New Year, New Year for Letters

So this letter dated January 17, 1998 started with comments about the IRS. Keith thought he would claim the kids because she never let him claim even ONE of them. Well, in 1996 he did and in January 1998 she brought it up. She told him that since he doesn’t pay 1/2 of what it costs to raise kids, and since the kids live with her full time she will not agree to him claiming one child. She said that they claim themselves and two kids and with the birth of your new baby this year you too claim yourselves and your two children. She wanted him to correct his error with the IRS “before this matter gets out of hand.” LOL

Under the title, “Gifts and Thank You’s:” she wrote that their kids “are old enough to choose by themselves whether to purchase gifts or cards for their family members. They are not children under the age of four anymore. If they want to purchase a card of gift for someone they either ask to go to the store or if I will pick something up for them or they make it themselves. I received a box and two cards one of which was from you on my birthday. This gift and card was not purchased by (the kids). Thank you for the gesture but it does seem appropriate for the situation. I do not feel bad if the kids don’t buy anything. The kids felt kinda weird about Pat buying their mom her birthday gift. The kids send thank you notes to people who they do not get a chance to thank in person.” She returned the gifts and cards that the kids had even signed. Keith was upset about that. We had asked the kids prior if it was ok with them we bought the gifts for them to send to her and they had no problem with it. After the gifts were sent back, Keith asked them if they were mad or upset and they said no but that their mom was mad we did this.

Under the title” Winter vacation and 1998 visits;” she wrote: ” The kids were asked by you while visiting at the holidays if their during the next year they would like to visit for five to six weeks during the summer. They do not want to spend longer than three to four weeks in Los Angeles, and they would like to spend most of that time with you not at home with Pat. They do not want to hurt your feelings and I asked them to tell you themselves. But they ask if I would just mention it too.”

Funny, when Keith asked the kids about spending 5-6 weeks at summer, they told him yes, it would be fun.

She also mentioned “Holidays, some other possibilities are Memorial Day, Labor Day and Thanksgiving Day” however on 2/10/1996 she said Thanksgiving was “not a realistic or economical possibility. They usually get out early on the Wednesday before and only have 4 days off. It would be too much for 2 days visit. I am unable to get them to an airport on any day except Saturday or Sunday due to the nearest major airport is a 3hour drive one way. We usually have snow conditions at that time of year and it would be a dangerous as well.”

Keith didn’t agree to ANY visitation she proposed.

She told him that she received his notice about the medical status not being set up as of yet and to please let her know as soon as possible when they kids are covered under his insurance.

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