Our travels, exploits, and adventures

March 2014 Update

Hiya. It’s been forever since our last update- so sorry. The good news is we have plenty of updating to do today! So, here it goes. . .

Harmon (bro-in-law) and Dondi antelope hunting in Wyoming in late October.

Harmon (bro-in-law) and Dondi antelope hunting in Wyoming in late October.

Hunter (nephew) and Dondi with Dondi's first elk!

Hunter (nephew) and Dondi with Dondi’s first elk!

Dondi (and some friends) processed the entire elk in a weekend. . . sausage, ground elk, cube steaks and all.

Dondi (and some friends) processed the entire elk in a weekend. . . sausage, ground elk, cube steaks and all.

Dondi and Erin backcountry snowboarding up at Cameron Pass (about an hour west of Fort Collins).

Dondi and Erin backcountry snowboarding up at Cameron Pass (about an hour west of Fort Collins).

Dondi, Erin, Meg, and Matt at our long-time friend Ashley C's wedding.

Dondi, Erin, Meg, and Matt at our long-time friend Ashley C’s wedding.

Christmas in Cincinnati-- creek hiking and other fun times with Erin's family.

Christmas in Cincinnati– creek hiking and other fun times with Erin’s family.

LauraLee and Dondi making homemade ice cream on New Year's Eve.

LauraLee and Dondi making homemade ice cream at the cabin in NY on New Year’s Eve.

Our curtain project. . . it was a budget project relatively speaking since custom blinds for all of our windows would have been well over a thousand dollars. These will do!

Our curtain project. . . it was a budget project relatively speaking since custom blinds for all of our windows would have been well over a thousand dollars. These will do!

In February, we did our final (crossing my fingers at least) tiny home improvement project. . . curtains! We chose a nice lightweight material to allow the light to shine through all of the windows while providing some additional insulation in the winter, shade in the summer, and privacy too.

In February, we did our final (crossing my fingers at least) tiny home improvement project. . . curtains! We chose a nice lightweight material to allow the light to shine through all of the windows while providing some additional insulation in the winter, shade in the summer, and privacy too.

February ski weekend in Steamboat Springs with some friends. The powder was awesome!!

February ski weekend in Steamboat Springs with some friends. The powder was awesome!!

Skiing at Steamboat. The trees looked like snow sculptures!

Skiing at Steamboat. The trees looked like snow sculptures!

Skiing in the trees at Steamboat. The famous "champagne powder" was amazing!

Skiing in the trees at Steamboat. The famous “champagne powder” was amazing!

While snowshoeing in Steamboat Springs, we tried to figure out a fun way to make an announcement. . .

While snowshoeing in Steamboat Springs, we tried to figure out a fun way to make an announcement. . . did it work? Yup! Erin is due in mid-July. Pics of the baby bump to come in our next post!

CSU vs. Harvard Polo Game- it was awesome to see CSU kick their butts!

CSU vs. Harvard Polo Game- it was awesome to see CSU kick their butts!

CSU vs. Harvard- CSU won by a landslide. Sweet!

CSU vs. Harvard- CSU won by a landslide. Sweet!

Dondi studying for the PE (Professional Engineer Exam) on a super sunny March day- he's studied all the other days too since Jan 1st too, just on our tiny home table =)

Dondi studying for the PE (Professional Engineering Exam) on a super sunny March day- he’s studied all the other days too since Jan 1st, just on our tiny home table. =)

Ryan and Sarah (Erin's bro and sis-in-law) came to visit FoCo after a ski trip in the CO mountains-- good times!

Ryan and Sarah (Erin’s bro and sis-in-law) came to visit FoCo after a ski trip in the CO mountains– good times!

The mare in the field next to us had a foal. . . it's been fun to watch him grow up quickly over the past week or so!

The mare in the field next to us had a foal. . . it’s been fun to watch him grow up quickly over the past week or so!

Beautiful March day in the tiny home!

Beautiful March day in the tiny home!

We were selected to speak at TEDx FrontRange on May 22nd, 2014 in Loveland, Colorado. Can't wait!!

We were selected to speak at TEDx FrontRange on May 22nd, 2014 in Loveland, Colorado. Can’t wait!!

In our TEDx talk, we'll be discussing our "experiment in simple living". The event will be live-streamed online and we'll be sure to post the details on the blog so you can check it out.

In our TEDx talk, we’ll be discussing our “experiment in simple living”. The event will be live-streamed online and we’ll be sure to post the details on the blog so you can check it out. Check it out here: http://www.tedxfrontrange.com/

That’s all for now! Until next time. . . leave us a comment. We love to hear from you. -Erin & Dondi

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20 responses

  1. Karen Menges

    I think all you two (three) do is have a fabulous time together!! Your updates are just great. Love to you, k

    March 23, 2014 at 11:30 pm

  2. Debbie

    Love being included in all your adventures… Life is good….

    March 24, 2014 at 10:15 am

    • So glad to “take you along for the ride” Debbie! -Erin

      March 25, 2014 at 10:08 am

  3. Kim Lutz

    Thanks for sharing Erin and Dondi! I will show the pictures to Mom and Dad. You sure have an active life! Reminds me of when I was younger. Congratulation to both of you!!!

    Love, Kim

    March 24, 2014 at 11:50 am

    • Thanks so much Kim! We’re excited. =) -Erin

      March 25, 2014 at 10:08 am

  4. Hi there Erin and Dondi,

    I stated to follow your blog after you were featured on the “Tiny House Blog.” (Your floor plan is one of my favorites) I have become increasingly curious about tiny house ownership and living. My husband and I are in our late 20’s and in this increasingly challenging economy we are constantly looking for ways to reduce our monthly costs. Also, I feel an strong need to be more socially ethical and reduce our consumption of good and resources. My long term plan is to own a bit of property and build an underground home, and I think our ticket to reaching that goal is living tiny. The reduced living costs would allow us to put money away for the future projects. We are currently living in Manitou Springs, CO. Since we are pretty close to Fort Collins, we’re wondering if you could give us a tour of your tiny house, and discuss a few topics that have us concerned about making the move to a tiny home? We have reached out to a few tiny home builders in Colorado, but not yet been able to visit a home (Tiny Diamond building in Denver, and Tumbleweed here in Colorado Springs.) Thank you for sharing your inspiring house building projects!

    All the Best,
    Sarah

    March 24, 2014 at 1:42 pm

    • Hi Sarah, thanks for reaching out. Congrats on getting clear on what you want. . . that is the first step to doing something like building a tiny house. The awesome thing about building and living “tiny” for a while is exactly as you’ve said- save money, reduce consumption, plan and strategize for the next steps to help you reach your goals. Look for an e-mail from me. Its hard to know what its like to live in a tiny home without being inside of one. . . -Erin

      March 25, 2014 at 10:16 am

  5. John & Judy Herr

    You Folks are incredibly awesome. Dondi our Son Troy wants to build a Yurt type house and has some basic plans, but needs professional help. Will see Mom and Dad next week for the trip to Toronto.

    March 27, 2014 at 10:35 am

    • Hi John, thanks for the compliment! You guys are so sweet. Dondi can probably give some guidance but I’m know his Yurt experience is limited. . . if he wants to build it with pretty standard construction practices, Dondi would have some great advice I’m sure. Have a great time in Toronto. -Erin

      March 29, 2014 at 7:42 pm

  6. Jeff Beck

    Most ordinary folks (non-engineers) don’t know what an accomlishment it is to pass the PE.
    Good luck on the test.
    -Jeff B

    March 31, 2014 at 12:02 pm

    • Hi Jeff- Dondi says thank you for the encouragement!!! He’s studied hard and is ready to take the test in a couple weeks. -Erin

      March 31, 2014 at 8:23 pm

  7. Camille

    Hi Erin and Dondi! I’ve been obsessively reading your blog this afternoon and wanted to get in touch! I also live in Fort Collins, and my partner Erik and I are in the planning stages of our own tiny, off-grid home on wheels. Well, I say “planning” but what I mean is “trying to get started but there is so much to learn!” We’re looking to start construction in May. Love, love, love seeing the process of your house-building! And you guys are so great at answering questions about your specs. Thank you for that. Also love the hiking/outdoor adventure pics – we like you guys already, haha! We’ve gotten up a handful of fourteeners, love Steamboat (did you go to Strawberry Hot Springs?), and now I want to go to Crystal Mill (add it to the endless list….isn’t CO awesome?). Anyway, to my point, it is great to see someone so close living the “tiny life” we’re going for, and similar to Sarah above, I was wondering if you would send me an email. We’d love to buy you guys a couple beers/sodas (congrats on the bump!!) and ask questions for an hour (and maybe at some point a house tour if you’re ok with that). Plus, you two seem really great and we’d want to meet you anyway 🙂 Thank you, so fun to have found you! – Camille & Erik

    March 31, 2014 at 5:13 pm

    • Hi Camille and Erik, thanks for your comment! Glad you’ve enjoyed reading our blog and are planning/starting your tiny home adventure. Its fun, rewarding, super awesome, and at times frustrating too. But its soooo worthwhile! The life lessons we’ve learned from living the “tiny home life” the past couple years have been priceless. Look for an e-mail from me offline. -Erin

      March 31, 2014 at 8:26 pm

  8. Lisa

    So great to see what you two are doing!! You are in inspiration! Congrats on the growing family : )
    Lisa

    May 4, 2014 at 11:59 am

    • GREAT to hear from you Lisa!!! How is everything going with you??? -Erin

      May 5, 2014 at 8:06 pm

  9. Jack

    My daughter and I found your blog and like your tiny house. I’ve been working on a design and wanted stairs instead of a ladder. What is the size of your stairs?

    May 12, 2014 at 7:03 pm

    • Hi Jack, glad you guys found us! Yes to stairs. They are awesome. I can’t imagine having to climb into bed using a ladder each day. Ours are tall and double as a dresser. Going up and down takes a little getting used to but it is a lot more fun than climbing up a ladder (in my opinion at least)! The stairs are 12 inches high, 12 inches deep, and 24 inches wide. Good luck with your project. -Erin

      May 12, 2014 at 10:47 pm

  10. HI-
    My name is Brian Buss. I work at CSU and live in Fort Collins with my wife and 3yr old daughter. My wife and I are researching living in a Tiny House and love what you and Dondi have created.

    How did you go about finding land to park your home?

    What plans did you and Dondi follow? Or were they custom?

    We’d love to buy you a beer or coffee and talk sometime if you were ever up for it. I’m in Clark “A”-basement in the Video Unit if your ever in the neighborhood.
    Thanks
    Brian and Kristi Buss

    July 1, 2014 at 11:30 pm

    • Hi Brian and Kristi, thanks for you comment! Its been a crazy several weeks (we’ll post on that soon). To answer your questions in brief:
      – to find land to park our tiny home, we found two locations– first through Craigslist and second by meeting some new friends who had land and were willing to rent to us
      – our plans were 100% custom- we started by looking at others’ plans then started from scratch to build a tiny home that would suit our needs perfectly
      Thanks for the offer for drinks, we’d love to but have moved across the country with our tiny home since our last post! More details on that soon. Let us know if you have questions or if we can help in any way. -Erin & Dondi

      July 13, 2014 at 3:49 pm

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