When the kids come back, it should be great - I'm taking the next week off so I get over a week of uninterrupted time with them. I might go visiting some friends and family over the holidays, but not much, most of the time I can just stay home and catch up on all of the time I've missed with them due to the craziness everywhere else in my life. Yay. :)
* - To put it simply: she never bothers to pick them up. If we don't bring them to her, and bring them back, they don't see her. There's been one time that she's come to pick them up in the past few months, and that was for Thanksgiving, when she got them for something like 4 days straight. This disgusts and appalls me but I'm not going to get into all of that here.