It’s much easier to write about wonderful occurrences. It’s more difficult to discuss challenges. I’d love to say that every day since leaving Alamosa has been smooth sailing, but in truth, we have had some struggles that we are working to overcome.
For me, the most stressful part of living in our travel trailer is sleep. I’m not talking about my sleep; I’m talking about my kids.
When we moved out of our home in Buena Vista Elias was sleeping in a crib in his own room. He now sleeps in a ‘big boy’ bed behind a curtain. While he knows he must remain behind the curtain, he will stay awake an hour or two, peeping his head out from the side or reaching his hands out below. I think Alex and I say “back to bed” two dozen times every night and each time we mutter those words, our little toddler quickly turns and runs to his bed. I am thankful he knows what this means, I only wish he would obey us. I’m sure this is not the last time I have this sentiment.
Keeping to a schedule has made Elias a great sleeper. This trip has made staying on schedule more difficult. It’s necessary, for all of our sanity, to take days off and focus on eating, playing and napping at the proper times. Too much running around exhausts little children and children that are too tired won’t sleep. How counter intuitive!