Friday Roundup: In Laws, House Guests, and Travelling

by Kristina on August 12, 2011 · 6 comments

blue couchHappy Friday Everyone!  I successfully survived the three and a half week visit with my Mother In Law.  She is visiting (and staying with) us from out of town for three and a half weeks and so far it’s been great having her around.  My boyfriend’s family is refreshingly normal compared to my crazy and dramatic family.  When my Mother in Law is around I dress a little nicer, clean the apartment a little bit longer, and scrub the dishes a little bit harder just in case I am under her watchful eye.

The downside to having my Mother in Law visit is that my boyfriend Nick and I have to sleep on our extremely uncomfortable couch.  The bags under my eyes are extremely apparent because both my eyes and my skin are very pale.  I haven’t slept a lot in the past three and a half weeks and therefore I am extremely agitated and very tired.  However, I try to smile though it because my tiredness is second hand to my boyfriend spending time with his mother who he hasn’t seen in over six years.

Since my Mother in Law has been here we have been visiting parts of the city that we don’t usually travel to, eating at restaurants that we normally don’t visit and buying things that we normally wouldn’t spend money on.  It is great having my Mother in Law stay with us and experience new things in our city.

Here are some posts from around the web about Travelling and Family:

Dave @ 50 Plus Finance definitely knows something about running a business and running a family. He has 4 children, 3 of whom are currently in college. Dave often blogs about his family, his home state of Florida, and the real estate industry.  Dave says that family and finances clash when it comes to debt in his post Debts True Effect on Your Self and Family. Follow Dave on Twitter @50PlusFinance.

Amber @ Blonde and Balanced is a newlywed who recently got back from her honeymoon. She blogs about her profession as a CPA, her passion for working out, as well as finding a balance between everything she loves in her life.  Amber appreciates her family in the post Monthly Mom Appreciation Night. Follow Amber on Twitter @AmberBalanced.

Clever Dude discusses Family, Marriage, Finances, and Life on his personal finance blog. He recommends 3 countries for a foreign vacation in his post Got cash for a foreign vacation this year? Try these countries! Clever Dude also passes the pen to his wife Stacie AKA Clever Dudette from time to time. Check out her post on Frugal Lunch by Clever Dudette Follow Him on Twitter @cleverdude.

Financial Samurai is slicing through money’s mysteries in his personal finance blog.  He discusses the need to help out a sick parent in the post Helping Out A Father In Need.  He also discusses mixing family and business in the post Family Businesses: Pros and Cons of Hiring Relatives.  Follow Him on Twitter @FinancialSamura.

Photo by Maka



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1 Dave@50plusfinance August 12, 2011 at 8:52 am

Hi Kristina, thanks for the mention. I had the same experience with my in-laws being normal for a while, it was also so refreshing. Though I later found out they were just as crazy as my family.

2 kody @ financial money tips August 12, 2011 at 7:07 pm

hello again Kristina. Ya its always seems like i spend way more money when family comes into town too. Stuff that i usually don’t spend money on also. I always tell myself i won’t spend as much money during next years visit.. but if you ask me, money spent to have fun with family is money well spent :)

3 Financial Samurai August 13, 2011 at 10:34 am

Wow….. 3 weeks living with the mother in law is a LONG TIME! You deserve a professional massage and a gold star!

4 Kristina August 13, 2011 at 4:14 pm

@ Financial Samurai – We had a really great time with Nick’s Mom. Now that she is gone I definitley miss her, but I am happy to be sleeping in my own bed again.

@ Kody – I agree with you 100%. I am actually glad that we spent money on things that we wouldn’t normally do, having out of town guests let us experience new things, and that is priceless.

@ Dave – I feel bad for you but I hope that doesn’t happen to me. I couldn’t emotionally or mentally survive being a member of two crazy families.

5 Jackie August 13, 2011 at 9:04 pm

That’s nice that you got to do things that you don’t normally do! I try to play tourist in our area at least once every couple of years. Enjoy catching up on your sleep now.

6 Kristina August 15, 2011 at 6:55 pm

OH and I gained 3 pounds from all the eating!!!!

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