Just for fun…things your parents do that make you go huh?

posted 2 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 16
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Helper bee

My mum hates it when us kids want to have a clear out and get rid of clothes we don’t wear or are too small. Whenever we visit, we seem to always find our clothes we had put out to donate, back in our wardrobes!!

Post # 17
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Bumble bee

My husbands mom sent me a box of used toys (in my style so to speak) and we have no children and these were not my husbands toys.  Like, did she walk through a thrift store and pick out toys that reminded her of me??

Post # 18
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

For my birthday, my dad will buy dozens of birthday cards for me. They’re all hysterical and he never writes in them, so I reuse them all the time 😂. I love it. 

My mom (and I sometimes, I have to admit) when she drinks, it’s like with each drink she takes her voice goes up one full decibel. Next thing you know she’s a bottle of wine down and you can hear her from China! We tell her she’s LITERALLY a screaming, but she never stops and just gets louder and louder. 

Post # 19
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Sugar bee

Whenever my mum comes to my house she starts cleaning things. Every. Time.

 

Post # 20
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

My dad likes Trump ☹️

It’s like a family secret I’m ashamed of saying out loud. 

Post # 22
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Helper bee

My Mother-In-Law also does the “send a giant box full of what she thinks is Hubs’ old crap” every time she sees us. But he did clear out his old room. This is literally stuff that partially isn’t even his, and partially he didn’t know existed. Like clothes from middle school. She’s sent his dad’s socks before. She likes to find things in thrift stores that are awful and send them to us. She won’t ask Hubs if something is his, she’ll just send it. I have a box of his elementary school art projects somewhere that she sent. It’s a bit hilarious, but also a bit annoying since we are currently renting, have little to no room, and are planning on buying a house within six months. 

Post # 23
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

DH’s parents always bring cereal, milk and bananas with them , even if staying a weekend.

My parents do EVERYTHING last minute – it really stresses me out. They told me they were visiting me in Australia and gave me less than a week’s notice – in that time we had to move into our new place and get furniture so they’d have somewhere to sleep! Mom ‘talks’ to birds by cawing or whistling at them. My Dad needs a spoon with his meal, even if it’s a meal like pizza, whem no spoon is needed! Table isn’t set properly with no spoon! My dad also buys anything if it’s on sale – food he will put a heap of it in the freezer. He will buy a TV even if he doesn’t need one because it’s a good sale! Haha. I love them of course.

Post # 27
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Helper bee

lula0508 :  Maybe they’re friends!! Lol! Yeah, Mother-In-Law actually looks through and asks about every single item in the boxes. “Do you want this?” “What? No?” “Okay I’m sending it to you!!!” “…….thaaaaanks.” We have no plans of having kids and she’ll send me pictures of baby things and ask if I want them. 

Thank God my parents didn’t do this. I’d go nuts, lol. My mom helped me go through things, packed up a singular tote of things that I did want someday, but don’t have the room for. Shoved the tote in a back corner of the basement, fed me pizza, and then recruited me and my aunt to help her redo the room. It was actually a fun weekend shindig. I think the only thing she’s sent me is my Christmas ornaments, because at the time we didn’t want to dig through the entire tote of Christmas stuff. Oh, and a couple books my sister had forgotten she borrowed. About the weirdest thing that I picked up from my parents is my dad’s side’s Swiss accent. 

Post # 28
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

is_a_belle :  i put all my bread in the freezer, to me it lasts longer.  Darling Husband likes it out and i usually have to throw away his bread bc it gets moldy.  but i wouldn’t go to someone’s house and move where they put stuff.

 

my mom asks why for everything.  she might ask what color the sky is.  i say blue.  she asks why?  everything is why? it is so annoying.  i can say why i do things i but i can’t answer why for most things.

Post # 29
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

lula0508 :  Almost every time we visit DHs family, his mom ends up trying to give me his sister’s old clothes.. like clothes from the 90’s and early 2000’s. They also aren’t anywhere near my size. I politely tell her no, but she likes to argue “Oh but this is so cute, you need to take it and at least try it!” Normally Darling Husband chimes in then and says “No, that’s ugly and is 15 years old. I don’t want my wife wearing that!” Haha. She also always sends us home with a bunch of veggies from her garden in the summer.. so that outweighs the clothes thing – fresh veggies from the garden are the best!

As for my parents..my dad is really into ancestry. While it may be really cool to someone in our family, he likes to show everyone our family history he’s dug up on ancestry.com. Normally someone seems interested when he first starts showing them.. but after 15 mins or so you can tell they have completely lost interest. He’s traced our family tree back to the Mayflower which is pretty impressive (and also takes a LONG time to go through)!

Post # 30
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

This thread is great!  The biggest head scratcher is how my parents decided to retire.  Last year, they decided they were done living in a cold climate and wanted to move somewhere warm and downsize.  That’s all fine and dandy.  They had my sister and I come over and go through things, they had a huge estate sale, they sold one of their cars.  They sold most of their furniture and most of their belongings because “they didn’t want to move so far with it” and “they are downsizing”.  Well, they ended up in a house that is as big, if not bigger, as the one they left so they have had to spend all this money buying all this furntiture that they had sold.  They ended up buying another car.  Now they just complain how they have to spend all their money buying things that they never should have sold in the first place!  

Also, my dad loves to do yard work and general home maintenance.  The house that they retired to is all xeriscaped though and has no yard and they have a service to do other maintenance.  He doesn’t know what to do with himself.  He took on a small landscape project for his neighbor while she was out of town (with her permission) and he sweeps the street that they live on.  Not just the sidwalk/gutters, but just sweep right down the middle of it.  He needs a hobby!

I’m glad I’m not alone in the fact that my Mother-In-Law is always trying to give us old stuff.  We just have boxes of things in the crawl space that she has given us over the years.  One of these days I will really just have to go through and get rid of it.  The problem is every once in a while it is something nice or needed but it’s hard to say yes to one item without accepting it all.  

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