Friday, October 31, 2014

It happened sooner than I thought it would.

I lost my keys in the tiny house. 
It's possible that I was ever-so-slightly angrier about it than I normally would be in our "big house."

BECAUSE HOW do I lose something in such a small space! WHERE could they be?  I can check EVERY POSSIBLE crevice in about a minute! -assuming the kids didn't play with them and bring them upstairs.  I had them check that possibility since, of course, Story couldn't remember if she played with my keys or not. 

So I started cleaning. I would never attempt this in the big house.  I'd actually do the opposite.  Dump out every drawer!  Overturn every table!  Tornado-ize the whole place because I'm more likely to find them much more quickly that way than if I spend the entire day cleaning every inch of the house. 

The tiny house was clean in about 10 minutes.  TEN! 
(Rage cleaning is faster than the normal calm cleaning.)
I did finally find my keys:
And I didn't destroy my house in a fit of rage: :) Woot!
I suppose I'm proud of myself.
Still frustrated they were lost in the first place. :)   Oh, wait!  I'm over it.
I'm not a fan of losing my keys.

But my house is clean!!!

When you lose your keys... do you clean or destroy?

Monday, October 27, 2014

What do four people, a dog, and a composting toilet smell like in 207 square feet?

Apparently, we smell amazing. 

We've had several instances where someone takes one step into the house, halts, closes their eyes and inhales deeply,

"I love that smell!"


It's the smell of wood.  Natural building materials!  Most is raw, some is oiled, free of toxic stains.
One of many valid responses to the question, "Why don't you just live in an RV?"

Today a neighbor boy stepped in, did a sniff double-take and said, "Oh, I love that smell, it smells like Whole Foods!" and then ran back out to the playground.
...I'll take it!  :) 

The Kimberly Stove has been burning for two days so now we get to smell a bit like a campfire, too!  We're falling deeper and deeper in love. 

On good days it smells like a garden in the bathroom!  :)
We ran out of our peat moss-hemp stalk mixture one day.  That day it did not smell like a garden.  I'm hyper-aware of any possible smell and have been told that whatever it is I'm smelling is not readable by anyone else's olfactory receptors.  We're still finding the balance of microbes, enzymes, "etc" and I think there's room for a little improvement. 

Regardless.  The rest of the house trumps.

When we were in the planning stages of our tiny house journey the smell of our tiny house was not a factor.  Didn't come up in conversation, no expectation or anticipation.  What a pleasant surprise!  The lovely, woodsy smell is a wonderful addition to the peaceful aura of the Tiny House.  It smells like outside! 
I had no idea I would ever be so proud of the smell of my house.    

So if you want to live in a delicious smelling home that makes you feel like Laura Ingalls in Little House on the Prairie, you should build a Tiny House just like ours!  ;)

This is the best picture of smell that I can get. :)

Monday, October 20, 2014

Moving the Tiny House!

The wheels work!
The truck works! 
Pretty well, anyway.  It wasn't a huge fan of uphill acceleration.

We attempted to get comp and collision insurance but met so many roadblocks.  Everything was covered for liability...  and then doused in prayer. 

We chose a super early Saturday morning to move the Tiny House it's first 100 miles.  We officially left at 4:25am.  (Way after bar close and way before morning traffic.)

The roads were empty for the first half of our trip and got a little busier on the highway.  We were able to stay in one lane the entire trip, changing lanes only once to take the off ramp. 

The kids and I led the way.  Yes, we had our 6 and 4 year olds up and at 'em at 3:30!  They were so pumped and wanted to be included in this exciting job.  Of course!

Leading the #TinyHouse caravan at 3:45am. These guys stayed awake the whole time! So much excitement! ...for the kids, not the dog so much. :)

My job was to be the lookout and focus on the route.  Called if there was something ahead to be aware of.  Flashed the breaks like crazy to warn about sudden slowdowns and such.  I got a bit nervous when I saw a kitten on the side of the road.  Didn't want it jumping out to attack our precious load, ya know.  :) 

Ryan manned the Ford F250.  He did a great job!  Strong and Steady.  He wore a headset for hands-free communication.  Superman!  Towing the Tiny House!

Ryan's Dad, Jack, drove behind.  Watched, buffered, ready to communicate clearance for lane changes. We're so thankful for his early morning help and alertness! And for treating us to coffee and breakfast.  :)


Ryan backed it in, Jack guided.

We're here!  125 miles in 2 hours and 15 minutes.  We drove really slowly, between 47 and 52 mph.  I'm proud of myself for keeping my cool.  :) 
We remembered the story about the turtle and the hare.   :)

The kids watched and cuddled to stay warm.  And I jumped up and down between pictures.

Isn't our parking spot beautiful!?

Lovely Tiny House, coolest journey ever, and safety.
Thank you God!

Thursday, October 9, 2014

The Tiny House Movement is SPREADING!

We have had the opportunity to share our experiences in so many ways! 

Late last night I found that we were on NIGHTLINE and we weren't even aware. 

It's so cool to be a part of this movement.  Sharing and inspiring.  Great people doing great things!  Normal, regular old people doing regular old things!  However you want to look at it.  :)

I can't get the video to embed right - so here's the link:

Here's the link to the Good Morning America video, too!

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Heat! And Little Visitors

Confirmation!  The Kimberly Stove has been shipped and is on it's way! 

Once the stove is in the Tiny House will be headed to the rv campsite where we will be staying for the next year and we'll complete our last bit of moving in!


We've stayed for several weeks and we miss it!  (It's an hour North of our big house and the commute for Ryan is too much to be staying there. So we're using the time to prepare the big house to be sold.)  The kids are asking everyday, "Can we go to the Tiny House today, Mommy!?"

I'm just as anxious as they are. 

We experience so much more peace in the Tiny House and we're craving the simplicity. 

I'm excited to experience the warmth! 
I'm gearing up to rave about every detail with you! 

I'd take a better pic of the spot we're putting it in if we were there.  For now:
We're planning to put in between the end of the kitchen counter and the end of the bookshelves.  I'm basically pointing to the spot in the picture. The bookshelves may have to be shortened a few inches.

About this (blurry) pic!  We had little visitors!
Sully and Story's best friends, Taylor and Grayson, spent the whole day.  Ran around outside, ran around inside, climbed around the loft like it was a treehouse, played dress up, had a campfire. 
All the normal things normal kids do in normal sized houses.  Totally Normal!  

For story time we rolled Ryan's dresser/ottoman over to mine and created an L-Shaped Couch!  I mean...  THAT is the coolest.  

I loved having my dearest friend, Stacy, and her sweet kids in our home. 
No one bumped into, ran over, or sat on anybody else.  ;) 
We were all just happy to be together. 
Sully, Story, Taylor, and Grayson are planning a slumber party in the loft.  :)
Pictures and post to follow.  :)

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Would you like to watch our episode?

I recommend that you first check FYI's website.  If there's a play button icon, you're in luck!  If there's a key icon you'll need to enter you're cable provider to watch. I hope this free option works out for you! 

If it's locked and you don't have cable, there are still two pretty cheap options.
Remember to select Season 1, Episode 8: "207 Sq Ft Minnesota Prairie Cottage."

Amazon for $1.99

iTunes for $2.99  search Tiny House Nation

I hope you enjoy it!
...Let me know what you think! :)

Friday, September 19, 2014

Uncle Pat! and our Tiny House Prayer

My Uncle Pat is the guy who built our Tiny House.  He did an amazing job!
Here he is, rocking out his first Tiny House, like a BOSS.

Uncle Pat is one of the best blessings of this whole project. 
Uncle Pat (who has always just been Pat up until the network people showed up.  Now he's forever Uncle Pat) really went all in and dedicated himself to our build.

Uncle Pat is a skilled builder who really cared about this project and showed how much he cares for us!  He put dormers across the whole roof when we were told we could only have one a dormer in the kids' loft!  He thought up the catwalk idea so Sully and Story would be safe in the middle of the night!  He advocated for our comfort and safety.  He dedicated so many hours on top of his already busy building schedule!  And he led an amazing group of men to build us a beautiful, sound home under a lot of pressure and in a really short amount of time.

We are so thankful for Uncle Pat.    THANK YOU UNCLE PAT!!!

And ya know what else is awesome?  He enjoyed it!
Yea!  I'm so glad this was a positive experience for everyone!
So if you're thinking about having a tiny house built contact Uncle Pat!  He's so psyched to build another he already ordered some trailers.  Oh, yes. 

Before the reality show opportunity showed up Ryan and I expected to be building the Tiny House ourselves.  I can tell you *with confidence* that it would not have been so awesome. 

But one part about that plan that I loved was that I was going to write Bible verses throughout the framing of the house!  I wanted to put God's Word in the walls, as part of the structure of our home! 

Early on, when I found out we would not be involved with the build, I realized that I wouldn't have the opportunity to work that in.  Which was okay, I was fine with finding another unique way to get some Bible verses in.

So when Uncle Pat was chosen as our builder (yea!), my Mom, knowing what I wanted, offered to write the Bible verses in for me!  YES!  I was so excited!

Mom, who always goes above and beyond, brought Bibles, Bible verse books, prayer books, and sharpie markers to the Tiny House and completely covered the frame!  Aunts JeanAnn, Gini, and Joni, cousins Allyssa, Marquee, Sarah, and Kayla, and Ryan's Mom, Gail, all wrote Bible verses within our Tiny House for us! 

Thank you Ladies! 
I love it SO MUCH! 

Mom took pictures of all the verses before they were hidden away by insulation and sheetrock.  I'll snag them soon and share a few more.
For now I have only one picture.

Here is the prayer my Mom wrote outside by the front door.

Isn't that just right? Amen! 
You can scroll back up to the picture of Uncle Pat to see where the prayer is. ^^^

I honestly feel that the Bible verses and prayers, along with the hands of all of the family and friends who helped build our home, greatly contributes to the sense of peace and joy we feel surrounded by in our Tiny House. 
It has an amazing energy.
It's completely lovely.