Warning...somewhat childish rant ahead......
While I love my parents and mother-in-law (MIL), they are all driving me insane regarding the upcoming holiday season.
My parents were going to get the kids each a Wii game to go with the new console. When I pointed out that Hanukkah is BEFORE Christmas this year, and they aren't getting the Wii until Santa brings it, I am suddenly the bad guy. They asked for other ideas...I gave them to them. Given that they will be here next week, I said "why don't we shop for the kids while you are here?" No...they don't want to be bothered. Once again they want me to shop for the kids, and they will send me a check or something (still waiting on the check they said they would send in October when they wanted us to buy books from the bookfair for the kids' classes).
I work. I have a home to take care of. I have 2 kids with associated activities. I have a child with Autism.
They watch tv all day.
And I have to shop for them.
And then there is my MIL. Who just has too busy of a social calendar to fit us in. She has multiple trips planned with her SIL and friends. She is off having fun. Can't quite make it to our house, and told us, she will see us next summer when WE come to her. And she can't be bothered to get the kids anything either. She will send us a check also.
My kids already have 2 uncles who aren't a part of their life. They haven't heard from one Uncle in over 2 years. The other called a few days after their birthday to say "yeah, I will send something" and never did. Now they have 2 sets of grandparents who aren't checked in either. I have spent 8 years covering for all of them. The number of things I have done in their name....*sigh*
I am almost at a point where I just want to say to all of them....don't bother to send the check. If you can't be bothered to spend more than 30 seconds on our family, then I can't be bothered to spend hours covering for you.