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Family Update

For those of you itching for tiny houseness you can find more posts about that over at PlanningTiny, this one is just a family update from life in our tiny house.

I’ve been waiting for Hazelnuts 9 month appointment to do a family update.  She’s shot down on the weight and height scale, shes been in the upper 90% since she was born but is now in the lower 70%.  The doctor wasn’t too concerned about it since she’s been movin and a shaken for a bit now that probably accounts for the weight loss  (or rather ‘not gain’) and the height can be just the difference in the person who measured, its a pretty minute amount, we’ll check again at a year to make sure she’s good.  I did my best to not bring her in bruised and battered, seems she gets a new wound every day.  I was successful but then she hurt herself AT the doctors office in front of the doctor.  She scraped her leg on the millwork in the office, at least he witnessed it so he didn’t feel obligated to call CPS on our little hooligan.  She is literally into everything but she’s not good at working her body so she ends up literally falling int/from/away from everything, resulting in boo boos.

She’s a cool kid, her personality is really starting to come out.  I would describe her as ‘stoic’, she’s a little shy around new people but is warming up finally to all her extended family members.  She is brave and adventurous, she loves things that spook her (so NOT like her parents!), I think shes going to be a bungee jumper and thrill seeker.  She likes bedtime but not always for sleeping, its her favorite play time.  We read her stories at night, its been an awesome way to get to read, we are on the Harry Potter, which I’ve never read or seen the movies so James jokes that I might be the only person who is new to it, but it’s a good story so far, we’re only halfway through the first book, Hazel doesn’t really care about the story but she does like getting read to.

In no particular order here are some pictures of our recent adventures (I just like to document our times here…) I hope you’ve all had a great holiday and have a safe and happy new year!

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Happy Fall All!

Just an update!

I had my first Pumpkin Latte, it’s official and I am SO excited for the changing season!  Fall is here and we had our first real night of rain, you don’t need a metal roof to have the relaxing sound of rain, TPO works too! It was awesome, now it’s all wet out and Denver refuses to go outside for fear of getting his delicate self dirty!  I have been working on little miss Hazel’s Halloween costume, she’s going to be a witch, not the cutesy baby one, a scary one, because it’s halloween, that’s what you do! :)

There is so much to look forward to this fall but my top five favorite parts are:

  • Movie nights with my family around the bonfire!
  • Getting the house all spooked out for Halloween!
  • Brisk days, red leaves and hot cider walks with Denver!
  • Welcoming Hazel into the wondrous thing that is pumpkin pie!
  • All of the unknowns!  (I’m still working all that ‘saying no’ stuff out but I’m on my way!)

Updating on all that… There are a lot of very cool opportunities in front of me right now, I can’t do them all but I get to do some!  I’ve said no to the first big one, traveling the country talking about tiny houses!  And getting paid for it!  Two years ago that would have been AWESOME.  Now, I just can’t make it make sense… it’s hard for me to leave Hazel for a couple hours, I can’t imagine a few days at a time.  I know people do it and it would all be fine but part of this tiny house deal is having the time for ME, to focus on what I want and MY priorities.  Hazel is at the top of that list and I would kick myself for missing out on her big firsts if I could avoid it.  Fact is I don’t need much to live on, it wasn’t even about the money, I am passionate about teaching and inspiring and empowering others, the pay was just the cherry on top.  BUT, as passionate as I am about those things I am more passionate about my family.  Family won this time :).  I am hoping other opportunities like that line up in the future when they make more sense but right now I feel good about my decision to not jump on that one at this point (AND the company was very kind, understanding and supportive about my decision).

I have also been chatting with three different TV stations about my house and various stories on it.  Those are great opportunities but again, they eat into my family/work times.  It is very cool to get to check things like that off an imaginary list BUT… they eat up a couple days at a time in prep and actual shooting so I am learning to be much more selective about which of those opportunities I take.  It is always a balance between my passion to empower, inspire and teach and my family.

Right now I’m working on a separate tiny house design tool as well, along with Ryan’s and my podcast a couple times a week, being a stay at home mom, maintaining Tiny House People and writing my 4 ebooks I have been keeping pretty busy!  I am so happy to see so much interest in going a bit smaller, I feel like this is WHY I got into designing.  How people think of housing has a huge impact on our environment, I like to feel like I am helping to make it easier to start decreasing footprint sizes and I think that is a very positive thing!

Little miss update… She had her 6 month appointment.  Hazel is in great health, she’s in the 97th percentile on height still and 87 on weight.  She took her shots like a trooper and was easier to distract than the last couple times.  We took it easy but she still had a fever for four days and I think she is teething again (she’s already got her two front bottom ones for a month+ now) because she’s been running warm and biting a lot again.   She is eating real food and digging it, we haven’t found anything she doesn’t like yet but she’s still primarily on the boob (which I am proud to say I met my goal of breastfeeding for 6 months!).  THAT though has taken it’s toll on me, I am now 15 pounds under my pre pregnancy weight (50 pound swing from peak pregnancy weight 6 months ago)… I have switched over to ‘eat everything in sight’ mode and a little more exercising so that I can try to get back to my healthy weight and hopefully not get sickly, I can already feel the creaking in my joints, I need to get better nutrients!   Even so, we play and we giggle, she sits up and loves to stand all the time, she doesn’t crawl or anything yet but she manages to get scoot along just fine getting across the bed etc.  We now sleep with the baby gate closed, just in case.  She knows her name now ans smiles/turns to look when its said. We won a photo shoot where she gets to dress up as one of the girls from Frozen, that should be fun[ny]. She’s getting quite the personality, we can’t wait to see how it keeps developing!  I think she’s going to be opinionated but kind and brave!

Here are some random pictures in no particular order of our grand adventures!  (There are two baby videos at the bottom if you want to see her in action!)


I hope you are all well!