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Today I am sharing our everyday multigenerational family, the new version. You guys made me realize something, three generations under one roof is still interesting. I decided based on all the emails that I would start a new series called “Multigen Shenanigans” which will highlight the weeks funny, not so funny and some boring moments (what I consider boring…) of what goes on in our house.
I got away from sharing everyday real life moments I think because I don’t always find us interesting and overthink what I am sharing.
Thank you to Sarah S. for your email saying, “what happened to you? why don’t you share real life anymore?” Check out this post on reflecting on self sabotage for more on that.
That was such a great wake up email!
I bounce around a bit in this blog post sharing real life stories and a bit of reflection on our new everyday multigenerational family, so hold on tight!
Real Life Multigenerational Family
Side note #1 – This our barn that needs stain. What color do you think? My dad and I battled last Saturday while he repaired the roof about moving the ladders from the side of the barn. He literally hung then on the side of the outside wall.
Do you see them in the first picture?
It’s the first thing you see as you drive up to our house and I think they look so stupid. He could care less about looks and is all about practicality.
Side note #2 – The pictures below are a million hours worth of work restoring the flower beds, mulching, detaching the lawn and countless trips to the compost pile. My dad and I do most of the yard work while my mom will tend to the annual planters full of flowers once we get them planted. One benefit of multigenerational living, more hands on deck for chores.
I am tackling the overgrown pool flower bed this weekend.
Our Multigenerational Living Blog
I personally think our everyday multigenerational lifestyle as a multi-gen family under one roof is kind of boring and not very interesting but you all have made me realize, I am crazy. You would not be the first to think that, I have been called crazy on a few occasions. -ha
I wanted to say thank you for all the emails, messages, social media comments on all the changes going on in my life.
One of the biggest things you all have helped me with is realizing that I need to keep sharing our “new version” of Four Generations One Roof.
When we went from four generations under one roof to three generations, I think I avoided it as a way of dealing with all the change. I usually hit things head on and rarely avoid anything but for some reason, I did with this.
Everyday Multigenerational Tips
I read a recent article at Wiki about how to function in a multigenerational home and they did a great job explaining the obvious issues that many may not think about. You can read my previous articles about what a multigenerational home has taught me, how to handle finances and how to live with your parents #1 and part #2.
It’s hard to believe it’s been over a year since we sold the “four generations house” and bought the “three generations house.” Keep in mind, our family moved a mile down the street. The UPS guy makes fun of me everytime he drops off a package wondering if moving back “up the hill” will happen again.
Side note #3….my son loves to cook and this past week he made the juiciest fat filled most unhealthy burger for everyone. Needless to say it tasted amazing but I felt sick later.
Didn’t exactly jive with our healthy eating but sometimes, you just have do it.
Our Multigenerational Household
Over the past couple months, I have gotten several emails and messages on social media asking how life is going in our new multigenerational family household. The short answer is much better!
Side note #4 – My mom and I went shopping for the Lady Loft this past weekend and had some fun. She is a great assistant when I am shopping for a project.
Both of my grandparents (see gram and gramp) are gone now and I could not be more grateful for the 8 years we had all living under one roof. Although, my grandfather came close to being evicted on more than one occasion.
Four Generations One Roof blog was actually started as a way to keep friends and family updated on our everyday multigenerational family and real life moments living under one roof and an online journal for years to come.
I am SO THANKFUL to have all my grandparents stories, mishaps, happy, sad, mad and everything in between online for my family to revisit and look at.
Side note #5 – My dad. I seriously do not know about him sometimes. I woke up last Sunday morning to guns blazing and what sounded like a war movie. He was laughing hysterically and the TV was ridiculously loud.
I went to shut the doors to the room and it wasn’t a war movie. He was watching the animated Disney movie, BRAVE. Alone.
Loving every minute of it.
It’s really hard to believe the amount of change in the last 12+ months but one thing is for certain, time does not sit still.
Many of you have asked for more everyday multigenerational family day to day “real life” posts, similar to what I shared in previous years and Multi-gen Shenanigans will accomplish that. If you want to see more of something, feel free to leave a comment or email me because I clearly need direction sometimes.
What started as a hobby, Jessica’s blog now has millions of people visit yearly and while many of the projects and posts look and sound perfect, life hasn’t always been easy. Read Jessica’s story and how overcoming death, divorce and dementia was one of her biggest life lessons to date.