Thursday, June 22, 2006

the glass is half full

it's a good thing I waited a day to decide to write about our trip to visit "the family."
if I had written yesterday, I think it would have been pretty negative.
I've had a bit of time to process the trip and "come down" from it.
It's much better to be positive than negative. But sometimes it just happens.
we did have a....nice...time while visiting my in-laws.
they were really excited to see lulu, as they hadn't seen her since she was 2 weeks old.
they bought a new crib for her, towels and some bath toys.
They found a high chair and old toys that were a hit.
They also picked up some fantastic baby gourmet food for her that I was really impressed with.
unfortunately not available in Toronto.
but if you are out west
really great stuff.
they really went to alot of effort to make sure we were comfortable and happy.
my mother-in-law smoked outside, which was much appreciated.
(though it ended up coming in the window most of the time, but at least she was considerate)
lulu loved grandpa and couldn't get enough of grandma's kitty cat.
I, on the other hand was armed with a lint roller at all times.
why did I even bother packing black clothes?
nothin' like waking up to a big pile of cat puke on the carpet next to you....
I'm gagging just thinking about it.
she adored her cousins and it was sweet to see her interact with them.
we had lots of BBQ.
I can't remember ever consuming so much red meat in a 4 day span.
very old school, but again, lots of special effort just for us.
we are going veggie all week just to detox.
It was pretty nutty at times with a bit of drama here and there, which unfortunately we got sucked into.
If I still went to church I would really need to unload in confession.
I really hate talking behind peoples backs. But it just kinda happened.
I feel really bad about it.
everyone was bitching about everyone else.
I tried to just sit there and nod and smile, but a few times I agreed or chimed in.
Big daddy has some interesting siblings let me tell you.
I love them all. they are really sweet and really funny (except the oldest, who thinks he is funny but really isn't)
well, that is if you think pedophile jokes are funny.
okay but seriously, I have these amazing brother-in-laws.
who really make me feel like a part of the family, so much so, that like I said I got sucked into the drama.
I just think it's ironic that big daddy is the baby of the family and he appears to be the only one who has his shit together.
Sometimes genetics scare the crap out of me.
how can four people who all had the same upbringing be so completely different?
I'm just grateful that I got the good one.
so for now lulu will remain an only child.
and after this past weekend, maybe that's not such a bad thing.


Cheryl said...

I'm a big fan of your blog. Your photos are awesome and your insight is usually 'right on the money'. You should write a book.

It sounds like you're making every effort to surround lulu with lots of love, including 'weird' extended family. And your blog gives you the outlet to critically reflect on things ....

petite gourmand said...

thanks Cheryl,
it's so nice to receive positive feedback.
the family is pretty nutty, but hey as the saying goes...
"you can't choose your family."
but bottom line, is that they all adore lulu and that's all that really matters.
I'm lucky to have such a loving (albeit) crazy extended family.
at least there is never a dull moment.

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