We love opening our house to friends and family. And because we have large, sprawling home, it’s an especially good place for a large number of children to hang out.

Like yesterday. I looked after a friend’s boys while she visited the hospital, and a mutal home-schooling friend may have heard about this and decided to pop by to join the fun.

It was great. We had seven children running from activity to activity, one walking baby performing upon demand and one crawling baby not wanting to miss out on the action. Here are some pictures of the fun that we had:

Boys on gyrocars, October 2010
The kids loved riding the cars down the driveway.

Kids sharing watermelon, October 2010
They sit around a bowl of watermelon pieces for a refreshing snack.

Running through the sprinkler, October 2010
After getting hot from riding the cars, the kids cooled off in the sprinkler.

Jumping on the trampoline, October 2010
And somehow, six children managed to jump on the trampoline at the same time without anyone getting hurt.

I just love having people over. It doesn’t matter how clean or tidy the house is, I would rather people just turn up and enjoy themselves than feel like they needed to book an appointment to see us!

How about you? Do you prefer people to call first before they come to visit?