NICOLA Bulley's kids have begged for their mum to come home safely after the dog walker vanished, with her parents revealing she'd booked a spa.
Nicola has been missing from her home in Lancashire since Friday morning when she was last seen walking her dog along the River Wyre.
Heartbroken dad Ernest has revealed he is struggling to "hold it together" for the sake of his family as the search enters its seventh day.
And he broke down when talking about how his distraught young granddaughters have asked questions about their mother's whereabouts.
Ernest told the Mirror: "When I look at the kids, I have to go out of the room because I can't hold it together"
"They are asking where Mummy is and, when is Mummy coming home? It's so hard."
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The family say the girls – who are six and nine – were "sobbing their hearts out" when their dad, Paul Ansell, tried to explain to them that "Mummy is lost".
And they say Nicola was making plans for the future with her family including booking a spa.
Nicola and her younger sister, Louise, were speaking the night before she vanished, planning a spa getaway and researching treatments they could get their mum, Dot.
Dot, 72, said: "Louise had just booked Ribby Hall because they both had spa vouchers, she had just sent Nicola the night before the treatments.
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"Louise booked it on Friday morning and sent it to Nicola but she never got back to her. They are very close."
Nicola, who "lived for her children", had also bought tickets to watch them perform at choir and gymnastics shows in recent weeks.
Ernest and Nicola's extended family have all questioned whether she was taken from the riverbank, given there were "no signs" that she'd slipped or fallen into the water.
While Ernest and Dot said their daughter's disappearance is out of character.
Asked about their daughter's state of mind in recent days, the couple said there had been absolutely nothing out of the ordinary.
She had no health problems that they knew of and was enjoying her job.
The family have vowed to never give up their search.
Ernest said: "We will never stop looking.
"We just dread to think we will never see her again, if the worst came to the worst and she was never found, how will we deal with that for the rest of our lives?"
Nicola disappeared after dropping her kids at school on Friday morning and then taking her dog for a walk along a riverbank.
During her walk, mortgage adviser Nicola dialled into a work conference call at 9.01am but had muted the sound and camera.
A friend who runs a local caravan park raised the alarm when they spotted the family’s brown springer spaniel Willow running free.
The pet was near to a bench under a tree, which has a sign warning of deep water nailed to it.
The friend contacted the school and staff called engineer Paul, who dialled 999. Cops arrived at the scene around 10.30am and found Nicola’s mobile phone on the bench with her work call still active, along with Willow’s leash.
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The dog was not wet, ruling out any suggestion it may have entered the River Wyre, which eventually flows out into the sea near Fleetwood 13 miles away.
A major search involving drones, sniffer dogs, specialist divers, and a police helicopter has been unable to turn up any more clues.
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