We’ve been gone over a month now! Time is flying by as our lives now are segregated by week long stays in different places. I figured out that, for me at least, (and I think the rest of them too) it takes about three weeks for your body to fully adjust to a drastic time change. I had no problem sleeping and waking at the right time from the get go, but I’ve always been able to fall asleep anywhere…I chalk this up to chronic exhaustion. Even though I was sleeping fine I was tired all day and my body just felt not quite right all the time…even gave me a pregnancy scare! But…we finally seem to be switched around to the 8-9 hr difference.
Another strange thing…we never know what day it is. I was so looking forward to living on our own schedule with out the “have-tos” of regular life and I’m LOVING it. It does however create this strange vortex where days and months seem to all blend into one another. I seriously have no idea what day it is!
The kids are getting along really well for the most part. They’re having a great time hunting down pokemon and making funny videos together. It’s not all fun and games though. We are all together 24/7. All the time! So we get on each others nerves. If I have to break up one more “I called it first” battle I’m going to pitch myself off the nearest bridge, of which there are many! I thought Michael and I would have so much time together we’d be sick of one another but that’s really not the case. We’re always attending to the kids or setting up or cleaning up from some adventure so we’re pining for some time alone! We absolutely wouldn’t do it any differently…how incredibly blessed are we to get to have this amazing time as a family…but….we’re in the most romantic places in the world and a long leisurely stroll or an afternoon sipping wine and watching the people go by sounds lovely and is SO not in the cards with the crew. It’s driving Charlotte crazy, but we keep dreaming of a time when we can come back to some of these places without the kids!
All and all, I think we’re finally in our groove. We can pack and unpack pretty quickly now and we’re getting much better at google maps. We know everything we need to grab on that first trip to the grocery store and I’ve learned how to dry clothes on a line. I’m sure we’ll be in for some real culture shock once we leave Europe, but for now, I think this is a great place for us to get our feet wet and work out the “how-tos” of family travel.