Note: Please bear in mind that whilst this topic does canvass opinions, it is not a fight club. You may disagree with other posters but we do ask you please to stick to our Talk Guidelines and to be civil. We don't allow personal attacks or troll-hunting. Do please report any. Thanks, MNHQ.

To not want MIL to invite herself along to our trip

(106 Posts)
EndoplasmicReticulum Tue 05-Feb-13 22:41:34

I probably am.

We're going to London for boy's birthday treat at half term. Booked two nights, so we're there for one whole day plus two half days.

Planning on doing museums, mostly - boy is 8, never been to London before, and is very keen to go to Natural History and Science.

MIL has decided she's going to come and meet us while we are there (she lives a couple of hours away in the other direction from us). I think she means just for a day. I'm hoping so, anyway.

I am not keen, although I like MIL and we generally get on well she is a "faffer". I have a plan for our brief time in London, and that doesn't include hanging around waiting for her at stations or dithering about in cafes.

I'd never presume to invite myself along to someone else's holiday.

I can't say no though, can I.

(just for the record I'd be equally irritated if my own mother decided to do the same thing).

DontmindifIdo Fri 08-Feb-13 09:53:29

Where does your DH fit on the spectrum of 'laid back vs planning' - is he closer to you?

EndoplasmicReticulum Fri 08-Feb-13 18:45:34

Don't mind - he's nearer to me, probably because I've had 21 years to train him.

EndoplasmicReticulum Thu 14-Feb-13 19:00:50

Update - it's now MIL, nephew, and BIL (cousin's dad) coming. They are coming on our one full day, arriving at about 11 apparently. Husband has said "great, phone us when you get to London and we'll tell you where we are".

Actually, with more of them coming that will be better because they can just go and do their own thing and we don't need to deviate from The Plan. And husband has said he's not going to let her suggest spending hours finding a restaurant for lunch (our plan was to have a quick sandwich, and we're sticking to it!).

PerditaXDream Thu 14-Feb-13 20:17:45

You can do the sandwich thing in the museums - when we went to the Science Museum in October last year, we spent nearly the whole day in the museum and just had lunch in the cafe on the ground floor - DCs had lunch bags, (they choose 5 things for a set price). It was pretty reasonable for London prices and much quicker than trying to find somewhere outside.

Having said that you can go prepared with your own sandwich, which pre-empts the restaurant search completely!

PommePoire Thu 14-Feb-13 20:28:20

True, in addition to the ground floor cafe the NHM has a cafeteria and loos in the basement which is also a picnic area, it's used by school during the week. Science museum has similar arrangement.

sounds like it might actually work out!!

Join the discussion

Join the discussion

Registering is free, easy, and means you can join in the discussion, get discounts, win prizes and lots more.

Register now