David got to stay home on Thursday and Friday last week, so the second half of the boys' spring break involved more family togetherness. Now everyone is back at school and work, and it's very quiet in the house. That's not something I ever complain about!
You may remember that the last time I wrote I said that Tommy was officially going to start braces in the summer? Well, we got cold feet and decided that the cost estimate and need to immediatly start of treatment seemed like two things we should get a second opinion about. We called the place nearest our house on the list of referrals from the boys' dentist, and they had a same-day appointment. We really liked what the second orthodondist said! His estimate was over $1000 less. He also recommended waiting until Tommy is older because of his growth potential in the next few years. "I look at Dad, and I look at Tommy, and I think WAIT. That boy is going to do some serious growing in the next two years." He also said the the device I was worried about (a palatal expander) might be necessary, but that it also might be possible to get the same results with a more gentle device, especially since Tommy has a cross-bite, not a two-sided need for expansion. Whew!
So forget that whole braces anouncement. We're waiting. We will also be saving money to pay for them up front. Braces are expensive!
Let's see. What else did we do the second half of spring break? The boys played a lot of video games. Actually, David played a lot of video games and they boys entertained themselves with movies and other at-home things. I think David really needed some down time. Nobody was interested in going out and doing things, so I didn't push it. The boys did get long-overdue haircuts, and David did some furniture projects in the garage, so it wasn't all screens all the time.
The boys also worked on their science projects. I backed way off the school-related elements of parenting a while ago when everything about school was making me crazy, and the (positive?) result was that the boys have become more responsibile for self-starting and managing their own school-related things. I never did things FOR them, of course, but I certainly took responsibility for the family time-management. I was relieved to discover that backing off did not end in disaster. Their science projects got done even without me micromanaging them. They did more work at what I would consider "the last minute" this year, but they still got everything done a few days in advance. (Yes, I do realize that normal people define "the last minute" as finishing the night before or the morning of, but I never claimed to be normal.) Anyway, I'm relived to know that I can thow my hands in the air and announce "I'M DONE" when it comes to school and the boys will just pick up and take care of things themselves. They must have been paying attention all of these years!
I'll do a post on their Science Fair projects towards the end of the week. The fair is on Thursday, and they still have to glue all their printed pages onto their boards. Look at me not stressing about them running out of time!
The other big event of the weekend was Easter. The boys dyed eggs and were visited by the Easter bunny. We went out for a nice buffet lunch. We did have plans for a homecooked Easter dinner, but in the end we decided to go out to the movies together yesterday afternoon instead. I cooked our ham and holiday foods today, and we will enjoy them after David and the boys finish work, school and swimming. To tell you the truth, we might make this a new tradition. I never really enjoy cooking all day on a holiday, and it's been nice to putter around cooking good food all day today.
I hope you all had a happy Easter too!