Jeff and I were pleased that we were able to do a fair amount of hosting people this summer. In addition to the neighbor kids (who often eat with us during the summer... and sometimes show up right at dinner time...), we had old friends, new friends, Jeff's colleagues, Jeff's parents, Notre Dame Summer Service volunteers, our new pastor - you name it - we hosted them. And I think without exception, we enjoyed every meal, despite the enormous investment of time in cleaning and cooking, etc.
The only guests we didn't enjoy were those pesky lice. And I'm sorry to say that we shared the lice with at least one round of our guests. They were good sports about it, and have been making jokes ever since. Anyway, after two separate instances of fighting off the lice, they seem to have been banished... for now. As to where we got them, our best guess is Ikea, where we spent a rainy day trying out the kids' toys and Maia playing in the ball pit.
From this side of the episode, it doesn't seem like such a big deal. I'm just glad it's over. But I prefer invited guests.