Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Making Memories

For the longest time my husband has wanted to show me the place he likes to hunt. He says it's beautiful in the fall and always asked if I could go there with him. Time slipped away and I was never able to go sit with him hunting (busy taking care of 2 kids) and really sitting out in the freezing cold hunting isn't something I really want to hire a babysitter for. So now that it's warming up I thought we could take advantage of his day home and go for a hike.
     So off into the wilderness we went! It must have been a long winter because, wow, I forgot how many bugs there are outside!! I was swinging at flies left and right and who knows how many gnats I probably ate. Not to mention our hiking trail...wasn't actually a trail. I'm lucky I don't have any rips in my jeans from all the thorn bushes we walked through. 
Mental note: If we decide to go on another adventure like this, we are going to need to invest in a baby carrier. Hiking with a squirmy 18lb baby girl is quite the workout, especially when you have to walk up the steepest hill imaginable. Climbing up that mountain with kids was quite a sight I'm sure. On the way down Ashton was crying for daddy to help him and not mommy because apparently I was making him nervous and he was scared he is going to fall down the hill. Not going to lie, I was a little nervous about that happening too.
But we made it home safely without any bumps, bruises, and surprisingly no only 2 ticks. 
Looking back at what we called our adventure, it's easy complain and say that the whole trip was a bad idea. But I would do it all again in a heartbeat because today we made a memory.
I'm learning memories don't always have to be glamorous.
Sometimes they are down right dirty and itchy.
But they are memories nonetheless. 
And today was a memory we made together as a family.
In my mind, those are the best memories we make.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

A Tiny Home Kitchen

One of the biggest challenges of a tiny home, is the kitchen area.
I have to cook for four people and doing it in a tight space can be difficult at times.
Especially because I enjoy making freezer meals and usually make a handful of meals in one afternoon. 
My counterspace doesn't allow for a lot of food & utensils to be out at once.
But on the bright side, it also doesn't allow for much clutter or mess to be left so I've learned to just clean as I go to keep the counters clean! 
What you see here are ALL of my couterspace and cabinetry.
I had to get rid of a lot of extra kitchen gadgets and gizmos.
As well as extra plates, cups, and mugs.
If you come to my house you will find I only have 4 cups, 4 plates, and 4 bowls. 
Just enough for the four of us.

Grocery day can sometimes be a bit of a challenge too. 
You have to be creative and very organized to make room for everything.
My cabinets don't stay cramped very long though because I have a husband and son who eat & eat & EAT!
Seriously, how do we go through a box of cereal in one day?

 On the other side of the kitchen we have the fridge & oven.
Thankfully it's a large full size refrigerator.
BUT the oven is not.
 I learned that the first time I tried to make cookies.
Needless to say, those cookies didn't turn out.
I had to buy new pans.

I love the ceiling in my kitchen. 
I think it's actually some sort of backsplash, but it looks neat above too!

Straight through the kitchen, you'll find the bathroom.
Unlike a lot of tiny homes, I have a full bath.
It's a tight squeeze in there, but not terrible!
It has the same backsplash ceiling as the kitchen does.

So there you have it.
A peek into my kitchen and bathroom. 
Thanks for stopping by! 

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Tiny Home Bedroom

Living in a tiny home takes some sacrifices. For us, the biggest one is the fact that it's a one bedroom house and there are 4 of us. 
Until we get a sleeper sofa for the living room all four of us share this one bedroom together.
So now you're probably wondering where do we all sleep?
At the moment, Alaya sleeps in a pack & play that I set up each night.
Ryan, Ashton, and myself all share the bed you see.
The bed is actually two twin mattresses resting on the floor. We just slide the top one off and make one large bed on the floor. 
The plan for this room, after my husband and I get a sleeper sofa for the living room, is to then get a trundle bed. It will be the kids room so when Alaya grows out of the pack & play she can sleep on a trundle bed that rolls out from Ashton's bed.

I'm not minding the set up the way it is right now actually. 
Except for the fact the mattress seem rock hard, it's not that bad. I like it much better now than how it was when we first moved in!
For the first few weeks there was a full size bed in the room!
It took up nearly the entire room!
There was just enough space for the pack & play but nothing else! It was quite cramped.
So I'm loving this set up much better because of all the floor space we have now!
It's now the bedroom AND toy room!
Not to mention, Alaya is getting quite mobile so it's nice to be able to put her on a carpeted area since the rest of the house has hard wood flooring.

So that's our bedroom for now.
Hopefully soon it will just be the kid's room.
Until then, I'll cherish the closeness we have and the cuddles we share.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Tiny Living Room

Hey there!
I hope you all had a wonderful and blessed Easter!
I know many of you are anxious to see pictures of the inside of our tiny homes.
I want to talk a little bit about each room and the likes and dislikes of that room or the plans for changing such rooms. The house came fully furnished when we bought it. That means the tv, table, couch, decor, appliances, everything came already with the house! Woot woot! So I'm going to share pictures of what it looks like now.
We have only been in the house for a few weeks so it's a working progress making it "ours" and arranging and rearranging everything until we find everything in it's perfect place.
The entire house is wallpapered so I don't plan on changing that for awhile. I guess it kind of goes with the "cottage" look. It's not my favorite but I despise taking wallpaper down so it will be staying for quite awhile.

Today I'll share with you some pictures of the living room and dining room. 
Which of course, is just one room.
Complete with toys on the floor & decorations I have yet to hang.
Alaya's exersaucer seems to take up a lot of space, but she loves it so it was essential to keep and have in the living room where we spend most of our time. The great thing about it is it also turns into a play mat and also an activity table. It's a 3 in 1! Dual purpose items are a necessity for tiny house living. 

We plan to buy a sleeper sofa for my husband and I to sleep on. 
It's a one bedroom house so we are getting antsy to have our own bed again without all four of us being cramped in the one tiny bedroom.
But we are still on the hunt for a sleeper sofa for a decent price so we are still saving our pennies at the moment. Until then, you can see a peek of the bedroom there to the left.
 Ashton's in there probably getting into something he shouldn't.

And on the other side of the room is the dining area.
Normally there are toys and books on the floor, smudges on the mirror, and mail on the table, so it's a rare moment I'm sharing here of the dining area clean! Obviously the kids are napping.
So until they wake up, I enjoy the look of a clean table and floor!
I love the original hardwood flooring!
& the original hardwood front door!

I hope to have more pics of the house up later this week so stay tuned!
Thanks for stopping by!