I do have my MIL, and the day after my husband's injury when we were going to doctors and surgery and stuff she stayed with my kids all day. But then she criticized the way my daughter holds a pencil, and my son still skip counts, and my youngest isn't potty trained yet. Blah, blah, blah. She did apologize and has offered to help more...
I would love to hire someone, but I also desperately want to get out of debt. The injury has set us back $7,000, but thankfully now insurance will kick in on any future claims. Ugh.
I just hate complaining. I barely typed this all out here. But it's safe and anonymous
The plan though once we're debt free is to hire a tutor and a house cleaner.
And haha, funny you mentioned the squirrely family, we had another fight yesterday, but this time over taking family pictures this summer. A certain sister thinks that hiring a professional and setting aside a 3 hour window (for an extended family of 20) is ridiculous and that we should just sit on the sofa like we've done in the past, she sees no point in anything more than that. Ugh. I'm just about done with my family, but yay they come in town in a month and will be staying for free in the Air apartment. This is the last time.
And biggest perk of a stick: they're cheap used because no one wants them. We tend to drive cars into the ground so we don't care about the resale. I honestly would love a minivan with a stick, but then my husband couldn't drive at all. We've been needing that Uber income!