When we moved here (which, as of next month will have been seven years ago, holy crap), we were lucky enough to have quite a few friends of ours from California move out here right around the same time. For all intents and purposes, we imported a ready-made social circle, and I have to say, it was pretty great. I don't know how many times in our lives we'll have the opportunity to do that, but it worked out really well.
Unfortunately, seven years on, most of them have moved/are moving away. The bad thing about DC is that it is fairly transient; people spend a few years here and move on, whether because they've been able to springboard from their government (or government-related) jobs into something better, or because (as is the case of many of the friends we've made since moving here) they're in the military and end up getting assigned elsewhere. The good thing about DC is that it brings a lot of people back for work-related meetings and conferences and such, so folks still have excuses and opportunities to visit.
This past weekend, we had our good buddy from Wisconsin, a friend from California, and two friends (plus their kids) who live here now but are moving away in the next month or so, over at our house. These were all people we hung out with frequently in Pasadena. I don't know what it is about having kids and then seeing your kids interact with your friends and your friends' kids; it's just neat. I wish we lived closer to family, and that Soren & Eleri could see their cousins more than once every few years, but living close to friends (or having them around) is pretty good, too.
But yes, hooray for visitors in general. This evening we pick up my mom at the airport; she's staying with us for a few nights. :) And then at the end of the month, our friend from Arizona will be here, and next month we're meeting up with friends from Kentucky who are coming to DC for spring break. Much though I long for teleportation and access to instant travel, I do have to admit that we're pretty fortunate to live in an era when long distance travel is fairly easy to come by.
All right, this post has been a little bit all over the place, and I'm not sure that I actually had a point beyond simply chronicling our recent and upcoming visitors, so I'm going to go ahead and wrap this up and finish tidying the house in preparation for Mom's arrival. :)