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I mean living there, not vacation.

What's it like? Is nursing into toddlerhood pretty well received? How about no-vax? I know there is a religious exemption-is that generally accepted at face value, or do you get problems with people trying to demand proof of your religion and stuff? Is it a kid-friendly area? How's the homeschooling, lots of requirements or they leave you alone? What are the people like? Every region and city has it's own flavor, so to speak, and being from the northeast I'm a little clueless about Nevada.

What kind of wildlife is there? Up here we deal with skunks, deer, moose, groundhogs, raccoons, squirrels, etc... Any advice for someone if they were thinking of moving out there? Questions I forgot to ask?

Talk to me! Thanks so much!
 

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I'll answer. I've been livign in Vegas for about a year and a half now and I love it. We moved here from Los Angeles. I'm more in tune with the vegan community than the natural parenting community but there are women here who run midwife practices, doulas, etc.

Wildlife: I haven't seen much. There are probably snakes and scorpions in the mountainous areas, but the suburbs just have ants and crickets and the occasional cock roach. But we don't have a problem with in-home critters bugging us, thank goodness.

I've been to two pediatricians here. Both were okay with the religious exemption and didn't ask any questions. My daughte'rs preschool was okay with the non-vax situation as well.

We like living in vegas because people are really friendly. Most of the people I meet are actually from California. We all moved here because the housing prices were so much better. Our house that we live in here cost us $312,000 and the same home in Los Angeles would have been $500,000. They did some good urban planning here and so there is little traffic and it's really easy to get around. The strip is about a 20 minute drive away. We live in a really nice part of town with great shopping and great people.

Feel free to PM me if you want details on any specific area.
 

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Thanks for the reply.


Good to know about hte critters. When the worst I'v ever dealt with is the occasional skunks smell, maybe a field mouse in the house that the cat takes care of, and river rats int he city that are only out int he dead of night anyway, the idea of, you know, scorpions in my shoes and poisonous spiders inthe yard was really freaking me out!

We'll be heading to North Las Vegas, probably living about 5 minutes from the strip. The complex has a playground and everyhting so hopefully I'll meet other families that way.

In any case it's nice to know you love it and find it so friendly.


If anyone has any more stories or advice about the area I'm still looking for that.
 

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Thanks for the links, I will check those out either soon to prepare or when we get there to meet people.

Thought I'd throw it out there that I was warned that north vegas is not always the nicest neighborhood. So I asked the people I have out there. They say that yeah, they are pretty near some less safe areas but the specific part we're heading to is far enough from that and they feel very safe and comfortable there. So that is well and good, I've lived in much worse situations than where we are heading.
 

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we moved here about 4 months ago from seattle-we live in gv (henderson)
i like it so far, very different from seattle but change is good.

we've enjoyed the palm trees, parks,swimming pools, sunshine, nice people and all the activities for anna. i also like drives to the desert, mt. charleston and california.
the culture took a while for us to get used to. when we moved into our new house the realator told us it was "older" as it was built in 1997 (??????)
our previous house in seattle was built in 1910 (all 800 sq feet of it)
as far as bfing goes i haven't recieved much flack although a few people have inquired about my bfing my daughter (she's 7 mo old). you should've seen the look on one woman's face when i mentioned that i nursed anna until she was 2 1/2. so those few aspects have kinda weired me out. still, it has been fun and exciting living here.
 

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I live in henderson (since May 2004) and belong to a playgroup and many of our mommies breast feed and have breast fed into toddlerhood.

North Las Vegas (as anywhere) has its good and bad parts...I REALLY love Henderson.
 

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SarahNH--
I think N. Las Vegas used to be like that years ago...and actually I remember when I moved here in 1998 that the zip code 89130 was a terrible side of town but it's really not like that anymore. Obviously there are some places that are less desirerable than others but I really don't think you are moving to that place.

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Sorry I didn't respond sooner. I've been mia.

I'll admit - I hate it here now. I've been here since 1990, other than a short 2-yr leave to Ohio. I'm from Long Island, originally. You're already moving here, Sarah, so I don't want to bum you out. Imo, Las Vegas is great if you want to party and spend money, but it's just not the family place I need in my life now.

Kachina has introduced me to a great bunch of ladies by linking those Yahoo groups. It's been great to finally find like-minded parents in this town. It's VERY mainstream here, so just be prepared. Finding a respectful pediatrician if you don't vax may be challenging, but there are family practitioners out there. I've recently switched to a holistic m.d. I hope you like it here & get in touch with some of the local crunchies.
 

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Mommy to Baby Roni and SarahNH--

I am so glad to hear that you have linked up with some of those groups. See I have a different outlook on Vegas and get the best of both worlds. My darling partner is a club developer and promoter and used to be the Entertainment Director for the Palms Casino. And yes, that world can be very sleasy. However, when we don't have to be on the strip....we don't go. We spend a lot of time in Red Rock, Valley of the Fire, Mt. Charleston, taking drives to Parump...just to take a drive....not because there is anything worth driving into Parump for.....taking drives to Boulder City. Basically exploring. I am a firm believer that you make it what you want it to be. Obviously you can't make it Washington but...you can find the beautiful aspects of the desert and attract the kinds of people you want to interact with. When we moved back here after a year absence because my husband got a job at the Experience Music Project in Seattle, I got involved in mom's groups and eventually became a doula. Now, I am neck deep in holistic, like minded people. It's a huge group. Just gotta know where to look. I grew up in Hawai'i and lived in Santa Monica, CA and Issaquah, WA. I certainly am not a desert rat but....it's where I am....it's where my kids have lived most of their lives....and it has always been good to us. So, like I said, people either love it or hate it and are usually always trying to leave.


I'll get off my soap box now...
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Every place is what you make it, and Vegas has a GREAT range of activities if you look, the community centres are great, well funded and everywhere. There are alot of parks (although it's too hot for most now), some are water parks or undercover, we are going to the childrens museum tomorrow, there are heaps of play groups, sports groups, etc.
We live in henderson and LOVE it, before we had DS we went to the strip for shows dinner etc, but since DS we mostly stay around here which is fine. I'm not sure about non-vax friendly ped's but the people here are so diverse , I think extended BF would be one of the least "wierd" things you might see, and there are lots of resourses for HSing, I think they are also fairly relaxed about the requirments too.
When you come down to it most people move here for jobs or housing prices, everyone just wants the best for thier family ,
Hope this helps, and we're all here too :LOL
 

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katchina and taliasully:

thank you both for your positive attitudes. i too, have had to learn that we can make the best of it and take advantage of the resources available here.
while i think henderson is very nice (we live in gv ranch) we are looking to buy a home in Boulder City. it has a nice, mellow small town feel to it-no casinos.I love the old historic homes-they also have a wonderful community garden and yoga studio there. we have 6 more months left on our lease so i am so excited to finally own our own home.
i miss seattle terribly-yes it was definately more our "nitch"-i'm a dyed-in-the-wool liberal, up to now we always lived in funky, progressive neighborhoods, and i would just as soon spend a dreary day reading or walking in the rain than shopping on the strip.
but the economy crashed, my husband was laid off and that "progressive" seattle lifestyle comes with a price. we could have never owned our own home in seattle-unless i wanted to go back to work full-time and put our kids in daycare-even then the most house we could afford would be in a crime infested ghetto, not fremont or admiral.
we now have the resources to travel (we're hoping to buy a van in the next year and travel up and down the w. coast visiting friends and festival-hopping) i can also stay home and homeschool my children. we might actually have a retirement and a college fund for our kids.
i have only been here for 4 months and it has been difficult sometimes. i really don't fit in very well where i live and i'm finally beginning to meet some other mamas (online-hopefully in person) so i know there are other like-minded people here.
i'll stop rambling on now....
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Babibelli--

Boulder City is great and really probably just up your alley. I have a few friends that live out there and they belong to the LVmom group (you can find it on yahoo) and have lots of homebirthing friends in Henderson as well. Hey, just stick with me kid...I'll get you all hooked up!
 

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So we made it, have been here just over month. We love this city. We love our neighborhood, it's been wonderful for dh's business, and the whole area just fascinates me. The very existance of this place is a crime against nature! I ain't in New England anymore, for sure! But we like it and ds gets to play outside every wonderful sunny day


Only problem is not knowing anybody and as a sahm I'm not sure how to meet people-that's why I came back to this thread, I' going to check out those links now.

Thanks again to everyone for your thoughts and advice. Maybe some of us could hook up sometime
 

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Vegas isn't bad.

As far as meeting new mommies, if you join the lvnatural mother, you'll see we're constantly 'trying' to get together. it's kinda hard with everyone's activities, but we do manage to. I love meeting other women and feeling so comfortable around them.

kachina here, has all the "connections", she's awesome. *hi kachina*, it's marcy (in case you don't know).

Now that the weather isn't so hot, we may have more playdates.

I've also met some mothers via LLL here in town. We have an active BFing community, though I don't know how big it is compared to other cities.

Speaking of, there's a BFing support walk/picnic this week, and a vax info clinic this saturday, those may be good places to go to as well.
 
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