Yup, the inlaws are staying over this weekend because we’re all attending a family member’s wedding. Believe it or not, it’s not MIL’s presence that I’m dreading. It’s BIL and his wife.
Last Christmas, I bought their then 2 year old twin boys presents that were designed for kids 18 - 36 months. Upon receiving the gift, SIL threw a fit saying that the toys were not age appropriate for her boys and that they would not be allowed to play with it.
Then earlier this month, the twins celebrated their 3rd birthday. To be on the safe side, we decided to get them gift certificates to Toys R Us. Know what they said? “What, you couldn’t have gotten them actual gifts?” I’m not kidding. Talk about ungrateful. Later, DH asked me if I thought we should take the gift certificate and get the boys a gift. My first reaction was, “No way.” As far as I was concerned, the gift certificate was the gift and if they don’t want it, then they don’t get anything.
However, now that I think about it, I feel sorry for the kids. It’s not their fault that their parents are rude, right? I’ve never been very close to BIL & SIL and unfortunately, it’s spilled over to their kids. As much as I try, I just don’t feel like they’re family . . . to me they’re more like acquaintances. How sad.
Anyway, if you were in my shoes you go out and get the boys a gift?