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Can't WAIT for May!
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WHen will I see grass in my yard? unfortunately we dont get any warm sun on our front yard, so it could be months.
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Thanks for all the input guys! I may not actually get to do all those things, but I know I wont get to them if I don't try!

It was 48 degrees here today, spring is coming! Sometimes, I am just so happy to be living in Alaska.

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I want school to be done so I can concentrate full time on baby stuff.. I am so self centered
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Thanks for the offers of help & support. My DH found out today that he's going to be able to take a week off and come out to Delta Junction & Glennallen with me & kids.

Today was DD's first day at daycare. It went well. She's super-nursing now though. She nursed for 25 minutes at lunch, then took a 4 oz bottle at 4pm. She's been attached to my boob nearly nonstop for 2 hours!! But DS had a great day at school - his first poop in the potty at school!! He's basically "housebroken" - but not yet "school-broken." yippee!!

My day went well. I have loads of work lined up- which is great. With my return to work after DS was born I was slow for the first month, which sucked. Now I have worked lined up through May.

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Thanks for all the input guys! I may not actually get to do all those things, but I know I wont get to them if I don't try!

It was 48 degrees here today, spring is coming! Sometimes, I am just so happy to be living in Alaska.
That's crazy! It's was only 58 here in Vegas! And it's been crazy windy this week. I felt like I was home in Wasilla!
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Let's see, big news from us lately...

Eagle has figured out how to roll over and scootch across the room (although he's not close to crawling, he is very mobile). He puts everything in his mouth so the babyproofing and obsessive cleaning up has begun!

Bear is, well, he's 3.

Wolf is going to be evaluated for aspergers this week. There have been markers and issues for years, but there was always something to blame it on (new baby, bullies, bad teacher, the list goes on and on). We always felt like if we could just find a new method to teach him ____ or to reinforce ____, or if we just showed a little more love...but what it comes down to is that there is something off and we can't just love him better, so with everythign else ruled out we're finally seeking a diagnosis. Part of me is glad that this was the last resort, but a bigger part of me is sad that it has taken us so long to realize that this was what we needed to do. Hopefully it will help. I really want to blog the whole thing to share with the world about how even the most attentive parents can totally miss it (since aspergers is so high functioning), but I dont' want to violate my son's privacy by posting on my blog because a lot of people that we know irl read it and I dont' want him stigmatized about it... I'm finding that my own perceptions about the whole autism thing are changing rapidly now that I'm realizing it's so close to home, but he has had enough struggles, he doesn't need to be singled out on this too...
Hmm, maybe I should write a post on blogher. That's an idea.

And DH got pink-slipped. We knew it was possible, but it's frustrating and stressful. We're not really telling the whole world, but I figure I can trust you ladies to not talk to anyone I know irl There are at least a couple of positions here in Homer which he is applying for (one each at the high school, middle school, and alternative high school). Thankfully his principal has been very straight with him, and told him that there are nearly 20 applicants for the position at the HS, and that some of them are tenured people so he *has* to give them interviews, although apparently some of them are not even 'highly qualified' in the subject area, and DH is, so hopefully that gives him a one up. He also interviewed for a position in Eagle River, and he interviews today for one in Soldotna...so we'll just see. We felt like being brought to homer was an answer to prayer, so we figured we'd be staying (and we sure don't want to move!) but I guess we just have to wait and see what happens next.

So yeah, I'm juggling a lot right now. On the entertaining side, yesterday we switched internet providers (cheaper). I went through the whole setup thing and restarted everything and it didn't work. So I did it all again, then went through the troubleshooting list in the guide...still not working, so I called tech support. She started taking me through the setup again (I was feelign annoyed at that point because I'd been through it twice, right?) and then I noticed something...my username (which is MY NAME) was misspelled. Yeah, I couldn't get online because I misspelled my own name, and didn't notice it. Then I didn't notice it AGAIN. The tech support lady was very nice and didn't laugh at me. Betcha she lost it to giggles as soon as we hung up though.

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Jenni- that sucks so bad! I would assume it would be cheaper to move from Homer to someplace else on the road system (moving van versus shipping boxes) but still, it would really suck.

Let me know if there is something I can do to help, ok?
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Jenni-wow you have a lot going on right now. It sounds like you guys are all veery proactive. I have a cousin who was diagnosed with Aspergers about two years ago ahd he is now nine. Sometimes having the diagnoses helps family and friends understand WHY certain behaviors occur, KWIM? April is autism awareness month and I have been doing some research for work. There is A LOT of information out there now. Plus, there is Alaska Autism Resource Center.

Spring has sprung. I still can't understand tshirts and shorts in 40 degrees but give me a couple more years.

Anyone know if there is a sort of La Leche meeting tonight? I thought I remembered something about a meeting being talked about at the birth network meeting last month.

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I'm not all up to speed on the LaLeche meetings yet. Im not sure there are any just yet but if there are they are held at the One Family, right?

Jenni, Hang in there! Best of luck in the job hunting.
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Spruce - you don't have any kids testing next week for black belt, do you? We're going to go watch some of the testing and then DD will do the clinic for her group. She's excited!

It was gorgeous out today! DD did an egg hunt at one of the churches and we dyed eggs here at home.

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liza--I'm glad it worked out for you. Sorry I didn't get back to you the other day.

Jenni--x'ing my fingers for your DH! also, asperger's is not so bad (imho). I have a friend who has it, and growing up we always just said he was "eccentric" (but in a nice way!).

Not much here, DS1's birthday is in a month. Going on an egg hunt today, but I wish I'd done "the Ostara Ninja" at home. However, we are trying to wean DS1 off sugar, so it's not gonna happen this year.

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rabrog, no we don't have anyone testing for a black belt. I'm about TSD'd out right now...I love our instructors, but the Tiny Tigers class is HUGE and most of the kids just don't have any manners and we have issues w/ siblings who interrupt class etc.

Standardized testing is this week, and it's E's first go at it, and we're psyched! He's a little compulsive about always wanting to be right, and he's worried about his tests not being perfect. We're making progress in that area.

My oldest's boyfriend just signed up for the Navy. She's sad, but we're all excited for him. He graduates in May and goes for his physical and everything in Anchorage right after that. He was told during a routine PE physical that he has "really high blood pressure," so we're trying hard to help him with diet choices and encourage his excercise regime and relaxation.

Jenni, good luck with everything. I'm so sorry the world is sort of challenging you on all fronts right now. If anyone has the chutzpah to face it all head on, YOU do.

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OH! I've been meaning to add, that anyone in or around Fbks who is looking for a good place to get locally grown meat, veggies, milk and Alaskan seafood, etc., should join The HomeGrown Market's Facebook page. They have almost daily specials, some bringing prices down to $3.50/lb for grass fed beef. Few days ago they had a "bring your own bucket and we'll fill it with clean beef scraps FREE" special, but they only post them to FB.

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Hi ladies. I am the worst chat-keeper-upper-wither EVER.

Still in Bethel. Still pregnant. Still ready for spring (It was one degree this morning. I'm going a bit batty over here...).

Actually, I'm not in Bethel right now. I'm in a village, preparing for a nice evening of sleeping on the floor (airbed, actually). Yee haw.

Me+DH+DS1+DS2+Dog=me and a house full of guys, which is really just peachy, thanks.
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Spruce, how many are in the TT class? DH only took DS some last year and always left if he got overly obnoxious. Thurs. we had a challenge and DS did great until another parent came in with their two younger ones and their kid (maybe about 3 or young 4yo) started egging DS on and it was bad. One of the TTers is in DD's class part time and he's....uh...yeah. Can't pay attention worth beans.

Beautiful day here today! And Northern Lights tonight!

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Rabrog, I think our TT class is 15. It's a LOT of 4-7yos, most of whom are in their first ever "real" class. Made even harder this year by the siblings with NO oversight, who yell and dance and even walk out on the dojang floor to bother the kids in class.

I love our instructors, but I wish sometimes I c ould remove some of the PARENTS and siblings, yk? We've been in TSD for... 5 years! With 4 kids in TSD, all in differing age groups, we've seen a lot of different things, but this year's TT class has to have one of the worst parental oversight issues EVER.

Today was E's first bout of SBAs, and he ROCKED! He was so nervous, (he's kind of OCD about being perfect at everything), but he came out of the reading test exploding with self-confidence. A loved her test, as well, and got to say hi to lots of kids we haven't seen in months.

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Today was E's first bout of SBAs, and he ROCKED! He was so nervous, (he's kind of OCD about being perfect at everything), but he came out of the reading test exploding with self-confidence. A loved her test, as well, and got to say hi to lots of kids we haven't seen in months.
I was the kid who secretly loved standardized tests. I wasn't a stellar student in school (not bad, but not "top of the class"), so it was an opportunity for me to shock my teachers.

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I got a promotion! And now I get to work in the field! I have Anchorage, Bethel and Dillingham! I am keeping my fingers crossed I need to visit my outlaying areas in person! If I do, I am so looking you ladies up!
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Ok- my nursery is done, but may be about to be undone..

Yesterday I found a mushroom growing out of the carpet.. some investigation revealed a slightly swelled baseboard and moisture underneath the carpet.. sigh..

thankfully, I got a recommendation from someone that has had a bunch of home repairs done recently- he is both a plumber AND a handyman..

hoping this is a simple leak from the washing machine valve (other side of the wall) but trying to prepare for the worst...
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I got a promotion! And now I get to work in the field! I have Anchorage, Bethel and Dillingham! I am keeping my fingers crossed I need to visit my outlaying areas in person! If I do, I am so looking you ladies up!
Congratulations! Let me know if you're headed this way .

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Hi there,
I'm new to posting here but am looking for some ideas. We have a couple of friends and their 6 yo daughter coming to Fairbanks for May and June. Does anyone know of any fun events for a 6yo in May or June? I thought I knew this town pretty well, but am coming up with a blank. Maybe I've turned in to too much of a hermit?
Oh, and we are also looking for a place for them to rent/sublet for that time, if anyone has any suggestions on that front.
Thanks in advance!
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Ok- my nursery is done, but may be about to be undone..

Yesterday I found a mushroom growing out of the carpet.. some investigation revealed a slightly swelled baseboard and moisture underneath the carpet.. sigh..

thankfully, I got a recommendation from someone that has had a bunch of home repairs done recently- he is both a plumber AND a handyman..

hoping this is a simple leak from the washing machine valve (other side of the wall) but trying to prepare for the worst...
OMGosh!!
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So, I had someone email me from another message board I am part of asking me if the Movie the Fourth kind was REAL! LOL!!
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Hi there,
I'm new to posting here but am looking for some ideas. We have a couple of friends and their 6 yo daughter coming to Fairbanks for May and June. Does anyone know of any fun events for a 6yo in May or June? I thought I knew this town pretty well, but am coming up with a blank. Maybe I've turned in to too much of a hermit?
Oh, and we are also looking for a place for them to rent/sublet for that time, if anyone has any suggestions on that front.
Thanks in advance!
I have a soon-to-be-4 yr old, so we do a lot of outdoorsy things. We go for walks at Creamer's field, ride on the train at AKLand and play in their playground/run through the sprinklers, botanical gardens, farmers market, Ester park, library, swim at Mary Siah, feed the ducks (AKland). Berry picking too, but that's later in the summer. I don't know about any events...hmm, midnight sun powwow? all the solstice stuff, of course. Sorry, that's all I got.

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Hey, did you know you can get farm fresh eggs and goat milk and cheese and yogurt in Palmer, Wasilla, Eagle River and Anchorage on every Wednesday now? Call 232-5683 to get on the list or for more information.

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Hey, did you know you can get farm fresh eggs and goat milk and cheese and yogurt in Palmer, Wasilla, Eagle River and Anchorage on every Wednesday now? Call 232-5683 to get on the list or for more information.
*so jealous*

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