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  1. If you have custody of, have adopted or are the foster parent for your GC (grandchild/ren), what's happening this holiday season? More specifically, will the parents come to visit for Christmas (or Hanukkah, etc)? Or at any time during the season? Do you find it's better if they visit on the actual holiday or at some point near it? Or not at all? Or perhaps visits aren't happening during this holiday season b/c you and your GC are going away on vacation? Or??
  2. Here comes December - a month full of holidays - Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Boxing Day (in Canada and the UK), and New Year's Eve! And w/ that, winter vacation for most schoolkids!   @ GPs - Will you be doing any babysitting during the vacation? If you're the regular granny (or grampie, etc) nanny, will you have to step up your childcare schedule?   Or if you're raising your grands, have you made any other  arrangements for any part of the vacation, so that you can work or just get a "day off?"   Same questions for other relative caregivers.   @ Parents - Will any of your kids' GPs (or other relatives) be watching them at all during the vacation? Or will they, perhaps, visit GPs/relatives for part of that time?    
  3. Have you ever simply spent vacation time at home - whether an extended weekend or a week, etc - just enjoying your surroundings or visiting local attractions? IOWs, have you ever taken a "staycation?" And what do you think about them?
  4. Do you find yourself doing more childcare in the summer b/c your GC/relative kids are off from school? Or less b/c their camp hours are longer, they go away, you go away, for a while, etc?
  5. Going Away

    In the coming week, DH and I will be away on our annual family vacation. YDD and her kids are coming, too. And ODD and SIL are joining us for a few days, as well.   We're going to the same family-friendly resort as always. And as some of you may recall, usually, I get Internet access there but not all the time. And, of course, I will be busy enjoying my family. So I probably will be coming in, maybe even a little every day. But if not, I'll see you when I get back. I know you're in good hands!
  6. Family Vacation

    This coming week, DH and I will be away on our annual family vacation. YDD (younger dear daughter) and her 2 kids are coming, as well and ODD (older dear daughter) and SIL (son-in-law) will join us for a few days, also. It's at a family-friendly place we've been going to for years. So there are activities for the adults and the kids, most of which can be enjoyed by all.   Usually, I get Internet access there but not always. And, of course, I'll be busy with my family, much of the time. So chances are, I'll come in during my vacation, maybe even a little bit every day. But if not, please carry on the conversation. And if you have a problem or a question, regarding this group, and I don't seem to be around, please feel free to PM any other moderator of your choice.   Meanwhile, how about telling us, below, about any summer vacation plans that you might have, whether they include family or not? In fact, if you're a LDGP (long distance grandparent) and you're going to visit your faraway GC, you might also want to talk about it in the group, Grandparenting From Afar, especially in the thread called, "Are you going to visit your long distance grandchildren this summer?" And if, on the other hand, you're the regular caregiver for your GC and are going to be going on a vacation with them - or away from them - I'd love to have you come over and tell us about it, too, in Grandparents Caring for Grandkids, esp in "The Caregivers' Summer." Both these groups can be found on the Community Index. Just click on Forums (above, left) or click here: http://community.grandparents.com and you'll find them in about the middle, under the category of Grandparenting.   Whatever, you decide to do, enjoy!
  7. Thanks in advance for letting me vent

    I intensely dislike my MIL. Beyond dislike. I could talk about her ad nauseum. However, I have recently resolved to try not to talk about her in front of my toddler and infant because the toddler is going to start understanding things and I want her to be able to develop a relationship with MIL as best as possible. So, in advance, thanks for letting me vent. There are MANY situations and stories that come up often, but the situation that seems to have tentacles that wrap around and throughout our lives is this: My husband grew up going to the beach the same week of the summer (week after fourth of July) every, EVERY year. The people present were: My MIL and FIL with their 2 sons (including my husband), my FIL's sister (husband's aunt) and her husband and their 3 sons. So, growing up there were 4 adults and 5 children. They rented a condo until my DH was about 10 and then the aunt/uncle, who have some money, bought a 5 BR/3BA beachhome. All these children are AC children now. All are married and there are 12 grandchildren total. My husband's immediate family is 6 adults and 2 kids (MIL, FIL, BIL, SIL, husband, me, our 2 kids) and the aunt and uncle's family is 8 adults and 10 kids. The aunt/uncles kids are a bit older and started having kids much before us, so the house breakdown became this: Aunt/Uncle in 1 BR/1BA down in basement, Each grown Cousin (aunt/uncle's son) has a BR with their spouse and children, My FIL/MIL/BIL/SIL/DH/myself operate out of 1 BR with 1 bed in it and sleep on couches/floors etc. (Another perspective, 18 people divided by 4 bedrooms is about 4 people/room compared to our 8 people/1 room). When we were dating, I went along with this. I tried to go along after we were married, but was miserable. My DH and I talked at length and came to these conclusions: It is aunt/uncle's house. If they want their grown children to have their own BR's, that is perfectly fine/acceptable, but that doesn't mean that we have to be uncomfortable and miserable. The solution, we felt, was to start staying elsewhere. So, the next 2 years we rented a hotel room a couple miles away. This was fine until we had kids. Then it became a nightmare trying to coordinate naps, bathing, etc and haul stuff back and forth between famiy house and hotel. On top of that everyone gives us a hard time and says we are breaking tradition, that we're too good for them, etc. We talked with IL's and said we would like to rent another beachhouse with them at the same time that is DIRECTLY across the street from the family house so that we can be more included but still comfortable. They won't do this, so this year we (GASP) didn't go on the beach trip. This has turned into such a huge deal. DH and I are on the same page, so no problem there, but it is so frustrating that noone else sees it from our perspective. Also, it is not a money issue...the IL's give us a couple thousand dollars a year and we were very clear we want to SHARE the cost of the beach house...not expect them to rent one. I know eventually they will start wanting to take my kids with them on this trip and I say OVER MY DEAD BODY. It's all of us or none of us. And if they wanted us to be there they would either agree that traditions need to be changed and rent a house with us or stand up to the aunt/uncle's family and say that their family (us) needs more than just one corner out of this huge house.