Pregnancy, Personal Space, and an (Unfortunate) Kiss

I want to preface this by saying that my mother in-law and father in-law are goodhearted people, they also have a “don’t give a f*ck” attitude that causes situations like the one I will lay out for you today. My In-Laws weren't terribly interested in giving me advice until I got pregnant. Suddenly, they were fonts of wisdom and all about being in my business. They flooded the Mister and I with equal amounts of both unwanted advice and terrifying stories: "I stopped giving my sons formula at 3 months because it was too expensive and they're fiiiiiine"....more

Why Having In-Laws is So Hard

Let me start by saying that I probably have the best in-laws in existence. And that's not an exaggeration. They're kind, generous, supportive, forgiving, and understanding. They're always there for my family, but they're never demanding. They see me as their own daughter. But all the same, getting used to having in-laws is a strange, uncomfortable experience. ...more

Don't Let Anyone Touch My Kid!

What would you do when a caretaker, whether it's a grandparent or sitter do something that you don't agree with or makes you uncomfortable in regards to your child?  That's right, you say something!  Well, I had one of those moments with my mother in law.  My mother in law is a sweet woman.  She sees the good in everyone and everything.  She would talk to anyone and would have a conversation for hours and to her it's like she made a new best friend.  I like that she is a free spirited person grew up in the hippie era, everyone was wild and free and everybo...more

Bad Gifts From Your In-laws

   "I was married by a judge. I should have asked for a jury." Groucho Marx nailed this one. This is what crossed my mind, along with plenty of expletives, when I saw my husband standing in front of me holding the latest gift from my in-laws....more

Celebrating A Grandma (But Not Mine?)

Last night, my husband lost his maternal grandmother Viola Dopps. Her death was expected; although came too soon. Once it was revealed to her last week that cancer was taking her life, she made the decision to let go and let God. As we get ready to celebrate her life, I couldn't help but stand back and be a witness to her accomplishments. I've only known Vi for 9 years, but have grown to admire her greatly. ...more
Grandma Vi looks like she was the true heart to the family. I am very sorry for your loss and ...more

A Pregnant Christmas at My Crazy In-Laws' Pee-Smelling House

Dear Mouthy Housewives,My in-laws are tough cookies. Their house smells like pee (an assortment of pee, actually -- cat, dog, and human), and nothing is ever clean. (Think: Hoarders bad. Grey Gardens bad.) My sister-in-law throws massive-scale tantrums (have I mentioned that she's 30 and still living at home?), and she says some of the rudest things you could imagine. She called a few weeks ago to tell me that she finally got around to reading the book I bought her last year, and that she hated it. I didn't really know how to respond....more
Omgoodness coal over cat pee...I can totally sympathise for a few reasons a) We lived with my ...more

Today I am Thankful for my husbands parents

Day 25 - What I am thankful for:I am thankful for sunshine on Thanksgiving Day (actually on any day) and spending time with family. Spoiler alert! For those of you missing the sunshine you might not want to read any further, my husband and I just returned from Myrtle Beach, SC where the sun was shining and the air temperature hovered around 65 plus decrees....more

The Real Truth about Meeting the Parents

There have been movies about about it: "Father of the Bride", "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" and most recently (and probably the most popular) "Meet the Parents." We laugh when viewing these movies and think of them as merely entertainment. I am here to tell you that there is a lot of truth to the old saying, "art Imitates Life" when referring to meeting the parents of your child's future spouse. ...more


My in-laws are wonderful people. I'm very lucky to have such a great extended family.  Full of heart and personality. ...more

Life at the HOUSE of JOES - or - When it Comes to In-laws, Sometimes Divorce is the Only Way Out - 15

During the year following Joey’s stent placement surgery, we scraped and saved every penny we could. Joey worked part time at a sign shop and I had a full-time job to make sure we had adequate health insurance, for obvious reasons. Although I had come to accept the fact that I was definitely the pragmatic one in the relationship, it sometimes felt as if I was the one who always had the job that offered medical benefits - benefits that Joey needed much more than I did at the time....more