Thursday, February 26, 2015

The Nine Days of In-Laws

Some of you may or may not know that my past with my in-laws wasn't always bright and sunshiny. There was quite a bit of friction for quite some time. But it's been on the mend for the last couple years. Doesn't mean that there wasn't an elephant in the room every once in awhile, and it didn't make it better the fact that we live across the country from them. So its been slow progress.

So without going further into details, and just moving right along. Last week my In-laws came for a visit for 8 and a half days. None of Michael's siblings, just his parents.
They stayed with us for 3 nights on a blow up mattress in the living room, then at the Travel lodge next door for 3 nights, then back at our place for another 3 nights.

Here is a rundown/Daily entry for what took place.

Sunday Night:
They came in around 8:10 PM. Hugged it out, then grabbed food at Lucille's BBQ house.
Headed home, introduced them to Ruby, and set up the blow up mattress.

We relaxed in the morning, Michael did some work until we headed out to Huntington Beach at 3:00.
It was a beautiful day in Huntington. Sunny, mid 70's, the beach was speckled with people, some even swimming. 

We walked the pier, and checked out the art walk.

That evening we took them to our favorite Huntington restaurant, Zimzala.
It was a great night full of good conversation and food.

Tuesday was mostly a relax day, we did head out to grab happy hour at the Wild Goose Tavern
TACO TUESDAY! They also have fantastic Burgers, and its cheap!

Snow Monster after, which was a somewhat new experience for Michael and I.

Wednesday I spent the day mostly with Sheila. She took me to a Doctors appointment in the morning. Afterwards I took her to Trader Joe's, Greenleaf for lunch (one of my favorite places to eat) and Mothers.
It was a nice time out and bonding, but a long day, when we got back I was pretty sore, especially since I had undergone a stress test that morning. My feet were done for the day.
Moved Rick and Sheila over to the Travel lodge for their reservation that evening.

Thursday was a relax day. Rick spent most the day at the hotel getting stuff done, and mid-afternoon Michael and his mom headed out for lunch and some bonding time.
In the evening we got together, snacked, and had a game night, playing some card games, and Munchkin.

Spent the day in Long Beach. Took them to our favorite restaurant in Long beach, The Attic around 11am

Before spending the day at the Long Beach Aquarium. A new experience for us all, especially Michael who had never been to an aquarium.

After spending a good 3 hours at the Aquarium, looking at some breathtaking exhibits, we headed off to Dinner on the Queen Mary.


After moving Michael's parents back into our place from the Travel Lodge, we took them to our favorite burger place: Umami Burger. Then spent the day up the Mountains. Met up with my mother at a restaurant in Big Bear called The Himalayan 

We had to sit outside and it was fairly cold since the sun was going down, so I used my scarf as a hat (also so i didn't spill anything on it )

After Church, we grabbed Lunch at Bruxie, then went to the swap meet at the OC fairgrounds. Only problem was it had been raining a little earlier in the day, so only about 30% of the venders were there. We still got to grab some cool stuff. I found a shirt, and some sunglasses. Michael picked up flavored coffee, and near the end the fruits and veggies were being sold by the bag for $1 just so they could get rid of it. We ended up with so much fruits and veggies, it was a little ridiculous.

When we got home we relaxed, made homemade salsa, and Sheila and I started a complex puzzle while watching 'The Mentalist'. (I had been going through it the last couple weeks)

Last Day Rick and Sheila were here, we spent most the day relaxing. Sheila and I finished up our puzzle. We played a couple more games after eating a wonderful meal Sheila had made, and we headed out for one last trip about the town, stopping at Fashion island, and the beach to grab some shells.

Tuesday Morning, 5am, we got up and took them to the airport.
hugged it out, and said our goodbyes.

It was a wonderful time having them out there, and I'm not just saying that to be a good daughter-in-law. It really was nice having them out here, mending some fences, and kicking the elephant out of the room.
and I do hope it's not so long 'til we see them again.