When my parents, in-laws, and grandparents were here last weekend for graduation, my dad asked if we went to other people’s houses twice as often as we had people over here. Bart and I agreed that it was probably more like ten times as often as we have people over to our house.

Nearly all of our friends have children so the vast majority of our activities take place at other locations, where toys and games and large backyards with trampolines and swing sets are plentiful or where kids can go to sleep in their own beds while we visit and eat and watch movies late into the evening.

I haven’t minded it at all, but on Sunday morning and then again in the afternoon, when my living room and kitchen were filled with family and all the chairs were taken, and the table was covered in breakfast fare I’d prepared and then later with lunches, I thought how very nice it is to have your own house, the place you live in and, in my case, a house I love whole-heartedly, filled to bursting with loved ones.

(Which is not to say that I didn’t love having my house back all to myself yesterday or that it wasn’t very pleasant to take a long nap on my couch and eat tortilla chips at 11:00 p.m.).

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  • Reply Kristi May 27, 2009 at 7:20 pm

    So what time should we be there for dinner tonight?

  • Reply Noelle May 27, 2009 at 7:42 pm

    I completely know what you mean, about everything….including the tortilla chips. 🙂

  • Reply Packrat May 27, 2009 at 8:36 pm

    Exactly. 🙂 BTW, I think you look like a younger version of your grandmother. Of course, I’ve only seen the pictures you just posted…

  • Reply lacie tidwell May 27, 2009 at 9:27 pm

    It is nice to be in ‘your own house’ Ryan and I have been accused of not being ‘entertaining enough’ but we love having people over…it’s just we also love to sit on the couch eating tortilla chips (or banana bread) in the comfort of our house.

  • Reply Science Teacher Mommy May 28, 2009 at 8:56 pm

    Loved your last paragraph.

  • Reply harpforhire May 29, 2009 at 7:10 pm

    AHHH! I am so frustrated with the ending of Hunger Games. I need to read (listen…I do audio books) more! Is there a sequel? PS-All of our sales guys know you and Merrick and say, “WE LOVE YOU!” Aaron in particular loves to say Barts name…:)

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