Back from my trip--here's how it went
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|Fri, 05-16-2003 - 10:30am|
DH was at his crankiest, very testy and mad just about the whole trip. Luckily, my parents arrived and helped out a lot with the kids. Then the ILs started criticizing me for letting my parents help TOO much with watching the kids, that I should be doing more with the kids instead of having my mom play with them. My mom kept saying that's the whole reason she came, so she could spend time with the kids! My parents and I took the kids out by ourselves all the time--the park, the beach, etc.
The drive back was sheer hell. After our stay at the hotel, they refused to feed the kids breakfast or let me do it (they stood and watched DH and I reload the car, then me reattach the bike rack and all). They INSISTED we drive immediately, and we'd eat an early lunch. So the kids cried and begged for food for nearly 2.5 hours straight, while I tried to placate them with potato chips--all we had in the car, and my ILs getting mad at ME because the kids are so upset--even though I say "Well DUH they need to eat". Then FIL (who's been sniping at DH the entire drive) turns and said "Stop the g-damn car, what the hell do you think, your mom can go this long without using the bathroom?!?!?!" and so on. I got very mad at that--he couldn't care less about the children, but grandma needs a bathroom break.
And, I should add, that FIL insisted on listening to his classical music really loud (making the kids cry) until I asked DH to get off anywhere we saw a Walmart and I bought headphones for him so the kids didn't have to be tortured anymore.
I was never so happy to be home again.
Oh yea, and not once did they thank us for making the trip. Or paying for the hotel and meals on the way down and tons of other stuff for them.
The ILs did get to go out, see friends, play golf, swim, etc. I just wish they could've been nicer to their son and grandkids in between socializing. FIL interacted so little with the kids I barely got any video or pictures of them together. Now my FIL says he wants us all to go again. I said NO!