I just found out that we will be having a visit from family from out-of-town on Wednesday. They are staying with other family members, so they'll just be dropping by for a little visit. Thank goodness we have been working to get the house up to better standards, so we don't have a ton of cleaning to do, except for our dining room which is visible from the living room (and you have to pass through to get to the bathroom). The kids keep their toys in the dining room, and while we don't have a lot of toys considering the number of kids, still we have 8 kids! So I will be using this as motivation for trying to get this room up to standard, which I've been meaning to do but ignoring instead. LOL I need to come up with a better furniture arrangement, make sure toys are sorted properly into their bins, do another weed out of broken/unused/unwanted toys, and mop the floor. I'm thinking of swapping our dining table for an outside picnic table. Our dining table has an intricate base which, while visually interesting, makes sweeping a pain in the butt. It is some of the children's chore to sweep after meals, and it just never gets done very well, even though they try. Also, we never all eat at the table at once because we do not have enough chairs, so it's not really necessary to have a large table that can't be cleaned under. Oldest child has broken nearly every chair in the house. (While I'm thinking about it, maybe I should have him contribute to a set of benches I've been thinking about since he has been the main contributor to the problem....and he is now working. I may be able to suggest it as a Christmas gift from him and dh and I to the whole family.) One baby is napping. If I can get the other settled, I may be able to get some work done.