The kids came back and said they had an okay time, but why is dad so nice to her kids and not to us? I explained that it's not his job to discipline her kids, but it's hard for them to get used to. Apparently he's quite cuddly with her kids, so it may be more about seeing their dad having a warm relationship with other children. Must hurt. They said quite firmly to me that they don't want to go every week, so perhaps we'll revisit that in mediation and see if he'll accept bi-weekly. If they don't want to be there it won't be fun for anyone. I find it tricky to get an equliibrium going as our new 3 person family when he's popping up on a whim and taking them out this much. The more he sees his girlfriend the more he's suddenly interested in his kids. I want them to see lots of him, we just need to find something that works for all of us.
It occurred to me this morning that perhaps once I'm accepted into the union I will be paid on sick days, and get stats paid. So that would be amazing too!! Cross your fingers for me, the application goes in today.