We have set our deadline, and have our calendars set with a move date of next year! We are looking to relocate to Alaska. So... any Alaskan, Yukon, or British Columbian moms here? We are particularly looking at the Fairbanks area. DH has found work potential there, and we have looked around at a lot of property available online.
I do have a couple concerns. I work online, so internet is going to be a must. I haven't really been able to get solid answers on whether or not I would be able to get reliable internet access. While I am not necessarily tied to a strict time schedule, I do have a schedule that must be loosely upheld.
What are living costs like up there? I know things cost more due to shipping, but... what about shopping? Am I going to be traveling to Anchorage any time I need something like Sam's Club or Babies R Us?
What about the long, dark winters? How do you Nothern Moms combat the winter blahs with children? We have a long history of depression and seasonal depression in my family, so naturally I want to tackle this on the offensive. Especially when thinking about little ones who cannot tell us what is wrong. I already use UV lights in the winter for my own seasonal blues, and fully intend to have an indoor greenhouse with garden greens (I love gardening!!!), so here are a few options. On the flip side, I already know what I am going to do to maintain bedtime routines in the summer, and darken rooms enough for kids to sleep! My DD has blackout curtains already and they do nothing, really. We use window-fitted pink board Styrofoam insulation to block out the light.
Anything else I should think of before our move? We want to list our house in May of next year as we have a few renovations that must be finished so that we can get the most for our current house. Ideally, I would love to be out of this house in May, but realistically, we are not anticipating leaving until the end of Summer 2014.