This time I plan to stick to it though. I miss writing. It has always been an outlet for me and I haven't done too much of it lately. I also feel like I have a lot to share with people. We don't lead a typical American lifestyle anymore.
1. Almost two years ago we started to re-evaluate the way we were eating. At the time I thought we were eating pretty healthy but knew we were nowhere near perfect. We stumbled across a few different articles and blogs that led us to try and remove processed food from our diet. After we had been doing that for a few months we watched Forks over Knives and made another big change. We decided to go vegan. We were strict strict vegan for about 7 or 8 months before we added cheese, fish, and eggs back into our diet. Because of these lifestyle changes J lost over 60 lbs and I lost about 20 (I don't weigh myself normally, so I don't know exact numbers). More importantly than that we felt fantastic! Since moving in with J's family our diet has gone quite a bit downhill but nowhere to what it used to be. It is still a work in progress.
2. At one time in my life, not that long ago, I thought we needed a house no smaller than 1500 sq. ft. Currently, we live with J's mother, grandmother, and his stepfather in an 1800 sq. ft. home. 7 people living under one roof. We have lived here for almost a year now!
We were living in a two bedroom apartment in Green Bay, barely making ends meet, even with both of us working. We were stressed and overwhelmed. We decided to leave the stress behind and move back up north. The plan was to only stay with the in laws for a few months while we looked for a house to buy. Long story short, we decided to buy some land and build on it. Not only were we going to build our own home but we are building a tiny cabin (400 sq. ft.). We will likely add onto it but I want to keep the total square footage of our home no more than 1000 sq. ft.
3. We plan on homeschooling our two children. This isn't that uncommon anymore, I don't think, but defiantly not the norm. I have considered homeschooling since Bug was a baby but now is the time that thoughts start to become action. We did enroll Bug in 4K this year. That lasted 2 weeks before we pulled her out and reasserted that we wanted to homeschool. I am not exactly sure how this will play out in the years to come but we are just taking it year by year for now.
Those three things will probably be the basis of most of my posts: food, simple living, and my kids. I hope to share recipes I enjoy, pictures of our cabin progress, and many other things in between.