Hi there. I'm married to an Indian man, and while we did marry in India we didn't spend more than a few weeks there. Now, his parents are coming to stay with us for a couple weeks. I'd really welcome any advice I could get, I think I do much better when I can prepare myself beforehand. I know I should relax and "go with the flow" but it's not really the kind of person I am; I find that a little extra thinking (or "worrying" as the dear husband calls it!) can go a long way. We live in a small 1 bd apartment so we got an extra mattress for us to put in the living room so that the in laws can have the bedroom and be a bit more comfortable. I'm trying to collect a few books and/or movies in their language in case they get bored, and I plan to cook a few things beforehand (I cook Indian food, even if it's all just merit of having a decent cookbook and MIL's spice podis) in case we have some last minute thing. I went and bought a few long skirts and kurtas to wear around the house instead of the more skimpy things I might usually be seen in (still not sure what to do about going to the gym, though, I usually leave the house in a tanktop and tight pants). I plan to at least get a few language lessons in to appease them, but Im rather time-constrained lately. Apart from this and making sure I light the house lamp twice a day, I have no idea what to do. And on that topic, what can I clean it with? It's silver and it gets tarnished rather often and it takes me about an hour of scrubbing to make it look ok. I have no idea what my in-laws will do at home all day every day with me while hubby works. I really need some ideas of things to plan (hopefully indoors because we have no car and they can't walk that much). And I'd appreciate any other tips of respectful things I might completely forget, even silly little things like not turning the power switch on with my toe anymore And mostly, what to expect, I think I will freak out if my MIL starts cleaning the apartment, although I expect she'll want to cook. In my mind I imagine I can help her doing the chopping and etc.? I really don't know. I think it's particularly difficult since both my MIL and FIL will be here. Btw, I got a nice shirt for FIL and ordered a sari for my MIL, my husband insisted that she'll get upset about us spending much more money than the sari is worth in India, but I persisted because well, she only wears saris and what on Earth else would I get her then. I hope she's not offended. I would like to get some flowers for them at the airport but then there's always the weird thing about giving flowers to someone who's staying in your home, since the flowers end up in your vase, it's like an auto-gift I have been insisting on getting them a copy of the house key, just in case too. Anyway, I welcome any and all comments about more things I can do. I'd like to believe I am a flexible person, but really, I need time to adjust so any scenarios, the things that didn't go well when you had your in-laws over, or possible problems or experiences will be more than welcome. Thanks!