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Friday, October 17, 2014

House progress!

We have been working hard.  We now have a cleaned trailer!  This was so much more work than it looks like.  It was much more work than we expected.  We finally have a starting place though.  Once we got the old trailer off the frame, we also found that the trailer frame is a little smaller than we expected.  That's okay though- not a big deal.  The floor plan will be about 6 ft x 18.5 ft. Next step is to sand/grind it and paint it!






In other news, L has been reevaluated for risk of autism and no longer tests as "at risk".  Good news!  Bad news is that we had a video monitor in his room to watch him when he has breathing trouble at night and he is purely and utterly terrified of the video monitor.  It took us months to realize that was the problem.  Now we have a bedtime problem.  Hopefully now that we have removed the video monitor, things will get better.  
Enjoying Dad's birthday "ice cream"- thumb's up

I had a photograph of L published in Grow Northwest!

Friday, October 3, 2014

Unexpected twists

Um, was that the plan?
Well, yes and no.  Read on.

I have been so busy that I have not had much time to write posts.  We have been working on the house a lot.  We have run into some things that have turned our path's direction in this process.  Our original plan was to build a typical tiny house, ie. a wooden framed house built on a trailer, but then we got kinda chicken and decided to use the trailer frame as is and basically just remodel it as a travel trailer.  We knew there were a few small issues that would need to be replaced about the frame, but we had no idea how bad it really was.  Once we got the trailer cleared out and the wall paneling off, we could see the framing... and the damage was extensive.  Everything was rotten water damaged wood.  So we went for it.  We are back to our original plan of building a tiny house.  We have been cutting the trailer shell from the trailer frame.  This part is actually harder work than it looks like.  Especially since we have an inquisitive two year old who must be quarantined inside the house so that he does not get into the dangerous piles of debris accumulating from the demolition.  So we can't both work on the house at the same time for very long.  Hopefully once we have the demolition totally complete, things will go a little faster. 
This is what most of the frame looked like.  Yikes.
We have been collecting as much free and cheap materials as possible.  We have windows, a front door, aluminum flashing and framing wood for the floor, manual water pumps, solar lights, and some tools. 
I have good news about L!  We took him out of speech therapy recently.  The therapist gave us a withdrawal letter stating that he should continue speech therapy.  We had him reevaluated with the birth to three program, which he is already enrolled in, and his language skills are great.  I knew that he was doing well, but it is good to have on paper.  He tested to at least 32 months.  She stopped testing there.  So he is actually a few months ahead now!  We have come such a long way.  Less than a year ago he tested at 9 months.  He couldn't speak or understand anything.  Now he is doing so well.  He can communicate almost anything he wants to and can understand just about everything we tell him.  He can read all of the letters of the alphabet and numbers.  He can count to 10 easily. He knows names of the local tide pool critters, tons of other animals, the planets, and all of the colors and shapes.  He may be the only 2 year old that likes to tell us about Captain Picard... daily.  I am so stinking proud of him. 
With all of this progress, we have decided to start him with a very basic homeschool.  I will be using the Charlotte Mason methods for his homeschool.  Right now we are doing more of a transition school.  More of a transition between having no school and having preschool.  It is just a time set aside for reading and play with concepts. 
In other news, my chemotherapy has now been increased to a dosage that is higher than the highest dose for my size.  Things just keep progressing, and we are trying to stop it.  Also, I dyed my hair for the first time.  Well, when I was 14 I dyed the tips of my hair black, but I never really dyed my hair.  I dyed it bright red.  I have never been a person all that into my looks.  I literally only have a tube of mascara and tinted lip gloss for makeup.  But all of my medications, especially the steroids and chemotherapy, have changed the way I look.  Most of it I don't mind, but some things I have struggled with a way to make myself happy with the changes- particularly the moon face from steroids.  I am at a normal healthy weight for my size, not overweight, but my steroid face makes me look heavy- double chin and all.  So I felt the need for a change.

My husband also let me cut his hair again, surprisingly. Last time (which was my first time using clippers) I kinda messed it up.  Not too bad, but there were some unseemly cuts and lines.  I think I did well this time.  Guess how I did that?  I read the directions.  Who would've thought?
Here are some pictures of apple picking- one of our family traditions.

Our fearless leader through the corn maze

We recently took him to the Seattle Pacific Science Center too.  I was so excited to show him the butterfly house, since I thought he would love it.  He tried to stomp on the butterflies!  Sheesh.  Maybe next time.  I think he liked the music stuff and the space stuff the best.  He is really into space.


We took L to see my grandparents, who are as sweet as ever.

This last one is a camera experiment with different manual settings.