Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Be Prepared for Family/Friend Visits...

I recently had an apartment full of company-my sister's entire family! They came to go to Disneyland and we celebrated the New Year together. It was crowded, but great fun. I'm glad I was prepared though.
There were a total of 4 adult and 6 kids ranging from 11-months to 12-years-old. I didn't just need extra pillows and an air mattress. We, unfortunately, don't have bunk beds or a trundle bed (good investments) so I set up the little tent my kids received from Santa and my daughter and her 4-year-old cousin enjoyed sleeping in there. It was perfect. My 5-year-old neice slept in my daughter's bed. My husband and I shared our bed with our son and let our 18-month-old nephew have the crib. I have sleeping bags (easy to store & kids love them) and made a palette for my 12-year-old nephew. My sister and her husband used the air mattress.
I made sure I had toys/activities for all the different ages so nobody got bored or ended up only watching TV. I remembered most of the snacks and food my nieces and nephews liked and stocked up. It's a good idea to ask if you don't already know. Having everything prepared made the visit very stress free-I only wish I had a house and not a 2-bedroom apartment! I can't wait until the next visit! Happy New Year!

1 comment:

Deb said...

Too funny - we have a two bedroom house too, and tents make for great makeshift rooms :). And we never have a lack of sleeping bags... :)