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!)
This is Hazels first theft… She hid a can of olives under my purse at the grocery store and then batted her eyes really big at the cashier so she wouldn’t notice… (we will pay for them on the next trip in!) Just wanted to document the major milestones.
Visiting the aquarium
Movie/bonfire nights at my bros, happy to be doing this again that it’s getting darker earlier! He built this awesome screen and has a projector tv, makes for family fun!
Getting ready to be spooky!!! this is our new spider pal in for Halloween, stand by for more halloween tiny houseness!
Hazels 6 month picture with her stuffed animal!
My beautiful cousin Sagey is in town to see ME… and other people! I’m excited to show off my daughter and house and dog, which she’s never seen! Denver made her a fast friend though and tried to sit on her multiple times :)
Now that H is getting more playful he joins in when he can, he’s been really gentle but is still a puppy who is absent minded and not very self aware so we are careful to supervise like a hawk
then they crash out
before I catch too much crap for the dog being on the couch and kid on the floor… the kid can’t sleep on the couch because she’ll dive-bomb off, yes she could sleep in bed or in her pack n play but she fell asleep here so I opted to just keep a close eye on things (I’ve got some emails about this being reversed… it’s not, it’s intentional and neither are abused…
I hung some brackets on the wall for my tablet so that Hazel and I can watch a cartoon and eat breakfast, Hazel doesnt care at all about the cartoon but the brackets are A-MAZ-ING!
D sits Shotgun on our way to get our pumpkin latte, he was crossing his paws for a pupachinno, no dice, he had to settle for a trip to his doggy playdate and a doggy cupcake to celebrate Zella’s (one of his Dane friend’s) first birthday.
This is the puffy part for Hazels halloween witch dress, Denver had to try it on.
Kids exploring the camera with Dad!
I did not set this up, this is proof that my kid is the cutest! :)
And her beauty pageant practice win face! James put the gerber tierra on (it’s just a wrapper for her onesies!
She’s got two teeth and is working on more!
This is the left over wood floor if anyone can use it its all yours! (in Meridian, ID) it’s the same stuff used in Staceys Just a Smidgeon house, Ryans Lightbox and My house! It’s gone a long way!
Our patio has lights, it’s been nice to put Hazel to bed and have a glass of wine with James on our patio with a little fire going a few times.. it’s kinda nice to adjust to a simple life!
My new hat that I got for my birthday!
Denver trying on Hazels headband… he’s always getting into thing and then acting like he doesnt want it noticed ;;-)
I hope you are all well!