Saturday, March 18, 2006

The Big Visit

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For the past seven days we hosted seven members of the Roselle family, at our 1600-square-foot, two-bedroom apartment, in Georgia. The idea was originally for Jonathan, Christopher and Joel to come down as sort of a "boy's-week-out" adventure. We had also planned to fly Joy down to help with our move this summer. So, after considering the cost, and since Jonathan was going to drive down anyway, we asked him if he could just bring Joy down a couple of months early, to save us the cost of a plane ticket. So, when Grace found out that Joy would be coming down early, she decided that she wanted to come too. And, of course, that left Rachel, feeling left out, so Jo asked if it would be okay for her and Rachel to come along as well.
We all had a very good time together, and it was nice for them to be able to see everything we're involved in here in Columbus. They got to see Rivertown, the church we're a part of, our Wednesday night worship home group, and Thursday night worship team practice. They also enjoyed the amenities of our apartment complex, including the exercise room, tennis courts, pool, playground, and walking areas. The pictures are from our outing to Krispy Kreme.
I don't think I've ever hosted so many people in such a small place, for an entire week, so being me, I did somewhat of a logistical study of large family household consumption.

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The following is a list of the resources the 11 of us used during the seven-day span:
-11 gallons of milk
-9 dozen eggs
-7 lbs of butter
-5 gallons of lemon aid
-6 lbs of sandwich meat/cheese
-5 loaves of sandwich bread
-6 boxes of cereal
-2 lbs of bacon
-10 lbs of sugar
-1/2 lb of coffee
-3 recipes of Cuban black beans
-1 recipe of lentil soup
-3 recipes of chicken soup
-2 recipes of vodka sauce
-3 recipes of spaghetti sauce
-4 recipes of spinach gnocchi
-2 recipes of sopa seca
-2 recipes of guacamole
-3 recipes of banana bread
-4 recipes of double molasses cookies
-2 recipes of cowboy cookies
We also used:
-5 rolls of paper towels
-5 mega rolls of toilet paper
-10 Ziploc Snap 'n Seal containers
-3 boxes of tissues

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We also:
-Took 34 baths/showers
-Processed 18 loads of laundry
-Processed 16 loads of dishes
And, threw away 31 bags of trash.
The Roselles left yesterday morning and are stopping to visit Caleb, in North Carolina, on their way home. After they left, I spent the entire day deep cleaning the whole house, which included laundry loads of towels, sheets, and clothes that took me 10 hours to complete.
After considering the cost of housing and feeding a large family, I have decided that I wouldn't have it any other way. Sure, it can be expensive sometimes, but it's a small price to pay, considering how great it is to be surrounded by family.

7 comments:

a.susie said...

WOW! i'm impressed. that you could even remotely document that is amazing. it was cool to see it put on "paper" (so to speak) like that.
the one i couldn't conceive though was the 1/2 # of coffee!
that's not much! i WAS however awed by the 31 bags of trash.
glad it was a great time. it made me want to come and visit. your conclusions on the joys of family were wonderful.

a.susie said...

p.s. your husband's weird...i KNOW he's my nephew...but...he's weird...(i love you greg...)

a.susie said...

...you know i'm totally kidding...right?... i mean, you could very well get part of it from me!...

Mom2Zoey said...

Looks like you all had a great time! Wow, that is a lot of food! ~A

Pinkey the Axe Fairy said...

a. susie, i'd have to say that i have a close tie with The Captain, and Randy Dewing for the weirdest relative award, but, you know, i try my best.
btw, if you have pictures of the rubber-band facial deformation episode, i'd love a copy.

gerg

Jill Darling said...

Pinkey the Axe Fairy: You look pretty in pink--your favorite color, of course. It all started when you were little and reeeeeeeally liked pink. I got a pink snuggy for you and you absolutely adored it. I didn't care if everyone else looked askance at my beaming five year- old son in pink. So I'm the one who warped you for life. Mom

a.susie said...

gerg,
touche' on the tim and randy connection comment. i have nothing to say to that.
i do indeed, somewhere, have those pictures. one of these days i will try to locate them.