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Forward Motion – Travel Trailer Update

We’re making progress!  We have walls!  We were able to glue and screw the interior sheathing to the walls and get them mounted to the trailer this weekend, yeah!  I really like how the space is coming together.  Like any space, it will go through phases of feeling ‘bigger than you expect’ and ‘smaller…’  Right now we are at a bigger than expected phase.  It IS very cool to start to see it coming together.

We have pre-drilled and screwed and the framing together so far (this is one of my battles picked…).  We are leaving the outside uncovered until we get the inside fairly built out, this will allow us to add blocking wherever we need it as we go forward.  To do this we use this super awesome tool that I recommend as a gift to a tiny houser you know, the Kreg Jig.  This allows you to get a strong connection when face nailing, kind of like toe nailing but precise and recessed so that you have clean surfaces.


I’ll admit this has been challenging, James and I both have strong, and often counter, opinions of how things should go.  We’ve been working out a pecking order to make sure we both get what is important to us.  Right now we are both thrilled with how it is coming together so no matter how epic the debates have gotten we got to a happy spot! ha!  It seems like the less ‘blank’ the slate is the easier it is to go forward, it’s hard when anything is possible, it’s easier when you’ve got some parameters to work within!

The family stuff!

I’ve been working on Hazels mural more.  I got the farm a little ways and she found me.  Her only comment was ‘I wanted 5 horses’… I had only drawn three… so I drew two more, and hid some cats and ducks around.  I also started on the waterfall and nemo portion, it is harder to draw likenesses than crap out of your own head so it took a bit longer… It’s not there just yet but close.  All we have left is the fairy tree village and a big dino which she says she doesn’t want because its scary… so that might not get done….

Now I have ideas flowing for what to paint in Miles’s bed, I think his personality needs to bloom a little more before I have a clear direction but I am having visions of a tree house, pirate ships, a dessert, a campfire in the mountains… What are other good ideas for a mural in his?

We also had a birthday party to go to, Miles and Hazel’s cousin Timmy turned ONE!  Miles turns one on Saturday (already!?).  This week we will be planning his party at the park!

ALSO, and I write this to hold myself accountable a little… I have decided that I need to get better at using my camera.  I am going to try my hand at a project 52, THIS project 52 actually.  I will have to shoot one image a week for a year, starting on Miles’s birthday so that I can have an easy start date!  Wish me luck!

Happy Fall All!

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Family Update!

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:

We Got the Best Babies!

Who takes a ten day old on a trip across the country… with an almost one year old Great Dane… in a car… and has literally zero issues that come up?  This girl (and James)!  How did we get so lucky to have such great babies! We all survived the journey from Idaho to the first ever Tiny House Conference in North Carolina.  Now MiniM thinks we live in a mansion compared to the Prius she spent more than half of her life in!  That right there is the trick to ‘families in small spaces’, cram them in an even smaller space for a long time and then a tiny house feels huge!

Ryan Mitchell did an awesome job putting the Tiny House Conference together, it was such a great event, it was SO nice to meet all of the people, new builders and old! 😉  I swear that the attendees were the nicest people ever and they sure made me feel like some superstar (I am just a person people, I haven’t done anything that you aren’t capable of too!), it’s so weird/cool/surreal to be treated that way :).   There were SO many people there that I have called upon to answer my questions over the last few years like Drew, Laura, Dan Louche, Ryan of course, Hari and Karl and Chris and Melissa that it was so great to meet in person.  There was even people that I am too nervous to ask my questions of for fear of wasting their time. (cough cough) Dee Williams was one of the highlights of the trip for me.  She is hilarious, sweet and quirky, I LOVED getting to meet her in person.  She’s such a GREAT inspiration, I am so glad the world has people like her, she is what inspires the rest of us!  It was great to meet Zack Jones, I’d like to get you on Tiny House Chat soon to talk about tiny house codes.  He’s a great resource for LOTS of tiny house issues though!  Sarah and her man-friend were awesome :), Suzannah and Sicily are always amazing, I wish I could have spent more time with you two!  I’m really sorry about your house problems but those shots you got when you got back are amazing!

This one is my favorite!
This one is my favorite!

I really enjoyed talking to Teal and his wife as well as his dad, and I was amazed at the craftsmanship of their tiny house, great option if you’re looking to buy instead of build! And of course the bus!  Kelly was a sweetie and their bus is awesome, I want a bus house now! I have probably left off some important people, I do that sometimes… I’m sorry if I missed you!  It was so great to meet everyone, especially the attendees!!  So many great questions and conversations!

Of course I wasn’t as ‘present’ as I could have been if I was not tending my Little Miss but I hope I was still of some use to others too.   Also because Little Miss M was very happily on both parts tying up my paws I wasn’t able to take many (any) pictures but if you search #THC14 on Facebook a whole bunch will come up that others have taken.  you can also see updates here.  I hear rumors that the Tiny House Conference 2015 will be in Portland, that is a MUCH easier drive for me, I hope to meet even more people there!

MiniM has officially been to 18 states and the Atlantic Ocean.  This makes 20 states for Denver, 30 for James and 32 for me.

these are the states we hit.
these are the states we hit this trip

And here are some pictures from our side of this adventure:

And… Baby giggles!