So, what factors do I think have made the difference? First, keeping some normalcy in the craziness. In each city that we stay in we have a "house." We call it home while we are living there. We have the kid's room and our bedroom. In addition, we have done the same nightly routine since we brought the kids home from the hospital. We eat dinner, do bath time, read stories, pray, sing, sleep. We have not varied from this except when it is absolutely necessary.
|Amelie and Liam are sharing a bedroom again in Valencia.|
|Liam packing his toys in the apartment in Lisbon.|
We learned how to use the appliances, where to hang the laundry, where to take out the trash, how to work the A/C (yes, we finally have A/C again!), and a couple of recommendations of what to do/where to eat nearby. We were pretty pleased with our new place.
|One of our favorite features is the coffee machine. You press a button and it grinds the coffee beans and then makes your coffee. After drinking dissolved coffee in Lisbon, this coffee is like gold!|
|Our hosts were kind enough to offer us a cot, high chair, beach umbrellas, and these large foam puzzle pieces. The kids have loved making tunnels, hop-scotch, bus stops, basketball goals, robot outfits, and more.|