tides are exactly the first day of school in August!

But I did find a great tide in Mid October when the kids have a 3 day weekend in Seldovia.

Do they have razor clams in Seldovia? And can you get there in October? Would it be too cold?
I have no idea, but I wanted to let you know that I am now, SERIOUSLY craving some steamer clams!!!
post #299 of 372
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Originally Posted by Icequeen_in_ak View Post
I have no idea, but I wanted to let you know that I am now, SERIOUSLY craving some steamer clams!!!
Oh, I know! Aren't those Awesome!
post #300 of 372
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LAND'S END school Uniforms

I get daily emails from land's end with discount codes for 25% off school uniforms.

If anyone needs a code, let me know!

roadfamily6now@Hotmail.com
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