Michael was a happy guy this morning, despite having to get up early and be in the orthodontist's chair at 8 a.m. He is scheduled to get his braces off December 20th! He is very excited. I am, too. Not long after that, I will have finished paying for those metal torture devices!
[Why do you never see that tense any more? Doesn't everyone say "will have finished"? I can't remember what it's called - future imperfect? Lord knows.]
Another gorgeous fall day here, in the mid 70's by this afternoon. Alesia and I went to Home Depot this morning and bought pansies. I love pansies. We pulled out the leggy impatiens and planted the pansies in the front flower beds. All the ones around the mailbox are yellow. The ones near the house are burgundy, purple, and white. Once they fluff out they will be so pretty.
Alesia is being very helpful around the house, without me asking. I was outside planting by myself and she came out, put away her iPod, and I handed her a pair of gloves. I was sweaty and my back was hurting, and she finished putting in the pansies. That never would've happened just a few months ago.
She unloaded the dishwasher yesterday without anyone telling her to, and helped me clean up the kitchen after dinner last night. May sound unimpressive to you, but it's a sign of maturity, to me. I htink living away from our home for a while helped her to appreciate us. We live very modestly, and we don't have new cars or a Wii, or any other obvious status symbols, but there's plenty to eat, she can sleep undisturbed, and there are three people and one furbaby here who love her dearly. That's a change from where she was, for sure.
Well, Michael made almost 100 on the social studies test he didn't study for, which he told me with great glee. Guess I will have to figure out another way to motivate him.
He keeps losing his glasses. He left them on the fence at the tennis court tonight. A couple of weeks ago he left them at another child's house - on the floor! Yikes. Thank goodness I got insurance on them.
Alesia got another hour of driving in today. She is close to having enough hours to get her license. I sort of dread it, though. Anxiety will be my constant companion. She doesn't do well with maps. Atlanta is a big, complicated city.
Alesia is eating like a horse. For lunch she had a big roast beef sandwich, chips, and a Hormel lunch portion thingy my brother gave us. For dinner she had two fat homemade burritos and a huge bowl of green beans. I am glad to see her eating. She had gotten awfully thin.
Otherwise, I don't have much to report. Things are rocking along here. Each day is a new adventure. LOL