I'm back blogging and tweeting. To be honest, I quite enjoyed my little break, but I did miss ya'll.
We had Hubby's brother and his wife come to stay for a few days. Since we moved to Sydney from Perth in December 1995, we've have many, many visitors. The first year was the busiest. I think we had one 6 week period where we were not without a visitor for a single day. One would leave and another would arrive. Everyone was interested to visit our new home, and I guess it was a good excuse to see Sydney too.
It's not easy having visitors. There's forward preparation, we lose our study for the most part for their stay (that's the spare room) and there's always more dishes in the sink. We also stop doing what we normally do. Ironing (yeah, like I need an excuse to stop that), washing, paperwork, tv viewing, blogging, tweeting...you get the drift. Life stops for a little while, and after our visitors are gone, we spend the next week trying to catch up on all that stuff.
But it's worth it.
Apart from the time an old friend of Hubby's from school stayed, and spent his days eating our food and leaving the dishes stacked in the sink, I love having visitors. (Although, short stays are best. I have friends who have family stay for 6 weeks at a time - like you, Mardi! - and I'm not sure how I'd cope with THAT!) It's nice to sit on the couch after dinner and have a good chat. It's also always helpful to me, because the kids are amused. They LOVE having people over. It's always bittersweet really, because whilst they have a great time vying for the attention of someone else other than Hubby or I for a change, it makes us realise how much they miss out on not having family around. Their Aunt and Uncle have just left, and already they keep asking when they're coming back. :(
I like that I can just dash down to the shop to pick up some supplies without 3 kids in tow, because our visitors are always happy to watch them and spend some time with them. It's all good.
And then they leave, and it's quiet again. Some of that's good, and some of that isn't. It's a Catch 22.
But in any case, I'm glad to be back. And now I have more time to blog and tweet again, which is always a good thing. Right?