Linda I've heard ruffles are so in right now, I've seen them a lot. I hope you find a nice dress. I went to wine country years ago, it is very pretty. I loved all the rose bushes at the various wineries.
Lori, was it your MIL who took the girls for you for a week recently, or was that your mom?
I haven't figured out yet what to say to relatives of my own about certain issues, so I'm not going to be much help here.