After hosting many, many, many friends and family over the past year we have become quite the experts at it. From getting beds ready, meals planned and enough “stuff” for kids to play with while they are here – when it comes down to it, a successful and memorable visit only happens when a few stars align. And they don’t always. These stars are…
: Good weather
: Kids happily playing and sleeping reasonably well
: An abundance of good booze and food provided by all sides (hosts and visitors)
: One night stay
: Relaxed state of mind (mainly from me)
: Never ending compliments to the hostess (kidding. Actually, I’m not)
This weekend all the stars aligned and we had a fabulous visit with some friends from Sydney. The clouds opened as soon as they arrived and the kids all disappeared. Perfect. The boys that will be boys (including 2 year old boys) had a new toy to play with – a remote (by your iphone or Ipad) controlled helicopter thingy that had a camera built into it. This camera proved handy to see exactly which tree it
crashed landed into in the neighbours garden.
There was the cutest, chubby 4 month old baby girl who my girls could not get enough of. Daisy in particular played with her, watched her get her nappy changed, gave a running commentary on her changing moods “Mum, she’s calmed down now.” “Mum, she is just so cute.” I know Daisy, I know. Evie smiled a gummy smile at me yesterday morning at breakfast and I actually got a tear in my eye. That simple, honest joy that only babies have. Clucky? Maybe.
The children screamed a lot. You get that when you are constantly being chased by a flying thing.
And they ate a lot. You get that when you are little. And growing.
Besides Christmas and some family visits I think that’s it for the year. Phew! Did I say that out loud? I really do love to host catch ups in our beautiful home and give people a chance to see just how beautiful our village really is. Sure it’s hard work. Sure it’s expensive. Sure there is always a mountain of washing and mess to clean up from, but the chance to properly spend quality time with people you love and not have to rush off to another BBQ or kid’s birthday party afterwards and of course have a chat in your jammies over tea in the morning, well, it’s worth it. All of it.