making room for twinkie

the quest to grow a family and a house simultaneously

Cranks and Pulleys

With no roof and the second story floor complete, Husband and I were eager to get dried in. While putting the walls up on the first floor addition was fairly simple on his own, Husband was dreaming up a way to frame the second story walls by himself. Just as I have grown to expect from him, he thought of a solution that only he could come up with…

… a cranking mechanism to hoist up the walls. Continue reading “Cranks and Pulleys”


Roofless in Seattle

It’s not supposed to rain, he told me. It will be fine, he told me. It will go pretty quickly, he told me.

That was the last time I believed Husband when he told me how long it would take to complete a project on Ozzie. Never again.

Roofless in Seattle

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To build or not to build

The start of Ozzie’s growth

Take a good, long look at him. This is the last time you will see Ozzie in his original form. He was a nice, quaint house with no bells and whistles. But his look is about to change drastically. It’s time for the second story addition.

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18 months

Twinkie recently hit a milestone in his life: the point at which you can stop telling people his age in months. I realize I might have a differing option from the rest of the world, but after he turned one, I had a hard time telling people his age in months. I soon learned, however, that other mother’s wanted to know his age in months so to compare size and skills to their own children. So every time I was asked that question, I struggled through the mental math required to calculate Twinkie’s age in months.

Twinkie drinking from his sippy cup

Now, after 18 months of life, I can finally tell people he is a year and a half, or two. No more of this ‘he’s 22 months’ business. Continue reading “18 months”

Moving On Up

I have always enjoyed walking by construction sites and seeing the progress being made. Especially during framing, it looks like the building grew overnight. However, I have never really appreciated the skill it takes to grow a house until we started building walls for Ozzie.

As Husband labored in the back to get the first floor walls built, I watched from afar the progress being made. But once we got the basic walls built, I soon realized framing was an ‘all hands on deck’ sort of project.

Husband in action

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Walls and more

Hey look! Look what we did!

Mountain mural

It’s the feature wall in Twinkie’s new room! Pretty cool, huh?!?

But, I’m getting ahead of myself, aren’t I?

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Just for fun

While Husband and I were waiting out the Long Winter, we needed a little side project to boost our spirits. With spring right around the corner, and the first time that either of us owned our own property, we decided it would be fun to test out our green thumbs and build a couple planter boxes.

Our little side project

But let me tell you, these aren’t just any old planter boxes…

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The Long Winter

After our epic Demolition Day, I was bright eyed and bushy tailed about the next steps to expand Ozzie and make room for Twinkie. But then life happened. And Twinkie arrived. And Husband got pulled away to finish up his latest project. And Ozzie sat, with his backside torn off, and us living with a newborn in our tiny house through the long winter.

Ozzie’s ready for his new face lift

But after winter always comes spring. And with spring comes the hope of new beginnings. And for us living inside Ozzie, comes the hope of progress.

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Cart Horsing

I didn’t realize it at the time, but I married into a long standing William’s family tradition of cart horsing. That is to say, putting the cart before the horse. What I also didn’t realize, is that being married to Husband would allow this habit to wear off on me.


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