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Family Ties: Visiting Parents Are Priceless

My mother and step-father were in town for a few days last week. I always look forward to their visits and I don't bother to do extra cleaning like I would if I had normal visitors because they know the real me – dirty laundry and all.

The visit was perfect – dinner out with the babe one night and we ordered in another. It was a treat when they offered to watch our lil one so my hubby and I could go to a holiday party. We went out and had a few cocktails just like the good old days.

Sitters are invaluable and I adore mine, but it's nice to know that my parents love our baby as if she were their own. And, when I had a headache the next day, my mom was sitting right there ready to play when the 7 a.m. wake up call came.

As we said goodbye at the airport, the feeling of inadequate gratitude rushed over me. Had I thanked them sufficiently for coming to visit? So often, I feel that I don't show my appreciation to those who care the most about me. I hope deep down they know how much I love and appreciate them for loving me and my family they way they do.

jennifer76 jennifer76 9 years
I LOVE when my parents come to visit! The kids love it! My parents love it! It's just all good. :D The funny thing is that when we used to live near my Mom, she almost never watched my son for me. I mean, maybe a handful of times in two years...? But, now that we're thousands of miles away, whenever they come to visit, she's constantly trying to get rid of me or sneak off with the kids. :rotfl: It's pretty awesome.
eeb3b eeb3b 9 years
Love the UVA jacket! Wahoowa!
Greggie Greggie 9 years
I tend to think that within close families, we thank each other with our actions more than our words. Of course I verbally thank my parents for their help, but I don't really worry that I thank them "enough." To me, part of being that family is that you give and take and know the love is there. I love when my parents visit, but I rarely ask them to babysit. I see my parents little enough as it is, I try to spend as much time with them as possible. (I'm not saying it's a bad thing to do that, just saying I personally prefer not to - we have other sitters we can use for our "couple time" so we have that option.)
liciababe liciababe 9 years
thats really great that they are so happy to watch the little one and UVA fans too perfect g-parents if ya ask me
wonderwoman80 wonderwoman80 9 years
That is very nice. I am fortunate enough to have my mother in law live a mile away and she loves to watch my Brady. I am definitely spoiled and can't thank her enough. PS: I LOVE the sweater your baby is wearing in the picture!
SummerBaby SummerBaby 9 years
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
Awww :( Yea, I wish I knew them better... But you live and you learn right? My parents said they will NEVER do that to us!
kikidawn kikidawn 9 years
aschwebb, I'm sorry. That sucks. I am so close to my grandparents and I was with my great-granny when she was alive, I wish you knew what that was like.
kikidawn kikidawn 9 years
That was so sweet! I am sure they know how much you love and appreciate them! :) My b/f's mom has been wanting us to have kids... like right now! But we aren't financially ready or in the right place in life (although I want one right now too!). I do know that when we do have kids my parents and his parents will be just like that... always ready to love and help out! Oh just a side question ... I am a sitter. What do I buy the people I sit for for Christmas? Should I just buy the baby something or the parents too? I've been sitting since October, and I am not sure what to do for Christmas. I was thinking of offering a night for free... would that be appropriate?
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
You're lucky! My mom and dads parents told them they wouldn't ever babysit us when we were little :( I never really even knew them too...
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