Well hello everyone! Long time eh? I took a month or so off to reevaluate my life and try to figure some stuff out I feel like I’ve got the clarity I need to go forward (yeah!), I’ll most likely write about that soon, I like to have things written out to reference later :).
This is just going to be a quick update on what we’ve been up to, a few modifications we’ve made to the house, some maintenance stuff and then a whole lot of our favorite daughter and the life we get to lead!
First, I bet you noticed a little makeover on my site… I’ve been meaning to do that a while, I finally did (and hopefully worked out most of the kinks??)!
Second, I want to mention and unofficially ‘launch’/tell you about a new site I’m working on. PlanningTiny.com - long story short, I enjoy informing and empowering others to do similar things (build their own tiny house, if they are interested). MiniMotives doesn’t really do that anymore. It will remain a place to document my house and my life but PlanningTiny will be a place for people to go to get the information they need and want for their own tiny house. I’ve got a few posts up there. There will be reviews of builders, classifieds so you can find other tiny house related items (or whole houses), information on how to choose a builder, design a house, build a house, various systems you can use with pros/cons/etc. It’s purely for information, if wanted. It was going to be a much biggerr thing and actually be a 3D modeled configurator that could take the place of Sketchup, making thing easier for those who hate Sketchup (there are a lot of ya!), We went through a design phase, had a developer on board, designed the entire program, and did everything except hit the ‘launch’ button on a kickstarter campaign. In our very last double check James and I decided maybe that the timing wasn’t right, we can build this website/tool, if it’s valuable we can cross the bridge to a full on custom tiny home configurator (unless someone wants to sponsor 20k ;-), that was the quoted cost… we are/were bummed to not go forward because it would be awesome, it’s just not in the cards for now). Even without that, James and I both will be using our background in design, construction know-how , our tiny house experiences and our interest in sharing to simplify and demystify various building methods and rational you would want to know when designing and constructing your own tiny home. Hopefully PlanningTiny.com will prove valuable over time… This aligns better with our goals, we’re excited. We would love to hear feedback as we get things together and moving forward (its still in beta form!).
Third, our house updates, we have updated a few things, I have a couple new heaters to try out (I’d like to give reviews based on real life experience…). We’ve done a little baby proofing, some potty maintenance, some decorating, images all below.
Lastly, family stuff! Hazel and Denver are awesome. We’ve been active little community members! We got to go to an ice show, a charity walk, some trick-or-treating, lots of playing and various other outings (because this is where I keep some pictures) there are probably way too many images below of all that! Hazel is one healthy chunk of a kid, she is right in the middle of getting 6 new teeth, bringing the total to 8 shortly! It looks painful but she acts like it’s no big deal, what a trooper eh? She can now blow raspberries, crawl, pull herself up on things and is a very serious but sometimes exceedingly smiley baby! Denver still likes to play with his Dane pals and sleep, he is starting to take more interest in Hazel nut too though!
I’ll keep it short and end there for now! I hope you have all been well!
My halloween house! Note the large spider above the door, that is our new friend Manwell
Here is poop. We had to empty the drawer from the composting toilet for the first time in a year and a half of use. It was aweful (said very sarcastically!) it took a whole 10 minutes out of our day!
It involved grabbing the drawer after it had been sitting seperate from the rest of the compost, dumping it in our regulaar compost bin, rinsing it out and putting it back! In a couple more months we will do it again… and divert all that waste away from the water reclamation site…
Once again we rearranged ‘the wall’ so that I can fit a propane heater to the left without melting my TV
AND here is an electric convection heater that I am going to try out as well. The Envi heater
I am aiming to try all different heat sources for a baseline of ‘the best’ This one so far is pretty awesome, I am waiting for temps to take a dive a bit deeper so I can really test it!
It doesn’t get hot to the touch sO I can keep it mounted lower (no Hazel Hazard)
This is my propane heater (I wanted at least one source that wasn’t electric just so we don’t freeze out if the power goes.
We got some bumpers put on the steps since little miss is toddling around. The bottom step is one of her favorit places, its like a little table, she plays on it a lot!
And she finally outgrew the sink, now her baths happen in a rubbermaid container on the counter. Sometimes she just takes a shower with me but that’s not nearly as much fun as splashing about :)
She’s discoveered the magic of plastic, we will have to direct that more to a library card than a charge card but one step at a time, right? :)
Denver is not so happy to be giving her costume a test run..
Our first trick or treat! That creepy guy was debating scaring the hell out of all of us, he had the power to completely ruin Halloween for Hazelnut, he chose nice.
The true profile of a Great Dane… impressive amounts of uck!
We went to a fundraiser for our local humane society, See Spot Walk, it was awesome to show up with a bunch of people from our great dane group, seeing one is awesome, seeing 20 in one spot is really awesome though!
Family picnic at the park
This is my mom, she didn’t win her costume contest this year but she always puts forth a valiant effort! Hazel has no idea it’s her grandma…
Hazel is always so serious
We found that larger and equally creepy version of her favorite doll
And a trip to the prison with my cousins!
The little troublemaker finally got what was coming to her ;)
We went to a pumpkin patch with the family too to get our pumpkins Hazel with Grandpa (my dad)
Playin in some corn
Mom got her the cutest hat!
But she likes diaper hats too… :)
How mom carries her
And dad… :)She likes both equally
And we actually had a date night, I’m a little too attached to leave her still (it’s irrational. I know…) so she came and saw the pink ponies at PF Changs with us!
I also took her and my mom to watch Disney on Ice, this is a terrible picture but the only one I took :) She liked it well enough, mom and I liked watching her too!
Shinanigans (this is the workshop James in building I should do tour of it soon!
This is the happenings in Denvers world… We dog park, we go to gma and gpas and we sleep on the couch, hes real high maintenance… :)
She doesn’t quite ‘get’ the chair yet, or maybe she gets it better than I do, she certainly has more fun in a chair than I do!
She DOES know how to use one… I promise!
Visiting with her BF Harland, they are besties! He learned to kiss :)
She learned to hack computers, I have NO idea how Hazel did this but a few keystrokes and she turned the wwhole screen, took me forever to find the settings…
Toy boxes are fun!
The 7 month stuffed animal picture, Denver is 18 months, Hazel is 7!
They play a lot more, Denver is warming up to the lil facegrabber :)
And they hang out watching the world go by out the window :)
Casualty! He got my podcasting headphones!! Oh noes!
(those are Christmas Lights!!! EEEE)