There is always drama with my MIL too. Fortunately we don't need her to house sit, bc she wouldn't do it anyways. We have a regular house sitter we use (though she is busy the last two nights of our trip...oops). I need to add this trip to my PTR as well. I have 5 days of school with kids, then 2 without, left. Then I will have a lot more time on my hands, thank goodness. My DH has not seen this and loves American History so this is a must for us. We've never been able to make it work before though. An absolute necessity! Pretty much same experience. Though I guess it will be a new version when we go in June. I still think we are skipping it.