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<p>I hope this is a good place to put this..! My husband just got orders to Camp Lejeune, NC so we will be moving there from Japan sometime between April and May of next year. I have only visited the area once and that was when I was in training there so only thing I saw was swamp, woods, rain and mud. Whats it like over there? What is there to do around there? Whats the weather like? How is it to homeschool? I have a ton of questions about the area, Im sure its a lot different from living on the little island we live on now.</p>
<p>Oh one last one, my oldest wants to know if you can get any good sushi over there? Shes actually taking this news really well (I was worried, she loves Japan and its the only home shes ever known) but she would like to know if she can still get her favorite food over there (sushi that is, both girls love it).</p>
 

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<p>Hi, Heather!  That's about 3 hours away from where I live, so I don't know much about the area.  </p>
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<p>I moved to NC in August, and have been loving it.  </p>
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<p>And everywhere I go there are lots of options for sushi.  :)</p>
 

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<p>OkiMom, NC is great. Jacksonville/Camp Lejeune is not the most progressive place in the state, but I'm sure you can get sushi somewhere down there. I can guarantee you some fried seafood (Calabash style, not Japanese). I'm actually originally from Fayetteville (Ft Bragg), though I don't live there now, and there always seem to be lots of good authentic Asian eats in military towns. I don't know if the GIs bring back folks from Japan/Korea, etc, or what, but there always seem to be good hole-in-the-wall asian restaurants and lots of pawn shops. Sushi is pretty prevalent in the US now so I'm sure there's some in Jax. Not sure how it will compare to authentic Japanese sushi. It will probably pale in comparison, but even the mainstream supermarket has a sushi chef now in Fayetteville when I go back to visit my mom. I'm in the the Triangle (Raleigh, Durham , Chapel Hill) and we have some great sushi here (in my NC-never been to Japan opinion). Much better than the supermarket.</p>
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<p>Anyway, I mainly wanted to pop in on this thread to link you to <a href="http://www.mothering.com/community/forum/thread/445958/onslow-county-nc-jacksonville-richlands-etc/660">an old thread started by moms in the Camp Lejeune/Onslow County area</a>. It's not been very active lately, but if you bump it up maybe someone will respond. It's also very long, so you may find some good info just by reading it.</p>
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<p>Oh, on the weather, hot in the summer, cold, but not usually frigid in the winter. Summer is the one season you can count on. It will be hot from June to September. All the other seasons have seasonally appropriate weather (cool, crisp fall days, cold wintry days, sunny warm spring days), but the weather can greatly fluctuate in the fall, winter, and spring. It might be 80 degrees F in late October, or it might 30 F and freezing. Winter will have more cold days. We've had a truly cold December which is unusual here. Often it's 60 on Christmas day, but it could just as easily be 40 and raining. This year we've had two snows in December (one today) which is just very very unusual for the Triangle. Not sure if Jax got any or not, but the weather there is pretty comparable. It's not super frigid here in winter. It's very rare for it to get below 0F, but it happens occasionally. It's often below freezing (32F) at night and occasionally during the day (it has been a couple of days these past two weeks). Spring is great, but often short. Sometimes it heats up in March! Summers are very hot and humid. Most days are in the 90s F .</p>
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<p>Best of luck with your move.</p>
 

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<p>Jacksonville is nothing like the rest of the state. I know a lot of people who are turned off of NC from the time they spent there (sorry.) It isn't a total armpit either though. It is only a short drive to Wilmington which is where I think you'll find your best bets for sushi.</p>
 

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<p>I live about 20 min from Jacksonville, and do most of my shopping there. There really isn't much to say for Jacksonville, itself, but Wilmington is about a 30 min drive from there, and has lots of options for better shopping,eating, and recreations. Not sure where to direct you to a good sushi place in Jacksonville, because I've never been a fan myself <span><img alt="winky.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/winky.gif">, but there are a few Chinese and Japanese restaurants in the area.</span> There are quite a few home school groups around here (I was home schooled and attended a few with my siblings and mom), so if you're interested in finding other home school families it really isn't that difficult!</p>
<p>The weather...well extremely hot and humid in summer, but the beach is only about 30 min away! We spent many days on the beach when I was growing up. Spring and Fall are my favorite seasons here....not too cold, or too warm usually for this area. Winter averages pretty cool temps, but the coldest its ever gotten during the day here, is about 34-36 degrees - and that isn't every winter. Last year and this year we got a pretty good amount of snow - I think about 3-6 inches both times. Usually it's just cold and rainy though! There are quite a few swamps, and woods around here. I myself love the woods, because I grew up in them, but the swamps are another story. It really isn't too bad, but I hope you guys do well adapting! Moving is already tough, so I can imagine coming from another country. Good luck!!</p>
 

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<p>Thanks for the information everyone!</p>
<p>I guess its time to look into winter clothing, we actually don't even own jackets. My girls have raincoats but it doesn't get cold enough for jackets here, they aren't even sold half the time <span><img alt="lol.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/lol.gif"> One of my Japanese friends is going to teach me a bit about making sushi so at least Ill know how to if the girls don't like what we can get there. They aren't picky though, they just love fish.</span></p>
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<p><span>DH reenlisted last week (Christmas eve) so this is all getting a lot more real to me.. Im not sure Im ready to move, specially so close to the baby's birth but I don't think I get a choice in the matter.</span></p>
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>OkiMom</strong> <a href="/community/forum/thread/1285372/could-someone-tell-me-about-north-carolina#post_16141775"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p>Thanks for the information everyone!</p>
<p>I guess its time to look into winter clothing, we actually don't even own jackets. My girls have raincoats but it doesn't get cold enough for jackets here, they aren't even sold half the time <span><img alt="lol.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/lol.gif"> One of my Japanese friends is going to teach me a bit about making sushi so at least Ill know how to if the girls don't like what we can get there. They aren't picky though, they just love fish.</span></p>
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<p><span>DH reenlisted last week (Christmas eve) so this is all getting a lot more real to me.. Im not sure Im ready to move, specially so close to the baby's birth but I don't think I get a choice in the matter.</span></p>
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<br><br><p>Wow! I can't believe jackets are hard to come by there! lol that must be rather nice :)</p>
<p>I come from a family of 8 children, and already 9 nieces and nephews, so if you ever need any help with the children during the unpacking, etc... I'd be more than happy to help!  Your girls may enjoy being out where we live...it's a little more rural, but very nice! We live on 32 1/2 acres of land. Most is wooded, but there are two horses, chickens,dogs, cats, etc... so there is plenty of fun for younger children!  I wish you guys the best of luck during your move!</p>
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>OkiMom</strong> <a href="/community/forum/thread/1285372/could-someone-tell-me-about-north-carolina#post_16141775"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p>Thanks for the information everyone!</p>
<p>I guess its time to look into winter clothing, we actually don't even own jackets. My girls have raincoats but it doesn't get cold enough for jackets here...</p>
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<br><p>Yeah, you should probably pick up some coats. You can get some when you get here, I'm sure. This week is a perfect example of what I was talking about up thread about the crazy fluctuations we get here in all seasons except summer (which is just a constant H-O-T hot and humid). Sunday it snowed all over the state. We got about 6 inches where I am in the Triangle and tonight it's supposed to go down to 14F/-10C. It was in the mid 30s (2C) today, but is supposed to be in the mid 40s(7C) tomorrow and by the weekend they're predicting low 60s (17C). You never know what you'll get in winter. There will be plenty of days they might not need a coat, but then it gets down to 14 and you want to wrap up in the warmest thing around. I've seen 70F/21C days in January where the kids are running around in t-shirts complaining of being too hot! In general, though, I think the average winter high temp is probably around 50F/10C. You never know what it'll be, though!</p>
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<p>Good luck with your move!</p>
 
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