Crunchy Domestic Goddess Year in Review – 2007

Kelli at There is no place like home and Steph at Adventures in Babywearing both inspired me to do my own year in review post. They both posted the first sentence of their first blog post of each month, but I’m changing the “rules” for my blog and doing things a little differently. Instead of taking the first sentence from the first post of each month, I’m selecting the first sentence (or few sentences) from one of my favorite posts from each month and including a link to that post as well in case something piques your interest. (Yes, it took a lot more time to do it this way, but it seems I’m all about making things more difficult challenging for myself.) By doing it this way I hoped to select posts that best represented my blogging throughout the past year. :)

The CDG Year in Review

I’m not a big fan of Dr. Phil, but was happy to learn he was having the Sears doctors (Dr. William Sears and sons, Dr. James Sears and Dr. Robert Sears) on a show on Friday called “Young Moms Ask the Experts.”From The Sears doctors chime in on CIO and other parenting topics

One of Ava’s books about nursing (Breastmilk Makes My Tummy Yummy) contains a picture of a mom nursing a toddler and a baby and states: “Two can breastfeed without fuss, there is room for both of us.” On Wednesday night, we – me, Julian and Ava – experienced that for the first time. — From Room for two

It’s the little things that make me appreciate just how much I love my kids.
Like the new lip-smacking sounds that Julian makes.
Like the way Ava kissed my arm a few times while falling asleep tonight. — From The little things

In the spirit of putting more of myself “out there,” here it is, as promised – my completely honest post. — From The truth will set you free

As I set out driving Friday night to hear Ina May Gaskin – called “the mother of authentic midwifery” by Midwifery Today – speak, I was filled with nervous excitement. When I was about 10 minutes out from the church in Lafayette where the event was taking place, a friend of mine called me to say she was saving some seats for me and other friends of ours and she was able to get pretty close to the front. I felt like a teenager going to a rock concert. — From An Evening with Ina May

On Sunday morning, Jody, Ava, Julian and I braved the record-breaking 100 degree heat to attend the National Mile High Breastfeeding Celebration in Denver hoping to help break a record of a different kind. — From National Mile High Breastfeeding Celebration

Some days you have to throw out your plans and just go with the flow. Today was one of those days. — From Go with the flow

As parents, we do the best we can to ensure our children have the very best start in the world. We may breastfeed them, make their baby food from scratch, buy organic and whole foods, childproof our homes, teach them not to talk to strangers, and a myriad of other things. We trust that when we buy age-appropriate toys for our children, that they will be safe and not pose a choking hazard nor contain toxic elements… – From Tots, toys and toxic paint don’t mix

I tend not to write much about celebrities on my blog. As a general rule, I find there’s just too much other stuff going on in the world (especially my family’s world) for me to discuss who’s doing/saying what out in Hollywood. But when I heard that Brad Pitt (and then Kevin Kline) recently made comments about co-sleeping… – From What I believe: Brad Pitt, Kevin Kline on co-sleeping

Halloween is right around the corner, but in light of my recent discoveries about damaging effects of artificial colors and flavors (and petroleum and coal tar) in candy, I haven’t been feeling very excited about a holiday that promotes candy consumption. — From Amy’s Halloween Candy Alternatives

It’s been just over a year since my baby boy made his amazing entrance into the world, and yet, I never posted his birth story on my blog. So here it is one year later – in it’s full, unedited (LONG) glory (altered only to change the midwives’ names to first initial) – for your reading pleasure. — From One year later – Julian’s (footling breech) home birth story

In light of articles like this one, stating that as recently as Nov. 20, hazardous toys (containing high lead levels and other dangers) were still being found on the shelves in stores like Target, it’s validating (but really no surprise to me) to read that Simple Retro Toys May Be Better For Children Than Fancy Electronic Toys. — From Simple toys better for children

If you wrote a year in review post (of any kind) on your blog, please add a link to your post in the comments. :)

Happy New Year!

Best Shot Monday – 12/31/07 – Enjoy the silence

This shot is from our recent roadtrip to Kansas and was taken with our new point and shoot camera (that Jody picked out) – the Canon Powershot A720. The kids did really well with all of the driving, but I’m definitely glad that we decided to break up the trip into smaller chunks (about 4 1/2 to 5 hours each day). The times that they both slept were particularly nice for Jody and I to catch up and talk without interruptions. Ahhh. That was nice. :)

Sleepyheads on our trip to Kansas - 12/23/07

The first person to correctly identify the band who the sang the song used in this post title wins! Wins what you ask? Oh, nothing really. But you’ll be a winner! :)

You can see more of Best Shot Monday over at it’s new home at Mother May I.

Best Shot Monday

The dangers of cable TV

On the last day of our trip to Kansas, while we were waiting out the winter storm in our hotel room, we finally switched on the TV (the first time the whole trip) to entertain ourselves. What channel of the hundred or so available to us did we end up on? The DIY (Do-It-Yourself) Network.

Being that we only have basic cable (translation: about 5 channels worth watching) at our house, the DIY Network was new to us. Jody and I sat there a bit mesmerized as show after show came on about how to organize your garage, how to get your house ready to sell, how to landscape your yard, etc.

I’m a bit embarrassed to admit we watched about four half-hour shows (the shows were like crack I tell you) and I came away from it buzzing with excitement and telling Jody all of the plans I had in store for our house. We want to sell ours in the next couple of years, but we know we have a lot of work to do on it to make it really desirable to potential buyers.

When we got home, however, and I looked around my house, all I saw was clutter, clutter, and more clutter. (It doesn’t help that we have a huge train table that Santa brought in the middle of our already small living room. I have to remind myself that that won’t be it’s permanent home. It will be moving upstairs to the office.) And my big ideas of replacing mirrors and light fixtures and adding cabinets in the bathrooms seem grossly insignificant compared to massive amount of decluttering and organizing the house is really in need of.

Last night Jody checked our cable company’s web site to see if DIY Network is available here and I’m actually a bit relieved that it is not. I could see myself easily get sucked into watching all of the shows about home renovations and projects, while in the meantime my house becomes more and more cluttered. Quite honestly, we don’t need the extra cost of adding more channels to our service anyway. I can be content with the fact that they have a web site – DIY Network – where I’m sure I can get a ton of idea if ever I need them.

While I’m not really saying this is one of my new year’s resolutions (because I don’t do resolutions per se), it is one of my goals for 2008 to continue to declutter and organize my house. It was a goal for 2007 as well and while I know I made some strides in that area, it is an on-going task and there is still much work to be done.

I’m not going to give up on my little ideas for home improvements (I love the challenge of looking for a good deal on home decor items), but I know that a fancy mirror in the bathroom isn’t going to sell the place if the rest of the house looks like a bomb went off. ;)

I have some more goals for 2008 – some are very similar to my other goals for 2007, but I will write about those another time. For now, since Jody and the kids are out of the house, I need to go do a few minutes of decluttering to help myself feel better.

Home, sweet (sickly) home

Just a quick post to say that we arrived home safe and sound this afternoon. The roads had been cleared and the drive was pretty uneventful, which is how we like it. We had a good time on our trip, but damn, it’s good to be home. (Isn’t it always?)

I came down with some wicked cold yesterday (fever, runny nose, aches, chills) and am looking and feeling downright miserable. After over-doing it this evening trying to get the house in order, piles of dirty clothes washed, etc., I just finished drinking my Cold Snap and am off to join the kiddies in bed in hopes that I can kick this illness to the curb before it kicks me. Julian has had a similar illness for a few weeks now too – the same thing Ava had for 5 weeks and Jody had for several weeks as well. The family that loves each other, shares with each other – germs included. Isn’t that how it goes? ;)

For those of you who’ve been checking in regularly during my absence, thank you. :) I had hoped to post a bit more while we were away, but there just wasn’t the opportunity. And I have to admit that the blogging break was good for me too (though I did miss checking in on everyone). More about our trip and some pictures later. For now, I need my rest (somebody needs to go grocery shopping tomorrow to fill our empty fridge ;) ). Wishing you all a peaceful weekend.

On our way

It turned out that I did not have the opportunity to do any blogging on our trip. Last night was my first real chance, but a shitty (and I mean SHITTY) WiFi connection at the Days Inn in Hays, KS, and an insomniac child (Ava) prevented that.

We’re on the last leg of our way home today and supposed to run into a winter storm warning for pretty much the entire way. Please keep us in your thoughts that this last day of traveling goes as well as the rest of our trip has. Other than some overtiredness, the kids have done amazingly well with all of the driving, visiting, etc., and we’ve had a good time.

Best wrap this up and upload it while I still have a connection. More posts will be forthcoming once we are back home sweet home.

UPDATE 1:43 p.m.: We decided rather than risk it, we will spend another night in Kansas. We drove about 120 miles today to get to Colby, KS, where there’s an indoor swimming pool, hot tub and good WiFi at the Days Inn. We’ll stay here for the night then venture out again in the morning after the snow, ice and fog have passed.

Best Shot Monday – Merry Christmas

We’ve arrived at our destination in southern Kansas and are here for the next couple days to spend the holiday with Jody’s side of the family.

Since I finally got my cards in the mail on Friday, I figured it was now safe to post the finished product here. The picture wasn’t exactly what I was going for (I don’t think it ever is when more than one child is involved), but I still liked it.
Our 2007 Holiday card

Hope everyone has a safe and happy holiday!! :)