So, my mom has been here with me and the kids ALL summer while the hubby was interning in NYC, and for the record:
SHE IS THE BEST EVER!!!!
First off, you can't talk to my mom for more than 5 minutes without realizing she's the sweetest lady on the planet. She instantly cares about everyone and is always plotting ways to help even random people she meets.
Secondly, I'm so lucky to have a mom that's so easy to get along with! She is pure pleasant company.
Thirdly, you just don't even understand what an immense difference it makes in the cleanliness and organization of a house when Mom AND Grandma are home all day. Wow! After months of chaotic "survival mode" it has been SUCH a relief to just maintain some housekeeping stability. Don't get me wrong, it's still exhausting trying to catch up with the care and feeding of four little ones, but my house has just been so nice while she has been here!
Fourth, my parents are so so so wonderful for offering the loan of my mom for FOUR MONTHS! Can you imagine putting your life on hold to go help someone on the other side of the country for so long? It's especially amazing that she stuck it out the whole time considering that fact that while her presence meant that my load was physically, socially, and emotionally lightened, her load was significantly more burdened.
And lastly, a shout out about my dad: it was about the cutest thing I've ever seen to see card after card, day after day that he sent her while she was away. My mailbox was well acquainted with love notes, newspaper clippings, cards, jokes, and general greetings for my mom nearly every day!
Thanks Mom and Dad!