Hey everyone! Wow it's been a long day! But fun. Bug had swimming lessons today so while she was swimming, I had to go shopping for a few things we needed, which is SOOOO much easier to do without the kids. Then we came to my in-laws' house and the kids all have piggy banks here, so we took a trip to the toy store and they got to buy stuff with their money. Then the kids came back with Oma and Opa and hubs and I went out for dinner because tomorrow is our anniversary. 12 years! So tomorrow we're getting Chinese takeout for the whole family. There is a carnival here tonight where my in-laws live, so we went to that and the kids had a ball and came home with lots of prizes they won...I think skeeball is their favorite! And while we were at the toy store today we discovered there was a sale on trampolines. The kids LOVE them and I've been thinking that would make a great Christmas present for them. So hubs will go back and get one on Monday.
My best friend decided this week to reconcile with her husband and move to Australia. He works in the finance department for Hertz (car rentals) and he gets sent all over. She was ready for a divorce and he had moved out but was trying to get her to get back with him and he's being transferred to Oz. She said no and so he decided not to go because he didn't want to be away from his daughter, but it meant he would have to move somewhere else. Well, now she decided to give him one more chance and they have decided to go to Australia. I'm so sad about it. I know I won't get to talk to her much, even online because of the time difference, and she won't be there anymore when I go home, which makes it all the nicer that I got to see her this summer while I was there. And he's treated her so crappy and I'm afraid she'll be miserable there and have no way to leave...it's such a huge chance to take. I really really hope it works out for her, but I'm sad and scared for her and I'm going to miss her so so much. It probably sounds crazy since she's already thousands of miles away from me, but it's different with her being in Australia because it really will be hard to see her and chat on FB like we're used to doing. It's only for 2-3 years though and then they are supposed to go to London for a few years, which could become permanent. THAT will be nice because we'll be only an hour's difference in time, and flights between the UK and Holland are cheap so we can probably see each other quite a bit. But until then, I am a sad panda. Not sure when she moves to Oz.
Amy!!! So happy to see you!! I hope you get to come back more often now!
Lynne, nice to have some time as a couple, isn't it? Is there a special occasion? Our kids stay with my in-laws usually a few days in every vacation from school.
Sarah - MM is 5, so he's still young. He is getting BETTER with the crying, but when he's tired it's horrible. I've been keeping a journal the last few days, but I didn't bring it with me today and I really should have. I don't know how many times he cried today because he's tired, and that combined with my nephew being an absolute BRAT makes it unbearable. B-boy (my nephew) does stuff like....we're getting ready to go to the carnival and we tell all the kids they need to go to the bathroom first. There are 2 bathrooms and Bug was in one, so MM said he would go upstairs and as SOON as B-boy heard that, he ran up the stairs as fast as he could so MM couldn't go there and then taunts him about it. And they all got to pick toys to buy with their money and they came back and B-boy started playing with MM's toy, but then wouldn't let MM play with HIS. As long as we're sitting right there when they play together, it goes ok because we can diffuse any of the little squabbles, but if we're not right next to them B-boy bullies MM. He's 2 years older and can do more and he is way bigger, so he takes advantage. And yes, Bug is older than MM by a year and a half.
My in-laws really are wonderful people and I love them. I just usually avoid having them come to OUR house because my MIL especially looks for things like spiderwebs in the corners, or fingerprints on the cupboards, and she points them out to me and will say "Oh, you'll have to remember to do that tomorrow." or "I noticed the such and such needs to be cleaned." That's what I mean by them giving me chores in my own house. But I can't really complain because other than that, we have a GREAT relationship and they treat me like their own daughter. I know I'm very lucky to have them in my life...very blessed. And as long as we come to THEIR house instead of them coming to ours, things go really well. I sort of hit the jackpot where my in-laws are concerned. I was engaged before to a guy I met in high school at a summer program and his mom was a NIGHTMARE and I was NOT looking forward to having her as a MIL. I dodged a bullet by calling that engagement...more than one bullet actually. I would have been MISERABLE had I married him, AND I would have had the MIL from a very hot place. So the difference between her and my MIL is HUGE!! I can appreciate her all the more having experienced P!
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