#1 is nearly 17, and in many ways she is ready for adulthood. She found herself a job last fall, which she worked through the school year and continues this summer. She has been a great asset at Mooyah's and is frequently scheduled for the busiest shifts. But she knows a minimum-wage job at a burger joint is only a stepping stone, and she is working to develop a network that will help her discover and develop her passions. Last week she attended the Illuminate Women's Summit, attended by businesswomen from around Utah, and she made quite a few contacts and met a few potential mentors.
It would be really great if she also found a driver's ed mentor (ie. instructor), because two years after receiving her learner's permit (which she has had to renew), she is an adept, unlicensed driver. The problem is her pesky high school and friends who keep her so engaged in other, more-interesting activities, that driver's ed class takes a back seat. (Ha!) Luckily, she earns school credit for her online PE course by riding her bike to work and back, and her great friends don't seem to mind driving her most places because she brings the party with her.
We are grateful that #1 has surrounded herself with good people. It was a little strange to send her off to prom this past spring. How did our baby get old enough to make flirty faces with a boy?! I do think that her friends have brought out an even happier version of the girl we already loved. She is a lot of fun with her siblings, as a result, too. She wouldn't want them tagging along, of course, but she likes to joke with them and hug them and do nice things for them on those rare occasions when she is home and not sleeping.
|#1 as Pozzo in "Waiting for Godot".|
PHS Fall 2014 production.
|Poster sketch by #1|
Fortunately for #2, the next three years are pretty easy to figure out. As she enters her sophomore year, she is looking forward to more fun with choir and new fun with the school's audition D-Fusion dance team. (It's essentially the junior varsity version of dance team.)
Left: #2 and #1 following their PHS Spring 2015 Choir Concert. #2 was in Bella Voce women's choir; #1 was in co-ed Concert Choir.
Right: #2 following the PHS Spring 2015 Dance Concert.
These sisters ran a formal dress rental business last year, which they have now decided to liquidate. But that business was a springboard to other opportunities. #2 has spent several months developing her YouTube channel, which is all about makeup advice and instruction. It's pretty great to be able to ask my 15-yr-old what concealer I should get, and she considers my price point, skin tone, and purpose before making a recommendation. Prom was a good day for her, too, as it meant that she got to help her sister and friends get made up for the dance.
|Spending time with two of her charges at their mother's recent wedding.|
|Bri putting her life on the line with #2.|
#2 is generous and loving and funny and a good friend to others. I'm pretty sure she reached adulthood a year ago, so it's too bad that she has to wait three more years to have that legally recognized. She talks about being emancipated and getting her own place (maybe with a roommate). If she can learn to manage a budget and save some of her earnings, she'll do just fine on her own. I expect, though, that being on her own will mean living with a family as their full-time nanny and traveling with them to interesting places around the globe.
|When #2 ordered pizza asking herself to prom. (She said no.)|
|Cleaning the cheesecake off parents' plates after the |
PHS Choirs Radio Show and dinner, December 2014