My husband is out of town playing driver for my brother as you may recall he got a dwi. His wife and son and my other nephew (little sisters son) are all living with me including their dog (Lab) He is a big baby and so clumsy poor guy. He knocks stuff down with his tail and both my dogs close their eyes just waiting to get smacked in the face. Anyway, that is all fine -just small ups and downs--did not realize how much I had become accustomed to it being just me and husband. So got that going on--easy child bio daughters car broke down again so she took the family van off the college--she was NOT happy (maybe now she will appreciate her car and stop driving it into the ground) don't know when we will have the money to fix it- she might be using her bike a lot this coming semester. Well the thing that is kinda bugging me is that I am not going to be able to put up my Christmas town-first time in 15 years. I was not going to put it up the one year that my kids were being jerks but went to work and when I got home THEY had put it up. I told easy child that I wasn't going to be able to and she asked why so I told her that since dad is gone I do not have any help. She turned to her boyfriend and said he can help he is unemployed to which he replied I have my own house to do. (He just moved) then she said -you have to teenage boys living here why cant they help to which my sister in law said they have school and acts to take. She looked at her and said yeah -so did I and I was working but it still got done. My sister in law then said that they had to work on the other house so my easy child rolled her eyes and walked off. FYI -my sister in law gives those boys jobs to do at the other house but until she yells at them or I make them go do it--all they do is sit around here and play games. I am now frustrated and don't even want their help!!!It's hard too because they know my financial situation but my sister in law talks about expensive gifts that she is getting for her kids--fine--but they will be living here all the while I can not afford anything for my kids. easy child will be the only one home again this year and is getting her boots re heeled for school, paying her phone bill, insurance and her car registration. That is it!! My sister in law knows that every year I give my kids stuff in their stocking for 12 days before Christmas but this year I can't and she commented that she is going to have to buy her family new stockings to do that since theirs are all packed. I love them to death and offered my home while they get the house ready but I feel kinda cheated since the one thing that I was looking forward to(putting up my town) I will not be able to do.