Have a feeling of mixed emotions today!! We waved off our visitors from England yesterday at the airport, and I suppose we are today in a bit of turmoil, do we like visitors coming or not! To be honest our experience is fairly limited in that we have only had 3 sets of guests.
My mother arrived 18 months ago for a 5 week stay and returned home after 2 weeks, was horrendous at the time and needless to say we have not spoken since. The damage it did to my kids I will never ever forgive her for!
My OH cousin had a bit of a mid life crisis and did a round Aussie Trip for 3 months about 2 years ago and stayed with us and we all had a ball, it was brilliant and was awful saying bye bye.
Yesterday I waved off my best friend of 17 years and her two monsters aged 9 and 6.
I have to say it was realllly hard work our excitement levels were massive prior to their arrival as we had not had many visitors before hand and so had planned the whole trip for maximum enjoyment to all! I took 2 weeks off work to show them in and around Adelaide to sites we have been to many times before, usual haunts, The Gorge, The Rocking Horse, etc etc Glenleg, Victor Harbour, Hahndorf, etc etc etc
Prior to their arrival I basically ran around like a lunatic ensuring the house was 100% perfect, all maintenance up to speed, windows cleaned (god that was hard work) paid for the garden to be done, the car to be cleaned, the carpets to be done, bedrooms totally spotless, huge clearouts and Ebay here we come with so much to sell!! I also did ALL the food shopping when they arrived I made breakfast every morning, made tea/dinner every night, cleared it all away, still hoovered, cleaned and washed like it was going out of fashion, general kept the house tidy etc.
I delt with my mates kids being absolute total little w*****s, but did however enjoy the look of horror on my kids faces as they witnessed how their "mates" acted and behaved!! To go on we then suffered with 30 fags a day being smoked and blown into our including the kids faces as non smokers (yes reformed smokers we both are and I know that makes us the worse) but the smell made me wanna heeeeave, the fact that the over filled ashtray was never emptied by our guests but relied on us to do it also really did add salt to injury!
This is really just the tip of the iceberg will give you a little more for tasters so you do fully get the picture.......
1) Friends 9 year old daughter stole a nail varnish from Big W, then went on to blame my 9 year old for doing it, later admitted she had done it! (No appology received)
2) Had Babysitter for a whole day to entertain kids at home while we hit the Barossa for a tour came back to the babysitter in floods of tears as friends 9 year old daughter been a total bitch all day to everyone inc baby sitter
3) Both friends kids whinged, whined, moaned and groaned at every possible opportunity, at any time they didnt get their own way they increased the volume to ensure they got it!! My kids backed down to them sooooo many times just to keep the peace!!
4) Friends daughter same age as mine, did and said the most horrendous things to my daughter, who 90% of the time just took it bless her just so she kept the peace
5) I could go on and on and on
Needless to say the 17 year friendship I have had and enjoyed with my Best Friend was totally tested and I would not go anywhere near saying that I had enjoyed the last 2.5 weeks, it was no holiday, it was at times fun, but was mainly incredibly stressful, Ohh I left the money bit out, we paid for EVERYTHING, at no time was money offered for food, wine, diesel, take aways, the HUGE amount of stuff she continued to wash, etc etc etc. She did pay half of all meals we had when we were out and about and half of the entry fees etc, but that was it! Now we are not tight people but that was taking the piss in our eyes!!
So basically we all feel very mixed emotionally today, I feel very sad that the holiday I had planned was totally messed up by her kids, I feel very sad that the 17 year friendship I have enjoyed for so long will never be the same because of her daughter, and to top it all off we are totally bloody skint because I estimate these last 2 weeks have cost us a least a couple of grand!
I feel absolutely exhausted today, dont think I have ever felt so knackered, do we want more visitors .................................................. .... NO THANKS!!!!! :)
Tell you two positive things that have come out of it though!! My kids promise to be angels from now on (yeah right!!) and made me realise just how very special my two best mates here in Oz really are!! :)