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We are considering relocating to Olympia and I would love to hear what some of the mamas from there have to say about it! I have been there several times, mostly for the Procession, but I don't know very much about what it's like to raise a family there.<br><br>
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Hi. I have lived in Tacoma, Olympia, and now Seattle. I wanted to tell you that out of everywhere I have lived, Oly is my favorite by far. It is very city-esq, but it is easy to find a corner in when it gets too busy. It is very friendly and it feels safer than anywhere else I have lived. Mind you, I lived there in my preadolescence and I walked everywhere. Even downtown at night was a safe place. No one ever bothered me and everyone was very friendly. I miss it terribly. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/loveeyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Loveeyes">:
 

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I grew up in Oly off and on my whole life.....have to say I love love love it. Or loved it<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> I had to move to Wenatchee since my hubby had work here. I love the childrens hands on museum, the parks, the schools, the people, the options of going to seattle or oregon easily. I have to say its growing like crazy lately, and the crime has gone up, but honestly its like that all over. My fav. area was the west side.....I lived right by the evergreen state college. I love downtown Oly also......pretty much just love and miss it terribly and wish i could come back home.....sniff sniff.....but I would reccomend it to everyone! Sorry bout the (sp) Im tired! I dont miss the rain though haha. I just hope one day I will be back and can raise my son there. So good luck have fun and dont live in lacey...yuck!.....
 

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I don't live there but have friends who do. My kids love the outdoor water park - just this big flat area that has water jump up out of various holes in the ground. Fun on hot days.
 

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Yeah, Lacey Sucks! (I remember that slogan on t-shirts) But I do not know one person who has lived there that regrets it, or wouldn't want to move back.
 

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Yeah, I have heard sketchy stuff about Lacey. What about other surrounding cities? I would actually like to live right in Olympia, but I know absolutely nothing else about the surrounding areas.
 

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I didn't actually live in Olympia, I lived in Tumwater. It is pretty much just an overgrown industrial park, it is a great area though. The thing I remember the most are the schools. I have been to twelve different schools in my life, and the Tumwater schools were by far the best. Very hands-on. Rochester is also kind of nice from what I have heard, but I have only been there once or twice.
 

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My mom is relocating to Olympia at the end of the month. She just bought a house on the Westside. I was up there helping her househunt on Sunday.<br><br>
We are considering relocating up there as well.<br><br>
I'll be watching this thread. All this info is great.
 

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where are you moving from? If you can tell us a little more, we might be able to tell you what to expect, i.e., weather, politics, etc.<br><br>
I live in Olympia, on the east side. I love it! Good (public)schools, great parks, good rec programs, terrific children's museum, close to Seattle and Portland, great library system.......<br><br>
Do you have specific quesitons?
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">where are you moving from? If you can tell us a little more, we might be able to tell you what to expect, i.e., weather, politics, etc.<br><br>
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We actually are living in Seattle right now. I mostly just wonder what it's like to raise children in Oly, what are the fun things to do, what the community is like, etc etc.
 

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I grew up in Oly and love everything about it. My fav. areas are West Oly, East Oly, Boston Harbor, Tumwater........The schools are great. The parks are great....My favorite park to take the kids to is Burrfoot park....out East Bay Rd. past Priest Point Park......I love taking the kids on the little hike down to the Beach. I would recommend living out that way...kinda pricey though...but my fav. =)<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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I don't know much about Olympia but I do know this:<br><br>
I <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/luxlove.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="throb"> the farmer's market!!! I am talking about it every day here lately, waiting for some killer peaches so that I can go down and finally get my craving fulfilled. It's fabulous, and hands-down the best fruit I've ever had in my LIFE. I'd move to Olympia just for that dang market. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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Olympia is fantastic. But Lacey is nice too. Its more of a suburb of Olympia but not sure why people 'hate' it so much <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">: . Its a good option if you can''t afford to live in Oly. but need to commute (such as to Tacoma). good luck!
 

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Lacey can be a wonderful place to live...depends on what part of Oly/Lacey/Tumwater you're talking about. Love Lacey's library. Tumwater, too.<br><br>
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I actually live in Olympia, but have been pleasantly surprised with Lacey. When we were getting ready to move here, we heard tons of negative stuff about Lacey. But, you know, Lacey tries harder. They have a great parks and rec program, tons of classes. There is always something going on at Huntamer Park. Tomorrow is the electric car races and alternative fuel fair. I think the Lacey library is the best of the 3 here. Granted, North Thurston School District has a less than stellar reputation, but...I've heard some great things about certain schools in that district. I'm not sure I'd want my kid to go to high school in the North Thurston district, but apparently the elementary schools are good.
 

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We're moving from Parkland to Olympia in a couple of weeks and I'm loving this thread! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"> We'll be living on the northern east side and I love that it is accessible to I-5, downtown and Lacey within minutes.<br><br>
When we were looking at homes in the area we learned that you can get a bit more for your money if you live in Tumwater or Lacey. I think some of that has to do with the reputation of the schools. If you are at all concerned with standardized testing results at public schools, Olympia's test scores are better than Tumwater and North Thurston's. I heard nice things about Tumwater schools, from Tumwater alumni, and got a few strong warnings against North Thurston schools.<br><br>
I can't wait for the Farmer's markets and to be so close to the HOCMuseum!
 

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Butterflyma, congrats on the pregnancy! I hope you are well <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love">
 

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Thank you Jessica! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"> I am very well. And you?
 

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I used to live in Oly, I miss it! It is a great size city for raising kids and lots of creative things going on. What I loved the most ---<br><br>
Farmer's market<br>
Walking downtown<br>
Procession of the Species parade <a href="http://www.procession.org/" target="_blank">http://www.procession.org/</a><br>
Waves dance studio<br>
Natural food co-op(s)<br>
Affordable housing (compared to Seattle)<br><br>
Good luck! You will probably love it!
 

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Both my husband and I teach at high schools in the NTPS and we know first hand that they can be great places. MUCH more diversity than Oly, and in our opinion that's a good thing. Tons of good kids of all backgrounds and plenty of excellent programs/teachers/administrators (but maybe I'm biased!).<br><br>
Check out "Les Miserables" this weekend at Timberline, for example. Highly recommended. Definitely less than stellar performance space (yuck! great example of inequality in public education when you compare it to OHS), but incredible kids doing amazing things...great music...moving performance...I would LOVE for my kids to be part of that program.
 
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