We showed up around 5:42, and the first thing out of the mouth of Corb's sister-in law was, "Nice of you to show up on time."
It really hadn't been our fault. Ashley had forgotten to pack her bathing suit and towels, which forced us to turn around halfway, and we had called to let everyone know, but leave it to Tina to start things out negatively. My Irish temper got the best of me, and I started to snap back, but Corb was up to the fight, and I decided that it was best not to get on Tina's bad side, and just walk away.
I passed Corb's Mom on the the other end of the deck. "How's it going?" she asked.
"Tina's already pissed me off in just five minutes," I said.
"You're not the only one that's happened to today," she replied.
See, that's the difference between yesterday and today: my family, while not hostile, have been slow to warm up to the idea of my involvement with Corb, Corb's family (even Tina) have been incredibly welcoming, and have made me feel a part of the family (along with my kids) since the start.
(I have to say, though, to her credit, my mom went out of her way yesterday, and greeted Corb at the beachhouse with a kiss on the cheek, and maintained small talk the entire day. I give her a lot of credit for that. And also, it can't be easy for them to make this transition, since they love Josie so much, and will always consider her a part of the family, which she will always be. But even so. Dad, look up from your beer every once in a while, and stop mumbling, okay?)
But basically, Tina just wanted to launch an opening salvo. After that, everything went quite smoothly, and she was incredibly pleasant. The kids had a blast in the pool and Tiger gets along quite well with Corb's nephew, Andrew, since they speak the same language: video games.
No fireworks tonight, though. We thought we heard some, right outside Diana's house, and so we all rushed outside to see what was going on. But it was just one short opening salvo, as though they had been launched by a certain sister-in-law. Then, disappointed, we moved back into the house, where we started to say our goodbyes. The kids were showered with kisses and "I love yous" by Corb's mother and grandmother. I think that Tiger finds that slightly confusing, but Ashley just eats it up.