My in-laws   Leave a comment

So let me tell you a little bit about my in-laws.  I’ll start by saying that they are wonderful people, and would do anything for anyone.  When the boys were born, and in the hospital for 108 days, there wasn’t a Sunday that went by that my in-laws didn’t make the 4 hour drive to the hospital to visit the boys and Jason and I.  They always made sure that I had everything I needed, as I didn’t come home that often.  They also always made sure that they took us out to eat, just to be sure that we were eating and that we got a good meal that day.  And for that I am forever grateful.

You see, my husband has two sisters.  An older sister who lives the next town over, who is adopted.  The were told early on in their marriage, that they wouldn’t be able to have any kids.  So they started to look into adoption, and after a few years of having my sister-in-law as a foster child, the adoption went thru.  Then much to their surprise, so did my husband.  Now he and his older sister get along great! She is actually the one responsible for naming him Jason, because it was the only boy name she knew 🙂 How cute is that?  The a couple of years after my husband came along, they ended up pregnant again.  My husband’s youngest sister lives in Washington state.  Between the three of them, my husband and his two sisters, there are nine grandchildren.  Four girls and five boys.

Now that I have given you a little insight on my in-laws family, let me tell you what bugs me about them.  They love to visit the kids, especially if someone knows they were doing it.  See above where I mention they visited every Sunday while the boys were in the hospital.  My in-laws live about 10 minutes from my house, and they hardly ever visit my kids.  Now a lot could be said that my husband and I don’t stop by their house with the kids either, but let’s think for a minute how much fun it is for us to take our almost 3-year-old twins there, to a house that isn’t baby proofed at all!! I have to run behind them and take things away from them.  Needless to say, it’s not very enjoyable.  They see my sister-in-law’s three girls at least once a day.  I don’t think a day ever goes by that they don’t see the girls.  Now I’m not saying that they never visit with us, but lets face it, they have been home from “vacation in Washington” for about a month, and they have spent a grand total of maybe 45 minutes with our four kids.

They go to Washington every year either in February or March.  And they go for three weeks.  Then in either July or August, my sister in law and her two boys come “home” for a couple of weeks to visit, and during that time, my in-laws don’t do much except spend every second of the time with them.  Now don’t get me wrong, I understand what its like to miss family that is not around all the time, my parents live four hours away, and we see them more than we see my in-laws.

I guess what I am saying is that I don’t understand how they can have nine grandchildren, seven of which live within 15 minutes of their house and they can’t be bothered to stop in and see them.  My husband and I go back and forth about this, because he hates that his parents live so close by, but they never see the kids, when my parents live four hours away and they are here every chance they get.  It just bothers us so much, that even when my husband says something to them, they change for about a week, they’ll stop in a couple of times then they go right back to their old ways.  So I decided that the next time my husband had to work on a saturday when we had the older kids, that I would not let my mother in law take the kids for me, because it wasn’t fair to the boys.  Well my plan backfired big time.

Turns out that this weekend is the first saturday my husband has worked in about a month or two.  So wouldn’t you know it that Nathan needed to go to the doctor today, and the only time I could get an appointment was way to early in the day for me to drive 25 miles to pick the kids up before hand? Yup it did.  So I had to go against my better judgement, and let me mother in law have the kids this morning.  Normally I would have just picked the kids up when we got back into town from Nathan’s appointment, but today we had a birthday party to go to for my youngest niece.  So I just went to the party with the twins and I brought the big kids home with me from there.  So she picked the kids up at 9, had them till the party started at noontime.  Now don’t you think that since she knew that the party was only going to have birthday cake and ice cream that maybe she would have fed the kids before hand? Nope she didn’t.  so when we got home from the party at almost 2 this afternoon, they were starving!! I was so mad!

So I have rambled on long enough, I didn’t really intend to, but hopefully you can understand where I was going with this one!


Posted April 10, 2011 by mytwotornados in family

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