Tuesday, October 09, 2007

it's a new day

so all was not that bad last week during "the visit".
There were some highs and some lows, but I'll try to focus on the brighter moments rather than the darker ones.
Lulu was really amazing with her grandparents. very affectionate and loving.
I was really impressed since really, she has only met them a few times.
we managed to fit in a fair bit during the time they were in town.
we ate out a lot.
probably a bit too much, as Lulu was in desperate need of a normal dinner at home by the end of the week.
as was I.
On Saturday we took the in-laws to Dim-Sum at the Pink Pearl down at the Harbourfront.
Originally we were going to bring them to China Town, but we figured they might enjoy a view of the lake instead.
The food was good and the view was lovely.
Lulu was so so well behaved. I was so proud.
I think this was her sixth time eating out in a row and she sat so quietly.
45 minutes without a peep.
what a girl.
so after we ate we took a walk along the water and heard some drumming coming from the outdoor stage.
just our luck a free performance by some Japanese drummers.
It was such a great distraction.
Lulu loved it.
Then on our way out we noticed that it was a special day for kids.
With crafts and all kinds of interesting things for her to do.

Lulu was in heaven.
pipe cleaners, markers, clay and Lego!!! whoopee!
If you missed it there is another one on December 15-16.
Lots of fun for the whole family.
well except maybe picky and tired grandmothers...
I'll spare you all the negative details.
Like I said I'm trying to focus on the positive.
but all in all what a great day.
we even manged a swim at the in-law's hotel which was nice.
Lulu is a little fish and has absolutely no fear of the water.
must sign her up for swimming lessons soon.
must find more flattering bathing suit for me.
we actually spent thanksgiving with both sets of grandparents.
It was interesting to say the least.
they had only met once before, ten years ago when big daddy and I first started dating.
It was about a 30 minute meeting and was fairly uncomfortable for both big daddy & I.
you can't get more opposite than our parents.
anyhow, dinner was decent and nothing several glasses of wine couldn't help smooth over.
So I'm glad it's all over with and we can move forward from here.
No more family visiting for a while. whew.


Ms. Porter said...

You got it all over with in one week...I've been stuck with once a week for a long, long time! Not nice I know.
Thank goodness for wine.

indigo herself said...

we have a day and a half rule with both sets of parents, any longer than that and people start kicking up a fuss which is no fun. of course they aren't told about the rule, we just arrnage things to fit it whenever we can. a week could be dangerous, so be glad you survived. it is funny because both sets of parents like to count and measure the time spent and they've been feeling alittle cheated of late but really i love them, but they exhaust. a day and a half. it is the secret sauce to happy family times for us. reading between the lines i could feel the pain in your last post. sounds like you weathered the storm though.

Alley Cat said...

Keep focusing on the good. It can only help.

Laural Dawn said...

You'll have to tell me your secret to bringing Lulu to restaurants. We've tried everything - but I don't think we've ever had Matt sit quietly for 45 minutes. (the only compromise is the Mandarin since he can move around - not exactly fine dining!)
And, my parents and my husband's are also complete opposites. I'll spare you the details, but it's painful!
Swimming lessons are amazing. Matt loves them. (and Lulu may be old enough that you don't even need to go in with her!)

amanda said...

Wow... a holiday with both sets of parents. That's a huge accomplishment in itself. Let alone a whole week with the in-laws. Glad to hear that there were some brighter moments during the week :) Now kick back and relax... schedule a massage or something. You deserve it.

Lisa b said...

Hey did you kids elope?
so smart.

The Pearl is where we have all the family dinners for my husbands side. It is so nice to look out over the water.