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MiL has booked a holiday

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Bails2014 Thu 07-Jul-16 12:27:47

MiL has rented a house in Cornwall for the week and family are coming and going as they like, we're going down for a few days.

The holiday starts tomorrow, today she has sent 'details', directions and yes she has rented a cot and highchair.

AIBU to want a little more bloody information? Dogs are coming, we have an 18 month old, are there stairs, is she taking food, I hate disorganisation, I like to plan, I have a bloody toddler I can't just chuck clean pants in a bag and be happy, I don't want a detailed itinerary but I'd like some bloody idea of what is happening.

Annoyingly I cannot find a website for the cottage by googling the address so I can't even work it out for myself. Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.

WorraLiberty Thu 07-Jul-16 12:30:41

Just ask her then.

Oh, and try to sound at least a tad grateful...

NeedACleverNN Thu 07-Jul-16 12:31:48

Like worra said

Why can't you call her and ask her these things in a nice, grateful way.

MadHattersWineParty Thu 07-Jul-16 12:32:23

That was nice of her.

Can't you ask her about the other stuff? Politely.

ApocalypseSlough Thu 07-Jul-16 12:33:34

What would you take if there are stairs? Crampons? confused
Assuming you're driving take everything. Wellies, swim clothes, sun cream, special milk if needed...
If you're feeling organised take some food that can come home again with you if not needed.

mouldycheesefan Thu 07-Jul-16 12:33:41

How kind of her, what a lovely mil you have.

TheFairyCaravan Thu 07-Jul-16 12:33:45

It doesn't matter what some MILs do, they will always be in the bloody wrong!

Just ask her, politely, ffs!

summeriscoming Thu 07-Jul-16 12:33:57

What a nice thing to do.
You don't sound very grateful though.

KateLivesInEngland Thu 07-Jul-16 12:34:21

Erm.... Ditto, ditto, ditto! Just bloody ask.

MovingOnUpMovingOnOut Thu 07-Jul-16 12:34:25

Is your phone broken? Just ring her!

Presumably there are still shops in Cornwall if you need to buy food?

Bastard mil giving you a free holiday and not providing a full itinary angrywink

HarpyFishwifeTwat Thu 07-Jul-16 12:34:31

You're getting a free holiday and you're still complaining because you're having to make a friendly phone call to your generous MIL just to get some details. It's a parallel universe on here at times.

skivvywoman Thu 07-Jul-16 12:35:44

Wish my MIL would do something like that for us she wouldn't give us a smell of her shit!!!

I agree with the rest at least try and sound a bit grateful

SantasLittleMonkeyButler Thu 07-Jul-16 12:35:55

If it were me, I would reply and ask her those questions.

"Do you know if there are stairs in the cottage? I could do with knowing whether we should bring a stairgate for DS." (as an aside "cottage" suggests something with an upstairs & downstairs to me.)

With regards to food - I would take a day's worth with you. Especially for DS. Within the first 24 hours you will be able to find a Spar type shop, if not a supermarket, to buy more if need be. Much better than having to go out foraging for food the moment you arrive.

If there is anything else you need to know the politely ask. It's your holiday too - why shouldn't you know what it involves?

JE678 Thu 07-Jul-16 12:36:06

Well, aren't you a peach? It's a free holiday, be grateful and just ask her the questions you need answers to.

Psycobabble Thu 07-Jul-16 12:36:58

Jeeeez I don't understand other people sometimes

What a nice thing to do id love that ! Sometimes the best times are the ones you don't plan to every little detail

Pack what you would expect to pack for a short break in the uk in summer . Dive in the car and off you go. Enjoy yourselfs . What else is there to know ?!

IamaBluebird Thu 07-Jul-16 12:37:02

I mean this in a nice way Op. You sound way too cross about what to take to look after a child in a cottage. Just call your mil and have a lovely time in Cornwall.

WordGetsAround Thu 07-Jul-16 12:37:25

She's drawn the short straw with you, hasn't she?

Ask her anything you MUST know and chill out a bit with everything else.

OopsThereGoMyTrousers Thu 07-Jul-16 12:37:40

The holiday starts tomorrow, and she's sent you details.
So did you honestly not know that this holiday was happening until today?

Nice that she's organised a Highchair and cot.
The word you're looking for is "thanks"

RaptorInaPorkPieHat Thu 07-Jul-16 12:38:49

Live a little wink pack what you need, take extra food (or possibly visit Cornish supermarkets)

When we used to go on holiday with extended family it involved at least a fortnight of fielding phone calls detailing who was bringing what, and timetabling every bloody minute of the day.

By the time the holiday was over, I needed another holiday grin YABU

AyeAmarok Thu 07-Jul-16 12:39:19


Poor MIL.

mogloveseggs Thu 07-Jul-16 12:39:49

I understand where you're coming from (I'm a planner) but sometimes you can't plan for every eventuality. I'd send a message asking if she knows of any local takeaways (cottage owners might have sent some info on the area) and have one first night. Then you can do a food shop the second day. But take dog food and milk and something for your lo with you then there's something all ready when you get there. As long as you pack for every season (the joys of British summers) you'll be fine
And have a lovely holiday I love Cornwall smile

WorraLiberty Thu 07-Jul-16 12:39:58

The OP sounds quite wound up at her MIL's kindness.

Perhaps she needs a holiday?

RunRabbitRunRabbit Thu 07-Jul-16 12:40:04

She's your DH's mum. Get him to phone her and discuss the options. It's weird that you haven't been chatting about it for ages.

Maybe she's pissed off that everyone else has left her to do all the organising without even phoning and asking what needs doing/organising.

MovingOnUpMovingOnOut Thu 07-Jul-16 12:40:22

I've checked. There are several shops in Cornwall. You'll be fine!

Have a lovely time smile

Psycobabble Thu 07-Jul-16 12:40:39

I'm glad most people seem to have had the same response on here because I do know people who would complain about this type of thing in real life to me and I just sit there thinking There fkin nuts and just nodding in the right places

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