After sharing my last blog post I had my friend Melissa post on my Facebook about it. As I was typing to answer her questions, I decided I would post it as a blog post in case other people were wondering, but didn’t want to ask =P And, if anyone else has any other questions, please feel free to ask If by chance I don’t want to answer something I’ll tell you so, but I love to help so most questions I’m sure I would answer
Melissa posted: “NO, I could not do it with kids! Are sleep schedules all messed up? Where did you go to keep sane? Did everyone have their own room? How did you afford it?!”
Here are my answers:
First month was TLF which is like an apartment, which was really nice. After that we went to a regular hotel that had 2 full sized beds, a teeny fridge that froze everything, & a microwave all in one room. Since there was no kitchen I couldn’t cook and there was no way we could afford to go out to eat every day. We had a dinning pass for an amusement park that was nearby, so we went there a lot to not only have something to do, but to eat as well. We ended up buying another Crockpot so I could try to make some meals at the hotel. Me, being a penny pincher really didn’t want to buy it since we already had one, but I made sure it was bigger than our current one so I would feel like it was more worth it. Then, I started to try to think of meals to make and looked on Pinterest. Low and behold, I didn’t think about that most recipes call for using the stovetop BEFORE using the Crockpot, so I was very limited on what I could try to make. During a week of that stay the kids & I went to NY, Jimmy couldn’t get time off of work, but said for us to still go. During this time we were working on registering our vehicles through NY, read about that here. After we got back we started looking for a bigger hotel room because we were losing our minds, lol. Plus the biggest thing was we needed a kitchen.
Finally, we found the hotel we’re in now! It took us quite some time trying to find some where we could afford that allowed pets, and had vacancy. We kind of have our own room, no actual door, but more space. It of course has a kitchen, but also a living/dining area which is nice for the kids for playing. The kids have a sleeper sofa to share, can’t wait for them to have their beds back & their own rooms. Before we left Nebraska they slept together on Isabella’s bed, therefore, they were use to sharing a bed.
Sleep schedules have actually been fine, even with us switching from swing shift, to day shift, and back to swing. Jimmy has been on swing shift (3pm-11pm, usually later than that) since 2007 so that’s what the kids have grown up with. There has been a few times where he was on day shift and if it was going to be longer than a week I would change their and my sleep schedule to his. Of course, once Isabella starts school we’ll be switching to days, which will be tough when Jimmy has to work different shifts since I won’t really want to keep switching. But, we’ll face that when we get there.
During all of this, we were waiting for our Nebraska house to close, but since the buyers moved in and were doing a pre-occupancy contract they were paying for the mortgage. The buyer was going through a divorce at the same time so paperwork has been CRAZY and why it still hasn’t closed. We then asked them to sign a rent to own contract so we could close on a house here. They may close next month, but we’ll see. That’s how we’ve been able to afford hotel for months because the buyers are sending us rent to pay for the mortgage. If we hadn’t let them do pre-occupancy, there is no way we would be able to afford this. The kids and I would have stayed or gone back to Nebraska until the house sold while my husband found a cheap studio apartment.
Where did we go to keep sane? Well a big part was finding this hotel so we could have more space. We’ve gone to many stores we haven’t been to before because they weren’t in NY or NE. Also we went to Medieval Times a couple of times and checked out the Arundel Mills Mall, where it’s in. Usually a couple times a week I bring the kids to a mall that has a play area so they can run around since we’re on the top floor in the hotel, ugh, so we try to have them not run at night. Today, we went to Chuck E Cheese for a second time, we’ve brought the kids to the movies a few times (during the summer weeks they had free movies), there are a lot of geese here so we’ve fed them, I’ve had to do laundry on base so every week we do that & they play at the park or library, and some other places.
It has been a rough time, but we have survived and I hope no one else has to go through this! I’m thankful we’ve been able to keep busy to keep sane, but most of all that we’ve had the Nebraska buyers paying us rent or our situation would have been even harder I believe. As I’ve said before, cherish what you have, and remember when you have a bad day, it could be way worse!
Hope you have a great week! Sorry for no Wednesday post, we’ve been busy starting to pack up the hotel!