Yesterday I was able to skip out on my MIL's birthday dinner. C and I struck up a deal where I could have the afternoon and evening to myself while he took the three kids. Then on this coming up Sunday, Super Bowl, I would take all three kids and give him a free afternoon and evening to watch the game with his dad.
This was the perfect arrangement for both of us. Although we still keep in contact by phone, only unlocked phones for this family, having time to yourself and being able to decide how to spend it is so freeing.
Luckily for me, my sister and mom and I had already been planning a Super Bowl party for my side of the family anyway. I'll have a lot of extra hands to help with my 3 rugrats while I gorge myself on party food.