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Hello from Hancock! Spring is in the air ladies, I can see daffodils, false indigo, all kinds of sedum, grape hyacinths, hardy geraniums, phlox and poppies all green and alive showing through the snow. My forced apple and lilac branches are all green and lovely, a forecast of what's to come.
Of course, spring lends itself to the discussion on birth. We have some amazing options in the area and I, like most mamas, would love to tell my awesome birth experience and the wonderful care I received in Mrs.CheerfulFace's loving presence. She rocks! I can't wait to see the good that come from that direction in the future

Come one, come all ,up to Hancock, where the livin' in fine!
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Here's the link:
http://www.ckunlimited.net/artshow/

I will be there w/ my wares, my friend Mavis, too will be there (she makes AWESOME earrings and skirts and t-shirts), my friends Judy (she makes peaceful crane mobiles) and Cindy (cool stuff galore! glass water bottles, yoga pillows, rocks, jewelry, chakra flags) and Jill and Thomas (pottery) will all be there...there is music by Mike Waite and food by Oy (Rice Paddy). Come one, come all!!!

I do trades!!!!!!!!!for things that I need...diapers...random cute baby things...carriers...things you might need no longer and I need we can chat!

Here's the info:

SUNDAY, March 29, 2009
Upfront and Co. ballroom
12-5pm


Be there or be square.::::
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Originally Posted by russianthistle View Post


Be there or be square.::::
Oh, I'll be there
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LAUREN !!!!!!!!!Happy Spring We've missed hearing from you! Did you have a good winter? How is your family? Is your nest feathered and good to go? Is there anything you need? Hugs to you in the wind down of your pregnancy- Marcee
post #1465 of 1574

Were here!!

Well we have opfficially set up home here in Kewenaw bay area....We are in the woods off 41. I am in LOVE with my home...its as close to be off grid without being off grid. We have only wood heat, our water is from a spring well and we cant get tv! WOO HOOO. there is no cable here! i am so happy! We do have electricity and i am thankful for that! We have 3.5 acres and i cant wait to start a big garden this spring...pretty soon itll be warm enough i need to till some ground! I cant wait to meet all you houghton area mommas! I made my way to the coop over there a few days ago...i love it, though i did find it more pricey then marquette on a few things. BUt they have a much bigger variety of stuff. So i am happy! I also was VERY impressed with the natural food stuff at econo! Who would of thought! I also went to this natural place by the ming bistro.....very cute little store. Soooooo all is well in Desis world. Getting use to wood heat though...that will take some time!

Houghton mommas email me so we can get together! I need to know about this area more..librarys?? I need some books about country living ASAP! email me at desibugz @ yahoo

Marquette mommas!!! I will be at Advocates THIS monday! We are doing a Birthing from Within Birth Art Class! So please come or tell all you preggo momas and partners to come! See you soon!

HUGGS! Desi:
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Oh boo hoo Desi- Monday is our LLLeague meeting. You'll be missed! Glad you settled in well. RHot and I are looking forward to hooking up with you soon. There is a new doula study group starting up, we'd love to have you. We have wood heat too. But I have wood choppers/knindling makers here. Wondering how many more fires I need to make??? I'm just itching to plant something! PS have you found a new place to worship?
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Hey everyone!!


It's been a looong time since I've been on! Things have been pretty crazy.
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I'll tell ya what's crazy...this snow!
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Do any facebooking mamas wanna add me? I'm alone in the Soo and feeling a little isolated. http://www.facebook.com/home.php#/pr...91&ref=profile
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Hello everyone!

Are there new babies in Marquette? I miss you all! How is everyone holding up? HUggs! Desi
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no baby yet here due in mere hours....................................gimme some : mamas! (and L. too!).
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BIRTH VIBES TO YOU MARQUETTE MOMMAS!!!

Love you both! Desi
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Sauna?

Hi Yooper mamas!

I am going to be visiting my family in the UP next month. I use the sauna almost every day that I'm home (I miss it so much!!!). I'm wondering if any of you sauna with your babies/kids? My son is 3 months old...I thought it might be cool to introduce him to the sauna, but maybe as it was getting up to temp (like, take him in at 110 or 120, give him a quick wash and pass him out to daddy while I cook at the usual temp).

Thanks, and happy spring!
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Look what I found!

A tea icon is way overdue
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Sault Ste. Marie

Hi there!

I just posted a separate thread and then found this one. I haven't read thru all 75 pages for the resources yet though!

So my husband, our 3 kids, and I will be moving to the Soo from East Lansing soon. My husband's starting a job this month, and we'll follow after we deal with our house and such.

We are excited--my husband's been job hunting since graduating from law school last May, so we are ready for this change. But it'll be a big change. What can you tell me? Natural food store? Yoga classes? Public schools? Running community? Attachment parenting/bf/out-of-the-mainstream community?

Thanks for your help. Oh, our kids, a girl and 2 boys, are 7, 5, and 3.

Cara DeNuccio
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That is so totally awesome!!! I live about 20 minutes from the Soo, and go there on a nearly daily basis. I have 3 boys, they're 9, 7, and 5. Happy to be getting another crunchy family in the area!

As for health food store, we have a small one, Harmony Health Foods, I worked there for a time, the owner is very nice and extremely knowledgable. The schools, if you live in Kincheloe or Rudyard, are awesome! The Soo schools really suck. I hated living in the Soo, we moved to Kincheloe and really like it. The houses are so affordable, and very nice. It's the old airforce base. We have a beautiful swimming lake (well, several actually), and hiking/atv trails all over. We also have a pretty nice golf course. And did I mention the schools rock? We lived all over this area, and this is the only school system I have liked, where all the children are valued equeally.

We occasionally have yoga and belly dancing classes here at the Rec Center, not sure what is available in the Soo. This area is pretty mainstream, but getting crunchier every day. There is a new breastfeeding group that started, I've heard they are going strong.

It's a very safe and friendly area, you will probably be very suprised coming from Lansing. Very small, everyone knows everyone, that is sometimes good, and sometimes bad. But the community has shown that they can really pull together when someone needs help, as they recently did for my former foster children.

The area, as is all the UP, is drop dead gorgeous. For a small town, we do have quite a bit of activities going on, from the dog sled races and children's fishing day here in Kinross, to walks for charities, the I-500, all kinds of stuff. I like it here, except for the lack of crunchy people. Several MDC moms have moved here, then moved away, so sometimes it is like being stranded on Mainstream Island, LOL. If you have any questions, feel free to ask... I've lived here for 6 years, and am pretty familliar with the area.
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Marie,

Oh, yay! Thank you for so much information. We are excited to do more outdoorsy things, and I know the UP offers so much in that regard. I am used to having access to numerous classes for kids and adults and wonder about that. And right now we've got a food co-op and a health food store within a mile of our house.

What's wrong with the Soo schools? Do you have an opinion on which of the elementary schools might be the better ones? We haven't looked into this much yet, but I'm pretty sure we'll be in the Soo, rather than in surrounding areas. Maybe not--still so much to figure out!

It's going to be a big change on many levels. Yes, coming from East Lansing--but at least the Soo is another college town. When we moved here 5 years ago from downtown Detroit, we felt like we'd moved to the country. The Soo and the UP may initially shock our systems!

Thanks again, and I welcome more input from you and others!

Cara
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I would stay away from Soo Township School if at all possible. It is heavily over crowded, so much that the kids only get about 15 minutes to eat. My foster sons had a TERRIBLE time there, they were beaten up daily and there are so many kids that the teachers didn't even notice most of the time. And when my younger foster son had a meltdown, they actually sent my older foster son in there to calm him down, knowing that the younger one had a history of seriously hurting his brother, and my older foster son got kicked in the face as a result... very poor judgement on their part. Completely inexcusable.

My son went to Lincoln, and it wasn't much better. My kindergartner was sent home several hours of homework every night, and they really didn't care that he didn't really know how to read... it is a very fast paced school and if your child needs help... oh well, too bad. I ended up pulling him out of there.

No experience with Washington School, but I've heard it is just as bad... they have closed some schools in the Soo, so the remaining schools are just over crowded.

Our experience with Rudyard Area Schools has been absolutely wonderful... the teachers know our kids almost as well as I do, and have gone above and beyond to help them with their delays. There is a strict no bullying policy, and instead of sending the kids to detention, they instead go to the 'responsible thinking classroom' where they talk to a teacher about what they did, and write a plan where they think of how they can better handle the situation in the future. It is SO successful. The school has a form of 'questioning' when the child is caught misbehaving, and it goes like this:

"What are you doing? Are you suposed to be doing that? What are the rules? What happens when you dont follow the rules? Is that what you want to happen? What should you be doing now?" all said in a calm voice, and it really helps the kids to think for themselves! My experience with the other schools is that they just send the kids to detention, rather than encourage the child to come up with a better option.

If living on base isn't your thing, Rudyard is a beautiful and very small area. Most people have farms and horses, and there are tons of trails and lakes. They have their own parades and recreation activities, so I would strongly urge you to consider that area instead of the Soo. Oh... and another thing is that in the Soo, when the wind blows across the river from Canada, you get to smell the stench of the paper mills... it really stinks.

But... that's just my experience... I am very partial to the Rudyard area...

ETA: Another reason to avoid Soo Township Schools: The kids there actually put worms in my foster son's lunch. Actually brought worms to school... and put them in his lunch when he wasnt looking... and when he brought it to the teachers to complain, he wasn't given another lunch!!! And the other students werent even discliplined for it! Unbelievable!
post #1479 of 1574
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Originally Posted by cdenuccio View Post
Hi there!

I just posted a separate thread and then found this one. I haven't read thru all 75 pages for the resources yet though!

So my husband, our 3 kids, and I will be moving to the Soo from East Lansing soon. My husband's starting a job this month, and we'll follow after we deal with our house and such.

We are excited--my husband's been job hunting since graduating from law school last May, so we are ready for this change. But it'll be a big change. What can you tell me? Natural food store? Yoga classes? Public schools? Running community? Attachment parenting/bf/out-of-the-mainstream community?

Thanks for your help. Oh, our kids, a girl and 2 boys, are 7, 5, and 3.

Cara DeNuccio
Hi Cara!

I moved to the Soo a year ago (exactly) from Lansing!

I am starting up a babywearing, breastfeeding, AP group in the area. There really isn't a lot of it up here as of yet. I definitely don't fit in around here...

The Charter school is great!

There is a fantastic Pilates studio that just opened up this winter. A few indoor tracks. I gained 10+lbs this last winter. The winters here are so very different than Lansing winters.

I don't run, but I have a few Boarder Patrol mom friends who do.


PM anytime you want! I have a 3 year old daughter.
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It's a boy!
7lb. 8oz. at 42 w!
2h 45 m labor (whew!)
Born May 10, 12:34 am.
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