How do you live with multiple generations under one roof? I get that question emailed to me almost daily. Most of the comments and emails are genuine and stem from curiosity about how our home is setup, how meals are handled, how personal space and privacy are handled. The biggest question is, do you fight or have disagreements? Sometimes I forget that our living arrangement is abnormal and fascinating to some. I honestly go about my day and think nothing of it. It’s been over four years now that we have all been living together. It’s not strange anymore for me to come home to my dad walking around in his pajama’s or listening to my gram and gramp bicker back and forth about nothing.
This is a typical Saturday morning with my gramp and dad hanging out together in my mom and dad’s family room watching re-runs of MASH.
Our home is setup so that my grandparents are on one end of the house, my husband, son and I are in the middle and my parents are on the opposite end of the house. We have multiple kitchens, multiple tv rooms and multiple bathrooms. We also have 2 driveways and everyone has their own designated parking spot. Problems occur if someone parks in my grandfather’s spot, then he freaks. Here is a picture showing “big gramp’s” spot and a enormous tree that covers the front of the house that I would LOVE and even pay to get rid of but my mom loves this tree like it’s her child. That’s a post for another day.
For the past couple years, I would wake up to the smell of bacon, eggs and pancakes on Sunday mornings. I know, the most unhealthy thing you can eat. Many of my family members are on a diet now so the breakfasts have been limited to just pancakes for my son. It’s been a ritual for years now that my dad and son would make the Sunday morning breakfast together. Here is a picture of my dad and son making breakfast together. This picture was taken before we renovated the kitchen.
I will be posting the renovated kitchen reveal pictures sometime this month.
Living with multiple generations definitely has it’s advantages and sometimes it’s drawbacks. Many ask how do you handle the bills. Well, we split everything for the most part. That is definitely an added bonus. I will be sharing more of our multi generational living arrangement and household this year. In the past, I have struggled with “do I share this with my readers or not?” for fear it’s silly or boring. For those of you who follow me because of our multigenerational living arrangement, thank you and I promise to share more of our unique lifestyle and how we make it work. I appreciate your emails telling me to share more of my family and living arrangement :). PS. Thank you to Tonya at Love of Family & Home for featuring our bathroom renovation as part of her happily ever before & after series!