It’s been a while since I’ve done an update on just the happenings of my life… so here you are family and friends! 🙂
Miss Mini is doing absolutely amazing and we are loving life. It is getting pretty close to that time that I should be going back to work and I just don’t know how people do that, its hard to even think about at this point! I imagine if Mini were to be colicy or othrwise unhappy I may be a little more excited at the idea of getting a break for work but as it is I am having a hard time thinking of leaving her, I have a tough time just going to the store for groceries without her! Separation anxiety much?! So… I am strongly considering trying to make a living via this blog… Since I live in a tiny house, on her dads property AND I was able to pay off ALL debts prior to her being born, the amount I need to actually live is fairly minimal… If I could sell a set of plans or two a month I should be able to make it by (health insurance is the killer)… That being said I am going to try out a few things that the ‘internet advisors’ recommend for monetizing things more than just an ad at the bottom. I will really try not to be too gimmicky with things though, I promise. I certainly do not feel like going back to a site when it feels they are trying to sell me something. My goal is to make money via the same little ads/sponsors/affiliates, just doing a better job of it. I am hoping no one really notices that chang… I am new to this concept of online income though so I will try my best, if it gets annoying do me a favor, please and tell me! I want this site to keep being helpful to people and the last thing I want to do is turn people away. It would be super cool if I could make this work, if not no biggie and I will make other plans and keep MiniMotives going as normal! (also, if you know of some magical way to make money from a website without compromising the content of the website let me know)
Miss M is in the 95 percentile for her height at 23 3/4 inches, and 88 percentile of weight at 13 pounds 3 ounces. She’s a healthy, cute little chunk of kid and we love her so much. For not knowing how I would do at this whole parent thing I think it’s going great so far… we also won the baby lottery so far though, she mostly sleeps through the night and barely ever cries and smiles and coos a bunch. Except when getting her vaccinations, she cried then and it sucked for me, probably more than her. I wish I could get them for her! She also took her first digger off the couch the same day TIME Magazine came, I thought she would have broken limbs and black eyes and the whole world would see how terrible of a parent I am… instead she seemed to bounce just like they say, it scared her but after two minutes of scared tears she was fine (I still cringe about it though). She’s at the stage where she randomly flinches her limbs without knowing how or why… I set her on the couch, turned around to get a diaper and she had launched herself onto the floor, head first before I knew it. If she turns out kind of slow it’s totally my fault for not protecting her noggin better. Thankfully she blamed the couch and not me but I know the truth, for three days she would scream every time we sat on the couch… then her dad bumped her head on the lamp a little and the lamp became enemy number one and couch was forgiven.
I have always been a ‘pets are people too’ kind of person and I love my dog SO much, which I think most people who read this can tell (I hope), the best way for me to describe the difference though is to say: If I thought there was even a chanceD would possibly harm her for a second, he would be in a world of hurt instantly. Thankfully Denver gets this and knows his order in the family… James joked on our road trip and related our little family to the government, he is the house (because there is more of him), I am the senate (smaller but equal voting power as him), Denver is the American people (he just has to go along with what we say), and Mini is the president (she has complete veto power on what we decide and has exercised that when we sit down at a restaurant and she doesn’t approve). Cracked me up with its accuracy… last little story, Mini and I went to our first baby and me class on Tuesday and she got to interact with other babies. She likes the older kids it turns out and might have a new boyfriend, Owen, he’s five and a half months. They just sat and stared at each other from two feet apart and laughed and smiled at each other! It was adorable!
My other baby, Denver, has continued meeting new friends at the dog park and great dane meetups as well, I took both him and Mini for the first time (and other times since) by myself and it was uber successful. Denver seems to know when he needs to be on his best behavior and not pull on the leash when I’m holding the baby too. He generally gets pretty excited to go to the park and can pull but he doesn’t when she’s in my arms too, he’s a good boy. AND he gets to start school, finally, next week. I’ve wanted to get him in obedience for a while but I was either pregnant and SUPER tired, across the country or managing a newborn, we finally got to a point to get him signed up though! I want to get him to a point where he is good off the leash and not so barky. He just got animal control called on him for ‘barking too much in the afternoon’ but in his defense it was my fault. The neighbor kids play war after school with fake guns and he barks at them (they kind of include him in the play but he always gives away their location), I’ve never corrected him because I want him to bark if a guy comes at us with a gun… Now I have to learn how to teach him good barking and bad. I think he is going to really like dog school though and I am excited to learn how to work better together too. I think we have a great instructor and shes coming to the house for it!
Last bit, TIME and Dwell Magazines came and did their shoots as well as interviews, I’m excited for both issues, I was told Time will come out the third week in June and Dwell will be September’s Small Space issue. Both of these have given me new goals to pursue, who ever thought I would be marking off things on my bucket list so fast?!
In no particular order here are some pictures:
Look what came in the mail! Get your copy soon, I will post about HOW to get it as soon as I find out 🙂 (I got a free copy for being IN the movie, cool, right 🙂 )
I use my fridge as a whiteboard for organizing my ideas, I have been putting together an ebook lately, we will see if it ever gets done…
One of the criticisms I get quite a bit (surprisingly) is that my stove is ‘dumb, who ever even uses four burners at once, she should have a two burner and save space”, well I use 3+ burners regularely ( I lost my lid so I am using a cake pan… I have even been known to use all four burners AND the oven… works for me!
My grandma and Grandpa have been in town for a while, we all went out for a mothers day brunch
This kid sleeps in the most awkward looking positions… if you put her in a position that looks comfy she hates it…
She likes her uncle dan and the and the cute monkey outfit he and Jeff got her!
Four generation moms day picture 🙂
Getting some loves for Grandma Z
And my very first moms day gift, I’m going to get three more of these made, one of James, one of Denver and one of me and hang them in the tiny house (On the wall I am currently building!)
Mini chilling out at the Dwell shoot
And hanging out with Gramps and Tobi
One of my favorites, she was giggling so much that her face was covered (the sleep sack is a bit big on her yet)
ANd her very pretty dress from Puru, auntie Gia lent this to us! So SOFT!
Moms day again
and again, gotta document!
This is the little pink dress GG (great grandma) made her, she made me on just like it 30 years earlier!
I like to prop her up ‘like people’ for pictures
Shes less and less amused by it…
Grandma Z getting more lovins
she has gained five and a half pounds in two months she’s almost outgrown the sink but she LOVES baths!
And my tired self made a mistake with the table saw, I am very lucky it could have been a lot worse but I was left with a shockingly harsh wound which is very well hidden with bandaids…
And my kids… “they” suggest taking a monthly picture with a stuffed animal to watch the growth, Denver is the stuffed animal 🙂
This is the TIME Magazine photographer, he was very nice and super cool, seemed James and I had a lot in common with him. I really enjoyed that shoot, he was super laid back and mellow, I barely even knew when pictures were being taken but he did excellent dealing with what I can only imagine is a photographers nightmare, a dog, a baby and a very NON photogenic person or two!
And this is from the Dwell shoot the week prior, it’s crazy how different the shoots are, Dwell was very organized and rearranged things a bit more to make the shots look better and perhaps a little less ‘lived in’ which is going to be nice, I tried to slip a hat from my college in but their sharp eye got it pulled out! I was amazed at the different methods of shooting a baby, dog and non photogenic person/people, Dwell was very methodical and set up everythign just perfect before each shot and sort of positioned me in the picture, Time just let tings be and snapped very natural images, I’ll be excited to see them, and read the two stories, they are very different, time focusing o economics of tiny houses and Dwell on my design/family story 🙂
Denver was a ham for all of the shoot, he was born for modeling, its a rough gig, clearly! It will be fun to show MiniM our pictures in the magazines when she’s older! TIME had mentioned maybe havin a baby butt in the shot but I saved her modesty, she’s in just a diaper though 🙂 I would hate it if my butt was in TIME Magazine, hopefully she appreciates that later! 🙂
Mini got a new toy to look at, its cute and locally made!
It makesher giggle, totally worth it, hopefully it will help her go to sleep and wake up too!
Denver and Mini hav started playing, she smiles and laughs at him too. You can see she is very wiggly and he loves smelling her face.
I had to do a hand shot here too,her hand is almost as big as one of his toes…
and I just think this is hilarious so I shared!