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So, I take Judah to alot of playgroups. Homer is a nice little town and rates highly in the ‘fun activities for babies’ criteria…I hear that Bethel is really lacking playgroups (but I actually have friends there) and while Fairbanks has it’s own share of baby oriented events (and friends), I would have to, you know, drive alot further to reach them. I certainly would not walk to them. Thus, Homer wins out again, I suppose. The thing is though, people overhear me at these playgroups asking Judah if she needs to use the bathroom and they look at me in a strange manner and ask me if she is potty trained. This provokes eye rolling on my part, as the answer is complicated and if I go into it attempting to explain, they will think I’m crazy and probably won’t even believe me, so the question leaves me at a loss for an answer.

I’m sure I have mentioned this before, when I tell people about elimination communication, they think I’m nuts. They tell me it does not work. (Oh, really?) They say it’s terribly hard. Gross. Complicated. Biologically impossible. I just really don’t understand, I mean, what is not to embrace about not changing diapers?

So anyway, the ridiculous thing is that I am in the midst of writing an (overdue) essay about elimination communication for my English class. Perhaps I shall begin passing my Finished Product out to those who question me regarding Judah’s “elimination” habits. I suppose our playgroups provide a general demographic of people who represent the targeted audience of my argument. Perhaps my essay with it’s strong thesis and several supporting reasons would succeed at convincing individuals of what is apparently biological normal anyway. But wouldn’t the cost effectiveness be a convincing factor in and of itself? For instance, imagine spending less than $200 on diapers (which are reusable even, as they are cloth!) for a child (such as i did…) as opposed to spending between $2,000 – $3,000 which is the average spent for conventionally potty trained and disposable diapered children. Or the environmental factor…no washing diapers, no diapers in the trash, but poo and pee in the potty, as a reasonable alternative! Or the convenience of the brilliant scheme! I have never packed around a diaper bag. Zach, (five month old) Judah and I were stranded in Anchorage once with no diapers of any kind, but as sense would dictate, we did have a tiny toilet for our small child, and she used it and never once had need of a diaper. In a similar situation, I was stranded at a conference in Girdwood once, for three days with (six month old) Judah sans diapers…we had one small pee incident. One!

The other ridiculous thing is, a lady followed me home in her car one day, yelling out of her window to me, “are you the one who potty trained her baby?” So I gave her a book about ec, called Diaper Free Baby by Christine Gross-Loh. The book is now in the process of being passed around to various pregnant women at the playgroup. Hopefully they will read it and learn.

It’s easy! It’s simple! I only wonder, why would someone choose not to practice ec?

I should add…I do have nice friends in Homer. But still, I resent the fact that most of the people  I know and love live in two far away destinations.

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Summer fun. I feel like there is always so much to do during summer…and time goes by so quickly (and summer only lasts for like, two months anyway) that before you know it, the snow is falling and unachieved summer plans are sabotaged. I’m just going to make a list of Necessary Summer Experiences for this year.

-Swimming in the Ocean (with or without Judah, as she seems a bit put off by the frigid water)

-Anderson Bluegrass Festival (everybody who is anybody will be there, I assure you)

-Fishing Fishing Fishing

-Camping upon Camping

-Fires on the Beach

-Spend alot of time in Fairbanks. Primarily at Chena Lakes with Fun Friends.

-Volleyball (but where and with whom?)

-Pick Berries

-Make Jam

-Make delicious berry or flower wine or mead

-Visit Bethel? (this may be wishful thinking)

-Harvest Lettuce Daily From the Garden

Well, thats my list for now. I’m sure it could use some additions.

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camping

camping

This is a picture of a little girl who LOVES camping. She thinks it is the most amazing and fun thing; the tent, the sleeping bags, the rivers, the woods, the staying up late, the yogurt…photo(62)We spent the night by the river in Hope. We are constantly trying to think of a way to live in Hope. It is such a great place, and beautiful, and small, and so ideal…but alas, we are not independently wealthy, and therefore do not know how to make a successful move to live our lives in that lovely place. So we just camp there, and contemplate how fortunate we already are to live in another good town just down the road.

Upon leaving Hope, we drove North a ways and came across a fatal accident on the Seward Highway. It was tragic and horrible.

We stayed with our Bethel friends at the Fairbanks’ cabin in Rainbow (thanks Grant and Debbie and Drake and Rachel!). Judah could not even believe her good fortune at discovering the terrain covered with BOTH strawberries and daisies. Here she is clutching one of the many flowers she picked and swinging on the antler swing: photo(64)The cabin is up on the hill, looking out over Cook Inlet. We spent quite a bit of time on the deck, admiring the impressive view.

Don, Drake, Katie, Rachel and Annette

Don, Drake, Katie, Rachel and Annette

Judah put some effort into cleaning up before we left in the morning.

sweeping

sweeping

We set out for Homer and stopped at this great lake on the way. Amesa and I did some swimming,

following in Amesa's wake

following in Amesa's wake

and I caught a minnow for Judah. Fish are very exciting for her, after she observed Rachel impressively catch not one, but two minnows…in mere minutes, while others spend their entire lives (probably even more than 50 years) attempting this feat, but to no avail.

Clearly, it was a successful trip for all. Clearly, Alaska is the most beautiful place of all.

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Summer in Homer is NICE this year! Last year it was rain rainy rain. And more rain. There was a notable lack of sunshine and I agonized over the possibility that we had made the dumbest move ever, relocating to a place with even less summer than Bethel…or sunny Fairbanks. Thankfully, the summer is delightful thus far and I am once again happy to be living in this fun town.

With all of this glorious sunshine, our plants have been needing quite alot of water. Judah is more than happy to take on the task of watering the garden.photo(42)

photo(43)Which is infintely more helpful than her previous gardening endeavors, that involved ripping plants out of the dirt and racing across the yard before anyone could catch her. Judah has a new bike to ride as well; as you can see, she is psyched about it. photo(44)And we have all been having fun spending our days outside, taking full advantage of this nice, nice weather!photo(45)

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Looks something like this:

ouch!

ouch!

Which is how Judah looks after falling down the stairs at Two Sisters the other day. Poor baby. She was quite brave though; nursed for a minute or two and rallied right back up the stairs. photo(39)It was a rough couple of days for babies! Following the Stairs Incident, Judah managed to get her arm stuck in the watering can and somehow flip over the thing, landing on her face in the dirt. Alas. Also, she gave herself a bloody lip on a filing cabinet at Haven House the same day. She is looking pretty banged up, presently.

In a (possibly) less dangerous fashion, the original Red Headed Rampage looks a little something like this:

delightful

delightful

Dearest Lisa ingeniously had this amazing wine labeled as a commemorative bottle of our Fun Times in Bethel. The wine has long since been finished off, but I refilled it with the wine that just finished brewing.

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Exploitation

That is probably a stronger word than is necessary, but after perusing the Alaska Airlines website in search of a round trip ticket from Fairbanks to Homer…that is how I feel. Exploited. $479.00…how is that legitimate, I wonder, especially in light of the fact that I also discovered a round trip ticket from Anchorage to New York for the same price. Hmmm…but my friends don’t live in NY they live in Fairbanks and I want them to visit me!

I’m cringing at the thousands of dollars I must have spent flying in and out of Bethel when I lived there.

It appears that I should not be working in the field of domestic violence advocacy but instead, I should be a pilot and fly around for free. Alas.

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Zach Brown made delicious sourdough pancakes with blueberries for breakfast. He has a great sourdough starter from his parents who received it from some friends in Bethel. (he has also been making all of our bread from this sourdough) He made Judah a special pancake in the shape of a bear’s head, with blueberries for a face. She sampled the plate first…photo(16)And then proceeded to pick the berries out and eat them one by one; finishing her pancake after the berries were smeared all over her face. Judah is a very big fan of blueberry pancakes for breakfast. photo(17)After that we cleaned up and went outside to tackle some gardening projects.

Note the pretty hat and sweater my mom knit

Note the pretty hat and sweater my mom knit

Judah and I had some work to do with the wheelbarrow while Zach was building the frame for our mini greenhouse. photo(20)But then Judah was called away to eat dirt.photo(21)By the mouthful. photo(22)Fortunately Zach did all of the work because neither of us girls got much accomplished. Judah has become quite proficient at peeing outside however, which has proved to be a useful trick and will continue to be a nice convenience as we commence our summer camping.

Tonight Zach got his new truck running and took it for a short drive.

toyota diesel

toyota diesel

And it was nicer, sunnier and warmer out than it had been all day, so we hung out for awhile in the great sunshine!photo(24)Zach decided to grill some moose meat…and also to cook Pad Thai on the grill. photo(25)Which all turned out so delicious!! Such a nice day…

This week we are anticipating the arrival of my parents and hopefully some fun friends visiting as well.

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