About Me

Welcome to my website. Want to know about me and my family?  Well too bad.  Here you go.

My fun loving husband is Jon.  We were highschool sweethearts and married when I was just 19.  We've been married well over a decade now. He's a programmer (app blog posts here and here), occasional professor, programing contractor, aspiring indie game developer... and stay-at-home Dad when he's between contracts.  He's not very hands on by nature, but will take the challenge of tackling a DIY project with me.

A few years old, but good enough.

I'm a mom of two three four awesome kids - Eve (12), Eli (10), Isaac (7) and Autumn (2).  My kids were homeschooled until a two years ago, when we decided to make the switch to public school, giving Jon the chance to work for the game programming industry and gaining contact work.

And I'm Cassie...  I've worked as full time as a full time engineer for 6 years, and just this last spring I switched to being part time.  It's not always easy to try to balance work, kids and my interests... but it's been an interesting ride.  Jon and I both grew lived in rural New York until we relocated to New England for graduate school, and new England is where we are happy to call home.

One thing I learned about myself in my 20's was that I was uncommonly "green".  Personally, I see the biggest issue is waste in landfills so I pay a lot off attention to that. Air pollution and energy consumption is up there for me too.  At first I was really hesitant to break the norm, but in the process I found I really liked each of the changes we made, which snowballed until I started getting called a 'hippie' in my family :D  A sampling of our efforts:
  • Washclothes instead of paper towels
  • Using cloth diapers
  • Recycling and or donating everything we can
  • Supporting a local organic farm through an CSA
And... making smart buying choices.  Not allowing our house to become a "bloated warehouse of stuff".  (Love that quote from The Small House Book).  Buying for quality, but not quantity. Building things ourselves that fit our needs. Stuff like that.

Four years ago we bought a 2000sqft fixer-upper at the max of our price range in the location we wanted.  It's between family and work, in a good neighborhood and has a great lawn. After renting for what feels like forever, in 7+ different apartments, we are so happy to have a house, even if it needs a lot of love. 

Parenting-wise, we tried to be 'normal' for about the first year with Eve.  Not too long in, we found our own style, which is likely a mix of  'attachment parenting' and SuperNanny.  We co-sleep with our babies for the first year (crib level with and attached to our bed) and love babywearing in my mei tai (post here).  I breastfed exclusively and we waited to introduce solids.  I'm a sucker for a good carseat and practice extending rear-facing/harnessing for our kids.  I have been known to muscle in and install carseats correctly for friends and family... 

We don't have cable and our kids mostly watch PBS when they do watch TV.  So many times real life has brought to light that I am so glad we've avoided the influence of commercials on our kids. Other than that, I'd say we fall into the some of the norms of American parenting.

Though I've been a Christian for a long time, I've had to make the choice to make my faith my own in somewhere in my 20s.  I've found that true of many kids that grew up in Christian homes, so we're doing our best to try to keep our kids path to God their own.  We're fairly conservative, bible reading, 'born-again' Christians.  We don't really ascribe to a denomination, but follow what Jesus and the laws the bible express.

And finally  I make stuff.  And fix stuff.  A lot.  My sewing has slowed down a bit since I starting working, but I'm constantly trying to make our sort of torn apart house into a home.  Sometimes I do the art for my husbands video games. I occasionally slip in some 30 rock or random sappy 90's TV show while building, but most of the time, its go go go.

Hopefully you'll find my little piece of the internet helpful (and ignore the grammatical errors and rambling all over the place).  I don't post constantly enough to be a 'real' blogger, but I do want to share my plans for both instruction and inspiration.  Enjoy!


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