Wednesday, January 21, 2009

We live far away from our families. Our parents, brothers, and sisters all live in Idaho. On one hand, we like living in different areas. We like seeing new things, experiencing new places and meeting new people. On the other hand, we miss our families.
This year our holidays were kind of.... lonely. We were able to go home for Thanksgiving, but then we spent Christmas and New Years with just our little family. Which is great and fine, but it was also hard to hear about all the family parties going on up north. While everyone in the extended family was getting together to laugh and play, we were sitting home twiddling our thumbs. Well, not really twiddling... it makes my hands hurt to twiddle for too long.
The point is, we missed our families and really wanted to be there in the frigid cold to participate in the hustle and bustle of the holidays. It just wasn't possible.
But we are about to witness the annual migration. You see, every year, about this time, our families get tired of snow, ice, wind, and everything that makes winter... well, winter. And so, they come here because our winter... well, it's not. It's supposed to be 81 today. We are expecting a "sudden drop in temperature" for tomorrow. All the way down to 68. We might have to put long pants on and (shudder) closed toe shoes! The horror!
Of course, 68 is much better than 11... which is the temperature in my parent's neck of the woods at this very moment. And so, in February we will see my parents and (my Mom just confirmed this) my youngest brother! He's never been down here to see us and I'm so excited to drag him around for a week.
My in-laws will be here in March! I know there are people out there who would not be excited about a visit from the 'laws, but mine are fantastic. We always have a great time when they are here. After that we have a slight possibility of seeing both of Hubby's sisters and their families. They mentioned that they would like to come and go to Disneyland. Now, I admit that they brought it up in a very casual sort of way. There are no REAL plans for them to come. But I am crossing my fingers and hoping that they will! We want anyone and everyone to come on down to play.
So, who's next? I'll take in friends as well as family... anyone else tired of the cold and looking for a warm weather retreat?
Let the migration begin!


flip flop mama said...

Yay! Enjoy your guests!

3 Bay B Chicks said...

You are a fellow Californian, Melissa? I had no idea. How fun! Makes me like you even more. :)

The warm weather has been a bit strange, though, hasn't it? It kind of freaks me out to see people walking around in shorts in January. Even in California, that just isn't right.


Jodi said...

Words cannot express how badly I want to come down there. I have not been able to feel my toes or fingers since October(no joke). After we went to Costa Rica, we came to the realization that we WILL move to a warmer climate someday. Probably after the kids are gone. Do you think I can get them to move out at the age of 12? That would only give me seven more years here.

Kimberly said...

Yay! We moved somewhere away from the big city in hopes of attracting family to visit us for the lakes and fishing and whatnot. So far so good! Love not having to travel!

Yvonne said...

No one EVER wants to come up to our neck of the woods--then again, I can't blame them--who wants to come and freeze off their cookies!!!!


diana said...

i know the cold weather will return, but we've been enjoying warmer weather. most of last week was in the 60s and yesterday and today it was in the low 70s. we're enjoying it while it's here =)

Bonnie the Boss said...

How fun to have that to look forward to. I am sure this Christmas was a bit quiet, but good times are ahead.

Shannan said...

I hear you! My in-laws are coming this weekend and my sister should be coming in March. I love having family come visit, too. Although, I am glad for the drop in the temp. My girls are already begging to get out the slip-n-slide! I'm not quite ready to go there, yet.

Tonya said...

See, it pays to live in a warm place where people can come for refuge. I know you'll have a great time. I'd like make a run for it myself.

Nancy Face said...

I'm happy for you that you'll be getting so many fun visits! :)

Our temps are pretty much like yours!

wynne said...

I'm glad they'll all come visit, and you get to have family around, even if it wasn't for the holidays. I really, really wish we were closer to grandparents. It's no fun never being able to see family.