Well, I Was Wrong… Family Update Sept 2015

No baby yet!  It’s driving me nuts, I was sure with Hazel that labor was imminent for three weeks, we are about on week three with this little one too… I was hoping by the time I did my next family update there would be a new addition but here I am twiddling my thumbs…

I’ve been having contractions for quite a while but nothing serious or real yet… My due date is still 6 days away so I am not overdue yet, I’ve determined I just have a couple ‘squares’ for kids who wait for their actual due date to be born… little rule followers!   You would think a blood moon would have helped!  :)

Hazel has started ‘school’ twice a week for half days.  I really wasn’t planning on putting her in daycare but we have one two doors down the street and they walk by every so often and she gets SOOO excited to see them… we thought we would get her in there for the social aspect… because we have concerns about her being a bully :).  Raise a baby with a Great Dane in a tiny house and they learn to just push things out of their way!  She definitely rules the roost with Denver but seems to have better social skills, at least nicer ones with other humans… She’s a little awkward at times :).  Several times we have witnessed  her playing with other kids and then it will get quiet and they just stare at each other and she will go in for an awkward hug, she learned that from her mom!  It’s adorable though!  The first day I dropped her off and it was total chaos and she cried and I cried and it was so hard!  When we picked her up she was still crying and they said that she didn’t smile once all day…

Her School Photo
This is her first day photo for our web portal… borrowed jacket, scowling face… not happy! :)

The second day she was very excited to go, she cracked a smile and made better friends.  When we went to get her at noon the second day she saw James and I come in the door, looked right at us, said ‘NOPE!’ and walked outside!  She did MUCH better :).  Every day since then has been about the same, she is enjoying ‘school’ :)

She has quite the vocabulary of both words and noises, she knows almost all of her body parts, animal sounds and will fake a lot of emotions.  We ask for her angry face and it looks about like the image above :).  I think she is moderately aware that he will have a sibling very soon, she’s seen all the diagrams at the doctor’s office and proudly announces baby to the poster with the creepy cut away belly and then grabs my belly… Still, I have no idea how I am going to handle two kids!  It seemed like a good idea to have them 18 months apart!  I think I thought she would be a little less ‘baby’ though! ha!  We will survive, I’m positive… just not sure how yet… :)

Mr. T(iny) is a constant mover!  He’s been nothing but really healthy at every visit, he’s head down, engaged active and getting pretty tough (right into my rib cage!).  I had my last scheduled check up today, REALLY thought I wouldn’t need one scheduled out that far… turns out he’s still there, doing his thing!  I’m ready for his arrival but not pushing things, he will come when he comes, we’re pretty excited to get to meet him!  We’ve got everything all ready for him to make his debut!  Just a waiting game now!

I hustled to get my eCourses done before he made his debut and succeeded!   This was my effort to put together ALL the info I know about tiny houses for others.  I was so extremely nervous to release it, you never know when things are going to be an epic failure and it’s tough not to think the worst… I have gotten some REALLY nice reviews so far though!  They have been out just over a week and I have FIVE 5 star reviews and some REALLY nice words accompanying them!  I can’t tell you how giddy it makes me to hear that someone else feels like I didn’t waste their time!  I REALLY hope they would be beneficial so it’s great to hear feedback saying they were!  Some of the nice words:

Absolutely wonderful!

I have been researching off and on for months come to find out I could’ve just waited for Macy to release her expansive knowledge on tiny houses!! Everything is super informative, very detailed, things I didn’t even know I needed to know I learned about! I love the step by step lectures of all the important things you need to know that would otherwise take a lot of time to sift through article and article! Very well done! …

… Thank you Macy! For always being there for every question and person and for being such an inspiration for another woman who just wants to build her own little oasis her damn self.

Excellent, Informative and Wonderfully Presented

Where to start? I can’t say enough great things about this part of this course. Macy does a great job of covering the “unexciting” specifics that you need to know in order to accomplish your “dream” of building and living in a Tiny House!

I consider this a “must” for anyone who is intrigued by the wonder of this movement. Too many times, individuals are enamored by the hype and then jump in and find themselves “over their head” and quit.

A great place to start and hopefully see how all the details are important in order to build a safe and secure permanent living structure. Great job, Macy!!

Seriously happy with how that is going, I never intended to put out eCourses but with James’s encouragement I did, I am stoked at the process and the reception so far!  If you are interested you can find them HERE, I really do hope they answer the big questions and of course I am around to help answer anything they may miss!

Denver Dog stopped his hunger strike, weird dude stops eating when its too hot or too cold.  He’s probably put on 15 pounds in the last three weeks, thankfully, and doesn’t look malnourished anymore!  I found some tricks to get him to eat his food when he doesn’t want to (he likes the EXPENSIVE canned dog food… the cheap stuff will not do! :) )

He is slowly claiming the couch as his… he knows he’s not allowed up there but if he hides his head and looks cute… he get’s away with it… :)

Here are some of the family outings since the last family update, in no particular order:

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‘How-To Tiny House – 101’ – Now Live!

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(A four part series)

I put together these presentations as a way to help the tiny house community to the best of my ability.  I presented these locally and have had several requests to put them online so here they are!  The actual live recordings didn’t work out but I was able to re-record the information.  It was not the least bit comfortable for me in front of a camera, just like standing in front of a crowd wasn’t BUT I believe in the information and I believe in helping to empower others interested in living tiny so hopefully you can forgive a little camera shy me and find value in the information presented!  This is my attempt at a complete ‘brain dump’ of everything I know and have learned about tiny houses in the last 4+ years!

These are four sessions I have made to cover some of the main tiny house topics.  I know people aren’t interested in all parts so I split them into four different sessions focusing on ‘Construction‘ options, ‘Systems and Utilities‘, ‘Codes and Foundation Selection‘ and finally ‘Design!‘  I hope they can be beneficial for you!


Tiny House Construction

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This is going to be a conversation about the various types of construction you may use when building your tiny house. I will talk about standard framing practices, advanced framing techniques, steel stud construction and SIPs. The great thing about tiny homes is that even the most complex house is pretty basic. Even though this will be a bit more ‘technical’ information I hope it stays simple enough for those not in the construction industry.

In addition to framing options I will get into insulation types, pros/cons and tiny house specific considerations and suggestions when it comes to moisture protection, fasteners, attaching to your foundation and more. This will MOSTLY focus on tiny houses on wheels. I also hope to give you a basic understanding of tools needed for the task and important safety info!

There are approximately 2 hours of information relating to construction, insulation, glazing selection and special considerations – as it applies to tiny homes. This course is formatted to provide the information relevant to you and enable you to make the best decision for yourself. 

Tiny House Systems

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This is going to be a conversation about the utilities and hookups available for tiny houses including pros and cons of each. I will talk about on-grid, off-grid and self contained options when it comes to water, sewer and electric as well as a basic intro to wiring and plumbing.

I will go through all the fixtures and options as far as plumbing, heating and cooling your tiny house. This will be the one where we talk at length about toilets and all the options there ;-).

There are approximately 2 hours of information relating to utilities, fixtures and systems as they apply to tiny homes. This course is formatted to provide the information relevant to you and enable you to make the best decision for yourself. 

Designing Your Own Tiny House

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This is going to be a conversation about how to design your own tiny house. Fact is tiny houses HAVE to be suited for their occupants, there is no ‘one-size-fits-all’ but there are things to consider and think about in your daily life. I will share some of the important questions to ask yourself, some things to consider and give you some general rules and background of design to help make the appropriate decisions. Design is daunting but it’s also systematic and with tiny houses, form really does follow function, there are reasons that one strategy makes sense over others. In addition to talking about the design of the actual house I will touch on designing your lifestyle!

There are approximately 2 hours of information relating to design, materials, and processes – as it applies to tiny homes. This course is formatted to provide the information relevant to you and enable you to make the best decision for yourself. 

Tiny House Codes and Foundation Selection

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This is going to be a conversation around local and national code issues surrounding Tiny Houses. I will talk about the options you have both locally (to you) and nationally, focusing on the permitting process and alternative paths to legalized tiny house living.

As a part of this conversation I will explain the difference between a foundation tiny house and a tiny house on wheels (legally) and the process that each must go through. The MAIN focus of this course will be tiny houses on wheels so I will get into the considerations that will go into picking your foundation (trailer) including both new and used options.

There are approximately 2 hours of information relating to history, zoning, codes and foundations – as they apply to tiny homes. This course is formatted to provide the information relevant to you and enable you to make the best decision for yourself. 

Some reviews of the live sessions:

“It was outstanding !!! – Macy is so full of wonderful information – Thank you for all the time you take to help others.” -Kym

“Comprehensive, informative and fun! Thank you!” – Dani

“Macy — Once again you wowed us with your tiny house series! You answered a lot of essential questions and asked us to consider some questions I had no idea I needed to think about. You are a master at instruction and even if you feel nervous talking to groups, you are a true master of communication and I thank you for giving of your time to teach us all something new.” – Libby

“Macy, thank you for a great final meeting and a fantastic series! I’m not sure how, if I would like it built for me or a more DIY effort, but I am more convinced than ever that a tiny house is for me! You did a fabulous job presenting the information in a logical and systematic way.” – Michelle

“enjoyed the class while learning much I did not know.” -Joe

“Very informative!!” -Fawn