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post #81 of 208
Wow Tiffani, it is so great to hear updates about how things are going. It's too bad you couldn't have more help over there. Any idea how long you'll have to be over there? Two more weeks?

Mariah, it's great to hear updates about your place too. What an amazing garden you are going to have

Elisa, your adventures sound great too. It sounds like you are making more connections in the homelearning community there?

I just realized how many of the original Vancouver MDC'ers have moved away. Tiffani, Mariah, Elisa, Sheila, Erica, Kazia, and Fern. Jen, seems like your gone too- in Costa Rica half the year, right? Did I forget anyone? There's so many that are still in Van area, but aren't posting anymore...busy lives? That is sure my problem with posting
post #82 of 208
sorry if I'm totally crashing this thread...I'm a mama in Penticton, BC thinking about moving to van. DH works in the wine industry, dd is 8 mo...any encouragement or tips mamas? I have heard van is verry expensive...we actually know no one there, we're from nova scotia....where would a mama start, what do you love about the city?
post #83 of 208
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I just realized how many of the original Vancouver MDC'ers have moved away. Tiffani, Mariah, Elisa, Sheila, Erica, Kazia, and Fern.
I seriously felt like I was scaring people off for a while there. Every time I felt like I was finally starting to get to know someone, they'd vanish! It was a bit unnerving. (Thanks to Hula Hoot, I'm finally over that.)

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There's so many that are still in Van area, but aren't posting anymore...busy lives? That is sure my problem with posting
Busy, and we've been sick pretty much since the beginning of September. I spend lots of time online, but don't seem to be able to put together coherent conversations, yk?
post #84 of 208
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Well, I'm not going anywhere! (Much as I occasionally have fleeting fancies of doing so, I think the furthest we might go is New West!)

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sorry if I'm totally crashing this thread...I'm a mama in Penticton, BC thinking about moving to van. DH works in the wine industry, dd is 8 mo...any encouragement or tips mamas? I have heard van is verry expensive...we actually know no one there, we're from nova scotia....where would a mama start, what do you love about the city?
Well, it's an awesome city, especially for crunchy-granola types. But it *is* very expensive, mostly housing-wise. Mind you, housing is pretty pricey all over the province, partly as a result of the real estate market here. If you're going to be renting, check the Craigslist ads to see what current prices are. As an example, rent is about $1000 for a 2 bedroom basement suite on the East side of the city. A main floor 2 bedroom might go for $1200 in the same area. There are a few really sketchy areas, but most are fine. We used to live right near Kingsway and Broadway, which some might consider sketchy, but we LOVED it. Just beware of what seems like a super good deal. Either it leaks or people are selling crack outside the door. (Or they might just be really nice people looking for their pick of tenants.) If you're buying, then of course MLS will be your friend.

What do I love about the city? The beautiful sunny days, where people are out and about walking all over the place. The misty days where they do the same. In our neighbourhood, it appears to be a very popular thing to go walking around the high school track in the evenings. Lots of parks. Lots of different kinds of people, and a mostly live-and-let-live attitude. Tons of different activities, which make great places to meet people. Oh, and this little tribe!
post #85 of 208
I love that you can be car-less in Vancouver quite easily. There are car co-ops too in case you need a vehicle every so often.

I have lived all over Vancouver and every place is different.

I've lived in Kitsilano (West Side), Marpole, West End (downtown), Mt Pleasant, Commercial Dr., Hastings Sunrise and now Collingwood area. My dh lived in North Van so I am familliar with some of that area too.

I love Collingwood area. It is still quite affordable for Vancouver. And I can walk everywhere. Taking the skytrain to downtown is simple and easy and taking it to Metrotown mall in Burnaby is even easier.

Rents are anywhere from $800-$1000 for a 2 bedroom, and $900-$1300 for a 3 bedroom, it all depends how new or well kept the unit is.


Here's one in this area: http://vancouver.en.craigslist.ca/va...036076636.html
http://vancouver.en.craigslist.ca/va...959588492.html

Commercial Dr is also nice:
http://vancouver.en.craigslist.ca/va...035144657.html
http://vancouver.en.craigslist.ca/va...036250779.html
post #86 of 208
Tiffani, thanks for the update! I'm so glad your kids are all with you

Mariah, your garden sounds like it's shaping up beautifully! We are hoping to move in the new year to a place with space to garden. Still in the duncan area though.

doulawoman, I really don't think it costs much more to live in Vancouver than Pen. I've lived in Kelowna and Summerland. Buying a house is more in Van, but rents are not too different, and other costs are very comparable.
post #87 of 208
I'm still here (if I even count as an original). I don't think we'll be going anywhere anytime soon.

I haven't posted much because since we've started HS-ing, I've never been so busy. Most days we're out from 9am to 3pm, which leaves me very little time to do the stuff I need to at home, to get by.

I'm *still* trying to get over to Hula Hoot, even though I've been saying that for a year now. Its just that by the time that specific Friday rolls around, we either have prior plans or the kids/I are too pooped to go out of the house again.
post #88 of 208
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I haven't posted much because since we've started HS-ing, I've never been so busy. Most days we're out from 9am to 3pm, which leaves me very little time to do the stuff I need to at home, to get by.
Yeah, not quite sure why it's called homeschooling !
post #89 of 208
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I'm still here (if I even count as an original). I don't think we'll be going anywhere anytime soon.
You were here before me, so if I do, then you certainly do!

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Yeah, not quite sure why it's called homeschooling !
I know! We now have activities out of the house 4 days a week, not counting my usual errands and visiting. Feels good to be doing stuff though.
post #90 of 208
You're all very active. We have out-of-the-house stuff three days a week (one of them just ended), which are all short classes. We also do some Ecology Center programs (about one a month), behind the scenes at the farm (one a month) and we're supposed to be doing a weekly "field trip" (Science World, the aquarium, etc.), but that hasn't happened yet. I don't know how you all do it. I'm running on empty, and I'm not doing much.
post #91 of 208
I think I count as an original tribe member but I hardly ever post anymore.
Everyone else always seems to have more interesting things to say!!
I'm here though!
post #92 of 208
the general unwell feeling has morphed into a full blown chest cold, really sore throat, achey all over, flu. so glad the big kids are here, they can take the littles outside periodically. I think I'm going to try to go take a nap with rose (marvin doesn't nap, hoping that will change eventually, as he gets more comfortable. it seems like he doesn't want to miss anything, and that he's a little freaked out to sleep unless he's absolutely knackered, so we just skip naps and enjoy the passing out at night)

as soon as marvin and rose's passports are ready, we can request a visa appointment, which will probably end up being on monday. then 2-4 days later, we can fly home! I can't wait to not have to wrestle with mosquito nets at night, to drink tap water, to be in our own beds, to settle in to our new life... I wish we had been able to enjoy our time here a little more, but feeling sick and not having money to go anywhere puts a pretty big crimp in things... it will be nice to come back in a few years and do it right!

but right now, back to that nap...
post #93 of 208
so great to hear things are moving along relatively quickly and that you are feeling a bit better, Tiffani!

I have been thinking lots about you and your new babies, and how a lot of us in this tribe have followed the process since the early stages.... and I was thinking also that, since a food-train is not doable if you don't live here we could have a baby shower of sorts.

That is, if you let us know if there is something in particular that M and R need and/or would like to have that we can come up with, as a group, either new or gently used, I would love to contribute! and I'm sure many more from this tribe would as well...

If you want you can post here or you can pm me with specific requests and I can organize the rest....

Elena
post #94 of 208
Oooooh! Yes, a "bringin' home the babies" shower is Definitely in order!!! Count me in!
post #95 of 208
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Oooooh! Yes, a "bringin' home the babies" shower is Definitely in order!!! Count me in!
Me too!!
post #96 of 208
I'd love to contribute to a shower for Tiffani.

I have tons of boys clothes that I could spare, if you let me know the size he is now I could give you a few things in each size.
post #97 of 208
I'd like to contribute to a shower as well!
post #98 of 208
aw, shucks, thanks you guys!

we do need a lot of things, actually, and would be so appreciative of contributions from this lovely tribe of friends! My biggest concern right now is that we just moved in to our new house and haven't really had time to stock the pantry at all. Marvin and Rose are still pretty insecure about food, and I would love to have a plentiful food supply for the first while. since fresh food train meals are out, I was thinking maybe we could just put a box on our friend in Vancouver's porch and people could drop off any pantry item (or frozen stuff would be fine too -- mark is staying at this person's house until we get home so he doesn't have to do the big commute to go home to an empty house, and he can store them in the freezer there) or used clothes/shoes for winter in 18/24 mos/2T for girls (shoe size 5) and 3T or 4T for boys (shoe size 8).

we could also use a crock pot, rice cooker, breadmaker, and a stick mixer/blender/food processor/whatever, if anyone has old items like these, or happens to see them cheap on craigslist or value village. maybe if you have an item like this, you could tell Elena/Len (since she brought it up, thank you Elena! ) so nobody doubles up? or I guess you could tell me, or post here, it's not a big surprise.

also let me know if you see a stokke/hipposmile type chair (or two) on craigslist or value village or anywhere like that, we need two of those...

as for food, we are still figuring out what they like and don't like, so anything your kids like would be great to try. pantry item staples for us are along the lines of black beans and kidney beans, brown rice, pasta, quinoa, tortillas, normal cheerios, almond/hemp/soy milk, natural peanut butter, rice cakes, crackers, any snack foods that your kids like, spices and seasonings (we lost ours in the move), annie's mac -n- cheese, and convenience foods that aren't full of chemicals -- anything you've tried and liked, really.

oh, anything that's good for building up immune system and digestive health.

we'll be back home next weekend, hopefully, so all this week anyone in vancouver could drop off items on the front porch couch (I'll ask mark to put a box out there, but on the couch is fine if there is no box yet) at 3868 Laurel Street, which is near douglas park. it's between 23rd and 22nd on Laurel, on the east side of the street, and has a bench out front on the boulevard. anyone who wants to help out who lives far away could send a gift card maybe? I think you can order them online from both trader joe's and target, and those are both nearby. our home address is 2231 H. St. Rd, Blaine, WA, 98230 for anything like that.

I appreciate this so much you guys, we are so unprepared with this happening so fast and unexpectedly, and right after we moved. not to mention the cost involved -- our heads are spinning a little...

thanks again, we really appreciate any and all help!
post #99 of 208
I have a stick (immersion) blender for you! Also, I will look through my shoe collection - I may have some that will work.
post #100 of 208

Alfie Kohn DVD - help!

Hello everyone! Does anyone in Vancouver happen to have a copy of Alfie Kohn's Unconditional Parenting DVD? A friend (who is also on this forum) and I are hosting a screening of it on UBC Campus this Thursday, and our copy hasn't arrived in the mail yet! Uh-oh!

If anyone has it and would be willing to lend it to us, we would greatly appreciate it, and would pick it up from you!

We're doing this screening, by the way, to attract people to join a Gentle Discipline/Peaceful Parenting Support Group that we are starting on campus. More on that soon!

Thanks, everyone. Please help!
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