When the students move back home for the summer

Currently hubby and I have two daughters in higher education, so at the end of August, we move one daughter an hour away and the other to another province – ten to twelve hours away, depending on traffic. Then when the school year ends we reverse the process, and move them back home for the summer. I love having my girls at home, but we have also gotten used to there just being three of us and one dog in the house. There is not as much dirt, dishes, the three of us have our routines down pat when all of a sudden there are five of us again plus another dog, and the routine is thrown out the door. Chores are reassigned but don’t really seem to get done unless I, the mom does a load of screaming, freaking out, or tries to do it myself, at which point I end up in pain, sometimes not being able to move for days. Why you ask does that happen? Well the girls are adults, and things change. They have their own routines, their own second homes, and now at my home they tend to think they are guests (gosh, they will not like me for that comment). 

At dinner the other day, I mentioned that I would like to sell our house and move to the country, where I can raise chickens and sunbathe in the nude (yes, I am a bit weird), but boy was I not ready for the response that I received. Middle child said this is not a house but a home mom, also I am not finished school yet, and when I am I will be moving back home again. The eldest said no, you’re not selling, period. The teenage boy was not happy at all, he will not let us sell unless of course he is buying it (okay, he is just starting university in the fall, so buying the house isn’t going to happen for a very long time). It appears we will not be moving any time soon, so hopefully people start doing their assigned chores on a regular basis, so my house is semi-clean.

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