Well, you guys called it
Over the weekend, we had a bday party for SGD8 at our lake house. As with the party for SGD6 in the fall, DH did all the coordinating with SS26, I bought a cake and added decorations to it, had minimal party decor and ordered in food, so it was minimal effort, which was great. BM had a party for her the day before, and SS26 made 2 posts on social media from the party with 20 photos and/or videos. I stupidly wondered if SS26 would post any pics from our party, as SS26 was actually friendly and even hugged me when he arrived and left, totally initiated by him. But nope, nothing posted by SS26 about our party, which should be no surprise by now.
Keep in mind this was the 3rd time SS has been to our lake house since we bought it 7 mos ago--once for each SGD's bday and Christmas, so all gift-giving occasions. They've been at BMs about 1/2 hour away for overnight visits several times a month. The minute SGDs arrived at the lake house, they wanted to go swimming in the lake (it was about 40 degrees lol.) and mentioned many times they couldn't wait til summer. As SS26 was leaving, he told us they'd definitely plan to visit more "once it's summer." Hmmmm. So they can only come for gift-giving occasions, unless it's "lake season."
I can't say I'm surprised by this, and I'm sure none of you are, as many of you predicted that would be the case. And I wonder when they're all on our new pontoon boat, getting pulled on the tubes, going down our water slide into the lake, using our new outdoor hot tub, playing pool and enjoying all things "lake" if SS26 will ever post pics. I'm guessing it will be like our prior vacations with them, and he'll post none of us, as though he's at a lake house with just him and his family. Just thought you all who predicted this would like to know you were right!