So, my husband is in the middle of a two-and-a-half-week business trip to London. He left last Monday and returns a week from Wednesday, 16 days gone in all (but who's counting?) Fully in keeping with Murphy's Law, Thing One had a soccer tournament both days of this weekend in a town two hours' drive away, by far the furthest from home of the three summer tourney sites. Oh, and did I mention that it was also 95 degrees outside both days and that yesterday was my birthday? Was REALLY not looking forward to hauling all three kids two hours each way both days by myself, as you might imagine.
Anyway, into the breach stepped my amazing in-laws. They live about an hour from us and the tourney site is another hour past them. They invited us to stay with them for the weekend. The original plan was that I was going to bring the kids down to their house Saturday morning, leave the younger two with them and then take Thing One to his two games, which would get us back to their house around 9:30PM but at least would not require anyone other than me to suffer through the stifling heat with Thing One. So, that morning I loaded up the car with dog and dog food and dog crate and air mattress and soccer bags and snacks and sunblock and hats and water jugs and clothes for the four of us and all the other necessary crap and got us all to my in-laws' house, where my FIL promptly informed me that he intended to take Thing One to that day's games himself since he couldn't make today's game. Then my MIL took the two younger ones to the park, which very unexpectedly (but blessedly) left me with two free hours in the afternoon, which I of course spent geocaching in peace because I could, and hey, happy birthday to me. :)
We stayed at their house overnight (I should also point out that my FIL, who does all the household laundry there, washed Thing One's soccer uniform for him that night!), and then today my MIL and I brought all three kids to the tourney since there was only one game and I like it when the kids cheer for each other. Can I tell you how awesome it was to have another adult there to help with hauling all the stuff around and keeping the younger kids entertained? It was 95 degrees in the shade (thankfully there were trees near the field) and apparently the real-feel temp was 114 in the sun according to some weather app but the kids all survived and Thing One played a good game even though he was hot and miserable. I was very proud of him for trying so hard under such tough conditions. We got them all frozen drinks on the way home, tossed everyone into cool showers and then my in-laws took us all out for dinner to celebrate my birthday before we loaded up the car again to head back home.
Could have been a really horrendous weekend, but they saved it. Pretty sure I used those exact words while thanking them (profusely!) when we left. They are good people through and through and I am one really fortunate daughter-in-law!