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Quick re-cap: The girls winter break schedules are slightly different this year, complicating the interpretation of the decree of sharing the time by halves. Further complicating matters is that Christmas falls on a mom week end, which the Ex vehemently objected to.
Summary of compromise: With the help of our coparenting counselor (and not my first wish) I offered to switch the week end so he could have Christmas Eve day and Christmas day (each parent has time on Christmas day) and girls would be with me for New Year’s week end. I did ask for a couple days before Christmas, because the week end preceding Christmas is a dad week end, DD2’s break starts that Monday, and I knew the girls wanted to get some Santa cookie-baking with their BFFs plus holiday sleepover in. I offered this at the end of October, and the Ex managed to drag it out through last week. (Original conversation of winter break started end of September/beginning of October).
The Process: The Tuesday before Thanksgiving, he sent one last email—that while he had “a problem” the dates because it “gives” me “days leading up to Christmas,” he “didn’t want to drag it out,” but also “wanted to confirm the dates before agreeing.” I sent a positive, thanks for considering this response, yes these are the dates, I understand the difficulty as this wasn’t my first choice either. And then I never heard from him—actually, technically still haven’t heard from him.
I called the coparenting counselor, but couldn’t get a hold of her, because as it turns out she was traveling for the Thanksgiving holiday. So, I sent one more check-in email over the Thanksgiving week end. Tuesday after Thanksgiving, I still haven’t heard, so I do the, “if you have no further objections, I’ll proceed with the plan as guided by coparenting counselor” email. I hear nothing back, no objection mentioned.
So…then, I’m stuck, do I go ahead and schedule work vacation/staff vacations? Do I invite the girls’ BFFs over, do I really have the days? Or is he planning something (which isn’t far from reality considering our lives past.)
(This is where I’d really like some antiEXiety medication. !!!)
I put in another call to the coparenting counselor and finally forward the email conversation/compromise to my attorney. The next morning (this is now last Thursday), I finally hear back from the coparenting counselor, who tells me to send one more email, ie If I don’t hear back from you by 5pm, I’ll understand you’re okay with it. So I do that. Then, I hear back from the attorney who says, go ahead and plan, you gave him ample notice, it’s fine, it’s done, just confirm with him later. (and I think, poop! I already sent the 5pm email and didn’t have to!). However, I still don’t hear back from him by 5pm, so I figure now that I’ve got confirmation from the attorney and went with the coparenting counselor’s guidance, I’m good to go. So at 6pm on Thursday, a good three months since we first started talking about Winter timesharing, it was finally done.
Good grief! I’m semi-laughing at the absurdity of this! Mostly just tired. And in the words of my friend who has an ex with challenges similar to this—he’s just being a big ole obstructive poophead jerk.
However on the brighter side of life—I really am grateful that our house is decorated with Christmas –the girls helped me decorate the tree, the lights are up in the carport. And bonus, DD1’s girl scout troop submitted their holiday wreath to the County Christmas contest, and they won the Judge’s Award, yippee!! We’re taking the girls down to see it on Saturday. Both girls marched in our little town’s Christmas parade, and they already wrote their letters to santa, swoon. I’m hoping to squeeze in a Santa visit at some point, lol.
I absolutely do love this time of year! And while I’m sad the girls won’t be waking up in our house on Christmas morning to check their stockings, they will be spending time with us, and now that we have extended time over New Year’s, their step-grandma is coming to visit and stay with us. So fun times!!
So there’s love and goodness in the world that I can be thankful for.