Come on over

by Andrea Cooley

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, one of my favorite things about our house is that there is room to have lots of people over. Over the weekend we hosted our friends Lynette, Jon, and baby Ari (our first baby guest!) and then on Monday we had 5 friends over to eat pizza, catch up, and watch the finale of The Bachelor (it’s a guilty pleasure, what can I say?). The girls camped out in the living room for 3 hours and guys alternated between the kitchen, living room, and basement for ping pong.

During the 10 minutes before people came, I used to get stressed that things weren’t just so and get short with Adam for not anticipating the things I thought needed to be done. But we’re getting better at being hosts and I’m getting better at being OK with letting people see a less than perfect house.

Do you have a routine before people come over? For us it looks something like this: Adam usually does a last minute pick up around the house, which usually involves putting throw pillows on the couch, folding blankets, and clearing the mail off the table. I’m usually wiping down the kitchen counters and if we’re having food, making sure it’s ready.

Once our guests arrive, I’m usually able to relax and enjoy. I think the biggest compliment we’ve gotten from friends is that they feel comfortable in our house. That’s the goal, right?

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Andrea Cooley

  1. We had a house full this past weekend. We departed from our normal routine of running around and finishing the vacuuming while people are arriving. It was the most relaxed we had ever been with people coming over. I think it takes a while to figure out how to not be stressed by having people over. I just remember something that our pastor said once quite a few years ago. People would rather come to a comfortable home more often than a museum home less often.

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