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|09-03-2009 01:52 AM|
have you been able to make some friends yet? Where are you again?
I have never lived close to family, but I managed. I'm sure if you were strong enough to move to "ALASKA" you can handle this challenge too!
|09-02-2009 09:41 PM|
|PaulaJoAnne||Someone started the new September thread for us|
|09-02-2009 07:58 PM|
I'm not too worried about cross-contamination because I have two cutting boards (bamboo ones btw...they rock!) One is for raw meat, and the other is for produce, cheese, bread, and other non-raw things (I rarely cut cooked meat on a cutting board--it's usually in the dish--but if I do it goes on that board). Anyway, I took a sharpie and wrote "raw meat only" on the meat board so there's no chance of confusion. As soon as I'm done using it I scrub it with a brush and really hot running water (I have a soap-shall-not-touch-it brush that I also use for my cast iron and it works great).
I do most of my other cleaning with baking soda, vinegar, hydrogen peroxide, and (as often as not) plain old hot water. I'm a great believer in the cleansing power of HOT water
Here's a random list of things I tend to put in:
|09-02-2009 07:38 PM|
You know... I was thinking of you in particular when I typed part of that post. I remember you being SO apologetic about the state of the book cases and the *gasp* dirt fragments in the toybox... and I sat there thinking "this place is SO comfortable and you can tell people LIVE here" I LOVE being in a home where you aren't afraid you are going to break something, or dirty something... or your child is going to destroy something. I have friends with the showcase as well, and it's agonizing to visit. I'd rather be at my house where they kids can drag out all the bins and have a blast (and quite honestly, probably not make more than a mess than was already there LOL)
I swear... I do pick up the big messes daily, but I've just learned not to sweat the small stuff. If you can't love me for my dusty entertainment center, then so be it
|09-02-2009 07:27 PM|
We're in something of a similar situation. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE our house. It's odd, it's ours, it's literally wall-to-wall books...But the folks we know don't have big families, don't homeschool, don't live on a budget the way we do.
So while they're thinking, "Hmmm, should I get the new end tables to go with the new couch, or stick with just a glass coffee table?" I'm thinking, "The vacuum died again and we have wood season in front of us. And it's time to give Iris a hammer and nails again so she can pound away into a piece of firewood...and my old flannel-backed vinyl table cloth probably needs a good scrubbing after the last painting session. Oh, and where will we store all the egg cartons and old newspapers this year?"
The folks we know have showcase homes, the kind where they must have house-elves to do the cleaning and cooking and tidying. But they don't have 5 homeschooled kids, who eat, sleep, play, invent, dance, sing, and fight in that space.
I was so intimidated about having people over...we decided to go with BBQs, which works out well in the Autumn especially. Only problem was 15 grown-ups, 20 or so kids, one potty. Ummmm....
|09-02-2009 07:10 PM|
OMG, Karen, I'm remembering when you brought Emma over and I spent days crying because the bedroom they played in had toy bins that hadn't been washed out...It seems a little funny now, but at the time my anxiety level was sky-high.
|09-02-2009 06:47 PM|
I really wouldn't worry so much about the state of your home. I stressed for SO many years that my house wasn't "up to snuff" to have people over, and what I discovered is that every single one of my friends, suffered the same thoughts. We all got over it, and we enjoy the fact that we don't have to run around, tidying up in order to feel comfortable having friends over. I am who I am... if my friends can't love me for my flaws (I'm far from the best housekeeper) then they aren't truly friends... y/k? So I say let go of that fear.... a house is just a house... clutter is just clutter, it really doesn't say anything about you, other than you embrace life more than wasting it tidying up... y/k?
|09-02-2009 06:32 PM|
|09-02-2009 04:48 PM|
I did attend LLL meetings and the Providence cuddlers and cruisers play groups. I even went to a couple play groups in mom's homes. I am not in contact with any of the people I met through those groups, except one woman who I ocassionally talk to on the phone. We never meet up because of our different socio-economic status. She wants to meet places that require I spend money and would require I have a second vehicle. I am an introvert so it's difficult for me to really get close to people and my lifestyle change of becoming a mom in my 30's was isolating for me as well as having just moved to this state. I also am quite embarrassed to have anyone come to my home. I wouldn't be able to even think about the visitor for fear they are disgusted by my home.
|09-02-2009 03:32 PM|
After I had my first, I realized how much support I was going to need so I started going to infant playgroups and made some great friends who were in the same place as I was-brand new baby, all alone....Next thing I knew, we were spending Christmas together!
Hang in there!
|09-02-2009 03:32 PM|
We are pretty isolated up here. We do lots of video chat and pictures with our family (the only family I have up here is my mother and I rarely see her) and lots of phone calls.
I have a few friends that I'm really close with. I really miss Fairbanks, where my long term friends were, but the longer we are here, I slowly make more good friends. I suspect you'll slowly make them as well. I'm starting to meet some of the mama's from here IRL, and so far, each of them has been awesome.
Can you go to LLL meetings? That really helped me when my babe was very little. I was very overwhelmed... I was struggling with breastfeeding and had nobody to turn to... as no one I knew breastfed, so I was very alone. Through LLL I made some great friendships (and they even steered me to mothering.. where I found folks I already knew... but was able to develop great friendships with (like miss Penelope ).
|09-02-2009 10:24 AM|
Can anyone please remind me WHY IN THE WORLD I thought it would be a good idea to move to Alaska right before having my first child?
I know lots of people are native Alaskans, but for those of you that aren't:
How do you handle being so far away from family, friends, etc?
Obviously, there are people to be friends with in Alaska, and so far everyone I've met has just been amazing, you guys are awesome, but I just feel so isolated. Maybe that's a PP thing?
|09-01-2009 05:15 PM|
|09-01-2009 05:03 PM|
|1stimestar||Ugh, finally getting out of town. Got me a little place out on McGrath. I am going to be so happy out of town and am happy that it is pretty close though too lol.|
|09-01-2009 01:45 PM|
|roadfamily6now||Pirate booty is alike a white cheese rice puff. Like Cheetos only better. THey also come in a Veggie flavor I like but the kids don't|
|09-01-2009 12:34 PM|
ha funny--one of my kids would eat Nutella/PB sandwiches everyday if he could.
We do a couple days/week of leftovers. I found some good Nissan stainless thermoses with wide mouths that work great. So, hot food a couple x/week and ham/cheese or NPBs the other days.
We do the organic choc milk from CostCo.
Sliced fruit in a reusable container.
Odwalla bar for morning snack.
And they have talked me into a junk food/day. I repkg a tiny bag of Doritos. This makes them so very happy. Oh well!
|09-01-2009 10:03 AM|
What IS pirate booty? Is that a brand name?
I am also asking this question for me as well.. we are ttc, and that may mean I have to limit my lunchmeat and tuna in the future, so...
Ha! Nutella for me!
|09-01-2009 04:16 AM|
tallanvor, those are great ideas to run with! Thank you for taking the time to write that!
I can so see these kids doing karaoke...and to do the "worst" karaoke...that would be a blast!
|09-01-2009 02:28 AM|
Depending on the furniture you have, could you do backwards food and eating? As in, start with dessert and work your way to the main dish and eat it on the floor under the table instead of in chairs at the table? Obviously it depends on the size of the group and whatnot. Would your place be large enough for a game of Sardines? For one of my parties it was backwards themed -- we did outdoor games inside, ate under the table, etc. Maybe a karaoke contest, but where you have to make up your own songs? Make it a worst song contest instead of a best song contest. I've always liked trivia games, so maybe make your own trivia.
|09-01-2009 01:25 AM|
So, I pack lunch for 5 people.
I usually make a "sandwich" which is usually a meat/cheese combo on breads, tortilla, or bagel.
Today they just got 2 rice cakes and a couple slices of turkey.
We usually send a cheese stick or yogurt as well but the cheese sticks we got from Costco last time were BAD! (like they started to explode from their packages!) so no cheese sticks this week.
I always send a fruit since they are eaten by all my kids. I have packed carrot sticks and broc, etc with some small cups of Ranch but they always come home unopened.
I always send a 100% Juice drink, frozen juice box to help keep things cold.
I also send a sippy bottle of water.
We have also done peanuts, raisins, homemade muffins, pirate booty, granola bars, etc.................... my son likes Tuna and cheese so he will get a bowl of tuna, some slices of cheese and a baggy of crackers.
I use those GLAD WARE re-usable containers and buy a lot of stuff in bulk like #10 can of pears or applesauce. I also make sugar-free jello and chill it directly in the serving cups for lunches.
my kids go to a charter school that wont allow unhealthy foods so my choices have to be on the "better for ya" side. No fruit snacks, or chips, cookies, etc.
|09-01-2009 01:06 AM|
So I curious though - what is the primary concern with bleach. I assume you are talking about chlorine bleach? Is it the off-gasing of chlorine? Or that drinking it is very dangerous? Or the hazard of mixing it with ammonia (although I imagine that if you don't use bleach you probably don't use ammonia). We still use it in our house - but pretty much just for hardcore decontamination. DH comes home periodically with truly unspeakable stuff on his boots/clothing. There are certain things that vinegar can't touch. (Hydrogen peroxide is good for small stuff, like cutting boards. If I could buy it by the gallons I would - but it doesn't work diluted, unlike bleach - which we use it in a 10% dilution for 10 minutes per CDC/EPA guidelines.)
|09-01-2009 01:01 AM|
Pinoikoi, we have to pack lunch for DS (6) every day.
Usually consists of some kind of sandwich on varying bread - pita, wheat, bagel, tortilla, meat and cheese or nut butter and honey or jelly. Cream cheese and jelly on a bagel. Some kind of carb/protein combo.
I usually pack him either a string cheese or yogurt (I buy the big tubs and portion it out into a little plastic cup) or slices/cubes of cheese.
A fruit - nectarines, clementines, pears, bananas, apples, grapes...
Then usually some kind of snacky thing, like pirate's booty or some other kind of cracker or homemade granola bars/muffin.
Luckily my kiddo is a creature of habit, and he likes the same "boring" (to me!) things day after day!
|09-01-2009 12:21 AM|
|~PurityLake~||For lunches, besides the varied fruits, I'd suggest some more protein. The only thing that sounds easy to me are nuts and sandwich meat and string cheese. I used to roll sandwich meat around string cheese without bread so it looked like a tube and ate that along with salad for lunches and it really kept me energized for the day (this was back when I worked at Curves and we didn't get breaks and had to eat quick snacks behind the desk discreetly).|
|09-01-2009 12:16 AM|
Does anyone here pack thier kids' lunches? Two of my kiddos attend a school where lunch is free to all kids, but one attends a different school, and all of a sudden we no longer qualify for reduced price lunch for him.
So I am looking at packing lunches.. I have a laptop lunchbox, but it is MINE and PINK. I could get him another one, but honestly I think the 2.0 pieces are easier since the sizes are varied and they all have lids.. what do you all do?
Also, what do you put in them? I am always looking for ideas, and "Oh, I just snatch an orange off of my fruit tree that grows by our front door" doesn't really fit for Alaskan families
I made him heart shaped jigglers, and star shaped pb and j, and lumpia another day.. carrots (he doesn't like celery), grapes, apple slices..
|08-31-2009 11:48 PM|
Tape is the only other article needed.
And by theme, I meant the outfits
|08-31-2009 10:34 PM|
|roadfamily6now||thank you for the wonderful Cleaning and disinfecting ideas ladies!|
|08-31-2009 09:46 PM|
I second flag football and large group pictionary! Also, if you want boardgames, scattergories is LOTS of fun and can be played in pairs (so six pairs per board game).. I picked up a couple of sets of this game at Value Village for $1.99.. it is SO fun.
|08-31-2009 09:43 PM|
Would they be into flag football, tag, hide and seek, capture the flag - retro outdoor kids games? With a good sized fun-loving group like that, they'd probably love it regardless of the weather...
(You could just email or call and remind them to bring extra clothes to change into if it's rainy or muddy!)
Orrrr... pictionary is fun with a big group and two big white boards on easels/hung on the wall.
I love the MYO pizza idea!
I was raised in Fairbanks, with a mid-September birthday. Most years I just had a big sleepover!
|08-31-2009 09:37 PM|
My kids actually *really* want me to do the "make your own pizza" thing, because it's something we do regularly, anyway. I was hoping for an outdoors cookout, so that at least part of the time would not be indoors.
I put a TON of effort into my son's 8th bday this summer (Harry Potter themed), and it was awesome, but a lot of work. And in the end, the biggest hit of a game wasn't the Snitch pinata I made, or the homemade hand-carved wands, or even the pop-rocks in colored juice to make potions...it was a game called "Salute the Captain," that all the kids play at karate.
I think a theme might be a good idea, but the invitations are out, and it wouldn't be fair now to ask anyone to come in costume or anything, so that leaves me to create costumes for them (and of course my daughter would help, but one more thing to do...)...
If it's nasty rainy like it has been, we'll definitely go with the pizza idea. We did that years back for one of the girls' birthdays, and it was awesome what they turned out (all I did was make the dough).
Thanks for the ideas!
|08-31-2009 09:27 PM|
Might be a good idea if the weather is going to horrible.
One thing that is fun, is having a toilet/tissue paper clothing contest.
One guys outfit, and one girls outfit.
But, do not split into girl, guy teams. Keep it mixed.
Maybe have a theme. Pirates, royal court, etc.
Thats good for at least an hours worth of fun.
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