Whoopee, the inlaws are joining us

| April 10, 2008

This is for those of you who visit family in Florida.

As I mentioned in another blog entry, my father-in-law moved to Florida after marrying a woman he met when visiting his brother in Boca Raton. The trips south were split between seeing Pop-Pop and seeing Mickey.

Early on, the in-laws would join us for the Disney part of the trip. The first time we visited, we all stayed at a Disney Fairway Villa.

These had a great set up for larger parties, or so it seemed. The main floor had a kitchen, a half bathroom and a living room with a pull down queen bed. Downstairs was a bedroom with two double beds and a full bath; while upstairs was a loft bedroom with a queen bed and a second full bath.

My in-laws arrived before us and took care of check-in.  The first thing we heard was the screech of my stepmother-in-law  “I made them give us another unit.” Huh??? They all look identical, so much so I wonder if I’ll find the right one knowing that I’ll be drinking heavily by the end of the week.

The in-laws get the upstairs bedroom, the kids get the one downstairs and we take the pull down in the living room. My head blissfully hits the pillow and I’m hoping for Disney dreams. What the heck is that? The plates are rattling! Do they have earthquakes in Florida?  No, its coming from that lovely wide open loft above. My father-in-law has high octane gas and he is letting them fly.

We’re grateful for two things: hot air rises and there are no open flames. The musical salute finally comes to an end only to be replaced by a level of snoring that takes years to master. My father-in-law was the undisputed Grand Poobah of snoring.

I briefly consider an act of justifiable homicide. An alternate yet brilliant plan was hatched. We carefully carried our slumbering son into the living room and left him to deal with Grandpa’s snore fest while we slept in the bedroom with our girls.

Finally, we fall asleep… “PFFFT, PFFFT, PFFFT, PFFFT, PFFFT.” “PFFFT, PFFFT, PFFFT, PFFFT’, PFFFT, PFFFT.”  Do you know why these are named the Fairway Villas? It’s because they’re on the golf course. Do you know what they do at 5:00am? They turn on the sprinklers which are SPRAYING THE WINDOWS OVER AND OVER AND OVER AGAIN.

I think back to my stepmother-in-law telling us she made them switch us to this particular unit and I start planning my revenge. Maybe I’ll “accidentally” drop a match on the broom she flies around on.

It’s time to get up. Bleary eyed we head to the kitchen. There’s my father-in-law wearing a spiffy pair of white loafers with black socks. This is part of the required wardrobe when you retire in Florida. You must also wear a hat at all times and drive 10 miles below the speed limit. Wouldn’t want to have the windows open and muss up stepmother-in-law’s helmet hairdo. You know the style. The woman can be standing in the middle of a tornado and not a hair on her head will budge.

Another requisite for becoming a Floridian is always having a grapefruit on hand. After coffee, citrus and a call about the sprinklers, we’re ready for the parks.

I’ll spare you the rest of the details of the travels with the in-laws. Suffice it to say, we booked our own room for future visits and joined DVC when it opened.

I take that back. Let me tell you about stepmother-in-law’s opinion of DVC. They were in WDW with us yet again when we signed up. Like Bawb, she was from Boston. Although she had lived in Florida for close to 30 years, the accent was still going strong.

After we went to contract, we were very excited and asked if we could bring the in-laws back to show them the model unit. Being the control freak that she was, my stepmother-in-law was not happy that we dared to make this decision without consulting them.  (The fact that we were in our 30’s and she had been part of the family for all of three years didn’t occur to her.)

To show her displeasure, she focused on the “kah-pet.” “What about the kah-peting? What’s going to happen if something gets spilled on the kah-pet? Who’s going to take care of the kah-pet?”  ARGH!! “Why don’t I stab you where you’re standing and see if the chalk outline and bloodstain gets cleaned?”

Eventually the mutual trips came to an end. I think the last one was when her family tagged along and her daughter wanted to scalp my father-in-law’s Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party ticket when he got sick after dinner and couldn’t go. I had visions of her standing outside the Magic Kingdom saying “psst, buddy. Need a ticket? Make me an offer.”

For those of you who are still enduring these family visits, you have my heartfelt sympathy. As for me, I’ll again suppress these memories for the sake of my sanity.

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  • calypso

    Just booked a Grand Gathering for 10 family members…I’m sure I’ll be able to add a few chapters to your saga!

  • Halliesmommy01

    I have so been there. You would think I would have learned my lesson. No I am going next May with my sister and her family. And planning a Disney Cruise in 2 years when my youngest and niece are old enough for kids clubs with the in-laws I swore to never travel with again. I figure it is a big boat LOL

  • kab407

    And people wonder why I am single and like to travel alone. Thank you Regina.

  • Minniemouse07

    Yeah, my MIL and stepFIL live 20min away from WDW. We have stopped staying with them during our visits by pulling the “we want to immerse the kids in the Disney experience” card. :-)

    I do earn my good DIL points by scheduling half of all our dinners (at least on our last trip) at resorts so they can join us. While they enjoyed Chef Mickey’s, 1900 Park Fare and Boatwrights… they definitely weren’t Whispering Canyon kinda people! LOL

    Dd and are going in July for her bday and I’m getting away with only one dinner! Although MIL has made some noises about wanting to actually come with us to the parks…eek!

  • MenashaCorp

    Can’t wait to meet them on the cruise, Maris. ;)

  • Cyrano

    I’m sure you could organise an early breakfast at the Contemporary as a thank you ;)

  • nwohioangela

    Or send her to visit a French clown!

  • jamieT

    WoW Regina, I am so glad I took a break from cleaning out my closets to check the blog. “stab you where you stand and see if the carpets gets cleaned” I was dying!

    Your step mother in law sounds as endeering as Prince Edwards! HA!

  • http://www.wdwinfo.com WebmasterRegina

    Unfortunately, over time it became the all too common story. Once the stepMIL’s kids started having children, the “old” grandkids got pushed out of the picture.

    Sadly, my father-in-law passed away two years ago. While we remained determined to stay in touch, he missed out on so much of his grandchildren’s lives.

    The good part is that we haven’t heard from the wicked witch of Boca since. I like the idea of sending a French clown her way.

  • RobandJan

    Thanks Regina, I needed a good laugh today!!

  • jamieT

    Regina I am sorry to hear your father in law was led to in some ways ignore your family. That is sad. I am sure that hurt your husband quite a bit.

  • http://www.wdwinfo.com WebmasterRegina

    Thanks Jamie, but as you can see, we do have some “fun” memories. You focus on the good and learn a lesson from the not so good.

    He was a great Dad, very involved in his son’s lives. While it is sad that things changed later on, again, there are ample good times to recall. (And some doozey tales about the crazy lady era.)

  • jamieT

    Ha- thats what keeps us going isn’t it though? We don’t always remeber every detail of the pretty good moments in our lives, but the great stories we get out of some of the knuckle-heads in our lives go on forever right? “The crazy lady era”- Ha!

  • dizneedoll

    Hi Regina! The exact same thing happened in our family. Only a few months after my grandmother passed away, my grandfather remarried and became totally immersed in her kids’ lives and we were all pushed out of the way. The other woman has since passed away and my grandfather is very sick but now his step children are the ones left to take care of him since he had rejected all of us. So I guess what comes around goes around. Thanks so much for sharing your story, it was totally hysterical!!

  • aGoofyMom

    We don’t speak to my in-laws. DH’s choice. I simply support his wishes.
    Twice now, I have attempted to plan trips with my parents. Twice now, it has fallen apart. I now realize how good this is, and will not attempt this again. Understanding that we have different views on life in general in this case means that I have to face the fact that getting along for even a short trip is not very likely.
    I remember good trips with family when I was young, but it is what it is.
    My acceptance of this is making it much easier for DH to be supportive! :)

  • safetymom

    Regina, I have plenty of grapefruits and lemons in the back yard if you want to visit. :)

  • 3DisneyKids

    Regina–I absolutely LOVE your blog entries! You have a great knack for comedic writing! Keep ‘em coming!

  • miss missy

    OMG you are too freaking funny!! I can relate! I went to my first trip, well first in 10 years, with SIL-BIL and their kids,MIL and my DD 10 a couple years ago. Found out quick NOT to do that again! SIL and BIL were complaining on the prices of everything. Their kids were 3 and 6 and they were afraid of the characters. They wanted to avoid them and walk around them, my DD wanted to see them and get autographs. They went to Dumbo and tea cups, DD wanted space mountain and the big kid rides. Poor poor MIL wanted to be with all the kids, but couldn’t. We finally split- me and DD one way and all of them another. That is when me and DD had a blast and really enjoyed it. Ended up that trip created future mother-daughter trips! Now we have been back 6 times in 3 years, just as mother-daughter. We have a blast and it is sooo nice to have no one to worry about but us.

    We brought MIL on one trip alone, we had fun. Great trip. She is so easy, and goes out of her way to just go along with us and not care about details. She just enjoyed it. It wasn’t the same as just me and DD, but it was soo fun!

    Unless you have someone easy like my MIL. Leave em home LOL!

  • mommyceratops

    Ah! Thanks Regina!! I think that might of been Bawb on the golf course at 5 am?!




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