Thank you everyone for your kind words yesterday. After the airport I went to Crossfit and then slept the remainder of the day. It felt nice :)
The kids made it out there ok and they called me when they landed. They both said the flight was fine and that they found DC easily. As I'm talking to DD I hear, "L stop it!". L is DC's son who is 5, and everytime DD is out there he's awful to her. Yes, I will use the term brat here because it genuinely applies. DC and SM don't discipline him and DD comes home from every visit with bite marks and bruises from him. When I've asked DC about it he just tells me to mind my own business and says DD is exaggerating. Thankfully the kids are only out there once a year, I can't imagine how bad it would be if they saw DC EOWE.
Last night DD called and was crying. She said L punched her in the face and bit her arm because she wouldn't play a game with him. I told her she needs to talk to DC about this because there's nothing I can do. She tells me, "I told him but he just yelled at me for not playing with L". While we're on the phone I get a picture message from DS of the bite marks and the bruising/swelling of DD's eye, and then a text from him asking if he can call the police. I honestly have no idea what I should have told him, but I just told him to watch out for DD and protect her if needed.
It breaks my heart when I get these calls from her. There is absolutely nothing I can do. If DC lived within driving distance I would go pick up the kids in a heartbeat and risk contempt charges. I'm glad DS is concerned and wants to protect DD, but I'm not sure calling the police or CPS would do anything here.
Can it please be August 8th now?
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