#1 got a REAL job (thanks in no small part I'm SURE to the haircut) and is now on a mundane 8 to 5 schedule every day of the week. This answered my prayers exactly for structured time. He goes to school on Mondays and Wednesdays and works the other 3 days. This job is perfect. Today, his assignment was to pull 1000 little chips off of circuit boards. This place refurbishes old electronic parts. His task today involves dipping in hot stuff, pulling off exactly the right element, then quick drying the board so that the rest of the stuff stays put. Sounds like something dolphins or any other highly developed mammal could do if you gave them the right tools. But he's doing it. And I'm happy. :)
#2 is great. (in my opinion...that's for Tdub) He's matured a great deal during his freshman year of high school to the point that I think he's pulled completely out of the "possession" that is the middle school years. He's working harder to be a leader on his basketball team and while he's not blowing the top off of anything academically, he's making A's and B's. Well...except for one bad 6 weeks in biology but we had the "come to Jesus" meeting at school with all his teachers and he seems to be on top of that situation at present. We don't have to argue or plead with him about attending church or youth group and he appears to have a good identity as far as his place amongst his peers. We both wish/hope/pray that he will grow a few(several) inches within the next year...but...what can we really do about that?
#3 is the easiest child. If #4 were Felix (from the Odd Couple) #3 would be Oscar. Sure, you have to remind him to wipe the ketchup off his face (how does he not FEEL that???) but hey...at least he eats what you put in front of him. I mean, yeah...it's nice to know that there are actually different shades of green when you are getting dressed in the morning, but in the grand scheme of things, does this really matter? (no, Tdub...it really doesn't!) #3, as we speak, is moving headlong into the "possession" that is the middle school years. But, for him, it will be a bit different. He's a much more physical/literal sort of person. Don't get me wrong, the middle school years are pure hell. But I think they may be a bit different sort of hell with this one than what we've experienced in the past. That said, he has the biggest heart of the 4 and is FUN FUN FUN to watch on the basketball court. He has the best self-esteem of all of them...which could be the reason he's the easiest.
#4 is the high-maintenance manipulator of the group. He's also the only one who's shown any interest in achieving higher grades. In fact, I walked into the bathroom last night as he was bathing and he actually had these little cards about the planets with him in the bath, studying for a science test. He also achieves at sports, but, what makes him a valuable and sought after player is the fact that he is so "aware" of what's going on. He not only always makes excellent passes but he knows exactly where the ball needs to be at all times. He's the "smart" player on the team.
We currently spend every Saturday traveling from one basketball game to the next and still not making it to every one. Tdub helps coach #3's regular team and is WAY more into all of it than me. I personally, can't wait for it all to be DONE, even though I do enjoy watching them play.
And that's all I got.