How well do you know your SIL and BIL's?

Discussion in 'Community Board' started by littlered, Nov 25, 2012.

  1. littlered

    littlered Mouseketeer

    Mar 6, 2005
    I just realized this Thanksgiving I have been with my DH for 12 years, married for 7 and honestly I barley know his 2 sisters. I can tell you a bit about each of them but I don't think I have ever gone out to lunch alone with them or shopped alone with them. They do live in different states, but any messages are always relayed by DH. I could tell you a little about my SIL's husband, like 2 things and they have been married 8 years.

    Is this unusual? Am I mean/horrible? To be honest, neither party seems all that interested in getting to know the other..
  2. marmalade

    marmalade DIS Veteran

    Apr 20, 2010
    One of my SIL's is my best friend, we were friends before my DH and I got together though. I work with another one of my SIL so we are very close as well. I am also very close with my DH's other sister. He has 3 sisters and I have a great relationship with all of them. I also have a great relationship with all my BIL's (sil's husbands).

    My DH actually feels a little put-out when his sisters call the house to speak to me and not him.
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  4. Gumbo4x4

    Gumbo4x4 Note to the ladies who forgot to

    Jan 19, 2012
    I only have 1 sister & DW is an only child, so just the 1 BIL for me. I definitely spend more time with him than with my sister. My wife is at least as close to my sister as I am :)
  5. Chelley00

    Chelley00 DIS Veteran

    Aug 21, 2005
    My SIL (brother's wife) is 900+ miles away from me, but we usually see them once a year. We just got back from spending a few days at Disney with them. We aren't super close "tell each other all our secrets" or anything but we talk on the phone and text or facebook message here and there so we aren't total strangers.

    My BIL (DH's brother) lives in our neighborhood and is always around so I can know way more about him than I really want to. :sad2:
  6. disney4us2002

    disney4us2002 Tagless by choice!!

    Jun 16, 2001
    We are basically the same way and ours don't live in other states, lol. First my dh and his brother are about as opposite as two people can be and second, we married pretty young (22 and 23) and started having kids by 26 whereas his brother & wife got married at 30 and waited 7 yrs to have their first. While our sons are 23, 19, and 16, their daughters are only 5 & 8 so we have little in common even in the parenting scheme of things. We probably see each other once or twice a year. Initially I had hoped I would be close to my sil since I lost my mom and have no sisters but we just have different beliefs as far as religion, family, politics, money, etc.

    My friends that have lots of family and are together a lot seem to complain about all the drama anyway so perhaps we're better off!
  7. zurgswife

    zurgswife WDW is my Shangrala...and I'm is bett

    Jan 9, 2000
    Nope. But then my sister and I live a number of states away from each other and never see each other except for family emergencies or tragedies. Not that we don't get along we just each have very busy lives.
  8. PigletsPal2

    PigletsPal2 Queen of the Realm

    Jun 20, 2008
    I know one SIL pretty well as we were friends before DH and I were a couple. I know her DH as well as either of us cares to know the other. We're as different as oil and water. He thinks I'm a knee-jerk liberal and I think he's to the right of Atilla the Hun. We're civil but we'll never be friends.

    Queen Colleen
  9. Disney  Doll

    Disney Doll DIS Security Matron

    Nov 5, 2000
    DH has 3 sisters, each with husbands. His favorite sister & husband are very close to us. We spend a lot of time together, travel together etc.

    She has a twin who is crazy, so we spend as little time with her as possible....pretty easy since she lives 1500 miles away. Her husband is...sort of just there. Not a nasty guy but no ball of fire. Not the life of the party. I think he is basically just betaen down by his wife's nastiness & Craziness.

    DH's 3rd sister & her husband are OK....kind of whacky but tolerable in short doses. They also live 1500 miles away, so we see them in short doses.

    I have one brother. He's OK. Kind of rough around the edges and can be a bit abrupt, but has a good heart. He & DH get along fine. We like his wife. About the only thing I wish about them is that they'd be a little more "proactive" with my elderly parents rather than "reactive". If my parents need anything and we or they call my brother, he is there in a flash. But he doesn't really initiate calls with them. He will stop in occasionally. But they are in their 80's now, so it would be nice for them to pop in occasiooannly just because and just to eyeball the parentals to make sure I'm not missing something. I see my parents at least once a wek and speak to them pretty much daily just to check in and make sure they're OK.
  10. Mel522

    Mel522 DIS Veteran

    Feb 3, 2012
    My SIL and I are friends. We like the same kinds of movies, books, and both love puzzles. We often go to movies together (planning on seeing Twilight once she is confident that my 4 month old niece will be ok without Mommy for 2 hours.) We talk books and exchange them on the rare occasion that we both don't already own the books. We are not best friends or anything, be get along great and like hanging out with each other.

    I think your relationship with you in-laws really depends on if you have things in common. You should be nice and friendly to them, but you are not required to be friends with them. If it works out that you enjoy spending time alone with them, then that's great. If not, then that's fine too.
  11. *JoGo*

    *JoGo* DIS Veteran

    Sep 21, 2006
    My dh has a half sister and we know her and her dh very well. We go through cycles of seeing them a lot then hardly ever. Dh feels she takes advantage of my niceness and the easiest way to disentangle ourselves is to just stay away.

    His stepsister and her dh we do not know at all. We see them maybe twice a year. Growing up, he actually lived more years in the same house as her than he did his other sister. But we are totally different from them and no one tries to get to know the other better.

    My dh doesn't know my brother's wife very well. But I really don't either. She's from a different state and moved here with my brother a few years ago. She is very quiet while the rest of us (dh, me, my brother) are loud. I try very hard to do things with her and introduce her to my friends. She just seems very content to be alone. We do things together, just aren't as close as I thought we would be.
  12. disykat

    disykat DIS Veteran

    Jun 5, 2000
    We live in different states so we don't know each other very well. We have a good time when we're together though. The one I know the least is my brother's wife, but they live the farthest away and we are very different. They're moving closer soon and I'm excited to be getting to know her better and confident we'll get along fine, but also know that we probably won't ever be super close friends and that's okay.
  13. luvmy3

    luvmy3 <font color=green>When I drink I find its easier t

    Feb 24, 2008
    Mine too. I'm close to my SILs, but we don't go out often since we don't all live in the same area. If we did we'd probably go out together often.
  14. Pakey

    Pakey DIS Veteran

    Aug 29, 2007
    Been married 30 years. I have 2 brothers, both married that long also. My husband has two brothers and a sister, all married longer than 30 years.

    They all live within 30 minutes of us. Neither of us are close to our families so we hardly know them. I don't even have the phone numbers of any of my husband's family and I couldn't find their houses. I see my brothers and their families twice a year.
  15. HelenePA

    HelenePA <font color=red>I could use a cupcake now<br><font

    Aug 2, 2006
    I spend more time with my soon to be sil than my brother... she's much nicer :) I take her everywhere with me. My brother is kinda jealous of this. Last time I took her to a concert she said he had tears in his eyes because I didn't ask him to go instead... lol now my dh's sister? yeah haven't seen her in almost 5 years and dont plan on seeing her anytime soon (if I can help it)
  16. 5 at disney

    5 at disney Mouseketeer

    Feb 3, 2007
    I have been married 20 years and I know enough about my SIL's to know I do NOT want to get to know them better. Both are full of drama and are nosey. We moved a state away and one of the reasons was to get away from them.
  17. Kae

    Kae DIS Veteran

    Oct 21, 2002
    My oldest sister got married young(16) she has been married 34 years. I was 12 when they got married. My little sisters husband I used to cut his hair before he dated my sister & we work together. We spent Thanksgiving with both my BIL's families. I could tell either one of them anything. DH's brother was one on my Best Friends until he married the wicked witch of the east, I can't stand her & now he drives me crazy.

  18. maelstrom

    maelstrom DIS Veteran

    Apr 8, 2006
    My SIL is one of my best friends... in fact, so is my MIL. I married into a great family. :)
  19. pigletgirl

    pigletgirl Mama to my Minnie Mouse lovin' girl!

    Jun 11, 2006
    DH has 3 younger brothers. The youngest is 18. They are all fine. The one that is closest to him (in age, just turned 23) is newly engaged to this girl who is a PITA. She wants to be married NOW because she wants to be pregnant (BAD)... I am not sure even why he's chosen to marry her, but we're staying far, far away.
  20. JaneBanks

    JaneBanks Lime Cordial, delicious!

    Jun 8, 2010
    My husband is an only child so that takes him out of the running.

    I have two brothers and only one of them is in a relationship and lives in Florida. His fiance forced, in a very loving way, herself on me. :rotfl: She is a very friendly, outgoing person and I am very shy and introverted. I tend to be hard to crack with new friendships. If it weren't for her, we'd still be like strangers probably. They come and stay with us for a week every year and we talk on facebook and the phone all the time. :goodvibes
  21. mrsstats

    mrsstats <font color=blue>Sure sister's cat is as big as a

    Jan 21, 2001
    My brother's wife I know very well. She has been part of my family since I was 15. We shared a bedroom when she 1st married my brother and he was in the service. Now we vacation together once or twice a year, we all bowl together every week. We have dinner most Saturdays.

    On my husband's side, not so much.

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