Well, it has now been 48 days since we left the comforts of our gorgeous and large home in Venice and I have been living in tiny spaces with 3 kids that never seem to sleep or stop moving! Since this trip is like one very long slumber party for the kids – all sleeping in one room – they never get to bed before 11 pm, and then giggle and squirm for another 30 minutes before falling asleep. In Paris it is particularly tight quarters because we have a very creaky and uncomfortable pull-out couch, so we have resorted to taking off the mattress inside the couch and putting it on the floor. The kids say it is a huge improvement over the pull-out couch, and allows two of the them to sleep on the floor mattress and one on the now-folded-back-in-but-without-a-mattress pull-out couch. Since the room was tiny to start, with the mattress on the floor it becomes one big obstacle course – dodging pillows, renegade Lego pieces that are invisible until they are embedded into the bottom of my feet, headphone cords, tablets that get left on the couch or floor, blankets that seems to wrap themselves around my ankles, school books, and the inevitable headbands or hair ties that seems to hide in every nook and cranny.
The bathroom is 2-feet from the kitchen and attached to the family room – so you can imagine with 4 of us, there is NO privacy when it comes to using the “facilities.” As for storage – there is a tiny closet and a few shelves which we all share – my shelf being shared with Trevor and all my clothes being shared with the girls. We all agreed that since we needed to pack extra light for this trip, we would share clothes, and brushes, and make-up, and pretty much everything. It is funny how things always seem like a great idea until you are actually DOING them, right? Well, let’s just say that this sharing thing takes some getting used to…especially after living in a very spacious apartment with several rooms to “get away” if needed.
With all that being said, I am enjoying this special time with the kids immensely. Close quarters really make you spend more quality time together which I am loving. I will have plenty of time for personal space later when we get back to the hustle and bustle of school and activities, but for now I am trying to enjoy every minute with the kids while I can.
Please share your family’s travel stories – any “tiny” spaces, all night slumber party holidays, or other funny things that have happened. We’d love to hear them!