DH accepted a new job 10 hours from our current home. We have lived apart for 4 months-DH in a 2nd floor apartment, me and the 3 kiddos at our house. Our original plan was to move when we sold the house. We knew it would take a few months to sell the hous, and we thought the kiddos and I would visit for long weekends. However, DS1's sporting schedule resulted in DH driving to see us every weekend, leaving after work on Fri and driving back to NewCity after lunch on Sun.
After much discussion, we decided to come stay with DH in NewCity, going back to our old house once a month to check on things until the house sells. We have a friend who is checking on the house for us in our absence.
So, the apartment goes from having 1 adult who was gone 80% of the time to having 3 kiddos and 1 adult around 99% of the time.
DH has been warning (um, reminding) the downstairs neighbors that we were coming. The neighbors are not at all worried about the added noise. I have been working with the kiddos on not running, not stomping, not yelling, being calm, etc-all things they weren't allowed to do in our house, but if they did, it didn't annoy anyone. My oldest 2, ages 6 and 4, understand, although they do forget. However, my youngest, who is 1, just isn't at a point where he understands.
I realize it will be an adjustment. But, I'm looking for suggestions on how to make the transition easy for our downstairs neighbors. We will be in the apartment until May. The neighbors are a retired couple and their daughter who is a nurse and works odd hours/inconsistent schedule. I homeschool my oldest and will probably start some subjects with the 4-year-old, as we haven't started looking for preschools for her, so there wouldn't be the normal quieter hours during the school day due to the kiddos being away.