Thankfully they aren't all staying with us - just the 4 from Perth.
This Sunday we are having an open house - but not the open house that we have had over the past 3 weekends - an open house for all the family who have arrived on the coast from around the country. We will all be together on Saturday night for a nephew's engagement but on Sunday it will be a lot more casual.
Thankfully we have a pool that the children (and adults) can swim in should the weather require it.
It isn't very often that we manage to get this many of our family together in one place so I imagine that there will be lots of talking, lots of laughing and even more drinking of alcoholic beverages.
Thankfully we have aircon that can be switched on, so if it gets too hot outside we can all move inside to the cool.
There will be lots of food and drinks. I am sure that there will be lots of 'remember whens' as well. At this stage I'm not really sure of exactly how many people will be there but that doesn't really matter - whoever pitches up, will be there. Whoever doesn't make it will probably miss out on giving their tummy muscles a good workout.
Thankfully we are financially able to do this for our family.
There will be tennis and cricket on the TV. Unfortunately we only have one TV so it will be a case of majority rules as to what we watch. I don't think the children will get much of a look in to watch any movies on Sunday - unless it's in the afternoon when everyone has eaten and drunk too much and crashed on the couches and mattresses for an afternoon nap !
Thankfully I am not the stress head that I used to be and can do casual, open house without worrying to much about it. At the end of it all, the house will probably need a really good clean but that is OK - so long as it's done once the visitors have left on Wednesday night - it will all be good.
For any South African's reading this - on the menu (so far) are boerewors rolls and milk tart - I am thinking of making at least six milk tarts because no matter how many I make, there never seem to be any left overs. I get that those are probably both rather un-Australian but, given how multi-cultural Australia is, we should be good.
Because it's Thursday, I'm joining in with Rhianna for Thankful Thursday over at A Parenting Life - why not join in as well because we all have 'stuff' to be thankful for.
What are your plans for
Australia Day ?
Do you have any traditions for
the day ?
TFTD : Getting over a painful experience is much like crossing monkey bars : you have to let go at some point in order to move forward.