October 16, 2007

News From the Front

Hi! Hi hi! I am here! My mother invited my mother-in-law and the three children to spend the morning at her house! This meets the eligibility requirements for sainthood, right? I am dialing the Pope RIGHT NOW.

I wish I had better dirt for you, but so far the visit has been fine. I wouldn't call it enjoyable, but I haven't had to keep from lunging for her throat, either. There have been several Remarks, but of the level/quantity that I would feel bitchy relating to others because they've been the normal "people who aren't used to each other" type.

I know: it doesn't make good copy, does it?

Last night Paul handled dinner, so I haven't tried any of your AWESOME-looking recipe suggestions yet (thank you so much for those!). He cut up some chicken, put it in a pan with red and green peppers, and added this and that: rice vinegar, corn starch, soy sauce, probably sugar because it was kind of sweetish. He put it over rice and it turned out excellent. I made a very basic salad with lettuce and tomatoes and carrots and shredded cheese, and I set the table with the new dishes, and look at us! Eating around the table on matched dishes like we do EVERY NIGHT. I counseled Rob and William ahead of time. Do we say, "Wow, this is neat eating at the table! Usually we eat in the living room while we watch TV!" NO WE DO NOT.

35 comments:

Shannon said...

Go MOM! Go Paul! Go Kids! Go Swistle!

Glad the visit is going "well" and sanity is remaining, somewhat.

Is she staying at the hotel?

LoriD said...

Ha! Glad to hear it's going well. I don't have people over for dinner often. One time when my parents were over, I put some cloth placemats on the table to seem all "fancy" as opposed to the bare table, which is the norm. Zoe sat down at the table and asked, "Why are there rugs on the table?" Thanks kid.

Shelly Overlook said...

Look at you being the happy getting along family? Your mother deserves a medal!!!

bananafana said...

coaching our son makes it more likely we'll get the opposite result . . .
glad it's going well so far!

Jess said...

Way to go on the pre-dinner counseling of the children. Good to know you're alive. And your mom truly does sound like a saint.

Marie Green said...

I love that Paul can whip up a little something-something in a pan and have dinner! Go Paul!

And I'm glad you are not dying yet. And your mom: clone her. I need one. =)

Swistle said...

Shannon- YES. She is at a hotel. And she is only staying a week, instead of her usual 2.5 weeks. I hardly dare to believe it.

Nowheymama said...

Yay! We must all remember to be grandmas like your mom when our time comes.

CAQuincy said...

Ha! I know staying at a hotel would force MY mom to stay a shorter time--she wouldn't want the excessive bill. NICE.

This is fun. I'm glad you get chances to sneak away and tell us what's up.....

Tessie said...

If she's only here for a week, it is practically OVER! Push through! Pump the arms! Finish strong!

tulipmom said...

Hooray for hotels and saintly Moms and husbands who can cook.

A couple more days and you'll be halfway done!

MrsGrumpy said...

Yaaaay! I was wondering about you and the mother in law, and I think your mom qualifies for some sort of really nifty gifty for doing that. How wonderful is she? Yay for husbands who cook! Yay for kids who say and/or don't say what they're supposed to and/or not supposed to at the table.

Pregnantly Plump said...

I'm glad things are going well. Two and a half weeks seems excessive, so it's great that she bumped it down to one. Hope the rest of the stay goes well!

Banana said...

Only 2/3 of a week left! yay!

I know you can hear me... said...

Wow! I'm so impressed that there has been no bloodshed yet. And has the pope called back yet - I'm quite sure that your mom's first TWO miracles for sainthood have certainly be waived!

Devan said...

Glad to hear it's going well! Yippee!

Artemisia said...

S! W! I! S! T! L! E! GooooooOOOOOOO SWISTLE!

Erica said...

More importantly, is she staying at a hotel as promised?

Erica said...

Maybe I should read comments before I make one myself, eh?

Anyhow, I'm glad to know things aren't dire on day two. You're almost to the finish line!

Shelly said...

A hotel and only staying a week?! I think it's Christmas in October for you, Swistle!

And yes, clone your mom - I want one, too!

Di said...

That's fantastic!

Go!

Anonymous said...

I'm an "older" mom with four grown kids, but when I read your blog from a few days ago about sex and breastfeeding, it brought back a ton of memories - stressful memories. It's a wonderful and difficult time when you are young and starting your family. I'm just here to tell you to hold on because it does get better. Your babies will get weaned, you will sleep through the night again, and you will have wonderful intimate times with your husbands again. Do they talk about this in childbirth classes? Good that you can blog together!

Swistle said...

Anonymous- This is REALLY good to hear. A lot of times I hear more like, "Enjoy this--it's the best time of your life!" And I think, "...Oh." I mean, I know in some ways it is, but I hate to think it's all downhill from here!

Jacquelyn said...

How adorable are you? TOO CUTE.

The Mommy Years said...

I'm liking your mom! LOL Way to save your sanity!!

WOOHOO for the one week in a hotel too!

samantha Jo Campen said...

So glad you're living to tell the tale! Congrats on, well, EVERYthing :-)

amber said...

I'm glad your mother-in-law has been tolerable so far. :) I hate to admit it, but I'd still like a little dirt.

Misguided Mommy said...

GLAD TO HEAR IT IS GOING SO WELL! PHEW! CEPT I REALLY WANTED SOME GOOD BLOG GOSSIP

Omaha Mama said...

Your mom ROCKS - that was so cool of her. And you didn't have to go - that is amazing!

jen said...

damn, so you let your mom and mil be alone together? I'm always afraid the universe will implode, or they'll plan my untimely demise or something.

1hot&tiredmama said...

Last night, in your honor, we ate around the coffee table in our pajamas while watching a movie.

Hats off to you, Swistle!

nikki said...

Wow. I'm dialing the Pope's number to order your mother up for sainthood too. Because you know, the Pope and I are best friends.

desperate housewife said...

He he. My kid would be saying (could she speak in complete sentences,) "Hey, this sucks! Why don't I get to eat a dinner of pretzels and Pop-Tarts and whatever else my finicky self demands while wandering around the house in my pajamas?"

Shauna Loves Chocolate said...

Thank goodness for mothers!!

Mrs. M said...

old bat? oh please honey--that doesn't even cover the bases!