We've finally made it back home after enjoying a week in Zion, or should I say Deseret, or should I say Utah. It really wasn't a bad visit. My husband's mother acted strangely the whole time, but his grandparents are amazing caring people, whose only hangup is that they talk about church all the time (but what can you do, they are old after all).
My mother in law doesn't really like me all that much, because I am a bad influence on her son (of course), and not the molly Mormon she would like me to be. But that's OK, because Marcus's grandfather is always praising me and my accomplishments in my school and career (and he has every since before we were married).
1. Quick Preface: My mother in law doesn't like the fact that I work and my husband works from home and takes care of our daughter while I'm gone. She asked him, "So are you just going to let Hypatia work then? That's not what I wanted for you."
2. I heard my mother-in-law crying almost every night in the bathroom.
3. I had to walk on eggshells everytime church came up in conversation because my husband's grandparents don't know but his parents do and so we had to walk the fine line of being vague and not addressing church related questions asked of us directly.
4. My mother in law suggested that my husband should be afraid of me leaving him because we are no longer church goers.
5. Our daughter busted her face on a hide-a-bed in the middle of the night on Christmas Eve, so all of her Christmas pictures have a black eye and fat lip.
6. Santa came to visit our daughter, and in an attempt to get her to sit on his lap, I was asked to sit on his lap first as an example. (i.e. Weird)
7. My daughter got a bad cold and got sick a lot.
1. Santa came to visit our daughter, and she was surprisingly social with him.
2. My daughter was a beacon of sweetness and adorableness. My husband's grandparents commented all the time on how wonderful she is. And my husband's parents have a hard time denying that maybe she's not having a horrible upbringing with us as parents.
3. My daughter played in the snow.
4. I was able to enjoy the company of my husband's grandparents. When we lived in Utah we visited them all the time. I love being around them and I miss them already.
5. Because my daughter was sick, I didn't have to go to church on Sunday. Oh yeah!
6. Marcus and I found some interesting literature in the library of my grandfather-in-law (former stake president, bishop x2, stake president, regional representative). It included the following books and titles:
- Origins of Power by Michael Quinn
- Birth of Satan by T. J. Wray
- God's Problem by Bart Ehrman
- Jesus, Interrupted by Bart Ehrman
- The End of Faith by Sam Harris
So that is a very, very, very brief summary of our Christmas break. I'm sure Marcus will write more about it.
I am so glad to be home now.