drinking was your choice, not keeping the kids quet while you all nurse a hang over is mine!
DH and i have 3 kids, ranging in age from 16 months to 6 years. children are not quiet by nature, thats pretty much a given. babies will cry, kids get bored and will start to run around the house if you dont give them something to do. yet those facts are always forgotten when we visit DH's family, i understand that they have a way of living and as guests in there home we just have to deal. but EVERYTIME we visit i feel like they are treating me like a babysitter, not just for the children but the adults as well. DH's family likes to drink and have a good time playing cards long into the night and early morning. i dont drink except on rare occations and i never cared for cards. so instead i am left to mind after the kids, which often includes BIL's and friends who stop by to join in the drinking. its normally 5 or 6 kids by the end of things that im trying to manage. while the group is talking loadly, i hav to somehow get the kids to go to sleep.... easier said then done.
when things finely die down and the group goes to bed its often 3 or 4 in the morning. the kids wake up at around 6 or seven and once one is a wake its really hard to keep the others quiet. so its not long before they are running around the house. if i try to keep the baby in the bedroom i get bitched out by DH because he wants to sleep, if i turn on the TV so the kids will have something to keep them busy. i get bitched out by who ever is sleeping in the livingroom or is close enougt to hear it. the same goes for everywhere else in the house, because EVERYONE is hung over! im sick of it and im sick of being stuck as the babysitter.
this is hardly a one time thing, in fact its very common for them to get together and drink 2 or 3 times during our 2 week visit. so this time i decided that enough was enough, im tied of getting yelled at. when the baby woke up i left him in his travel pin after he had been changed and feed. knowing fully well that he would wake up DH, then i stuck the other children in front of the TV an turned it on load enough for the whole house to hear. its a double wide trailer, so that wasnt hard. it wasnt long before people started to wake up. im sorry but its noon and i can not keep the kids quiet while you nurse those hang overs!!! i have put up with 6 years of this and i have had enough. this is my vacation too and this is what i have to put up with ever time, i told DH that if he wants to drink with his friends and family then fine. he can pay for a hotel room for the kids and i so we are not bothering them. this is the last time i am getting bitched out and yelled at because they choose to drink!!