Hi! I'm Sarah, married to Erick, and mom of Hannah (will be 5 on Saturday) and Jonah (3). We currently live in Syracuse, NY, but we need a change, so we're moving down to Charlotte/Concord next month. My brother in law and his family live in Concord, and my husband wants to live closer to them. So that's how we picked this area. Plus, the sun shines a lot more than in NY, plus taxes and the cost of living seem to be lower.
I don't see myself as super crunchy, till I'm with mainstream people. Then I'm horrified that these parents are giving their kids stuff like white Wonder bread, soda or juices with HFCS, artificial sweeteners, fast food, etc. We're vegan, and I try to buy as much organic/natural foods as possible. I love to bake from scratch. I'll sometimes come across a recipe on a blog or something and absolutely have to bake it because it looks sooo good.
We don't vaccinate, and we try to use natural remedies whenever possible. I really love our kids' doctor up here (we do drive a little over an hour each way to see her), so I'll check out the ones in the "novax dr" discussion thread. :)
I had posted on MDC about extended stay suites/hotels, but figured I'd post here too (in case not everyone visits MDC on a regular basis). We were planning on staying at #6 on the map (in the link below) in Matthews, but I googled InTown Suites and saw some bad reviews, like dirty rooms and cockroaches in the rooms. Anybody have any experience with InTown Suites? This one seems to be in the best neighborhood, and they have 2 bedroom suites. This would be temporary, for roughly 4-6 months, till my husband finds a job, we get used to the area, and buy a house. I don't want to be tied down with a lease, in case we don't like the area, something happens and we can't stay, plus I don't know how many places will rent to us if we will only be there for a few months.