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Year in Review: Taking stock of 2014

As I look over my goals for last year, I realize that as usual we were biting off more than we could

chew.  But that's ok.  Aim high, right?

Let's review....
  1.  Adding to the family: CHECK!  Not like we had much of a choice on that one.  ;)  The new baby man is super cute.  I think we'll keep him. 
  2. Buy trailer and move to country: CHECK! Plus as a bonus, we got a lot of remodeling done on it first so I have a nice place to call "home" and will have plenty of time to enjoy before we consider moving out of it.  I think the pregnancy nesting hormones were running super high at the time.  So much work, but SOOOO worth it!  I love my little house! (I'll try to get a "tour" up on the blog sometime soon--our fireplace is going in here in the next month, so I'm waiting for that. :) )
  3. Convert budgeted mortgage monies on city rental into faster student loan repayment: Not quite yet.  That's a HIGH priority for this year.  It MUST happen!
  4.  No soda x 6 months: CHECK!  And I have my shiny new Berkey. :)
  5. Sprouted/home ground grains: Meehhh. Nope.  And now that I have more time to think about it, I've decided that it's too much work.  When I did try most soaked recipes, we didn't really like them. (Soakingpur oatmeal was the only exception...we prefer it that way now.) Baking in general is a lot of work that seldom dmakes it on the to-do list and I'd rather just enjoy a quick bread or muffin or dessert as a "treat" and count it towards our 20% of splurging time--enriched, non-soaked, non-soured, non-sprouted white flour and all.  (I am super adamant about not using nasty fats though.  Only butter, lard, and other non-franken fats in this house!)
  6.  Addition of one new probiotic food: CHECK!  I gotta pat myself on the back here.  We added in BOTH saurkraut and LF carrots--dilly, garlic, and spicy garlic varieties.  SOOO easy.  No reason not to do this more.  Kombucha made it into our diet more, and we have home-made yogurt about 4-5x/week with our smoothies.
  7. All homemade cosmetics except mascara: CHECK!  I decided that I didn't like lotions for multiple reasons, and foundation/bronzer was super easy.  I'm pretty minimal here, so it wasn't too hard for me.  There's less to try to make if you use less to start with.  As a bonus, my skin cleared up SOOOOO much once I cut a bunch of things out and started using plain oil on my face.  (Future post coming on that!)
  8. Homemade beauty supplies: Yes and no.  I was able to swap out most of our dental care items, found a substitute for deoderant that works, and figured out my cosmetic situation.  Haircare? That's another story.  I have super-fine hair that still has been in post-baby hormone shock.  But with a 2 out of 3 "area improvement," I'm going to call it a success.
  9. Get bees and harvest honey.  Nope.  But I'm determined this year!  I accumulated equipment and just need to order the nucs!
  10. Grow all our own green beans and tomatoes: Nope.  In fact, our garden was pretty meh this year.  We got a few volunteer tomatoes and I had a meal or two with the sweet potatoes I set out (I waited too long and they got root bound).  Considering that you couldn't walk through it for the weeds last year, that seemed pretty good all things considered. 

But we did try some new things that weren't on the original list, raising pigs being the biggest. And I'm glad we did. It was a good learning experience.  And we've basically decided that we like pigs and would always wants to have a couple for personal use.  They're funny, a great way to cut down on waste around the house (they eat EVERYTHING!), and are delicious.


For now, though, we're planning on giving ourselves until 2016 for more large-scale livestock rearing as we'll hopefully have some property of our own by then.

All in all, not bad.  Quite a few life changes for us this year, and we both still manage to work nearly full time (maybe 1.6-1.75 full time jobs between us?) all while avoiding any standing daycare for about 90% of the year.  What can we, say? We love our Little Men.


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