You know what it's like when no one is around and it's all silent? For me, it's terrifying. For better than 13 years, I've had no quiet in my household for more than a few minutes at a time. Last night, with the wife gone to get the kids (with extras), it was just me and the dog and the quiet. In short, it was no fun at all. I ended up hanging with the neighbors, going out for a late dinner and playing some pool. Not a bad time, but damn it, I wanted my family HOME. It has been too long.
So, today, while waiting for the family to come home, the dog and I did some chores and anything else we could think of to pass the time. Finally, in the early afternoon, the family + 2 were home. The dog was so excited, she threw up - TWICE. I was so excited, I couldn't stop hugging them all. Within a few minutes, the house was awash with sound, giggling and sweet family NOISE. Little louder than I remember, but fun all the same.
Now, our family of 5 is currently a family of 7 with the addition of our neice and nephew whom I've missed so very much. In roughly a week and a half, the home will be filled to capacity with ELEVEN people. I'm looking forward to it, but it will be a LOT of work preparing for the masses. No matter what happens though, it is good to be home with FAMILY. I've missed the little rug rats, their noise and the joy they bring to things. I've also missed my sister and brother in law, who, once they get over the noise deprivation, will be coming to get their noise makers as part of the eleven.
Bring on the noise of a happy, healthy home full!